About La Zooz Dance
Upon returning to the States and moving to Silver Spring in the summer of 2013, Michelle Penn saw the need for a dance school catering to the needs and sensitivites of the Silver Spring Jewish Community. La Zooz was created in 2014, and opened its doors in January 2015. Enrolling 45 students in its first session, ages ranging from 3-18, in a variety of styles, the program also offered an elective class for 15 high school girls at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington on Friday afternoons.
The first year culminated in a professional performance at the American Dance Institute, with an audience of over 100 women.
The following year, she opened a proper studio at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington-Girls Division, , complete with a properly sprung marley floor, mirrors and barres. That year culminated in a partnership with the Torah School of Greater Washington's Girls Choir, directed by Miri Gottlieb to produce "Keeping the Flame Alive, an Evening of Music and Dance" on Lag B'Omer.
December 2016 Michelle produced a performance that focused primarily on the creative talents and abilities of the adult women in the Silver Spring community. Within 2 weeks of tickets going on sale, the programs were completely sold out. A tremendously positive and meaningful response from the program, which spanned all performing arts genres and introduced women and girls in our community to the creative potential and gifts in our own backyard.
With over 100 students enrolled in 10 classes, the program is expanding again this fall to include a new teacher and several new classes in the Fall of 2016 to meet the growing demand.