*Aaliya Taylor, the teen whose “Whip/Nae Nae” dance-off with a D.C. police officer went viral, has reportedly been showered with offers for dance lessons, mentorship and college scholarships.
“Two churches have offered to pay for whatever college I want to go to, and another lady wants to pay for my graduation and prom,” the Ballou High School senior told Today. “Everyone knows who I am now. They are reaching out to Ellen [DeGeneres], and I am praying she gives me a call back.”
Ellen already has a relationship with Ballou. In April 2012, she gave the marching band money towards their band room and new instruments after she was moved by a film documenting the band’s struggle and its director, Darrell Watson.
So far, no word if Ellen has seen the dance-off. The video went viral the same day a school resource officer in South Carolina was caught on cell phone video slamming and dragging a high school student after she refused to leave a classroom. He was later fired.
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Professional dancer and owner of Figure 8 Dance Fitness in D.C. Saudi Jenkins told “Today” she saw the video of Taylor dancing with the cop and was impressed.
“I was mesmerized and I could see Aaliya’s passion for dancing. She reeked confidence,” Jenkins said. “I thought, this is the one — I have to get her.”
Jenkins said she has arranged for Taylor to have free dance lessons, as well as a private academic tutor.
“I know that dance is therapy and a healer,” Jenkins said “In urban areas, children are so talented, but they have not been exposed.”
The officer in the viral video — whom the Metropolitan Police Department declined to name — was called to break up a fight on Oct. 26 in a park on K Street SW. Taylor told News4 the officer spotted her dancing to Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).
“As I’m stepping off, I started to dance and then the cop was like, ‘I could do better,’ and I was like, ‘OK, you want to challenge me?'” Taylor said. “I was in shock.”
In the end, Taylor told News4 that she and the officer declared the dance-off a tie.
Watch Aaliya’s interview with NBC4 below: