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Scotch Plains Dancers at Premiere of Hip-Hopera

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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
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Director Miriam Gordon-Stewart and Choroegrapher María Daniel Credits: Kristin Jensen
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Dance Ambassadors of iDance Ministry Credits: Kristin Jensen
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Musette - protest scene Credits: Kristin Jensen
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Forte Dance Crew Credits: Kristin Jensen
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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.

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