SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On most days, you will find teens hovering over their social media or recording their next Tik Tok. This was not the case for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students Aliyah Daniel, Abigail Earp, Valdon Daniel, III, Ananda Daniel, and professional dancer Lauriane Nabet
They all had an experience of a lifetime on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, when they performed three dances during NY Fashion Week along with other dancers from three states.
The NY Fashion Week performances occurred at "Pozitive Vibez on the Runway" in the Penthouse Level of the Skyline Hotel. Their dance selections included an African Contemporary dance called "The Prayer" and two high energy, competition-level Hip Hop dances. The fashion show was adjusted and the dancers were given the final spot for the event.
They did not disappoint.
Their Hip Hop Dance ended the Fashion Show with a bang. As one guest posted, "iDance Ministry rocked the house. Awesome performance on the runway!"
The event and their dances were streamed live. These high school students are not only hard-working dancers, they are also honor roll students, athletes, musicians and artists. All trained at iDance Ministry for this event and spent months preparing for this unique opportunity.
María Daniel is the creator and lead instructor for the popular Hip Hop Experience Dance class and also teaches at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Dance program. Upcoming dance performances include dancing in Times Square, NY, National Dance Week events, a feature performance on a Broadway stage and a halftime performance for the Camden Monarchs, a semi-professional basketball game.