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

Fall & Winter Dance Programs

FALL Dance class dates & DEADLINES

  • Register Here
  • Dance Classes: Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap
  • Fall Deadline: Aug 31 (or when full)
  • Fall Semester Dates: Sept 4 – Dec 13 
  • Late Enrollment: Accepted with $15 late fee (if space is available)

winter dance class DATES & DEADLINES

  • Register Here
  • Dance Classes: Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap
  • Winter Semester: Feb 3 – June 5 
  • Winter Deadline: Jan 5 (or when full)


Holiday Kid’s Dance Day 2019  

(PreK - Grade 6)

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.

  • Register Here
  • Registration Deadline: Nov 26 (or full enrollment)
  • Event Date: Sat, Dec 14
  • Pre-K – K: 9am-12:00pm | $30r/$45nr
  • 1st – 6th: 9:00am-1:00pm | $35r/$50nr
  • “Uplifted” Dance Performance:
    • Date: Dec 14 @ 6pm
    • Cost: $5 p/person (cash or check only)Ticket Sales Begin: Nov 19 
    • Purchase @ Zeeland Recreation
    • Performance @ Cityside MS - Lokers Auditorium 

Pumpkin Fest Parade

(ages 3 - 18)

Kick off fall by walking with 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 walk with the Zeeland Youth Dance Company during the parade. The parade starts at 3:00pm in downtown Zeeland. Shirts will be provided.

  • Register Here
  • Cost: $5 
  • Date: Sat, Oct 5
  • Deadline: Sept 21 (or when full)
  • Meeting Time: 2:30pm
  • Meeting Location: TBD - Details will be emailed

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

Dance Recital Details

Reflections June 11, 12, 13

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