Victoria VanderPlas began her training in Howell, MI at Glenn’s School of Dance, where she primarily studied the Cecchetti Method, under direction of past Cecchetti Council president Sandra Glenn.
Recently graduated from Grand Valley State University, Victoria completed both a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. While at GVSU she was given the opportunity to perform alongside The Francesca Harper Project in the 2016 Fall Arts Performance of “Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Ballet”. In 2017 she attended the Grand Rapids Ballet Contemporary Summer Intensive on scholarship, and in 2018 was recognized for her studies as recipient of the Upper Division Dance Scholarship at GVSU and the Student Leadership Scholarship provided by the Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan. During four years in GVSU’s Dance program she also had the opportunity to work with and perform principal, soloist, and corps roles in works by faculty and guest choreographers including Melissa Hale Coyle, Roger Van Fleteren, Samantha Shelton, and Susan Brooker.
Along with dance and movement, Victoria has a passion for exercise science and youth education. She has worked as residential staff for the American Ballet Theater at University of Texas summer program and had the opportunity to become a Certified Performance Specialist through an internship program with GVSU and Englebert Training Systems. Victoria enjoys learning all styles of dance from ballroom to aerial and flow arts; she loves spending time in nature, playing games with her many siblings, and finds enjoyment in learning new skills and trying new things. This is Victoria’s fourth season with Mareck Dance.