Brianna Izquierdo

Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance

Brianna Izquierdo is a 17-year-old senior who currently attends Passaic County Technical Institute and is in the School of Performing Arts Dance Program. She trains in modern, hip hop, contemporary fusion, lyrical, musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap, and horton. The companies she has trained with include High Definition Crew, Royal Thieves, Nitrogen Dance Company, 5678 Dance Company, and Urban Dance League. In 2019, Brianna was awarded the National Dance Education Organization’s National Honor Society of Dance Arts Statewide Artistic Merit and Leadership Award. In November of 2019, Brianna and two of her peers choreographed “Washington’s First Inaugural Dance” which was inspired by Alexander Hamilton. This work was selected to perform for an audience on the Hamilton stage before the matinee. Brianna attended the Carolyn Dorfman Intensive on a Full Scholarship, is a Joffrey Hip-Hop Scholarship Recipient, Hispanic Youth Showcase Scholarship Winner, and a member of the National Honors Society of Dance Arts. Brianna is currently a teacher at 5678 Dance in Totowa, New Jersey and is an assistant for Nitrogen Dance Company. She has opened for famous rap artist “PnB Rock” as a backup dancer at the Met in Philadelphia and has danced in recent music videos for “Liv V,” “Salvo Lo Presti,” “ApYourDope,” and “Delti Becker”. Brianna has worked with guest artists Carolyn Dorfman, 10 Hairy Legs, Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song, Janice Rosario, Daniel Padierna, and Jay T. Jenkins.

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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.