Meet our Instructors

Lori Buckely

Lori began working for the Park Ridge Park District in 2001. She specializes in tap, ballet (classical, lyrical, contemporary), jazz, and hip hop. Dancing for over 20 years, Lori completed the Northeastern Illinois University dance minor program with a focus on classical ballet and jazz styles, dance performance and dance education. Lori is dedicated to making dance fun while teaching so that dancing can be enjoyed for years to come.

Dawn Brunner

Dawn has danced for most of her life. In high school, she was a member of the Maine South Hawkettes and Orchesis Dance Company. In 1993, she became a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists and in 1997, she became a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, where she is certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and tumbling. Besides teaching, Dawn has choreographed many pieces for high schools and colleges, and she has studied theater and voice, performing in many live shows and appearing in the films "Only the Lonely", featuring John Candy, "Curly Sue", featuring Jim Belushi. “As a teacher for the Park Ridge Park District, my mission is to teach my students the value of dance technique and more importantly encourage them to have fun!”

Carol Rogers

Carol began her dance career at the age of 3 at the Elmhurst Park District. By the age of 12, she was studying with the DuPage Dance Academy, and by the age of 17, she was a lead teacher. Carol has taught at many studios in the suburban area. She has completed the Little Peoples Creative Workshop, which certifies her to teach dance to children ages 3 to 6.

Lindsay Skarbek

Lindsay joins the Park Ridge Park District's team of dance instructors bringing her specialties in tap, jazz, hip hop, creative movement, lyrical and contemporary styles to her students. Lindsay participated in many dance conventions and competitions while in Orchesis and Poms at Maine West High School. She has performed with Synapse Art Collective, The Ruth Page Dance Center and The Dance Center-Columbia College. "Dance is one of the deepest and truest forms of expression. I believe that everyone has the ability to dance. As a teacher my goal is to help students learn and grow as dancers and just as important, learn and grow as people and friends.