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Zeeland Recreation offers a wide variety of dance classes for all ages and levels of experience. Our dance students receive personalized and professional teaching from the finest, most committed dance instructors in the area. Come and enjoy our friendly and welcoming environment while gaining knowledge and appreciation for the most beautiful and athletic of the performing arts!







The Zeeland Youth Dance Company 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.



Uplifted Benefit Concert presented by Zeeland Recreation Dance and the Zeeland Youth Dance Company
Saturday, October 14 | 6 PM |  Lokers Auditorium | Tickets

Uplifted Dance Concert Flyer

Traditions, A Winter Dance Concert Matinee presented by Zeeland High School Dance
Guest Artists:  Zeeland Youth Dance Company 
Saturday, December 2 | Noon | DeWitt Auditorium

Alice in Wonderland, a ballet presented by the Zeeland Youth Dance Company
Guest Artists:  Zeeland Recreation Dance
Friday, January 19 | 7 PM | Saturday, January 20 | 3 PM | DeWitt Auditorium

Peter & the Wolf , a family concert presented by the Holland Symphony Orchestra
Guest Artists:  Zeeland Youth Dance Company
Sunday, March 25 | 3:30 PM | DeWitt Auditorium | Tickets

Zeeland Recreation’s Annual Spring Recitals TBA
Thursday, June 14 | 6 PM | Friday, June 15 | 7 PM | DeWitt Auditorium





Our dance classes expand through many different genres, including tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, and more! View our class list and schedule here: 2017-18 Dance Class Schedule. Full descriptions of all of our dance classes can be viewed by scrolling further down this page. To register for a dance class, click here or call (616) 748-3230. 

  • Fall Semester: Registration Deadline: August 26
    • Class Dates: Mon, Sept 11 – Fri, Dec 15 (no class Oct 31, Nov 6-10, or Nov 20-24)
  • Winter Semester:  Registration Deadline: January 6
    • Class Dates: Mon, Jan 22 – Fri, June 1 (no class Mar 30-Apr 6, or May 28)



Tuesday, August 15 | 4pm-7pm | @ Cityside Middle School Orchestra Room  

Kicks Dancewear is pleased to be a part of the Zeeland Recreation Dance program!  Kicks has been the Zeeland High School Dance program’s official dance supplier for over 19 years, not only supplying them with quality dancewear at great prices, but also sponsoring several scholarship students every year!  Come to the sale; get fit and all your items will be delivered right to your dance class!  Kicks will be offering a 20% discount off shoes and clothing on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 4pm-7pm at the Cityside Middle School Orchestra Room. Stop in, get fit, and get a great deal. We look forward to seeing you!



Saturday, October 14 | 9am | 

Just in time to wrap up all of your last minute holiday shopping, the Zeeland Dance Company is hosting a fun-filled day of dance and creative arts for children ages 3 through 5th grade. Dancers will stretch, learn technique, routines, play movement games and do a dance related craft (depending on age). Experienced and beginning dancers are welcome. Preschool-Kindergarten dancers will showcase their dance routines at 12pm in Lokers Auditorium. 1st-5th grade dancers are invited to perform that evening at 6pm in “Uplifted”, a concert hosted by the Zeeland Youth Dance Company and Zeeland Dance Company benefitting “Hand2Hand Ministries”. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Cost includes a t-shirt and lunch. To register, click here or call (616) 748-3230. Registration deadline is Friday, October 13 (or when enrollment is full). 

  • PreK – K: 9am-12pm | $25, Zeeland Residents | $37, Non-Residents
  • 1st-5th Graders: 9am-1pm | $35, Zeeland Residents | $47, Non-Residents
  • Uplifted Dance Concert Flyer




*Our 2018 Spring & Summer dance class schedule will be announced this winter. Stay tuned!



3-6 yr olds | June and July 2018 (Exact Dates TBD) | @ Zeeland Recreation

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. Times listed below. Registration will open in February, 2018. 

  • 3-4 yr olds: 9am-10:15am ($18, Zeeland Resident | $30, Non-Resident)
  • 5-6 yr olds: 10:30am-12:00pm ($23, Zeeland Resident | $35, Non-Resident)



3rd-5th Graders | July, 2018 (Exact Dates TBD) | @ Cityside MS, Room 124 | $44, Zeeland Resident | $56, Non-Resident
How is visual art inspired by dance? How is dance inspired by visual art? How can we use dance to create visual art? Explore the answers to these questions and more in this cross curricular course incorporating a variety of artistic mediums and dance disciplines. Students will explore the works of highly celebrated French Impressionist painter and sculptor, Edgar Degas, who enjoyed observing and capturing the beauty of ballet on canvas as well as with his sculptures. Students will leave with their own dance inspired and designed works of art and art inspired choreography. Artist should come able to be barefoot and be prepared to get messy. Registration will open in February, 2018. 



3-6 yr olds | June & July 2018 (Exact Dates TBD) | @ Zeeland Recreation
The royal children to enjoy themes revolving around various fairytale couples such as “Beauty and the Best” or “Sleeping Beauty and Her Prince”. Using fun dance terminology and exciting props, be prepared to become a prince or princess for a day! Craft and snack will be provided. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Registration will open in February, 2018. 

  • 3-4 yr olds: 9am-10:15am ($18, Zeeland Resident | $30, Non-Resident)
  • 5-6 yr olds: 10:30am-12:00pm ($23, Zeeland Resident | $35, Non-Resident)



4th-12th graders | June 19-22 & June 26-29 | @ Zeeland Recreation | $180 Full Day OR $90 Half Day, Zeeland Resident | $192 Full Day OR $102 Half Day, Non-Resident
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 will open in February, 2018. 

  • 8:00am-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-2:00pm: Modern & Contemporary



3-6 yr olds | June-July, 2018 (Exact Dates TBD | @ Zeeland Recreation
Join Tink and friends for tea and a dance party as we explore the world of fairies and ballet! Using fun terminology that children of all ages and levels can understand. Tinkerbell’s Dance Tea Party is something your child does not want to miss! Craft, snack and tea will be provided. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary. Registration will open in February, 2018. 

  • 3-4 yr olds: 9am-10:15am ($18, Zeeland Resident | $30, Non-Resident)
  • 5-6 yr olds: 10:30am-12:00pm ($23, Zeeland Resident | $35, Non-Resident)




Rachel Plaggemars, Senior Instructor


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 is now in her 15th year of teaching at Zeeland Recreation. 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, Instructor


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 has been teaching at Zeeland Recreation for eight years, and 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.


Sarah Milburn, Instructor


Sarah graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Entrepreneurship and Dance. Sarah attended Zeeland West High School where she quickly advanced through the levels of the dance program and was involved in many theatre productions.  At Central, Sarah had the ultimate privilege of performing with, co-leading and choreographing for Audience of One, a worship and dance team for His House Christian Fellowship, where she learned about and danced with a lyrical, contemporary and modern influence. Sarah has a deep desire to share her knowledge and love for dance with those who have a passion to pursue the art form.



Following 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 Kris Ferry at 616-748-3229 or to make an appointment. Students continuing study from the past year should sign up for the class recommended by the instructor.  (Dancers, if you took classes during the 2016-17 school year and did not receive a placement letter for the upcoming school year, please call Kris Ferry at 616-748-3229.) 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. Dancers must enroll in both the fall and winter semesters to be able to perform with the Zeeland Recreation Dance Program. 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.



These classes are designed for beginning students, 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)



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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.