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Kayla Hsu

Kayla is currently a senior dance major at the Academy for Performing Arts High School in Union County, New Jersey, and is a company member at Dancin’ in the Spotlight. She will continue her dance education at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a B.F.A. in dance, with a jazz concentration, after being awarded a scholarship and automatic acceptance into the program her junior year of high school at the New York City Dance Alliance College Auditions. Through her extensive training at both the Academy for Performing Arts and Dancin’ in the Spotlight, Kayla has been presented with an abundance of opportunities and worked with and trained with numerous professionals including Travis Wall, Derrick Hough, Paula Abdul, Sheila Barker, Andy Blankenbeuhler, and Joe Lanteri, amongst a plethora of others, training in various styles including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, modern, Graham, Horton, musical theater, ballroom, partnering, improvisation, hip hop, West African styles, aerial silks, shadow dance, choreography, precision dance, and more. Kayla was one of two Jeffrey Capitola scholarship winners at the Rockette Summer Intensive and was a 2020 Tremaine Dance Convention Senior Dancer of the Year finalist. Alongside her dancing, Kayla is an active academic member of her school being the graduating Class of 2021’s salutatorian, student council class president, National Honor Society for Dance Arts president, and a member of both the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.

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.