This Nigerian 11-year-old dance Ballet in the rain


Nigerian ballet dancer

This video of an 11-year-old Nigerian boy,Anthony Mmesoma Madu dancing ballet in the rain have gone viral and its just beautiful to watch.

Speaking to BBC News,Anthony said; “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.”

Oscar winning actress,Viola Davis shared the video on her twitter and wrote;Reminds me of the beauty of my 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!!!

Daniel Ajala Owoseni founded the academy in 2017 and has been been teaching ballet for free without a dance space.

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.”

That’s a very bold move ,especially in the rain. Thankfully he didn’t slip.

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