Zeeland Rec Dance

FALL CLASS PLACEMENTS FOR RETURNING DANCERS WILL BE EMAILED BY THUR, AUG 5

Summer Dance Programs

DANCE PRINCESS WORKSHOPS

3-6 Yr Olds

Celebrate your favorite princesses with a snack, dance and fun! Each workshop will focus on a different princess and what value we can learn from them. All dancers will receive a bracelet to remind them what they learned in our fun princess workshop! Costumes are encouraged.

  • Register Here
  • Instructor: Cydney Sheneman
  • Cost: $25r/$40nr
  • 3-4 Yr Olds: 9-10:15am
  • 5-6 Yr Olds: 10:30-11:45am
  • Session 4: Fri, July 30 | Anna & Elsa Workshop
  • Session 5: Fri, Aug 6 | Rapunzel Workshop
  • Location: Shoreline Studio (@ Zeeland Recreation)

iNTENSIVE 

4th-12th Graders

This dance intensive camp will focus on improving techniques in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, and Tap, while also developing choreography skills. 2-3 years previous recent dance experience recommended. Each day will consist of the following agenda: 8-9:30am: Ballet | 9:30-10:30am: Jazz | 10:30-11am: Elective | 11-11:30am: Lunch | 11:30am-12:15pm: Tap | 12:15-1:15pm: Improv Choreography | 1:15-2pm: Modern/Contemporary. Enroll based on 2021-22 grade level. 

  • Instructors: Rachel Plaggemars & Cydney Sheneman
  • Dates: July 19-22 + July 26-29
  • Time: 8am-2pm
  • Location: Shoreline Studio (@Zeeland Recreation)

 

Fall & Winter Programs

dance fundamentals classes

3 Yr Olds - 5th Graders

Our fundamentals classes are for first-time dancers or participants who have been in our dance classes previously but are looking to continue to improve their dance fundamentals prior to our genre-specific dance classes. Join us to receive excellent dance training, increase flexibility, improve coordination, develop artistic creativity, make lasting friendships and have fun! Participants will develop techniques that will help them in all dance genres as they get older (Ballet, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Tap, etc). Enroll based on 2021-22 grade level. All participants must be potty-trained. 

  • Register Here (Online Registration Opens on Mon, Aug 9 @ 5am)
  • Class Schedules: Coming Soon!
  • Fall Registration Deadline: Sept 4
  • Fall Class Dates: Sept 13-Dec 18
  • Winter Class Dates: Feb 16-June 9
  • Winter Registration Deadline: Jan 8
  • Instructors: Ms. Rachel, Ms. Cydney, Ms. Annika, Ms. Tiffany
  • Dancewear and Shoe Requirements
  • 3-5 Yr Olds - Dance Fundamentals: Mon | 2-2:45pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • 3-5 Yr Olds - Dance Fundamentals: Fri | 5-5:45pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • 3-5 Yr Olds - Dance Fundamentals: Sat | 8:30-9:15am | Fall: $77r/$92nr | Winter: $91r/$106nr
  • 3-5 Yr Olds - Dance Fundamentals: Sat | 9:15-10am | Fall: $77r/$92nr | Winter: $91r/$106nr
  • (Winter Only) 3-5 Yr Olds - New Winter Dance Fundamentals: Tue | 9-9:45am | $105r/$120nr
  • 3-5 Yr Olds - Continuing Dance Fundamentals: Tue | 10-11am | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • Kindergarten - Dance Fundamentals: Sat | 10-10:45am | Fall: $77r/$92nr | Winter: $91r/$106nr
  • K-2nd Gr - Tap Fundamentals: Thur | 5:45-6:30pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • 1st-2nd Gr - Dance Fundamentals: Sat | 10:45-11:30am | Fall: $77r/$92nr | Winter: $91r/$106nr
  • 2nd-5th Gr - Creative Movement: Tue | 4:15-5pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • 3rd-5th Gr - Dance Fundamentals: Sat | 10:45-11:30am | Fall: $77r/$92nr | Winter: $91r/$106nr
  • 3rd-5th Gr - Tap Fundamentals: Thur | 6:30-7:15pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr
  • 6th Grade+ - Intro to Jazz/Tap: Mon | 3-4:30pm | Fall: $96r/$111nr | Winter: $112r/$127nr
  • 6th Grade + - Jazz Funk (Hip Hop) Fundamentals: Tue | 3:15-4:15pm | Fall: $84r/$99nr | Winter: $98r/$113nr

