Company: Devore Dance Center and RiseUp ETTA
Location: Freeport, New York, United States
Carolyn Vance-DeVore, director of the DeVore Dance Center and Rise Up Empowerment Through The Arts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in dance and education.
Ms. Vance-DeVore began dancing at the age of three under the guidance of teacher Michael Peters, a choreographer and dancer known for his work on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video. A diverse talent, Ms. Vance-DeVore has studied tap, ballet, jazz, African dance, hip-hop, and contemporary styles, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern dance and secondary education and a Master of Arts in special education from Adelphi University. She began her professional career as an educator at Erasmus Hall and later joined the New York City Department of Education, where she taught at Andrew Jackson High School and served as the dean of Benjamin Cardozo High School.
For more than 30 years, Ms. Vance-DeVore has been the director of the DeVore Dance Center and RiseUp ETTA, and her students have gone on to professional careers in the arts and appearances at events including the 2019 Grammy Awards. Ms. Vance-Devore has been recognized for her work with a Special Recognition Award from Queens Borough Presidents, a U.S. Congressional Award, special citations from the New York State Assembly, a Certificate of Recognition to the DeVore Dancers, and proclamations from Senators Leroy Comrie and Malcolm A. Smith. Looking toward the future, she aims to pass on her legacy and continue to serve as a mentor to the many young creative minds of the next generation.
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