Best friends and Cherry Hill alumni Meredith Ziemba and Sammy Zweben recently launched ZZ DANCE, a newly constructed dance studio with fresh, dynamic in-person, private and virtual class offerings for kids and adults. The studio focuses on the art of dance and puts “Kindness in Motion” by emphasizing philanthropy as part of its core curriculum through partnerships with local charities.
ZZ DANCE kicked off the summer with outdoor classes before officially opening the studio in September. Registration is currently open for the 2020–2021 school year and the studio offers one-week of free trial classes to every dancer at any time. The studio offers inclusive, gender-neutral classes for ages 18 months to adults and will include jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, musical theater and more. Levels range from beginner and recreational to advanced and competitive.
“We weren’t going to let COVID-19 stop our dream of opening a dance studio at a time when kids need our help now more than ever. Dance undeniably makes people happy,” Ziemba said. “Whether it is used as a tool to build self-confidence, a fun social activity or an outlet to express one’s feelings, dance helps us grow.”
“The Cherry Hill community has embraced us with open arms and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support,” she said.
ZZ DANCE will take every opportunity to give back to the community and instill a sense of social responsibility in their dancers. They plan to host a variety of donation drives and events to raise money and awareness for their nonprofit partners including Make-A-Wish NJ, Holton’s Heroes, Camp Cranium, the Food Bank of South Jersey and more.
“Giving back has always been an important part of our lives and we knew from the beginning that it would be a main focus of our business,” Zweben said. “We have seen such a motivation in children to spread kindness, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help foster that desire through dance.”
ZZ DANCE is located at 2091 Springdale Road, Unit #5 in Cherry Hill. The studio keeps the health and safety of dancers top of mind by implementing COVID-19 precautions including reduced class sizes, mask-wearing and temperature checks. To register for classes or for more information, visit www.zzdance.dance.