TCHS Dance Department
Summer Study 2019
by Miss Zwierzynski on September 22nd, 2019

The learning never stops! Join the TCHS-VPA Dance Department in celebrating the Dance TCHS students on their accomplishments over the summer.

Student Feature: Izir Lewis

Izir Lewis, Class of 2020, received a full scholarship to attend the Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory. The two week summer dance intensive allowed Izir to experience the rigor of a college dance program by taking daily technique classes, learning repertory, participating in workshops, and attending live dance performances, all while staying on the New Brunswick campus. 

Hear more about the experience from Izir:
"To me, summer intensives are important because it brings out the best dancer you can be. I've gained confidence and learned so much about myself as a person and a dancer. During the intensive, I took a modern, ballet technique, and improv class everyday. We also had Broadway jazz, hip hop, latin jazz master classes, and a master class taught by the Yin Yue dance company. Honestly my favorite part of attending the intensive was all the amazing dancers I got to meet. There is nothing better than being around people who all have similar goals as you. I've made so many amazing friendships." 
Check out more photos of Izir's summer experience on our Instagram:

Student Feature: India Bracey

India Bracey, Class of 2020, spent her summer with the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP).

Hear more about the experience from India:
"I went to Princeton University on weekdays for 6 weeks of the summer and took classes such as: Neuroscience, Art, Math, Literature, and College Admissions. During the summer I mastered the 3x3 Rubik’s Cube, took a traditional Chinese dance class, and completed a research project on memory as it is associated with color and music. Throughout this summer, I was challenged with rigorous work, but I can say that I have grown even more as a scholar.  I enjoyed working with my fellow scholars in my cohort. I was able to work on my common app and start the college process with the people I spent my high school summer with. I’m so glad that I was able to get ahead start on the college admissions process to prepare me for senior year. This experience has strengthened me as a scholar and as an artist because it has expanded my creativity. Not only was I pushed academically, but I was able to  think further into what I want to study in college. While touring different colleges, I was able to find colleges that had strong dance programs. This made me want to study dance in college even more!"
Check out more photos from India's experience on our Instagram:

Alumni Spotlight: Jose Lapaz Rodriguez

Dance TCHS alum Class of 2017, Jose Lapaz Rodriguez, appeared as a cameo artist with 10 Hairy Legs for the Public Work’s production of Hercules. Performances ran August 31st - Sept 8th.

Hear what Jose had to say about his experience:
"Hercules was quite a fun process! The  professionalism that was demanded was something I am getting accustomed to. Every night we performed Hercules was magical! The energy of the audience is what uplifted and motivated us. I got to work beside James and Jellani, which was mind blowing because they are Tony award winning artists. Overall, the entire experience was beautiful and spectacular to have shared the stage with legends like Roger Bart (voice of original young hercules) who graduated from my school, Mason Gross School of the Arts."

Alumni Spotlight: Jefferson Konah

Jefferson Konah, Dance TCHS alum Class of 2017, earned his 200-hour yoga teacher certification with the Om Factory School of Yoga and Rutgers Community Arts (formerly Mason Gross Extension Division). Check out his yoga Facebook page "Yoga with Jonah". 

Faculty Spotlight: July Highlight

During July, Ms. Brown, Mr. Forte, Dr. Kellogg, and Ms. Z attended the Arts Integration Leadership Institute in Princeton, NJ. This summer institute that focuses on the development of school/district projects that stress arts integration with NJ’s Student Learning Standards. The VPA teachers are excited to implement more arts integrated instruction during the 2019-2020 school year.

During an evening event, Dance TCHS alum Jefferson Konah, addressed a room of teachers, administrators, arts organizations, and policy makers while he performed an excerpt of working solo. Following his performance, he spoke equally eloquently and critically about his access to the arts.
Catch a glimpse of Jefferson's performance on our Instagram:

Faculty Spotlight: August Highlight

In August, Ms. Zwierzynski attended the American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum Teacher Training Intensive for nine days in New York City. After a rigorous certification exam, we are happy to announce that Ms. Zwierzynski 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. 

Ms. Zwierzynski received the American Ballet Theatre's Project Plie scholarship to attend this training.

Upcoming Announcements:

-Look for the VPA Newsletter!
-Parents: Joins us for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 26th

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