Arts & Entertainment

Scotch Plains Dancers at Premiere of Hip-Hopera

SPF students (from left to right): Ananda Daniel (7th), Valdon Daniel, III (9th) and Niara Daniel (10th) at the Hip Hop Opera premiere Credits: Kristin Jensen
Director Miriam Gordon-Stewart and Choroegrapher María Daniel Credits: Kristin Jensen
Dance Ambassadors of iDance Ministry Credits: Kristin Jensen
Musette - protest scene Credits: Kristin Jensen
Forte Dance Crew Credits: Kristin Jensen

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- Three students from Scotch Plains played important roles in an international opera called Sympathy by Rameau produced by Victory Hall Opera in Charlottesville, VA last week. The opera featured Hip Hop dance to a live orchestra and is referred to as "Hip Hopera."

  • Niara Daniel, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student (10th grade), served as an assistant choreographer for the Hip Hop Opera 
  • Valdon Daniel, III, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student (9th) is a principle Hip Hop dancer.
  • Ananda Daniel, Park Middle School (7th) provided photography and videography for the dancers in the Hip Hop Opera.

The production was the American premiere, and the Hip Hop Opera received rave reviews. Maria Daniel of Scotch Plains serves as the Lead Choreographer for the Opera Dance Crew called Forté. A graduate of Rutgers Law School, she is also the creator of the iDance Experience home of the award winning Dance Ambassadors. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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