WEEKLY DANCE CLASSES

3-18 Yr Olds

Our dance classes use excellent training to develop strong techniques in Ballet, Jazz, Jazz Funk (Hip Hop) and Tap. These weekly classes are geared towards students who have been previously enrolled in our dance classes and have been recommended to advance to the next level of classes by our instructors. Participants will continue building upon principals such as proper alignment, placement, turn-out and core control. Dancers will also learn fun choreography, gain strength, increase flexibility, improve coordination, develop artistic creativity, make lasting friendships and have fun! Enroll based on 2021-22 grade level. 

  • Register Here (Online Registration Opens on Mon, Aug 9 @ 5am)
  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Costs: Range from $84-$155 (Depends on Class)
  • Class Schedules: Coming Soon!
  • Fall Registration Deadline: Sept 4
  • Fall Class Dates: Sept 13-Dec 18
  • Winter Class Dates: Feb 16-June 9
  • Winter Registration Deadline: Jan 8
  • Instructors: Ms. Rachel, Ms. Cydney, Ms. Annika, Ms. Tiffany
  • Dancewear and Shoe Requirements
  • Types of Dance Classes Offered: Ballet, Creative Movement, Fundamentals, Jazz, Jazz-Funk (formerly called Hip Hop), Jazz-Tap, Pointe, Primary, Secondary, Tap
  • Leveled Dance Classes (Ex: A, B, etc): Geared towards students who are currently enrolled in our Pre-Primary, Primary, and Secondary leveled classes. 
  • Tap Fundamentals Classes: Designed for students who are currently enrolled in a Tap Fundamentals class and those who are new to tap.  Dancers will learn basic tap movements that serve as the building blocks for more difficult tap movements, work on rhythm and musicality, as well as explore basic music theory.  
  • Leveled Tap Classes: Geared towards students who are currently enrolled in our leveled tap classes. Dancers will work on rhythm, musicality, and increasing speed while working with weight-bearing and non-weight bearing tap vocabulary.
  • Ballet Technique Classes: Designed for dancers seeking an additional weekly class with a ballet focus. Dancers will grow their ballet vocabulary and build strength and flexibility. Besides moving through the components of a classical ballet lesson, dancers will be instructed in floor barre and other innovative techniques to encourage the use of the proper muscles in turn-out, extension, placement and alignment. Ballet Tech E is for dancers who are currently in 3rd grade with two or more years of recent and continuous experience. Permission is not necessary. Placement in Ballet Tech A-D is by recommendation of the instructor only. For all of our Ballet Tech classes, please allow for adjustments in placement to be made as needed. 
  • Pointe: Pointe is by permission only. Dancers must be dual enrolled in Ballet Tech A  in order to enroll in Pointe class.
  • Creative Movement Dance: Geared towards Kindergarten-3rd graders interested in using their imaginations to explore the elements of dance:  time, space, and energy. The class will incorporate and build off of Anne Green Gilbert’s educational methods, including the BrainDance.
  • Introductory Classes: Geared towards experienced dancers or motivated beginners in 6th grade+ with interest in the specific genre. Introductory classes are available for Jazz/Tap for Middle School and Jazz Funk (formerly called hip hop).


