Zeeland Recreation Dance Program

The Zeeland Recreation Dance Program exists for the betterment of a child’s holistic well-being. Our purpose is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for children to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, while also fostering a life-long appreciation of the arts. 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. Our purpose is to meet 3-18 yr old dancers’ unique goals at every level of interest and ability.

 

Dance Information

 

Fall Calendar

Red = Skip Week   Green = Class

Fall Dance Calendar: No class on October 20 & 31, November 5-9 & 20-24, and December 17-31

 

New Dance Parents

Welcome to Zeeland Recreation Dance Fundamentals

Dance Fundamentals Chart

 

Fall/Winter Dance Programs

Fall/Winter Dance Classes

Our dance classes expand through many different genres, including tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, and more! Full descriptions of all of our dance classes can be viewed by scrolling further down this page.

  • Registration is closed. 
  • Class Dates: September 10 – Dec 15
  • 2018 Recital Photos (Photo Credit: Andrew Weller)
  • The 2019 recital will be held June 10 – 15. More information to come!
  • The Zeeland Recreation Dance program concludes with a year-end recital. At least one full year of dance is required for dancers wishing to perform in the spring dance recitals (June 10-15, 2019). Dancers must enroll in both the fall and winter semesters to be able to perform in the recital. Costumes will be ordered in the fall, and those wishing to perform should plan on an additional performance fee per piece. Please note: “Secondary” classes may learn two pieces). Students are not required, but encouraged to perform.

Kids Dance Day

The Zeeland Dance Company is hosting a fun-filled day of dance and creative arts! Dancers will stretch, learn technique, 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 the Zeeland Youth Dance Company benefitting Hand2Hand, a West Michigan charity providing backpacks filled with nutritious food to kids in need. Cost includes a t-shirt and lunch.

  • Register online for Kids Dance Day or call (616) 748-3230.
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 12 or full enrollment
  • Date: Saturday, October 20
  • 1st-6th Graders: 9am – 1pm | $35r/$47nr
  • Pre-K-Kindergarten: 9am – 12pm | $30r/$42nr

Pumpkin Fest Parade Event

Kick off fall by joining us in the Pumpkin Fest Parade! Open to all who are currently enrolled in our dance program. 3-5 year olds will join us in the parade by sitting on the dance float (due to float size, enrollment is limited). 6-18 year olds will work with our Zeeland Youth Dance Company for 1.5 hours before the parade starts to learn a parade routine. The parade starts at 3pm in downtown Zeeland. Shirts will be provided.

  • Register online for Pumpkin Fest Parade or call (616) 748-3230.
  • Registration Deadline: September 21 or full enrollment
  • Date: Saturday, October 6
  • Ages 6-18: Meeting @ 1:30pm, Location TBD | $5
  • Ages 3-5: Meeting @ 2:30pm, Location TBD | $5

Spring/Summer Programs

Spring/Summer Dance Classes

Our dance classes expand through many different genres, including tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, and more! Full descriptions of all of our dance classes can be viewed by scrolling further down this page. Registration opens in February, 2019.

  • Registration Deadline: January 12, 2019
  • Class Dates: Feb 4 – June 1
  • The 2019 recital will be held June 10 – 15. More information to come!
  • The Zeeland Recreation Dance program concludes with a year-end recital. At least one full year of dance is required for dancers wishing to perform in the spring dance recitals (June 10-15, 2019). Dancers must enroll in both the fall and winter semesters to be able to perform in the recital. Costumes will be ordered in the fall, and those wishing to perform should plan on an additional performance fee per piece. Please note: “Secondary” classes may learn two pieces). Students are not required, but encouraged to perform.

Frozen Dance Workshops

3-6 yr olds | 2019 Dates TBD 

Need a break from the summer heat? Come join Elsa, Anna, and the whole gang as we dance our way through class “In Summer”! Using props, dance terms and fun, join us as we “Let It Go”! Craft and snack will be provided. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Registration opens in February, 2019. 


Moana’s Dance Adventure

3-6 yr olds | 2019 Dates TBD 
What can we say except come join us! Explore dance with Moana and Maui as we dance our way across the ocean to restore the heart of TeFiti. Using fun dance terminology that kids of all ages and levels can understand, Moana’s Dance Adventure is something you don’t want to miss! Craft and snack will be provided. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Registration opens in February, 2019. 


Pirates Dance P-aargh-ty

3-6 yr olds | 2019 Dates TBD 
Don’t just walk the plank, dance to it! Kids will enjoy stepping in to the world of a pirate for a day, leaping and traveling around the world, learning the pirate’s dance code through fun music and terminology. Craft and snack will be provided. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Registration opens in February, 2019. 


Summer Dance Intensive

4th-12th graders | 2019 Dates TBD 
This two week dance camp is for dancers with at least 2-3 years of experience with a strong desire to improve dance technique and artistry. Students will learn choreography from multiple genres including ballet (pointe), jazz, tap, and contemporary. Dancers will receive daily instruct in dance history and vocabulary and explore electives. Students must bring their own sack lunch. Daily schedule is below. Registration opens in February, 2019. 

