Zeeland Youth Dance Company (ZYDC)

what is zydc? 

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. 


2020-21 company packet


weekly rehearsal times

COVID-19 UPDATE:

  • Classes Moving to Zoom from Nov 18-Dec 8 | In-Person Classes Resume on Dec 9

Location: Shoreline Studio

  • 5:30-7pm: ZYDC
  • 7-9pm: ZDC 

Location: Performing Arts Studio

  • 4:30-5:30pm: Jr Company

upcoming dates

Al dates are subject to change due to COVID-19

  • Kids Dance Day: Dec 12, 2020
  • Ballet: Jan 29, 30, 2021
  • Tulip Time : May 5, 2021
  • GR Arts Fest: June TBD
  • Recital: June 17, 18, 19, 2021
  • Banquet: June 21, 2021
  • Auditions: June 23, 2021

Meet Our company directors

Dance Instructors

Rachel Plaggemars

Rachel earned her BA in dance performance and choreography with an emphasis in education from Hope College. While at Hope, she performed extensively, the highlight being two seasons touring with Strike Time Dance Company, an ensemble aimed at educating K-5th grade students about the art of dance. She has enjoyed expanding an offering of high quality pre-school and introductory courses into a comprehensive program that includes advanced beginning and intermediate classes. Ms. Plaggemars emphasizes on 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. While at Hope, Cydney was involved in the Sacred Dance Ministry, Sigma Omicron, and a winner of the Florence Cavanaugh award. She has choreographed for, and performed in various student dance concerts at Hope, and has also presented choreography at Hope’s Veritas Forum. Cydney is involved in the Zeeland High School Dance Program. Over the years, she has enjoyed watching her students grow in technique, stage presence, and artistry. 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.