County Prep High School Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Dance Program

The County Prep Dance Program at the Hudson County Schools of Technology’s County Prep High School in Jersey City celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Thursday with a get together for both current students and alumni in recognition of both the success of the program and the success of its students.

As a part of the celebration, How Does the Journey End?, a film created by students of the program in response to recent events over the past year using movement as a medium for storytelling, was presented on May 20th and 21st.

The program was founded in 2001 by Director and Instructor and Chair of the Jersey City Arts Council Heather Warfel Sandler who has helped shape the program to focus on the creative process and art making to enable students of all skill levels the opportunity to express themselves through art and dance.

“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Heather Warfel Sandler used this opportunity to identify new teaching practices to help her students succeed and grow as artists even while practicing the arts from home,” said Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “Her experience, skills and commitment to growing the next generation of artists through hands-on learning is a true asset to our district.”

County Prep Dance has provided students with a progressive dance training program for teens in Hudson County; advanced students can earn an opportunity to join the 407 Dance Company. Learn more about the County Prep Dance Program at