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SEL and Arts Education: Elevating Student Voice and Community


Jun 4, 2020 06:19 PM

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Justin Dominic
Faculty @New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Justin Dominic, born in Newark, NJ, trained at Arts High School, Ailey School, American Ballet Theater, and Joffrey Ballet School. In 2010, Justin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he performed with the Limon Company and other works by Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, Donald McKayle, Janis Brenner, Jose Limon, and Larry Keigwin. Justin continues to dance and perform with Dance Heginbotham and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. In 2018, Justin received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He continues to fulfill his passion for teaching as a guest artist and lecturer at high schools, universities, and for teacher professional development.
Sheikia Purple Haze Norris
Faculty Lead, Hip Hop Education Programs @New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Sheikia S. Norris, lyrically known as Purple Haze was born in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Bronx. Currently residing in Newark, New Jersey, Purple’s performance or classroom experience are dynamic and unforgettable! This independent international Emcee, translates rocks with funk & soul to naturally connect with ease using a voice that inspires audience movement. Enthusiasts of the art form appreciated her energy, her impeccable flow and a clever deliverance of truth. Haze has mastered her own rich style of spitting lyrics with both power and substance. She is recognized as a skilled performing and leader in Hip Hop Educator. Acknowledgments from participating as a “Lady’s First Fund” grant recipient, NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive Program Director, Next Level Program U.S. Cultural Diplomat, Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem Artist, a former member of the Toni Blackman’s Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union) and up and coming curator for Hip Hop art and performance.
Jennifer Tsukayama
Acting Vice President, Arts Education @New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Jennifer Tsukayama is the Acting Vice President of Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The arc of her professional career demonstrates experience creating, implementing and evaluating educational, artistic and government programs and policy on local, district, state and national levels. Prior to NJPAC, Tsukayama was the School Administrator at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Director of Performing Arts for the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA). Tsukayama’s artistic work includes the direction of three dance companies and the creation of over 40 original dance works. Tsukayama was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s Department of Dance where she taught technique, choreography, and performance technology classes for both graduate and undergraduates for nearly a decade.