Dance

 

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMS

 

Winter Dance Class Schedules (Feb – June, 2018)

 

FROZEN DANCE WORKSHOPS

3-6 yr olds | June 29 & July 20 | @ Zeeland Recreation, Studio A 

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. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

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

 

MOANA’S DANCE ADVENTURE

3-6 yr olds | July 7 & 27 | @ Zeeland Recreation, Studio A 
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. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230. Registration closes on June 30, 2018. 

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

 

PIRATES DANCE P-AARGH-TY

3-6 yr olds | July 13 & August 3 | @ Zeeland Recreation, Studio A
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. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230. Registration will close on July 6. 

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

 

SPRING RECITAL INFORMATION

 

SPRING MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE FOR ACTORS & SINGERS

13 yr olds + | Tuesdays | 6pm – 7pm | March 20 – May 8 (skip Apr 3, 24) | @ Zeeland East Dance Studio, Room 301 | $30, Zeeland Resident | $42, Non-Resident | Instructor: Nancy Clyde, ZPS Dance Teacher

Dancers will explore musical theater movement in several styles. Each class will contain a warm-up, across the floor technique work, and a musical theater dance combination! This class is specifically designed for actors and singers with minimal formal training in dance but the desire to learn dance vocabulary as well as experienced theatrical performers who want to gain more movement experience. The goals of this class are: Learn how to warm-up the body for basic theatrical dance; Become familiar with dance terminology often used in musical theater choreography; Be able to demonstrate basic locomotor and nonlocomotor dance movement; Gain coordination, confidence, style, and basic technique in dance movement; Exposure to several dance styles featured in musical theater productions; Grow your abilities character while moving and enhance storytelling with dance. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

 

SUMMER CONTINUING MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE FOR ACTORS & SINGERS

13 yr olds + | Tuesdays | 2pm – 3pm | June 21 – July 26 (skip July 5) | @ Zeeland East Dance Studio, Room 301 | $25, Zeeland Resident | $37, Non-Resident | Instructor: Nancy Clyde, ZPS Dance Teacher

This class is designed for students who completed the fall or spring term Musical Theater Dance for Actors and Singers class or who have some previous dance experience. Dancers will explore musical theater movement in several styles. Each class will contain a warm-up, across the floor technique work, and a musical theater dance combination! Basic vocabulary will be reviewed and participants will be supported in expanding their vocabulary and skill to the next level. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

 

SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE

4th-12th graders | July 9-12 & July 16-19 | @ 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. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

  • 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

 

SUMMER DANCE TECHNIQUE FOR ACTORS & SINGERS

13 yr olds + | Wednesdays | 2pm – 3:30pm | June 20 – July 25 (skip July 4) | @ Zeeland East HS Dance Studio, Room 301 | $36, Zeeland Resident | $48, Non-Resident | Instructor: Nancy Clyde, ZPS Dance Teacher

This class will focus on developing the actor or singer as a more technical dancer. Class will begin with a traditional ballet barre including work on alignment, technique, and basic dance vocabulary. The second half of class will focus on jazz technique and will include progressive work on locomotor and nonlocomotor vocabulary including turns and leaps. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of dance as a technical art form. This is an ideal class for actors and singers who are late to the formal study of dance technique. It will be a valuable experience for any
who hopes to be cast in theatrical productions. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

 

SUMMER TAP DANCE FOR THE BEGINNING HIGH SCHOOL TAP STUDENT

13 yr olds + | Thursdays | 3pm – 4pm | June 21 – July 26 (skip July 5) | @ Zeeland East HS Dance Studio, Room 301 | $25, Zeeland Resident | $37, Non-Resident | Instructor: Nancy Clyde, ZPS Dance Teacher

