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Brandye Lee

Brandye Lee is a cum laude alumna of Smith College (Economics & Afro-American Studies), and received her formal dance training as a scholarship student at Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School. A native of Washington, DC, she was a featured dancer with Ailey II and Disney’s blockbuster “The Lion King” - National Gazelle Tour. While touring with The Lion King, Brandye served as the company’s outreach coordinator, creating unique behind-the-scenes experiences that included the show’s phenomenal cast, crew and orchestra members. Throughout her travels, she has produced numerous concerts benefiting community arts and education organizations. Brandye has been a guest performer and teacher in many of the 47 states she toured, including at Flint Institute of Music, Dance Institute of Washington, Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Troy D. Brown’s Art of Technique, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, George Mason University, University of Tennessee, Fisk University, Rhodes College, Marymount University, and countless others. Most recently, Brandye served as Rehearsal Director for Memphis, Tennessee’s groundbreaking ballet company and conservatory, Collage Dance Collective. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Sidwell Friends School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also a New Memphis Institute Fellow and served two terms as a commissioner for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission. Brandye is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at University of California at Irvine, focusing on issues of equity and diversity in ballet. Through her lifelong passion of dance, she continues to find innovative ways to let her life speak and serve her community.
 

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It has been a difficult year for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been suspended to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

Summer Academies Instructor