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Nyla Frisbey is a senior attending The School of Performing Arts at Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT). Nyla first started praise dancing in her church at the age of three, and at the age of five joined Adagio Dance Center where she has studied for the past thirteen years. There, Nyla studied tap, modern, musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet. While attending GCIT for high school, Nyla has had the opportunity to continue her dance training in ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography, and dance history. Outside of dance in and out of school, Nyla is a part of the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technical and Science Olympics (ACT-SO), which is part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In her two years of competing with the organization in various dance categories, she has won a total of four gold medals in the contemporary and modern dance categories for South Jersey. She went on to win a bronze medal in the modern dance category for the state of New Jersey in the national competition in 2020. Additionally, Nyla has been an active member of GCIT’s chapter of National Honor Society for Dance Arts where she serves as chapter president for the 2021-2022 school year. Nyla believes a dancer does not have to have the best technique, nor be the most flexible. She believes that dance isn’t about what kind of ability someone has, but what the dancer decides to do with their abilities.

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Congratulatory Messages For Nyla Frisbey

Congratulations Nyla! You’re paving the way to a very bright and accomplished future. Keep aiming for the stars! -Aunt Yolanda
Congratulations on your accomplishments!!! Continue to follow your dreams! - Love Uncle Bobby
Congratulations Nyla! I am so proud of you. I know you will continue to accomplish great things in the future! Love Aunt Trish
We are so proud of the young lady you have grown to be. You are kind, intelligent, talented, and beautiful on the inside and out. Mom, Dad, Alston, and Roxie love you very much. Thank you for sharing your talent and may it continue to be a blessing for you and other you share it with.
Nyla, I'm so proud of you! Best wishes for your future endeavors
Nyla, I'm so proud of you! Best wishes for your future endeavors...Honorary Aunt Paulette ❤️
Congratulations Nyla! You are an absolute star who is destined for amazing successes! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations Nyla! We are so proud of the amazing young lady you have become! The skies the limit!!
Congratulations Nyla! We’re all so proud of you! The Taylor Family

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.