by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Forever Photography by Liberty

Positivity and a Smile

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The Ingstad family has found both their home and their community in Poway. Brian and Lynne Ingstad had spent two years in Poway, then moved to San Marcos before returning. “After being away from Poway, we knew we wanted to come back and raise our family here,” the couple explained.

Both from Southern California, Lynne and Brian met while working as snowboard instructors at Big Bear during a break from college. The couple went on to earn their respective degrees from San Diego State University and become business owners. Brian owned a construction company for 10 years, and, in 2010, Lynne opened a dance studio. “The best part of owning the studio is being a positive role model for the students and watching and supporting them as they grow up, attend college, and become successful members in society,” Lynne said.

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Today, the Ingstad family includes daughters Hailey and Elizabeth. The girls attend Classical Academy and are competitive dancers at So Cal Dance, the family’s dance studio. In 2018, at age 9, Hailey was the youngest dancer on the United States Tap Team to compete in the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany.


Parents: Brian and Lynne Ingstad
Children: Hailey (9) and Elizabeth (8)
Community: Poway, Gate Community since 2016
Parents’ Hometowns: Lynne – San Diego; Brian – Yorba Linda
Parents’ Occupations: Owners of So Cal Dance
Pets: Spike – sulcata tortoise; Tiny – betta fish
Favorite Local Spots: Brigantine, Player’s, and the many hiking trails and nature preserves


Opening So Cal Dance has created a strong sense of an extended family for the Ingstads. “Dance studios are second homes to dancers, and we love having the shared responsibility to parent, guide, and nurture each one of our dancers, not just as dancers, but as people,” Lynne acknowledged. “We feel so blessed and lucky to have so many amazing families be a part of our family and being able to give back to the Poway community.”

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The family’s home in Poway includes a yard that Brian has transformed into the family farm, producing most of the family’s food. In addition to gardening, a favorite family hobby is hiking the trails and nature preserves in the area.

A deep value for the Ingstad family is the mindset that nothing is impossible. The family embraces thinking and living “out of the box,” Lynne explained. “We believe we can tackle any obstacle.” As business owners and parents, Lynne and Brian have negotiated a number of obstacles. “When people ask how we do it, we just say, ‘You just do it with a smile and positivity.’”

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