Daphne Lee (Rahway, NJ) a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem began her dance training at the Rahway Dance Theatre under the direction of Ms. 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. Ms. Lee 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.
Ms. 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. Daphne 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 has even graced the pages of Dance Magazine and was featured cover for the April Edition of Dance Mogul Magazine. The NAACP National Act-so competition invited her to be a judge in 2015. Daphne got a chance to perform with the Black Iris Project at the Kennedy Center, playing the role of "Winnie Mandela" in the ballet MADIBA.
Lee has done community work through out the country via masterclasses and career readiness talks to the youth. Lee has assisted in raising over $5,000 in scholarship money in partnership with Brown Girls Do Ballet and over $100K for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at the Laugh for Life event. As the reigning Miss Black USA, she will continue her mission to inspire the youth through art. She was a member of Ailey II, Lustig Dance Theatre, Zest Collective, Oakland Ballet Company,
and dance artist for UK artist Sydney Jo Jackson, and Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN. She is also a graduate student at Hollins University getting her MFA in Dance.