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2011-12 Luvabulls: Meet Lauren L.

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What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?

Being selected to be a Chicago Luvabull has reminded me that can achieve any goal I set for myself, as long as I have the drive, passion and commitment to do so. Becoming a Luvabull was a difficult process, but has already been a rewarding experience. As my first year on this team, I will grow tremendously, not only as a dancer, but also as a person. As a big Bulls fan, I can't think of a better way to cheer on my favorite team! I am very excited for what the year has in store!

How has your dancing experience led you to this point?

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been dancing for 21 years now. I've attended studios in Tampa, FL and Indianapolis, IN and competed regionally and nationally with them. In college I worked with a student-run dance company. Since graduating, I have really missed being a part of a dance family with other girls that share my same passion. I have admired the Luvabulls for several years, and knew dancing for the Bulls would be an absolute dream, so I gave it my best shot!

What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?

I'm not sure these are "claims to fame," but in my early teens I modeled for a major dancewear company, and during my junior year at Purdue was featured as Miss January in a fraternity “Dream Girls” calendar.

Describe the feeling of hearing your number called at tryouts as you made the Luvabulls.

I will never forget that moment. Being compared to hundreds of beautiful, talented young women and staying positive and confident throughout the entire process made it that much sweeter when I heard Cathy call 117.

What do you do for a living?

After graduating from Purdue with a degree in graphic design, I became one of thousands finding it difficult to find employment. After a year of job searching, I decided to pursue a second career in dental hygiene. I am currently taking classes that will soon allow me to apply to dental hygiene programs and have found very flexible and fulfilling employment in the meantime working as a nanny for several families in Chicago. This job is a great fit for my school and Luvabull commitments. I love the families I work with and LOVE their children even more.

What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?

I have always admired my parents. They have always supported me in my love of dancing, no matter how many sacrifices it meant for them. I love my Mom for giving so much of her time to driving my siblings and I around to every activity we loved. I know it was hard on my Dad to come home to a bustling household every night, but he has always been our rock. When I'm a parent, I can only hope I can give the same love, guidance, and wisdom to my children, like they have done to me.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

This was my first year auditioning for the Luvabulls, and I’m so proud to be on this team after all of the hard work to get here. However, I think one of my proudest accomplishments was traveling to France to study abroad while in college. I didn't leave Purdue with any acquaintances traveling with me, and it was very intimidating. I lived in Paris with a non-English speaking family for over three months. I grew tremendously that summer and learned so much about myself. In ten years, I hope dance and design still add to my happiness in life, but I what I want most is a loving family and a steady, fulfilling career in dental hygiene.