On Sunday October 9th, the County Prep Dance Program was invited by Art House Productions to perform at the JCAST Flagship location. Juniors, Seniors and three alumni participated in the event, which is one of Jersey City’s most popular and long running celebrations of local arts. The artist tour brings together visual artists, and this year expanded to include the performing arts. The dance students viewed the artwork at the event, and took inspiration from a chosen work to create improvised dances. County Prep dance students also performed some of their work from last year’s show “Revealed”: two student choreographed pieces and one by Robert Mark Burke.
The dancers that participated were Seniors Alyssa Acciavatti, Amanda Abdelaal, Veronica Gagliardi, Mia Stephens, Selah Rogerson, and Tamir Rios; Juniors Meredith Moore, Sheron Scriven, Esmeralda Bencosme, Delana Ramos, and Samiyah Bryant. Three Alumni also joined us for the event, Tamajah Southerland, and Gianna Diaz, who are both dance majors at Montclair University, and Diana Uribe, a dance major at The New School.
Additionally, County Prep dance instructor Heather Warfel Sandler performed a duet at the opening ceremony of the tour on Friday, October 7th, with her husband Ross Sandler. The light-hearted piece, a tribute to motown, was originally produced at the Your Move Dance Festival, and was warmly received once again.
Ms Warfel Sandler had this to say, “I’m very proud to be an active member of the Jersey City arts community, and happy that my colleagues in the arts reach out to me and my students to participate in these events. It is a great way for our students to become a part of the amazing network of creative professionals here. Our program has earned a name for itself in Jersey City and it is exciting to see that our students are recognized as the up and coming generation of artists.”