Jalyn Postadan is a 17-year-old from New Jersey and currently trains at the OCVTS Grunin Performing Arts Academy and the Steps on Broadway Youth Program. She has been dancing for 14 years in numerous genres and has danced with various schools and companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Z Artists Group, and The Teen Company NYC. Her most notable performances include The 2021 Complexions Contemporary Ballet Gala, GPAA’s A Chorus Line, The 2019 Aditya Birla Awards, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Chita Rivera Awards. Her other professional experiences include “Only We Know,” a PSA video directed by Mia Michaels, an Apolla Shocks advertisement, and the Brown Girls Do Ballet Campaign. Jalyn has also attended various summer intensives such as the Juilliard Summer Intensive, the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, Generation IV, and Broadway Dance Center

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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.