Amanda Magee, residing in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, is a Junior attending the Academy for Performing Arts. She is a dedicated dancer currently training at Hunderdon Hills Ballet. In the past, she trained at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensamble and Elite Perfoming Arts Center. Amanda trains with Madi Hicks, Elaine Matthews, Nancy Turano, Hillary Nikolai and Alexandra Gonzolas in contemporary, modern and ballet. She has also worked closely with choreographers such as Manny Castro, Frank Musso, Brea Purdue and Robert Mark Burke. She has assisted Duncan Cooper, Madi Hicks, Brea Purdue and Christina Johnson through Revel Dance Convention. Amanda has been awarded a $60,000 merit scholarship to AMDA and a 100% scholarship to all Joffrey Jazz and Contempoary summer programs of which she has attended multiple years. Overall, Amanda plans to pursue dance in a collegiate setting and is excited to see where this journey takes her.

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The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 educators and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts and the leaders for their exceptional commitment and contribution to arts education. The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state.

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The Governor’s Awards event is a partnership of the Arts Ed NJ, the Department of Education, Art Pride New Jersey Foundation, the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Additional support is provided by: the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics; Art Educators of New Jersey; Art Administrators of New Jersey; Dance New Jersey; New Jersey Council of Teachers of English; New Jersey Speech and Debate League; New Jersey Music Educators Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Writer's Theatre of New Jersey; Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Thespians and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. The cooperating organizations, award sponsors and individual members of the planning council dedicate their time to make sure that excellence in the arts is rewarded, and work tirelessly throughout the year to plan this special event. The Governor's Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government.