- Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old popular Nigerian ballet dancer, has said that ballet gives him a great feeling
- The student of Leap Dance Academy added he wants to change the false belief that males cannot do ballet
- Madu's mother said that she initially did not know her son is a dancer until she noticed it as she expressed her joy at his newfound popularity
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A young ballet dancer who went viral after dancing in the rain, Anthony Mmesoma Madu, has spoken following a video that gave him fame online.
The 11-year-old dancer said that many people believe that ballet is only for females, adding that when dancing, he wants people to see that a boy could also do the same thing, BBC reports.
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Dancing gives me a great feeling
He said that he loves dancing because he gets a special feeling of being in a dream when he is practicing ballet.
He added that he was very happy when his teacher informed him that he had gone viral online.
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Anthony takes ballet seriously
When speaking with BBC in an interview, Anthony's teacher, Daniel Ajala, the founder of Leap of Dance Academy, spoke about his young student.
Daniel said that the young boy takes dance seriously as he is always conscious of time and very committed.
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He added that he is using the academy to deconstruct the stereotype about male dancers, saying that “boys can actually do ballet”.
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When he started, I asked what nonsense is this?
Anthony's mother said the boy never told her he was into ballet, that she noticed it herself with the way he stretches his body parts like legs.
“He never told me but I noticed it in him when he will be stretching his legs, his hands. I said ‘what of nonsense is this’? Whenever he is dancing, I feel happy, I have joy watching him dancing," his mom said.
The mother also said that she cannot believe this is actually her son, referring to the new fame he is in. The woman advised parents of the need to discover their children’s talents and give them the necessary support.
Watch the interview below:
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that Africa is filled with many geniuses in different walks of life. One of those kids is Lwandle, a 12-year-old ballet dancer from Eswantini (also known as Swaziland), who started out when she was nine.
In an interview with the media on World Ballet Day, the kid dancer said she likes ballet because it instills a sense of discipline and gives her confidence.
She said what motivated her to keep practicing ballet is because her teacher, Velile, is always posting her sessions on social media where she sees how she exudes her skills.
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