TCHS Dance Department
About Us

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., is the founding dance educator of the TCHS Dance Department. Miss Zwierzynski 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). Zwierzynski has been awarded the New Jersey Department of Education's Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She holds a Standard Certificate in Dance Teaching, PK-12 and  Vocational Arts/Dance. Before educating in Trenton, Miss Zwierzynski has worked at Academy of Performing Arts​/ Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (Scotch Plains, NJ) and at Union City High School​.

Outside of the class room, Miss Zwierzynski has performed works by by dance artists, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, Keith Thompson, Paulette Sears, Shua Group, Gerald Casel, and Jose Limon. She is currently working on projects with the Pictor Performing Arts Collective (PicPAC) and Monica Gonzalez. As a choreographer, she has presented her work regionally in the New York City area. 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.  

To learn more about Miss Z, please visit her website
The TCHS Dance Department is housed at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy:

Trenton Central High School-VPA
544 Chestnut Ave
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.