This class will cover the basics in the beginning tap curriculum offered in the Dance II class at Zeeland East & West High Schools. The five-week introduction to tap is a great choice for students with no previous experience or students with tap experience who have not tapped recently and could use a refresher. Students will learn a basic tap warm-up and will gain progressive experience in tap technique including flaps, shuffles, maxi-fords, paradiddles, buck time steps, buffalos, and much more! Singers and actors who would like to learn tap are welcome! To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

 

UPCOMING ZEELAND RECREATION DANCE PERFORMANCES

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

  • Thursday, June 14 | 6 PM | DeWitt Auditorium
  • Friday, June 15 | 7 PM | DeWitt Auditorium

 

FALL/WINTER DANCE PROGRAMS

 

DANCE CLASSES & SCHEDULES

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 will open in August, 2018. 

 

KICKS DANCEWEAR SALE

August, 2018 (Exact Date TBA) | @ 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. Stop in, get fit, and get a great deal. We look forward to seeing you!

 

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE FOR ACTORS & SINGERS

13-20 yr olds | Tuesdays | Sept – Nov, 2018 (Exact Dates TBD) | @ Zeeland East Dance Studio | $50, Zeeland Resident | $62, Non-Resident | 

This class, led by ZPS performing arts teacher, Nancy Clyde, will introduce actors and singers to a formal study of movement. Several genres of dance will be introduced with an emphasis on preparing students for movement within musical theater productions. Special attention to styles and selections that will help performers improve their movement vocabulary for theatrical auditions. Program is designed for ages 13-20 (at least 8th grade). No experience is necessary. No special dance attire required. Participants should wear clothing comfortable for movement and should bring socks and athletic shoes. Program size is limited. Registration will open in August, 2018. 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DANCE FOR ACTORS & SINGERS

14-20 yr olds | Tuesdays | 7-8pm | Sept – Nov, 2018 (Exact Dates TBD) | @ Zeeland East Dance Studio | $50, Zeeland Resident | $62, Non-Resident

This class, led by ZPS performing arts teacher, Nancy Clyde, is for dancers with a minimum level of three years of consistent dance and technical experience who have had some training in ballet, jazz, and contemporary movement. Participants should be interested in exploring intermediate to advanced musical theater combinations. Singing will be encouraged but not required.  Students will be exposed to several dance genres including ballet, tap and jazz as they apply to theatrical dance. Program is designed for ages 14-20 (at least 9th grade). Dancers should wear clothing comfortable for movement with dance apparel preferred. Ballet or jazz shoes required and character heels encouraged for ladies. Program size is limited. Registration will open in August, 2018. 

 

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH ZEELAND RECREATION

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! Dress and Shoe Requirements

 

DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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 Corrie McKiernan, Leisure Programs Coordinator, at 616-748-3240 or cmckiern@zps.org 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 previous school year and did not receive a placement letter for the upcoming school year, please contact Corrie McKiernan, Leisure Programs Coordinator, at 616-748-3240 or cmckiern@zps.org.) 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.

 

DANCE FUNDAMENTALS

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)

 

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

 

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

 

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 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. To register, click here or call at (616) 748-3230.

  • Informational Parent Meeting: Wed, May 2 | 8:15pm @ Cityside MS Lokers Auditorium
  • Auditions: Wed, June 20 | 5th-7th Graders: 5-7pm | 8th-12th Graders: 6:30-9pm | @ Zeeland Recreation
  • Audition Fees: Registration for auditions opens on February 20, 2018 | $15 if you register on or before June 9 | $20 if you register between June 11-19 | $25 if you register on audition day (June 20)
  • The ZYDC Camp (required of all members): August 13-17. Small group rehearsals begin the week of August 20th. Times and cost will be announced along with the acceptance letter into ZYDC after auditions.
  • 2017-18 Company Packet
  • NUVO Dance Convention  March 9-11, 2018

 

MEET OUR DANCE INSTRUCTORS

 

Rachel Plaggemars, Senior Instructor

Email: rachel.zrecdance@gmail.com

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

Email: cydney.zrecdance@gmail.com

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

Email: milburnsm@gmail.com

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.