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Emily Saito’s zest and passion for dance started at the age of 4 in Japan, studying Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Waacking, House, Tap, Lyrical, Freestyle, and Fusion. She is a competitive gymnast and accomplished pianist. After moving to the U.S. in 2017, she trained at TMH Dance, LLC, NJ for 5 years in Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She performed and assisted with their annual charity event “Smile” supporting children in Mongolia. Since 2018, Emily has been a dedicated member of the Paramus High School Dance Department and Spartanettes Dance Company, without absence. Her artistry has been recognized in masterclasses, workshops, and performances. Emily is an inductee of the NHS and NHSDA. She is a role model volunteer, committed to sharing the gift of dance and music, with over 1200 hours at YMCA, teaching dance to kids aged 6-20 as well as playing the piano recitals at nursing homes in Paramus.


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.