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          Brianna Brathwaite, a native of New Jersey, is an EdM candidate in Dance Education at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. Brathwaite’s full-time clinical experience was at Franklin Park School (elementary), and her part-time clinical experience was at Franklin High School--both in Franklin School District. Throughout Brathwaite’s college career, she was on the Dean’s List, graduating from Mason Gross School of the Arts Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During Brathwaite’s time at Mason Gross, she was also inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts for her Artistic Merit and Leadership. While at Rutgers University, she has been awarded the Nancy Higginson Dorr Award. Additionally, Brathwaite attended the National Dance Education Organization conference in Miami, Florida in 2019. Brathwaite worked as a student ambassador for Mason Gross, actively participating in the Rutgers community as well as helping prospective students make decisions in regard to their collegiate future. Brathwaite also worked as a Rutgers Global Ambassador after studying abroad at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England. 

          Brathwaite earned her certification Pre-Primary through Level 3 at the American Ballet Theatre under the mentorship of Maeve Dougal. Brathwaite has had the privilege of interning at the José Limón Dance Foundation learning the inner workings of a dance foundation. Brathwaite graduated from Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ. During Brathwaite’s high school career, she taught Ballet to children at the South Amboy YMCA. Brathwaite spent eight years studying at The Ailey School in New York City. During her time at The Ailey School, Brathwaite trained in Ballet, Horton, Limón, Flamenco, West African, Character, Jazz, Tap, and Graham. Brathwaite’s passion for dance began at Dance Stop, a dance studio in Parlin, NJ where she trained for seven years. Brathwaite works to inspire and cultivate students through dance every day.