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11-Year-Old Boy Dances Ballet In The Rain In Nigeria, Earns Scholarship To Dance School In New York


Ballet is one of the most difficult disciplines of dance, and boys can have an even harder time getting into it than girls. But that hasn’t stopped one talented and hard-working boy from Nigeria from pursuing his dream, and now, his skills are paying off.

The boy, Anthony, was filmed dancing barefoot in the rain in a now-viral video shared by Leap of Dance Academy, where he’s learning under the instruction of Daniel Ajala Owoseni. The school shared the video of Anthony dancing, and after it was viewed hundreds of thousands of times, it caught the attention of Cynthia Harvey, who works as the artistic director for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance.

Like everyone else who viewed Anthony’s video, Cynthia knew she was looking at someone special. She managed to find a way to reach Anthony and offered him a scholarship for a virtual summer workshop that would last three weeks. The work would be intensive, but that’s just what Anthony would want and need to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Anthony took Cynthia up on the offer, and he’s currently enrolled for the program!

Check out his stunning performance below:

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FACTS ABOUT OUR PROGRAM. Behind those fanciful in class beauty and costumes are lots and lots of backstage hard work. With very little or no resources our kids are training to be the best they can. This is not to bring down anyone but to show their high level of dedication and committments to our program. Who wouldn't be proud of them? What teacher wouldn't pray for students who shows/comes to class with so much desire to learn? Kids who are ready to dance with or without conditions. Imagine what more we could achieve if we have more?🙂 DMs for more information. #leapofdanceacademy #covid19 #donation #vocational #nigerianballetschool #travelingtutusincnigeria #danceacademy #danceeducation #weloveyou #growth #weloveourpartners #yeswecan #dancing #learning

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