11-Year-Old Boy From Nigeria Receives Scholarship From NYC Ballet Company After Video Goes Viral

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11-Year-Old Boy From Nigeria Receives Scholarship From NYC Ballet Company After Video Goes Viral

The boy's grace warmed many a hearts.

Anthony Madu, an 11-year-old boy from Lagos, Nigeria, went viral after his silky smooth ballet moves charmed the internet landing him a scholarship with the prestigious NYC Ballet Company. As reported by NBC Miami , actress Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo came forward to support the boy if he chooses to pursue a career in dance.

https://twitter.com/violadavis/status/1275893313145434114

Sharing the video on Twitter, Viola had written:: "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!!!"

https://twitter.com/priyankachopra/status/1292180021214208000

Cynthia Erivo spoke with NBC News and said: "They're in Nigeria. I happen to be Nigerian as well. And I was like, this felt like a kismet moment." She added: "I think it's extremely important because I think boys are not encouraged to do this incredibly hard craft that actually encourages strength and stamina and beauty."

https://twitter.com/pmnewsnigeria/status/1292034580610867202

According to the report, Anthony was extremely happy with the opportunity that came his way and said: "It makes me feel strong and happy when I'm dancing." He added: "I see my future like that I'm going to be a professional dancer when I grew up." We sincerely hope he finds the success he deserves.

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