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Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski

I view dance education and art-making as essential tools for empowerment, self-reflection, and social change.

Degrees & Accomplishments
EdM Dance Education + PK-12 Certification, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
BFA in Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Elizabeth Rose Zwierzynski holds an EdM in Dance Education from the Graduate School of Education and a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. 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.

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.

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. Zwierzynski is also serves as a Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Facilitator.

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, and the Florence Schnepf Domeshek Memorial Merit Scholarship.