Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Ajala is the founder and creative director of the Leap of Dance Academy, which provides ballet classes for young dancers. Founder Because of that, most of the time, they practice in Owoseni’s own basement as well as public spaces in the community. Soon enough, the video went viral, gathering thousands of views, likes, and comments. At the very least, it's a vindication of the hard work and dedication of both the student and his teacher. This boy that you can see in the video below is an 11-year-old ballet dancer from Nigeria. The school was founded by self-taught ballet lover Daniel Ajala, in 2017. 23.2k Likes, 613 Comments - Leap of Dance Academy (@leapofdanceacademy) on Instagram: “As a dance school in Africa, and Nigeria to be precise our academy stands to educate our audience…” I hope to see Nigeria on the map internationally so that we can build a cultural exchange program that provides proper learning, exposure and opportunities for our youth. Anthony is currently in ABT virtual summer intensive. Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old ballet dancer, poses during a rehearsal with other students at the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos By Seun Sanni LAGOS (Reuters) - Gracefully spinning among a group of dancers clad in pink, 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu stands out in black leggings, a white turtleneck and poise beyond his years. How beautiful and inspiring! (Source: Reuters) (Source: Reuters) After a video of him dancing an elegant pirouette on a muddy street got him noticed on the internet, a 11-year-old Nigerian boy has received a full scholarship from an elite American ballet company. I hoped he would get a real scholarship to go to America and study dance, but maybe on the next video. A student performs a dance routine in front of his mother’s shop in Okelola street Olamide Olawale makes a leap. In a surrealist and deeply emotional film directed by Sara Silkin, the dancers of "LOST MIND," Hyosun Choi and JM Rodriguez of L.A. Fortunately, Cynthia Harvey finally succeeded in tracking Anthony down. Moreover, she offered him a scholarship to a virtual three-week intensive summer workshop in the US. Like us on Facebook for more stories like this: A post shared by Leap of Dance Academy (@leapofdanceacademy), "Karen" Keeps Leaving Notes Complaining About Woman's Decorations, Woman Responds By Adding Even More, 50 Dogs Who Don’t Understand How BIG They Are, This Mum Teaches Her Teenage Boys How To Be Men By Encouraging Them To See Past Menstruation Taboo, Incredibly Caring Gay Penguin Couple Hatch A Second Neglected Egg After The Zookeepers Notice Them Trying To Hatch A Rock, Instead Of Covering Grey Roots, This Hair Colorist Makes Clients Embrace It (30 New Pics), Artist Shows What Superheroes Are Doing When They Are Not Saving The World (69 Pics), “A Year Ago, I Started Sending My GF These Photos Whenever She Asked If The Baby Was OK”, Stray Cat Brings All Her Babies To A Woman Who Gave Her Food And Helped Her, 25 Portraits Of Rare And Endangered Birds That Look Simply Stunning, This Grandpa-To-Be Shows His Son How To Bathe A Baby By Using A Cat As An Example, This Guy Transformed A 1961 VW Beetle Deluxe Into A Black Matte Roadster, I Want To Thank Bored Panda For Turning My Hobby Into A Job, 45 Times Celebrities Proved Themselves To Be Actually Nice People, Shared By Folks On Reddit, This Tattoo Artist Specializes In Black And Gray Realism, Here Are 96 Of His Most Impressive Artworks. Please enter your email to complete registration. I loved ballet because it was so different from what I saw growing up. Please provide your email address and we will send your password shortly. Which is a real downer, so it's good that was not the case. But if you see how graceful yet powerful he already is, at age eleven! Watching and thinking "And what is your excuse".. That said, I'm glad Anthony gets to attend a summer workshop -- it may lead to more opportunities. Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old ballet dancer, poses during a rehearsal with other students at the Leap of Dance Academy in Lagos, Nigeria July 27, 2020. Anthony is very excited and has always been a hard worker, so he is happy to continue working towards his dreams and have this opportunity. A video of him dancing barefoot in the rain on concrete outside the studio where he trains, the Leap of Dance Academy, went viral last month. I've always been an individual and had my own voice.