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Colleen Panega
Colleen has been teaching dance for the Village of Orland Park Recreation and Parks Department since 1994. Colleen trained with Twyla Tharp in New York and Roland Dupree in California and has performed at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Drury Lane South, and at the Marriott Lincolnshire. She also performed in The Nutcracker for five years and appeared in Phantom of the Opera at the Ritz Carlton.

Colleen was a director and an instructor at the Beverly Art Center’s Dance Department for more than 10 years before leaving to open her own Longwood Dance Studio in 1992, a facility that she owned and operated for eight years. Colleen was chosen to represent the dance community on the Village’s Arts Commission and serves as chair of this group of "Commissioners of Culture."

Colleen has her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education and is currently a school teacher at Jerling Junior High School in Orland Park.

Kristin Lux 
Kristin began dancing when she was 2 years old. She trained at Applause Dance Academy in Chicago for over 14 years and later studied under Jay Fagan, an internationally recognized tap master and choreographer. She is trained in many areas of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. As a student of dance, she participated in various competitions and workshops, all of which help her succeed as an instructor today.

Kristin has choreographed for many community projects and area schools, most recently Curtain Call Community Theater. She is also a choreographer for the Bremen High School varsity pom squad. She continues her dance education by attending Masters classes, workshops, and conventions regularly.

Kristin loves teaching dance and sharing her passion with others. She hopes she inspires her students as much as they inspire her!

Ashley Sproule
Ashley started her dance training at Stage Door Dance Academy at the age of 5 and continued onto American Dance Center for more extensive training. She was chosen to represent her studio as an Illinois Delegate and competitive company dancer for an International Dance Competition. Upon graduation, she moved to California to become a company dancer with The Young Americans Performance Arts Company. The Young Americans are known not only for their explosive performances, but for giving back to the community by teaching the arts to children at underprivileged schools. It was there that Ashley discovered her passion was not only to dance, but to teach. 

Ashley  received her Bachelors in Science degree, majoring in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University, and was also on Saint Xavier's competitive dance team. She began teaching dance immediately after graduation, before being offered the opportunity to become the Youth Dance Education Director at a private studio. Ashley was the Varsity Dance Coach at Mount Assisi Academy, and then created the first competitive varsity team at Queen of Peace High School where she currently coaches.

Ashley has been trained in the areas of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Swing. There is nothing that gives her greater joy than sharing her passion of dance with her students and watching them grow as an individual throughout their training.