Meet the Staff
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 ten 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.
Nicole has been teaching dance for the Village of Orland Park Recreation and Parks Department since 2006. Nicole studied at the Stage Door Dance Academy for eight years, and trained in ballet with David Petro, former cast member of the musical CATS. She continued her study with Denise Sabala, and joined her studio’s performing company. Nicole studied in her teenage years at both the American Dance Center and the Village of Orland Park School of Dance. Nicole studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and modern dance under the instruction of Amy Speedwell, Colleen Panega, and the Villari family at ADC. She has participated in various workshops in ballet, hip hop, and modern dance with instructors and company members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lou Conte Dance Studio. Nicole is a graduate of Saint Xavier University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Nicole is very passionate about dance and teaching and is looking forward to another great dance season with her students.
Kristin Lux (formerly Cannon)
Kristin began dancing when she was two 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 master 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!