About How Does The Journey End?

The Dance Program at County Prep High School in Jersey City celebrates its 20th annual concert with a student produced dance film, How Does the Journey End?. In response to the events of the past year, students redirected their attention to using movement as a tool for storytelling in film. Students conceived of the show’s theme, and also choreographed, filmed, and edited the work. The hour-long film offers an important perspective on how our youth are experiencing the pressures and unrest of today’s world. This show, co-directed by the senior class, tells the stories of our diverse group of students and the ways their lives are affected by today’s society. 

This playlist is a compilation of songs that address topics that are important to our dance students: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5AsNONzNmHzWOZIWxnlkS1

Brief Q&A with the student artistic directors each night after the film: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76450390016?pwd=Z3RPK0lSSG5HVlVuaU8wdWlENGNidz09

Program below.

County Prep Dance presents

How Does The Journey End?

The Twentieth Annual Dance Concert: A Dance Film

Directed by Heather Warfel Sandler

Artistic Directors: Kelly Nguyen, Ebony Freeman, Paul Osanya, & Sasha Johnson

Conceived by the Senior Dance Class

Choreography, Filmography, & Editing by Kelly Nguyen, Ebony Freeman, Sasha Johnson, Nadeen Farag, Isabella Colon, Arianna Rodriguez, with dancers & Ms.Warfel

Additional Filmography by Crisostomo Damian & Leian Macapagal

Animation by Kelly Nguyen

Dance IV: Kelly Nguyen, Ebony Freeman, Sasha Johnson, Nadeen Farag, 

Casandra Landry, Paul Osanya, Valerie Pedraza

Dance III: Isabella Colon, Arianna Rodriguez, 

Charlene Domingo, Liana Cotto, Kassandra Esparra

Dance II: Destiny Figuereo, Chelsea Mugambe, Naomi Bayas, 

Karla Infante, Paljor Thakuri, Miguelfi Guzman

Dance I: Alissa Colon, Leila Faringthon, LeaMarye Flores, Eduardo Larios, 

Hetaben Patel, Yasira Pineda, Tristan Sanderlin, Taren Bryant, Britteny Steen

Walk with me...

Music by Roger Robinson


Written, Filmed, Choreographed, & Edited by Ebony Freeman

Music by Pretty Little Fears

Performed by LeaMarye, Karla, Liana, & Paul

WIth Angst

Choreographed by Isabella Colon

Filmed & Edited by Crisostomo Damian

Music by Ludovico Einaudi

Performed by Isabella, Arianna, Yasira, Leila, & Sasha

Breaking Boundaries

Music by Jlin

Created & Performed by Dance I & II

Directed by Ms.WarfelSandler


Music by Leslie Odom Jr.

Performed by dancers, parents, & teachers

What Shouldn’t I Be?

Choreographed & Edited by Sasha Johnson

Music by Sampha

Performed by Chelsea, Liana, Isabella, Alissa, & Kelly


Choreographed by Arianna Rodriguez

Filmed & Edited by Leian Macapagal

Music by Shawn Mendes

Performed by Tristan & Charlene

Look Through, Look At

Choreographed & Edited by Nadeen Farag

Sound by Adam Roa

Performed by Eduardo, Kassie, & Charlene

Out The Box

Choreographed, Filmed, & Edited by Kelly Nguyen

Music by BTS

Performed by Naomi & Destiny

Too Many Times

Music by Machinedrum

Choreographed & Performed by Dance IV

*This piece is dedicated to the memory of those who could not make it back home...

Ethereal Freedom

Music by Mary Watkins

Choreographed & Directed by Dance III with Ms.Warfel

Performed by Dance III


Music by Leon Bridges

Performed by the cast

Instructors: Heather Warfel Sandler, Katelyn Halpern, Madelyn Eltringham

Guest Teaching Artist: Paul Pinto

Thank you to County Prep Principal Barbara Mendolla, Assistant Principal William Mattei, Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez, County Prep Office and Admissions staff, Security, Technology, and Maintenance. 

Thank you to the parents and teachers who participated in this work.

County Prep High School

For more about our program, visit countyprepdance.org