Rahway resident crowned Miss Black USA

Daphne Lee, a 26 year old professional ballerina was crowned Miss Black USA on Sunday, August 20th. 
Lee began her dance training at the Rahway Dance Theatre under the direction of 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. 
The pageant winner 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.
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. 
She 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 currently dances for Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN and will be receiving her MFA in Dance at Hollins University.
The Union County Freeholder Board honored the Rahway resident. 
?Freeholder Vernell Wright, Miss Black USA and Rahway resident Daphne Lee, Freeholders Linda Carter and Bette Jane Kowalski.
The 2017 Miss Black USA pageant judges were Dr. Myland Bennett, one of the most sought after female plastic surgeons on the East Coast,Stevie Baggs Jr.,  the bachelor on Match Made in Heaven and a three-time All-American linebacker in both the NFL, and  Ocielia Gibson, an author, minister, and former Miss Black USA.

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