Dance

Orland Park Dance Program
We offer a wide variety of dance classes for children & teens, including:
  • Mommy and Me
  • Pre Hip Hop
  • Dance Class
  • Budding Ballerina
  • Boys Hip Hop
  • Pre Ballet/Tap
  • Girls Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Flexibility Focus
  • Tap
  • Lyrical
  • Jazz
  • Technique
  • Jazz/Pom
  • Irish Dance
  • Parent's Night Out Dance Party
We also have a Dance Company and Jr. Dance Company, which perform at local events. Detailed class descriptions are listed in the Parent Handbook.

Adult dance classes offered include:
  • Adult Dance Fitness
  • Adult Tap
  • Couples Dance (Social, Salsa & Wedding)
  • Line Dance
REQUIRED DANCE ATTIRE:
A black leotard & pink tights are required for all ballet and tap classes. PLEASE—No tutus, long skirts, or black ballet shoes.
  • Ballet & Budding Ballerinas—pink leather ballet shoes
  • Tap—black tap shoes required
  • Pre-Ballet/Pre Tap - black tap shoes & pink leather ballet shoes
  • Jazz—black jazz pants, black leotard & black jazz shoes
  • Lyrical/Modern—black dance shorts, black leotard, tights and neutral footundeez
  • Hip Hop (all levels)—black hip hop shoes, jazz shoes, or clean gym shoes, tank top, t-shirt, leggings, joggers or fitted sweat pants (no jeans)
Visit our website and refer to the School of Dance Handbook for information on ordering dance class attire from one of our trusted vendors at great prices.
MEET THE STAFF:

Colleen Panega
Colleen has been teaching dance for the Village of Orland Park Recreation 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 Marriot 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 has served on the Village’s Arts Commission. 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 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 has also choreographed for several area high school dance teams. She continues her dance education by attending master classes, workshops and conventions regularly. Kristin loves teaching dance and sharing her passion with others at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department for the last 10 years. She hopes to inspire her students as much as they inspire her!

Ashley Costa
Ashley started dance classes at Stage Door Dance Academy at the age of 5. By 12 she realized that dance was her passion and continued her training at the American Dance Center where she was selected as an Illinois Delegate to compete in an International Dance Competition. She was a company dancer with The Young Americans performance arts company in California. She received her bachelors degree in Science, majoring in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University. After graduating, Ashley became the Youth Dance Education Director at a private studio where, as the studio’s only instructor, she created, choreographed, and directed an entire recital with all the classes she taught. Ashley was the Varsity Dance coach at Mount Assisi Academy and created the first competitive varsity team at Queen of Peace High School and has been a dance teacher at the Village of Orland Park since 2013. She has choreographed numerous projects for school fundraisers as well as choir and musical performances. 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 individuals throughout their training.

Jackie Lewis
Jackie started dancing at the Orland Park Recreation Department at two years old and continued until she was sixteen. She was a member of the Orland Park Dance Company for six years while adding to her training at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago and Dance Images in Tinley Park. At Lou Conte, she trained under renowned ballet mistress Birute Barodicaite and modern dancer Kristina Fluty amongst notable others and took part in Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensive three years in a row. She is trained in ballet, modern, pointe, jazz and aerial dance. While studying Art History at DePaul University, she was recruited by Noumemon Dance Experience and performed at various venues and festivals such as Dance Chicago. Jackie has been an aide and dance instructor with the Orland Park Recreation Department for seven years.

Kathie Horan
Kathie began dancing at the age of seven with the Dennehy School of Irish Dance. She began teaching with them, under the instruction of Dennis Dennehy, a founding member of Irish dance in Chicago, when she was sixteen years old. She is still teaching at the Dennehy School in Chicago to this day and is proud of the history that she is able to share with the dancers. Kathie competed at the regional, national, & world championship level, travelling throughout the United States and Ireland. She loves to teach children how to dance and has been with the Orland Park Recreation Department for over 20 years.

Zöe Martinkus
Zöe Martinkus is a graduate of Joliet Junior College and North Central College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Zöe studied with Lou Conte Chicago and American Dance Center of Orland Park, where she danced and competed at several venues, including Six Flags, and alongside such companies as Hubbard Street and River North in Dance Chicago and Chicago Human Rhythm Project. While at JJC, she participated in Talking With (“Twirler”), Shakespeare’s As You like It (“Celia”), and South Pacific (“Nellie”). While at NCC, she was a featured dancer in Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story. She was also a member of NCC Express, the school’s show choir. Her Directing and Choreographing Debut was NCC’s Senior-Directed Musical Cabaret in 2007. She later choreographed JJC’s Musical Productions of Godspell and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. In addition, Zöe served as an extra in the CBS television series Early Edition, and has auditioned for numerous film and stage productions including Johnny Depp’s film Public Enemies, and WICKED, where she was called back for “Nessa”, the Wicked Witch of the East. Zöe has choreographed for OPTT’s productions of Beauty & the Beast and Pirates of Penzance, as well. She currently teaches dance and was Performance Ensemble Artistic Director at The Dance Workshop of Orland Park. Zöe is thrilled to be joining the Orland Park Recreational Department as Hip Hop instructor this winter! “Always remember that life is a dance. Live it gracefully.”

Spring Dance Recital
The 2019 Annual Dance Recital, will be held at Carl Sandburg High School - Performing Arts Center for dancers registered during the 2019 Winter/Spring session. Rehearsals will be held June 4 - June 8. The recitals will be held on Saturday, June 8 or Sunday, June 9. Dancers must perform at both the rehearsal and the recital. Please keep these dates open.

Due to the growing number of dancers in our programs, scheduling requests will not be taken.l

Check back in February for additional recital information:
  • Important Recital Information
  • Dance Class Picture Schedule
  • T-shirt Order Form
  • DVD Order Form
Rehearsals
The Dance Company will rehearse weekly on Thursdays (Junior Dance Company from 4:30-6:00 p.m.; Senior Company from 6-7:30 p.m.) beginning in September until the first week of June, ending with the recital.

They will also perform locally and in surrounding communities throughout the year.

Company Class
Participants are required to take the Advanced Ballet/Jazz class during the fall and winter season.

Company Class Schedule
Junior Company: Mondays from 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Senior Company: Mondays from 6:15-8:15 p.m.

Congratulations to the following dancers who were accepted into the Village of Orland Park Dance Company for the 2018-2019 season:


Senior Dance Company

  • Abigail Cogan
  • Claire Domenick
  • Jaime Feeney
  • Gabrielle Galarowski
  • Arta Gashi
  • Emma Graczyk
  • Victoria Marshall
  • Gabija Mazunaite
  • Amanda Niemeier
  • Daria Sickler
  • Camryn Sexton
Junior Dance Company
  • Savannah Frazier
  • Sierra Frazier
  • Nora Gashi
  • Charlianne Johnson
  • Andrea Karlovics
  • Ava Longo
  • Eesha Pathak
  • Kierstin Pendleton
  • Adele Szaflarski
  • Nora Underwood
Classes begin Monday, September 10. Dancers must register and fees may be paid in full or with a payment plan. If a dancer has decided that she does not wish to participate in the Dance Company, she must call 708.364.0682 and leave a message no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 7.