Zeeland Rec Dance

  • Classes Offered: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop + more 

  • For 3-18 Year Olds: Our goal is to serve 3-18 year old’ of all skill levels 

  • All-Inclusive: Our goal is to provide an inclusive environment to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, while also fostering a life-long appreciation of the arts

  • Well-Rounded Dancers: Through creative and technical instruction, our dance program aims to educate the well-rounded dancer, while recognizing that ballet is the foundation for overall dance technique


Winter Dance Programs




When Am I Old Enough to Start Taking….

  • Dance Fundamentals (ballet focus): 3 yr olds - 5th graders
  • Tap: Kindergarten - 5th grade
  • Jazz/Tap Combo: Middle School +
  • Hip Hop: 6th Grade +
  • Leveled Dance Class: After completing one full year of "Dance Fundamentals"
  • Ballet Tech: 3rd Grade + 2 years of dance experience
  • ZYDC Auditioned Ensemble: 5th Grade + 2 years of dance experience


Holiday Kid’s Dance Day

(PreK - 6th Graders)

The Zeeland Dance Company (ZYDC) is hosting a holiday themed day of fun! Dancers will stretch, learn technique and routines, play movement games, and do a dance related craft (depending on age). That evening, dancers are invited back to perform at 6pm in “Uplifted”, a concert hosted by ZYDC, benefitting the K.L.A.S.S. program, which provides free Zeeland Rec programs to children who are in financial need.

  • Event Date: Sat, Dec 14
  • Pre-K – K: 9am-12:00pm | $30r/$45nr
  • 1st – 6th: 9:00am-1:00pm | $35r/$50nr
  • “Uplifted” Dance Performance:
    • Buy Tickets
    • Date: Dec 14 @ 6pm | Cityside MS Lokers Auditorium


Swan Lake Winter Ballet Workshops

(age 3 - grade 12)

Designed for students enrolled in fall 2019 Recreation Dance classes wishing to stay in shape in January and explore Swan Lake inspired creative movement, crafts and/or dance history. Min: 5

3 year olds – 6th Graders

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $30r/$55nr
  • Day: Tuesdays 
  • Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21
  • 3-4 yr olds: 3:30-4:15pm
  • 5-6 yr olds: 4:15-5:00pm
  • 1st-3rd Graders: 5:00-5:45pm
  • 4th-6th Graders: 5:45-6:45pm
  • Location: Zeeland West HS Studio 

7th – 12th Graders

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $40r/$55nr
  • Day: Tuesdays
  • Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21
  • Contemporary Technique (7th grade and up): 5:00-6:00pm
  • Ballet Tech (7th-9th grade): 6:00-7:30pm
  • Ballet Tech (10th-12th grade): 7:30-9:00pm
  • Location: Cityside MS - Performing Arts Room


Only open to Primary II - VIII & Secondary I


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

Rachel Plaggemars

Rachel earned her BA in dance performance and choreography with an emphasis in education from Hope College. She is now in her 15th year of teaching at Zeeland Recreation. 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.

Cydney Sheneman

Cydney graduated from Hope College with her BA in dance and religion education. Cydney has been teaching at Zeeland Recreation for eight years, and is involved in the Zeeland High School Dance Program. 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.

Sam Lamer

Sam graduated from Oakland University with a BFA in dance performance and education along with a Secondary Education Certification in Spanish. Sam is excited to share with students everything she has learned from her initial training in Zeeland to her experiences at Oakland and abroad.


Photo Credit: Andrew Weller

2018-19 Dance Photos