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Brogan Donston

Brogan Donston, age 17, was born and raised in Hoboken, NJ. He is a member of the Class of 2022 at High Tech High School, Secaucus, NJ, and is the only male concentrating in Dance in the school’s Performing Arts Academy. Brogan began dancing at the age of 9, studying hoofer style tap at the American Tap Dance Foundation, under the tutelage of Lola Sanchez, creator of the Dolo Project. The following year, Brogan performed a duet with Lola at the grand opening of the Creative Cultural Center on Christopher Street in Manhattan. From 2016 to 2019, Brogan participated in Alvin Ailey’s Summer Dance Intensive for ages 12-16. There he studied ballet, Horton, hip hop and jazz. In the summer of 2021, Brogan will train with Ailey’s Professional Division (ages 17-25). Brogan is a proud member of the Pre-Professional program at the Nimbus School of Dance, Jersey City, NJ, where he has been training since 2018. He performed in the lead role of Christopher in 2019 Nimbus Dance Company’s “Nutcracker” production. Brogan dances 6 days a week. Four days he trains at Nimbus in Jersey City, honing his skills in ballet, modern, hip hop and jazz, and 2 days he’s an ensemble performer at the Mile Square Theater Dance Academy in Hoboken where he has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform his original pieces. From grade school through high school, Brogan has been an actor and dancer in numerous New Jersey theater companies, including Hoboken Children’s Theater, Mile Square Theater, Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, and the Waterfront Montessori School. His love of dance transcends all art forms.

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.