Thanks to the sudden collapse of popularity, now the boy will be able to fulfill his dream.
A video of a black boy dancing in the rain has surfaced online. This dancer is Nigerian Anthony Mesoma Madu, who attends a ballet academy. And thanks to the sudden collapse of popularity, now the boy will be able to fulfill his dream.
Anthony lives in the Nigerian city of Lagos and studies ballet at the local academy. The dance school was founded in 2017 by non-professional dancer Daniel Ajala Owoseni. He decided to teach children what he knows. But, unfortunately, the academy does not have ideal conditions for classes, so students often have to train right on the street.
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One of his workouts was filmed by 11-year-old Anthony Madu: in the video he dances right in the rain and very gracefully performs steps that look especially amazing in combination with raindrops. The video instantly spread across the Internet and became a real hit: actress and Oscar nominee Viola Davis shared it.
Viola added a caption to the video and said that the boy reminds her of the beauty of her native people. These people create, soar, have a rich imagination, and also openly demonstrate feelings, despite all the barriers and obstacles. The people of Davis, she says, are able to fly. And Anthony clearly demonstrated this.
In Nigeria, girls are more often involved in ballet, and Madu himself is one of the twelve students of the academy. In his homeland, dancing is often more of a hobby and entertainment than an art. But the dancing boy managed to destroy all gender, racial and age stereotypes. He proved that dancing, like love, is submissive to everyone. Anthony said that he was very glad that he was noticed, because it will help to tell people about men’s ballet, which many are skeptical about.
The video was noticed by the founders of the famous New York ballet school. They offered Anthony a scholarship that would cover the cost of express training during the summer period. And teacher Madu Daniel Owoseni was given the opportunity to attend a two-week intensive course for dance teachers.
Anthony happily agreed and accepted the offer. Owoseni did not miss his opportunity: he told reporters that the boys really know how to dance very well, and without them complex ballet paired pas de deux movements are impossible, in which the partner raises the partner. Therefore, the ballet, according to the founder of the academy, will remain in Nigeria and will not be a dance only for women.