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Dance studio owner aims to inspire more kids with second location

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A dance studio owner Elizabeth will open a second location this summer.

Liz Walker of the Elizabeth Dance Center plans to open a location in Lena, Illinois in time for the studio’s summer season.

Elizabeth’s Center, which opened in 2016, is above the drug store at 218 N. Main St. The studio primarily offers classes for children ages 2 and up, along with a few options for adults.

Lena’s new location will be at 208 W. Main St., above Lena Fitness Club, and it will also be called Elizabeth Dance Center. Walker said the space housed another dance studio called RAE-DiANCE, where Walker taught about five years ago.

“The owner was ready to walk away from it, and she reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in moving this to Elizabeth Dance Center,” Walker said. “I couldn’t say no to this opportunity. At the Lena studio, we touch a whole different community of dancers.

She said Elizabeth’s location serves 65 families in the surrounding area and she hopes to at least double that number with the addition of Studio Lena.

The Lena studio will also allow Walker to offer tumbling lessons. She said there wasn’t enough space at Elizabeth’s location to tumble.

Walker is accepting registrations for both studios for the summer season, which begins in July.

“My goal with these classes is to make sure these kids feel proud and confident in what they’re doing,” she said. “They grow as people when they take lessons and perform on stage. Going back to the Lena community, I hope I can help even more children gain that self-confidence.

Elizabeth Dance Center can be contacted by email at [email protected] The studio can also be found online at, as well as on Facebook and Instagram at @Elizabethdancecenter.