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Fiona Quirk

Fiona Quirk was born in Fanwood, New Jersey, but grew up mainly in Morristown, New Jersey. She was initially introduced to dance arts at the age of nine, taking on many different styles, but when she was twelve, she started to focus solely on ballet, getting more involved with her training at her current ballet school, New Jersey School of Ballet. There she was able to study ballet, pointe, partnering, character, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and variations. Fiona was accepted into the Morris County School of Technology Performing Arts Academy as a dance major, where she trains with Lisa Peluso and other guest artists such as Alex Biegelson, Tammy Klinck, and Nicole Corea, to study modern, ballet, and jazz. She has co-choreographed pieces that were showcased in Backstage is Onstage and May Dance at the Dragonetti Theater at the County College of Morris, titled “Under the Big Top ” and “Brainstorm”, where she was responsible for lighting, sound, costumes, and casting. Fiona additionally had the opportunity to create multiple dance films, such as “Reaching for Escape”, where she was in charge of sound, costumes, editing, filming, and choreography. Fiona was voted in as secretary of the National Honors Society of Dance Arts, where she took on leadership roles. Fiona attended the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive in New York City, in the summer of 2019, getting placed in level blue. The following year, she auditioned and was accepted into the New York summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre, Ellison Ballet School with a scholarship, and the School of American Ballet. The summer of 2020, she attended the School of American Ballet summer course, getting into level 7. Fiona continues to improve upon her ballet and dance technique, while challenging herself with AP Literature and AP U.S History courses at Morris Knolls High School. In the future, Fiona would like to become a professional ballerina in a company, along with having the education to be involved in marketing post-career.

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.