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An 11-year-old boy has achieved [famous / fame] after a video of him dancing in the rain outside his home in Lagos, Nigeria went [vital / viral] on social media. Anthony Mmesoma Madu impressed people [worldly / worldwide] with his skill, enthusiasm, [impassion / passion] and dedication. The Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis saw a video [flip / clip] of Anthony and put it on her social media feeds. She tweeted: "We create, [soar / sore] , can imagine, have unleashed passion, and love, [spite / despite] the brutal obstacles that have been put [in / on] front of us. Our people can fly." Another social media user said: "As adults, it is our job to help each child find their talent and to support them...The [joyous / joy] from this propels them in all things they [do / doing] ."

Anthony is one of 12 students at the Leap of Dance Academy. The academy is in a [poor / poverty] district of Lagos. It provides [free / freely] dance lessons to underprivileged children who have [somewhere / nowhere] to practice. The academy's [finder / founder] , Daniel Ajala Owoseni, told BBC News: "We are changing the [narrative / paragraph] about the stereotype of [male / man] dancers." Anthony said: "Where I live there are no male ballet dancers [unlike / like] me. When people see ballet they think it is only for girls, they don't know that it is [just / not] only for girls." He added: "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 / does] over me is as [whether / if] I am dreaming."

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