Welcome Brandye Lee, Choreographer

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 Washingtonian, 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 cast, crew and orchestra members. 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 The Art of Technique, George Mason University, Fisk University, Rhodes College, Marymount University, DC CAPITAL Stars Gala Competition, and countless others.  

Most recently, Brandye performed and served as Rehearsal Director for Memphis, Tennessee’s groundbreaking ballet company and conservatory, Collage Dance Collective.  She is the recipient of The Woman of Excellence Award (Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington, DC); The Outstanding Emerging Artist Award (Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Washington, DC); the Distinguished Alumni Award (Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC); is a New Memphis Institute Fellow and served two terms as a commissioner for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission.  

A certified yoga instructor, Brandye loves promoting healthy lifestyles through dance and yoga, and continues to find innovative ways to let her life speak, and serve her community.  

Brandye credits her six years at Mater Amoris Montessori School for deeply embedding within her an appreciation for music and the arts, and is especially grateful for her teacher, Marcia Perez for her artistic genius and infectious passion for music. 


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Brandye Lee

Mater Amoris Alumna and Choreographer of the upcoming Musical Revue

Barbara Heikkinen