Zeeland Youth Dance Company

what is zydc? 

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

  • Tulip Time Parade: May 9
  • Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts: June 9
  • Written A Spring Recital: June 13, 14, 15

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.

May 31st : ZYDC meeting + Audition Prep

  • Location : Zeeland Recreation - shoreline studio

  • 6:00-7:30pm

  • Students and parents are welcome

  • Students might be invited to move through the auditions but will mostly be walking through what the night looks like.

  • No registration is needed for the audition prep

  • Video audition info will be provided to those who are out of town June 19th.

June 19th : Company 2024-25 Auditions


  • Location : Zeeland Recreation - shoreline studio
  • 5th-7th | 4:00-6:30pm
  • 8th-12th | 6:30-9:00pm
  • Complete this audition form + bring it to the Zeeland Rec front desk when completed
  • Registration : register HERE | Due June 18
  • What to wear
    • Black leotard
    • skin tone tights/skin tone ballet shoes
    • Hair in a low bun

Company Camp | July 8-12, 2024



Photo Credit - Andrew Weller