  • 8am-9:30am: Ballet
  • 9:30am-10:45am: Jazz
  • 10:45am-11:15am: Elective
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Lunch (morning only participants leave here)
  • 11:45am-12:30pm: Tap
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm: Improvisation & Composition
  • 1:15pm-2pm: Modern & Contemporary

Dance Class Descriptions

Below are course descriptions for our dance classes. Please use this information as a guideline when determining the appropriate class for your child. Placement in all dance classes is determined by the instructor. Experienced students who are new to Zeeland Recreation’s dance program should enroll in a “Dance Fundamentals” class for evaluation to determine placement in upper level classes. Or, for a minimal fee, students may schedule a private evaluation. Private evaluations will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Corrie McKiernan, Leisure Coordinator, at 616-748-3240 or cmckiern@zps.org to make an appointment. Students continuing from the past year should sign up for the class recommended by the instructor. (Dancers, if you took classes during the previous school year and did not receive a placement letter for the upcoming school year, please contact Corrie McKiernan, Leisure Coordinator, at 616-748-3240 or cmckiern@zps.org.) 


Dance Fundamentals

These classes are designed for beginning students, students new to Zeeland Rec dance, students with less than one full year (two semesters: fall and winter) of consecutive dance training, dancers whose most recent training was more than a year ago, or for those recommended by instructors. Dance fundamentals classes are also excellent for experienced dancers wishing to strengthen basic technique by taking an extra class. Dancers should enroll based on their grade during the 2017-18 school year. Dancer must be 3 yrs. old by start of class and potty trained.

  • Classes: Dance Fundamentals (3 yr olds – 6th Graders) | Tap Fundamentals (young 5’s – 3rd Graders)

Pre-Primary Levels

These classes require at least one full year (three semesters: fall, winter, spring) of recent consecutive experience and permission of instructor. Classes focus on pre-ballet and beginning ballet technique with use of creative movement.

  • Classes: Pre-Primary I | Pre-Primary II | Pre-Primary III

Primary Levels

These classes are designed for advanced beginning elementary and early middle school aged students with at least two full years of recent consecutive experience. Exact placement is determined by the instructor. Classes focus on building a strong base of ballet technique with some use of creative movement at the lower levels and some introduction to jazz at the higher levels. Permission is required.

  • Classes: Primary I | Primary II | Primary III | Primary IV | Primary V

Secondary Levels

These classes are designed for intermediate level upper elementary, middle school, and high school dancers, with exact placement in levels I-VIII determined by the instructor. Level I-V classes are combined ballet and jazz. Level VI-VIII classes will be combined contemporary and jazz. Dancers in levels VI-VIII are asked to enroll in at least one “Ballet Technique” class in order to maintain a strong ballet foundation which these higher level classes will build on. Permission is required.

  • Classes: Sec IA | Sec IB | Sec III | Sec VIA | Sec VIB | Sec VIIA | Sec VIIB | Sec VIII | Sec IX | Sec X

Ballet Technique

These classes are designed for experienced students entering 3rd grade and up seeking an additional weekly class with a ballet focus.  Some experience in ballet is recommended. Placement in level I-V is by recommendation of the instructor. Please allow for adjustments in placement to be made in the first few weeks as needed. Experienced dancers new to the Zeeland Recreation Dance program must sign up for “Technique I” class in order to be evaluated for proper placement. “Ballet Tech V” dancers must dual enroll with “Ballet Tech III” or “Ballet Tech IV”.

  • Ballet Tech I | Ballet Tech II | Ballet Tech III | Ballet Tech IV | Ballet Tech V

Pointe

These classes are by permission only. Dancers must enroll in two of the three following classes: “Ballet Tech III”, “Ballet Tech IV”, or “Ballet Tech V” in order to enroll.

  • Classes: Pointe I | Pointe II | Pointe III

Hip-Hop

These classes are offered a la carte for students in 6th-12th grade.  First year hip hop dancers or those new to the Zeeland Recreation Dance program, should sign up for Hip Hop I, allowing for adjustment in placement.  Enrollment in Hip Hop II and III/IV is by permission only.  Students are encouraged, but not required, to be enrolled in a “Dance Fundamentals” class, “Primary” class, or “Secondary” class, as well.

  • Classes: Hip Hop I | Hip Hop II | Hip Hop III/IV

Tap

These classes are offered a la carte, although it is highly recommended that students take an additional technique class to develop a well-rounded foundation of dance training. Placement is by permission only and determined by the instructor.

  • Classes: Tap I | Tap II/III | Tap IV/V | Tap VI | Tap VII | Tap VIII | Tap X

Jazz/Tap For Middle Schoolers

This class is designed for the dancer looking for introduction to the fundamentals of jazz and tap dance.  It’s also a great course for students looking to strengthen fundamental technique elements in these disciplines.

Zeeland Youth Dance Company (ZYDC)

The Zeeland Youth Dance Company (ZYDC) is an auditioned ensemble for 5th-12th graders that provide opportunities for experienced dancers to learn and perform choreography throughout the community. ZYDC members show a strong love of dance, and a passion for sharing dance with others. ZYDC produces several performances annually amd also performs in various community events such as parades and the Grand Rapids Art Festival. To become a part of ZYDC, dancers go through an audition process to become a part of the company, and rehearse weekly in addition to participating in required technique classes. Register online for ZYDC or call at (616) 748-3230.

Our 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.

Sarah Milburn

Sarah graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Entrepreneurship and Dance, where she learned about and danced with a lyrical, contemporary and modern influence. This is Sarah’s 6th year at Zeeland Recreation, and has a deep desire to share her knowledge and love for dance with those who have a passion to pursue the art form.

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.