A talented young boy from Nigeria has impressed the whole world with his dancing skills;
A video of Anthony Mmesoma Madu dancing in the rain has spread around the world and social media users are pleased with it, not for dancing alone but for the fact that he also broke the negative stereotype around male dancers.
Anthony told BBC News: “Where I live there are no male ballet dancers like me. When people see ballet they think it is only for girls, they don’t know that it is not only for girls.
“How I want them to see me is that when I am dancing they know that there is a male ballet dancer.
“The feeling that comes over me is as if I am dreaming.”
Anthony is one of 12 students at the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos.
Daniel Ajala Owoseni founded the academy in 2017 and has been been teaching ballet for free without a dance
Check the video below;
Students of the Leap of Dance Academy pose for portrait in at Ajangbadi, Lagos (AFP via Getty Images
Oscar winning Award actress Viola David said Anthony’s dancing remind her of the beauty of her people.
“We create, soar, can imagine, have unleashed passion, and love….despite the brutal obstacles that have been put in front of us! Our people can fly!” she said on Twitter.
The 11-year-old boy shared how he is inspired by Mr Owoseni who is a self-taught dancer and mentor to his students.
Mr Owoseni told BBC News: “We are changing the narrative about the stereotype of male dancers.
“Boys can actually do ballet and they do very well because in ballet there is something we call a pas de deux [a dance of two] where the male ballet dancer lifts the girl.
“Male ballet dancing is here to stay and it is not only supposed to be for females.”
Proud mum Ifeoma Madu added that she feels “joy” whenever she watches her son dance