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New Jersey Wins Miss Black USA Crown
New Jersey's Daphne Lee, a 26 year old professional ballerina wins the Miss Black USA crown on Sunday, August 20th. Who's Who of women of color across the national will compete for the coveted title of Miss Black USA 2017. Watch Video on Demand Here.
2017 Miss Black USA
Ballerina, Activist, Grad Student & Goodwill Ambassador to The Republic of Sierra Leone
Daphne Lee began her dance training at the Rahway Dance Theatre under the direction of Ms. Jay Skeete-Lee. She graduated with Honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in dance and is a recipient of the Denise Jefferson Scholarship award. Ms. Lee received scholarships to Jacobs Pillow, School of American Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and is a regional gold medal recipient in dance for the NAACP ACT-SO competition.
Ms. Lee was also featured in the opening video for the Mrs. Carter World Tour for Beyonce and was featured in a short film, “Life of An Actress” by director Paul Chau. Daphne performed works by Robert Battle, Benoit Swan- Pouffer, Amy Hall-Gardner and Alonzo King among others and was assistant choreographer to the musical “The Color Purple”. She has danced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and was a cast member in the sixth season of Dance212′s online reality series. She has even graced the pages of Dance Magazine and was featured cover for the April Edition of Dance Mogul Magazine. The NAACP National Act-so competition invited her to be a judge in 2015. Daphne was also featured in Elle Magazine and the Village Voice. She currently dances for Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN and will be receiving her MFA in Dance at Hollins University
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