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Nigerian ballet dancer who’s blind in a single eye is obtainable scholarship

A 14-year-old Nigerian dancer who was provided a spot at a prestigious ballet faculty has spoken about his worry that being blind in a single eye would cease him from dancing. 

Anthony Madu, from Lagos, caught the web’s consideration in 2020 when a clip of him skilfully pirouetting within the rain at simply 11 years outdated went viral and was shared by Hollywood actress Viola Davis

Since then, the 14-year-old has been provided a scholarship at one of many UK’s most elite ballet faculties, Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham

Anthony, who has been dubbed ‘Nigeria‘s Billy Elliot’, spoke on Good Morning Britain immediately about how his life has modified over the previous 4 years. 

He mentioned: ‘It was actually, actually thrilling and likewise sort of unreal. I needed to go to ballet faculty however I did not suppose I’d get into a college like Elmhurst. It was thrilling but additionally arduous as a result of I needed to go away my household.

Anthony Madu, from Lagos, as been offered a scholarship at one of the UK's most elite ballet schools, Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham

Anthony Madu, from Lagos, as been provided a scholarship at one of many UK’s most elite ballet faculties, Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham

He caught the internet's attention in 2020 when a clip of him skilfully pirouetting in the rain at just 11 years old went viral and was shared by Hollywood actress Viola Davis

He caught the web’s consideration in 2020 when a clip of him skilfully pirouetting within the rain at simply 11 years outdated went viral and was shared by Hollywood actress Viola Davis

‘I keep up a correspondence with my mum on a regular basis.’ 

Anthony can also be largely blind in a single eye but it surely has not stopped him from persevering with to do his ardour. 

He mentioned: ‘When I discovered about my eyes it felt actually scary as a result of I believed I’d be going blind and never be capable of dance anymore. 

‘But then I did all of the assessments I want and it was a case of it not getting loads worse and likewise not getting higher. It’s going to remain like this without end.

‘Thanks to the varsity I used to be in a position to get glasses.’

The proficient star mentioned he knew he needed to be a dancer on the age of 5 however was uncertain what he needed to specialize in. 

‘I searched up totally different dances and located ballet and it regarded actually cool and I needed to do it,’ he mentioned. 

‘Three years later I used to be in a position to go to bounce faculty and I keep in mind my mum telling me that she discovered a ballet faculty for me.’

Speaking concerning the viral video that modified his life, Anthony mentioned it feels bizarre to look at it again as seems to be ‘actually younger’ and ‘fully totally different’. 

Sabina Storrod from Elmhurst Ballet School (right) said that thatworld is 'Anthony's oyster'

Sabina Storrod from Elmhurst Ballet School (proper) mentioned that thatworld is ‘Anthony’s oyster’

Anthony said he wasn't planning on posting the video that made him noticed

Anthony mentioned he wasn’t planning on posting the video that made him observed 

‘We simply filmed it however wasn’t actually planning on posting it after which the subsequent day it was [everywhere],’ he mentioned. 

Sabina Storrod from Elmhurst Ballet School mentioned: ‘The world is Anthony’s oyster. Talent solely will get you up to now and we’re so memorised by his work ethic and resilience.

‘I noticed the video throughout Covid and was blown away. I mentioned to our principal, how can we assist this younger individual’s journey?

‘We reached out to the household and Anthony’s mum mentioned they raised some cash and he is perhaps coming to Europe and [asked] if he might go to Elmhurst.’

Sabina added that Anthony is exploring totally different kinds of dance and is at present having fun with modern.

The gifted teenager mentioned he misses his favorite dish, jollof rice, and is wanting ahead to travelling again to Nigeria to meet up with his household quickly. 

He goes to be a part of a brand new Disney + documentary movie that follows his journey, from leaving his life in Lagos to transferring to the UK.