TCHS Dance Department
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Dance Department Misson

The mission of the Dance Department is to provide a nurturing, yet challenging environment for the young artist in training.  The Dance Department strives to expose our dancers to various learning experiences through daily technique classes, interdisciplinary lessons, exposure to resident guest artists, performance experiences, field trips and much more! Our goal is to create artists who have a deep appreciation and understanding of all aspects of dance, including but not limited to theory, history, creation and performance. 

About Miss Zwierzynski

Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski, B.F.A. Ed.M., graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (2012) and graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Master's of Education Degree in Dance Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University (2013). She holds a NJ Standard Certificate  in Dance Teaching, PK-12 and a CEAS in Vocational Arts/Dance.

Elizabeth is the founding dance educator at Trenton Central High School’s Visual and Performing Art Academy, a Title I school, in New Jersey. Within her school district, she serves as a curriculum writer, professional development leader, mentor teacher, and a dance education advocate on Trenton’s Community Arts Team in partnership with the Kennedy Center's Ensuring Arts for Any Given Child. Her program has been featured in Arts Ed NJ’s monthly newsletter, The Beat.

In addition to her K-12 teaching duties, Zwierzynski is a part-time lecturer in the Graduate Dance Education program at Rutgers University. Zwierzynski has served as an assessment writer for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Model Curriculum in Dance, 2013-2014. She has presented at the National Dance Education Organization’s Conference and Dance New Jersey’s professional development series: DancEdNJ on the Move. Zwierzynski also serves as a Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Facilitator, providing professional development to dance educators via the DEL model.

Some of her professional accolades include being awarded the New Jersey Department of Education's Distinguished Student Teacher Award in 2013 and the American Ballet Theatre’s Project Plié Teacher Training Scholarship in 2019. Elizbaeth is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Elizabeth has performed works by dance artists, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, Keith Thompson, Paulette Sears, Shua Group, Gerald Casel, and Jose Limon. As a choreographer, she has presented her work regionally in the New York City area. This year Elizabeth was the recipient of coLab Arts’s creative residency, Works & Process, a three-month space grant that culminates in a performance at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. During this period, Elizabeth created “Keep Calm and 20 On” which was later shown at StageFest at the Landmark Jersey Loews Theater in Jersey City, NJ and the Blooms Festival at Green Space in Long Island City, Queens. Elizabeth has also presented her work at Dance New Amsterdam as part of the College Partnership Program, Two Rivers Theater in Red Bank, NJ, and Rutgers University.

During her time as a student at Rutgers University, Zwierzynski was an involved student leader holding positions such as President, Secretary, and Dance Representative in the Mason Gross Student Government Association. For her student leadership and commitment to her community, Elizabeth has been awarded the Washington Rock Scholarship, Scott Cagenello Memorial Commencement Award, The Florence Schnepf Domeshek Memorial Merit Scholarship throughout her student career.

To learn more about Miss Z, please visit her website
The TCHS Dance Department is located at Trenton Central High School.

Trenton Central High School
400 Chambers Street
Trenton, NJ 08611

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy is a sanctuary to students that allows them to liberate their ideas and hone their skills.  VPA is dedicated to creating an artistic community that will support and respect each other.  Together, all stakeholders provide a rigorous learning experience that begins the moment students walk into the building and lasts the rest of their lives.