Lake Forest residents Elizabeth and William Lund have twirled into the dance market by opening the Underground Dance Studio at 23034 Lake Forest Drive in Laguna Hills.
The studio is on a mission to provide a safe environment for kids, promote self-confidence through positive body imagery, increase physical fitness and explore kids’ artistic skills. To reinforce that goal, the studio is a member of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, a coalition of concerned people to protect children against sexual abuse.
We got a chance to talk with Elizabeth, 26, and ask her about the studio:
Q. Why did your studio join Y.P.A.D., and what do you hope to achieve by that?
A. We joined the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance organization due to the growing negative trends in the dance industry. Hyper sexualization of young girls with inappropriate dance moves and costumes and the pressure and reinforcement of unhealthy body imagery to young susceptible minds…can often lead to anorexia, bulimia, depression and anxiety in a young mind that should be focusing on the real reasons to dance: artistic expression, health, fun and building character through dedication and hard work. We really just want to be a positive role model in the dance instruction industry.
Q. How would you describe your studio? What kind of classes do you offer and who is your target audience?
A. Underground Dance Company offers classes to dancers ages 18 months to adults. We offer classes in adult ballet fit, ballet, ballet/tap, breakdancing, contemporary, creative movement, Hip-Hop, hippity-hop, jazz, musical theatre, parent and me, pre-pointe, pointe and strength/stretch and tap.
Q. What is your professional background and what is your goal in life?
A. My dance background began at the age of 5 in ballet and tap, and as I got older I was introduced to more styles. At 13, I knew I wanted to own my own dance studio someday. I moved to Orange County to get my Professional Teaching Certification from Orange Coast College in 2012 and began the process of starting my studio just months after graduation. I have achieved my dream of opening my own dance studio and I am looking forward to growing the business and reaching many more accomplishments in the years to come.
Q. Is there a story behind the name of the dance studio?
A. Underground Dance Company got its name from me seeing myself as the underdog. My whole life I have felt just a step out of place and could never quite be the best no matter how hard I trained or pushed myself. That being said, I used my slight step out of place to my advantage. I may not be the best dancer, most flexible or thinnest, but I found my passion is teaching kids to dance. It goes beyond the dance rooms, I get to be a role model, a safe place, an ear, someone that years later a child won’t forget. That is why Underground is Underground.