CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- IDance Ministry founder Maria Daniel has been dancing since the age of four. The up-beat creative choreographer, wife, mother and attorney has no trouble balancing it all.
"Dance is not a chore to me," said Daniel. "It's not something I have to fit in. It's not something that's a burden to do, I look for opportunities to dance and teach."
She says it's the way she's able to express her passion that makes her love dance even more. The diversity of the technique helps bring out the emotions from within.
"And it's just a way to express what's deep in your soul and that's what makes it personal," said Daniel.
In 2006, after a trip to North Carolina, Daniel was bitten by eight ticks. Weeks later, her husband found her on the floor, and for the next two years, she was left paralyzed and in pain.
"It was horrific for me," says Daniel. "It's even hard to talk about it, but through the grace of God he restored that."
Doctors initially tested her for Lyme Disease but the test came back negative.
Her then five-year-old daughter took on the roll of caregiver while her dad was in the military.
"It was hard a little bit because it's hard to see your mom paralyzed on the couch for all the day and know that your dad won't be there because he's all over the world." says Aliyah Daniel.
After finding the right doctor and doing a lot of praying, Daniel was back on her feet and able to dance again. Now she teaches Hip Hop classes to the youth in Greene County.
Daniel will be teaching Hip Hop and Jazz in January at the Ballet School in Charlottesville. She will continue to teach in Greene County and at the Carver Recreation in Albemarle County.
If you are interested in enrolling in a class feel free to contact Maria by phone at 434-260-2164 or you can go to the website www.idanceministry.com and check out the Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/iDanceMinistry>