Pumpkin Fest Parade 

3-18 Yr Olds

Kick off Fall by representing the Zeeland Recreation Dance program in the Pumpkin Fest Parade! 3-5 year olds will sit on the dance float while 6-18 year olds will walk with the Zeeland Youth Dance Company during the parade. The parade starts at 3pm in downtown Zeeland. Shirts will be provided. Open to all who are currently enrolled in our dance program. 

  • Register Here (Online Registration Opens on Mon, Aug 9 @ 5am)
  • Registration Deadline: Sept 21 (or when full)
  • Instructor: Zeeland Recreation Dance Instructors
  • Cost: $7
  • Date: Sat, Oct 2
  • Meeting Time: 2:30pm
  • Meeting Location: TBD - Details Will Be Emailed tp Parents/Guardians

KID'S DANCE DAY

PreK-6th Graders

The Zeeland Dance Company is hosting a holiday themed day of fun! Dancers will learn techniques and routines, play movement games, and do a dance related craft! That evening, dancers are invited back to perform at 6pm in “Uplifted”, a concert hosted by the Zeeland Youth Dance Company benefitting our K.L.A.S.S. program, which provides free Zeeland Rec programs to children who are in financial need. No experience required. Child must be potty trained and 3 years old as of Sept 1, 2021.

  • Register Here (Online Registration Opens on Mon, Aug 9 @ 5am)
  • Registration Deadline: Wed, Dec 1
  • Instructors: Cydney Sheneman, Rachel Plaggmars and the Zeeland Dance Company
  • Date: Sat, Dec 11
  • PreK-Kindergarten: 9am-12pm + 6pm Concert | $29r/$44nr
  • 1st-6th Gr: 9am-1pm + 6pm Concert | $33r/$48nr
  • Location: Cityside Middle School | Lokers Auditorium
  • “Uplifted” Dance Performance
    • Ticket Sales: Open Nov 8
    • Date: Sat, Dec 11 | 6pm
    • Cost: $5 p/person
    • Location: Lokers Auditorium (Cityside MS)

EXPERIENCED DANCER BUT NEW TO ZEELAND REC DANCE? 

If you are an experienced dancer but our new to our dance program, please enroll in a Dance Fundamentals class for evaluation to determine placement in an upper level class. Or, for an additional fee, new students may schedule a private evaluation in order to determine placement. Please call our office at 748-3230 to schedule an appointment. Questions? Please contact Corrie McKiernan, Leisure Coordinator, at cmckiern@zps.org 

 

Zeeland Youth Dance Company (ZYDC)

5th-12th graders

The Zeeland Youth Dance Company is an auditioned ensemble that provides opportunities for experienced dancers in grades 5-12 to learn and perform choreography throughout the community. ZYDC members show a strong love of dance, and a passion for sharing dance with others. Learn more here.

 

Dance Instructors

Dance Instructors

External LinkRachel Plaggemars

Rachel earned her BA in dance performance and choreography with an emphasis in education from Hope College. Ms. Plaggemars emphasizes ballet training as a foundation for well-rounded dancers and has loved watching her students grow technically and artistically through the program

External LinkCydney Sheneman

Cydney graduated from Hope College with her BA in dance and religion education. Cydney enjoys helping students to not only learn a variety of dance genres and styles, but to also create their own works of movement art

External LinkAnnika Lamer

Annika is currently majoring in communications with a minor in dance and a minor in meeting and event management at Grand Valley State University. Annika’s dance training was at Zeeland Recreation from the age of 3 through her senior year of high school, as well as, a teacher’s assistant at Zeeland Recreation for 6 years.  She loves watching her students grow and develop into strong confident well-rounded dancers.

External LinkTiffany Stegink

Tiffany Stegink is studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in dance at Grand Valley State University. Tiffany trained at Zeeland Recreation from first grade through her senior year. She enjoys seeing dancers develop a passion for dance and watching them grow not only technically, but artistically. 

2018-19 DANCE PHOTOS

Photo Credit: Andrew Weller

2018-19 Dance Photos