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Quinn Cappiello

Student Award for Artistic Excellence and Leadership in Dance

Quinn Cappiello is a 17-year-old emerging dancer who has trained at the Gotta Dance studios in New Jersey for the past 15 years. She has also studied dance at the New Jersey School of Ballet, the Rock School of Ballet, and the Rockettes Summer Intensive. Quinn trains in all styles of dance but especially enjoys jazz, modern, and ballet. She is an avid member of her high school’s dance program and acts as a captain for the competitive Ridge Dance Team and Dance Assistant for the Ridge Drama Club. Quinn has performed at numerous venues ranging from the Liberty Hall Museum to Dorney Park and even at the Hammerstein Ballroom. She is also skilled in assisting teachers and choreographers, sharing dance with young children, helping teenage actors at school with choreography, and even uncoordinated fathers for her studio’s annual Dad’s dance. Constantly moving and grooving, Quinn hopes to advocate for the arts and spread the joys of dance to those around her.

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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.