PricillaPagan_HeadshotPriscilla Pagan

New Jersey Performing Arts Center  — Exceptional Promise in Hip Hop

My name is Priscilla Pagan. I’m 17 years old and I’m a Junior at Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology in Newark NJ. I won 2nd place for dance in my school’s talent show. I’m also an Assistant Instructor for the dance class.

I started taking dance classes when I was 2 years old. I later studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, and Modeling.

I was a Teacher’s Assistant in my dance school for 6 years and I was also an active member of my dance school competition team. I have participated in multiple dance competitions for several years.

I have now been a student at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for the last 5 years and have studied with and performed with Carolyn Dorfman, Savion Glover in his Musical Theater Summer Project and in the  Hip-Hop Intensive in the Summer, Falls and Spring class. I represent NJPAC as a student in different events in solo and group performances.

In addition, I have received scholarships from Carolyn Dorfman, NJPAC, and Nimbus Dance Company. I also achieved a Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Junior Instructor.

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.