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16-year-old teen sensation receves coveted award
(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK -- Colby Christina, a 16-year-old teen sensation, has received the coveted Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Samuel H. Scripps Award during the Opening Night performance of the 41st year of DANCE AFRICA.
The Samuel H. Scripps Bam Scholarship Fund was launched in 2008. The fund supports Post-Secondary Education and was established to benefit students who have participated in BAM’s Arts Education programs. Every year, BAM awards Two and Four Year scholarships to support select students pursuing degrees in the Performing Arts or Arts Administration with a focus on Dance and Theater.
About: Colby Christina - Colby Christina (born May 29, 2001) is a American professional Actor, TV Show Host, Singer, Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Mentor, Instructor & Advocate born in Manhasset, New York. Colby has trained professionally since the age of two at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center for Arts & Culture & at other locations. Colby has been labeled a formidable "Triple Threat" Nationally & Internationally. She credits Peggy Alston, the Emeritus Director of the Restoration Center for Arts & Culture with being the very first Triple Threat she ever met in a formal setting who ignited a spark in her. Colby is now an Alumna of the school & carries the title in perpetuity of “Restoration Center for Arts and Culture Student Ambassador” that was bestowed upon her at the age of 11 for her voluminous groundbreaking accomplishments that continue today.
To her credit, Colby Christina has accomplished many “first” in the Arts & in Academia & is the recipient of more than 150 Awards, Citations, Proclamations & Honors, a considerable amount of them before the age of 13. Colby has been honored twice, with the NAACP "Legacy Award" & prior to that received the NAACP "Youth Award", was honored by the King of Kings Foundation with the "A Star Has Risen Award" (This Award Will Be Given Annually & has Been Officially Named the "Colby Christina a Star Has Risen Award), honored by the Trey Whitfield School Foundation as a "Academic Honoree" & Colby was Honored by the Young, Gifted & Black Corporation with the "Nina Simone Entrepreneurship & Creativity Award", to name a few.
Her accomplishments to date have catapulted her to the National Stage at the National Black Theatre Festival as the Celebrity Teen Co-Chair and Parade Grand Marshall in 2015 & 2017, as well as to the Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival as a Guest at the Oprah Winfrey Premiere of Greenleaf on the OWN TV Network.
Colby Christina has performed Center Stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as a Feature Performer in Dance Africa with Emeritus Artistic Director and Founder, Dr. Baba Charles "Chuck" Davis and Artistic Director, Abdel Salaam, the Billie Holiday Theatre, the Museum of Natural History, the Waldorf Astoria New York and Black Spectrum Theatre to name a few. Prior to the "Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills" written by Cheryl Wills, NY 1 News Anchor, where Colby played "Emma Wills" & received a standing ovation for a one of a kind performance where she spoke no words, Colby also appeared in the Lead Role of "Alice" at the age of 12 to sold out audiences in the Stage to TV Production, “The Liberation of Mother Goose”, in the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York with Emeritus Theatre Director, Marjorie Moon written by Aduke Aremu, Executive Producer/Director, Peggy Alston, Musical Director, Mario Sprouse and Director & Choreographer Abdel Salaam.
Colby recently appeared as a Feature Performer in Dance Africa 2018 as a BAM/DANCE AFRICA "Spirit Walker". (Since the inception 3 years ago by DANCE AFRICA Artistic Director Abdel Salaam, Colby is the youngest Spirit Walker at age 16).
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