About Us

About Us

Ziegler Dance Centre is owned and operated by Peggy, Dana Ziegler and Renee Zielger Schmidt.

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Located at the dance centre is a dance and exercise fashion store. The Z Dance Store offers dance shoes, fashions and accessories, and other novelties. You can inquire about the style and color of shoes your child will need for their dance classes.


Staff Bios
Peggy Ziegler

Peggy Ziegler is the owner, co-director and master teacher at Ziegler Dance Centre. She has taught classes in all forms of dance for over 40 years. Peggy has studied dance with many of the dance masters throughout the years from Peter Gennaro, Luigi, Frank Hatchet, Finis Jhung, Debbie Dee, Bob Rizzo and many more. She has also taught master classes with national dance organizations and has been a judge at regional dance competitions. As a choreographer, Peggy has received national recognition for her work with students, young and old. Her competitive troupe members have taken numerous top awards and titles. Many of her students have gone on to perform professionally in television commercials, modeling events, pageants, and stage and screen. Peggy is a member of ADTNJ and other dance affiliated organizations. Peggy has also choreographed numerous regional theatre productions and on occasion has stepped into the spotlight as well.

Dana R. Ziegler

Dana R. Ziegler is Owner, teacher and artistic director of ZDC. Dana has been dancing for over 50 years. He has taught dance with his wife, Peggy, for over 40 years. Dana's passion in dance is musical theatre. He has directed, choreographed, staged, and performed in productions for college, regional theatre, and high schools. Dana has choreographed musical numbers for local singing groups and cabaret performances. For over the past 20 years he has been the resident choreographer for the Vernon Township High School Drama Department. Recently he has staged and choreographed musical numbers for VTHS's On Broadway Concerts. Dana holds a BA in Education and taught in Vernon Township Public Schools for over 33 years as an elementary classroom teacher.

Renee Ziegler-Schmidt

Renee Ziegler-Schmidt is the co-director and full time teacher/choreographer at Ziegler Dance Centre. She has been dancing for 35 years and teaching for 21 years. She teaches and studies all styles and genres of dance, from ballet to hip-hop and everything in between. Renee has studied with professionals such as: Finis Jhung, Bob Rizzo, Rhonda Miller, Jason Rua. She is a continued supporter of ADTNJ. She has competed regionally and nationally in numerous dance competitions where she has achieved many top scores, titles, and scholarships. Now as a choreographer for ZDC's competitive troupe, Renee has gained national acclaim for her work. Renee was featured in Studio Life Magazine as an "up and coming dance professional".  In 2008 Renee's choreography and dancers were selected to be apart of Team USA in Riesa, Germany at the World Showdance Championship. In July 2013 ZDC debuted on BROADWAY. Renee's choreography and 33 students auditioned for Disney's Dance the Magic on BROADWAY and was 1 of 6 studios to make the cut. The students performed on the Minskoff Theatre (Lion King's stage) ZDC students performed Ziegler's choreography and choreography from Disney and Broadway professionals.
Renee has been the resident choreographer for Highland Stage since 2005. From the first show, Grease, the kids in the theatre company dubbed her rehearsals as "Dance Boot Camp". She has since collaborated with the directors to bring life to many other musicals for the theatre company. Renee often extends her love and knowledge of dance by volunteering her talents in the community. Renee participates with career day in local schools to educated students in the performing arts. She has also brought her love of dance to community recreation groups by teaching classes in hip hop to many youngsters.

Doreen Ann Ziegler

Doreen Ann Ziegler is a teacher and choreographer at Ziegler Dance Centre. She has been teaching classes over the past 21 years in all forms of dance. Doreen began dancing at an early age and then began competing in regional and national competitions with Z Dance Troupe with whom she won numerous awards. She now is an award winning choreographer for her competition dance routines. Doreen has also judged for a dance competition. Doreen danced with the New Jersey Ballet Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson University in Physical Education/Health for K-12, an Associates Degree in Arts - Dance from Morris County Community College, and a Certification as a Medical Assistant from Sussex County Community College. Doreen's work focus is based on strong fundamentals which allow the dancer to develop confidence, a love for the arts and poise. Having the ability to provide these fundamentals gives her great joy and drives her passion.

Bonnie Sybesma

Bonnie Sybesma is a teacher at Ziegler Dance Centre. Bonnie has been dancing and appearing on stage ever since she was 3 years old. She joined the Ziegler Dance Centre family 25 years ago when she was just 7. Her first recital being "Annie." For the next 11 years until she went off to college, Bonnie not only danced in the annual recital, but she always took part in the plays, playing such roles as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", Jasmine in "Aladdin", and Mary Poppins, among others. Bonnie also has had many years of experience in theatre performing in local community theatre as a youngster and then performing the lead roles in many Wallkill Valley High School productions. Bonnie also joined the Z Dance Troupe when she was 9 and competed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Vocal. In 2000 Bonnie started working as an Assistant Dance Teacher at ZDC and has since moved up to her role as teacher. This will be Bonnie's 16th year teaching dance at Ziegler Dance Centre. She has taken many dance workshops with numerous choreographers, her favorite being Frank Hatchett from Broadway Dance Centre. Bonnie graduated from Kean University in 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education and a secondary degree in History.

Marcia Sullivan


Brianna O'Loughlin


Charissa Hom   
Casey Doyle  
Kathy McGavin

Kathy McGavin has been ZDC's Z Dance Store's associates for the past 6 years.  She has continued to support the studio as well as being the PR for the studio.  Kathy brings a tremendous amount of energy and bridges the link between parents, students, and our teachers with caring communication.  Kathy has been in customer relations industry for over 30 years.

Kristel Schmidt  

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