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11-Year-Old Nigerian Ballet Dancer Receives Scholarship Offer After Video Goes Viral

Nigerian-born Anthony Mmesoma Madu has danced his way into a life-changing opportunity. According to People , a viral video of 11-year-old Madu caught the attention of Cynthia Harvey, the artistic director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance in New York. In the minute-long clip, Madu showcases his exceptional ballet skills while dancing barefoot in the rain. After Harvey saw the clip, she reached out to Madu’s dance school, Leap of Dance Academy —where he is one of 12 students—and offered him a full scholarship to ABT’s virtual Young Dancer Summer Workshop. “A child who shows this much dedication, you just have to help,” Harvey told the Cincinnati Enquirer .  “If there is anything the world has taught us, it’s that we have to inspire all sorts of people and that we all have a lot to learn from one another. Providing opportunities for Daniel and Anthony is the right thing to do.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Leap of Dance Academy...

Niki McGloster

Aug 5, 2020