Olivia Miller

Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance

Olivia Miller is a dancer who studies at The School of Performing Arts at Gloucester County Institute of Technology during the day and DANCE! By Debra DiNote at night. Olivia has been dancing since the age of two and has studied many styles of dance. She has been a dancer for the Soul Arena Football League and has danced in Disney World four times. At her studio, she has won the GRAM Award Scholarship for Excellence in Dance, Brenda Pollock Memorial Scholarship for Leadership in Dance, and the Connie M. Bowman Memorial Scholarship for Dance Technique. Olivia was “Wendy” in her studio’s 2020 production of Peter Pan, as well as Princess Anna in the studio’s production of Once Upon a Jingle Bell. She has performed in DANCE!’s annual dance recitals since 2006. Also, she performs at many community services events with her studio. As a GCIT dance student, and member of the 1360 Dance Ensemble, she has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of formal and informal concerts. Olivia has performed a variety of works choregraphed by faculty, guest artists and students. In addition to the annual dance concerts, she is also heavily involved with the National Honor Society for Dance Arts at GCIT, volunteering for a variety of community service projects including the annual “Dancing for Humanity; I was Here” benefit performances and The Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention. Olivia hopes to keep dance with her throughout her life by taking college dance classes and being on a collegiate dance team. She has not made her choice on which college she wants to attend or exactly what her career will be, but Olivia does know she wants to pursue a career in the biochemistry field.

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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.