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Teen in 'Nae Nae' Video With D.C. Officer Gets Scholarship Offers

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    'We Need More Cops Like You': Officer Challenges Teen to Dance-Off

    A D.C. police officer challenged a teenage girl to a dance-off, holding her own as the two did the "Nae Nae" dance. The girl, Aaliya Taylor, said the encounter changed how she thinks about police. "She gave me a hug and she was like, 'What's your name?' and she was smiling," Aaliya said. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, we need more cops like you.'" (Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015)

    It seems as though the whole world watched Aaliya Taylor "Whip" and "Nae Nae" after a video of her battling a D.C. police officer in a dance-off went viral last week.

    Taylor said in an update to TODAY on Tuesday that since then, she's been flooded with offers for dance lessons, mentorship and even 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."

    The video of the female police officer and Taylor publicly getting their groove on even grabbed the attention of President Obama, who tweeted: "Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe."

    The uplifting encounter occurred the same day a school resource officer was caught on cell phone video slamming a high school student to the ground after she refused to leave a classroom. He was later fired.

    Professional Dancer Shines Spotlight on Taylor

    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 admired the teen's tenacity.

    "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."

    Anonymous Officer Improves Taylor's Outlook on Law Enforcement

    The officer in the video -- whom the Metropolitan Police Department declined to name -- was called to break up a fight Oct. 26 in a park on K Street SW.

    Taylor told News4 the officer spotted her dancing to the popular Silentó song "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."

    The officer went all-out in her dance routine and matched Taylor's moves step for step.

    Taylor said the encounter helped change the way she thinks about police.

    "She gave me a hug and she was like, 'What's your name?' and she was smiling," Taylor said. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, we need more cops like you.'"

    The video of the dance-off was posted to Facebook later that day, and received more than 279,000 views in less than 24 hours.

    In the end, Taylor told News4 that she and the officer declared the dance-off a tie.