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Nicolette Zika

Nicolette Zika is a senior dance major at High Tech High School and a senior company member at The Next Step School of Dance. Starting dance at age 3, Nicolette has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and more. She has now been dancing for 15 years, including competitive dance for 6 years and continued studies at the 2019 Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory. She has also been an active member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts for 5 years. For the past 2 years, Nicolette has served as an ambassador for “Traveling Tutus,” a non-profit organization that donates dance costumes/shoes to children in need. She also puts together her own service projects to share within the dance community. Most recently, she has collected plastic bags to cut and crochet into sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. Nicolette strives to create even more connections between the dance world and her community.

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.