History of La Zooz Dance
La Zooz Dance began as a dream when Michelle Penn and her husband returned to the States and moved to Silver Spring in the summer of 2013. After a year in the community, she saw the need for a dance school catering to the needs and sensitivities of the Silver Spring Jewish Community. La Zooz was created in 2014, and opened its doors in January 2015. Enrolling 45 students in our first session, ages ranging from 3-18, in a variety of styles, that 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.
Building off the energy of the previous June, in December 2016 La Zooz 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 their own backyard.
With over 100 students enrolled in 10 classes in the 2016-2017 school year, the program reached its capacity. Fall 2017 will see a new expansion for La Zooz once again, as the class offerings increase and the number of students wanting to engage in the art grows even more. La Zooz will add a new dance studio and two new incredible instructors to the roster.