ZAPP Academy of Dance is committed to maintaining an accessible learning environment where every student fits in, regardless of background or skill level. We will not be satisfied with merely instilling a sense of confidence or self-expression in our dancers. While these qualities are important, our goal is greatness, and we have demonstrated since 1987 that this goal is achievable for those who have the desire and commitment. Originality has always been at the core of our brand, and it will continue to drive our creativity and the ways in which we share this art form with our local community and beyond.
ZAPP Academy of Dance is the brainchild of our founder and current Assistant Director, Cindy Zreliak. The studio began in 1987 under its former name, On Your Toes School of Dance, the title of which was later changed to better correspond with the studio's performing dance company, Zreliak Artistic Performing Productions (aka ZAPP), which was formed by Cindy in 1989. ZAPP Academy of Dance is a proud, second generation family-owned business. Cindy's daughter, Ari Zreliak-Hoban, transitioned to the studio Director position in 2016 after serving as the Assistant Director for more than a decade.
Nearly 30 years of experience in teaching, combined with considerable success at the competition level, have culminated in what we believe to be one of the best learning environments for dancers in the area. Our studio alumni have gone on to dance with professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL and NHL, in addition to dancing in music videos for major label recording artists. Former students have also become cheerleaders at the University of Oregon and OSU. Within recent years, we've also had students audition for television shows such as "America's Best Dance Crew" on MTV, and "So You Think You Can Dance" on the Fox network.
We've been a staple in the Eugene area dance community since we opened our doors in 1987. Many other dance studios and companies currently operating in and around Lane County were founded, or are currently operated by, ZAPP Academy of Dance alumni.
Whether you're a parent looking to enroll your child in their very first dance class, or you're an experienced dancer looking to challenge yourself, we invite you to join our family and give us the opportunity to prove our motto, that greatness really does live here.