Abby Schafer, 17, Aurora, Illinois
Metea Valley High School (Aurora, Ill.)
Abby started dancing as a kindergartner in Sammamish, Washington. Upon moving to Aurora, she found a dance home at Steps Dance Center where she eventually was fortunate enough to be in a ballet class with Lizzie. Having that class made her realize how much she enjoyed being challenged and pushed to do more in dance. This past year, it became possible for her to make the commute to Chicago to once again have Lizzie's guidance as part of the Extensions Family.
Outside of dance, Abby spends the majority of her time on homework. But when she has a moment of free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family especially her younger cousins. Her creative side comes out frequently with various arts and crafts projects, and she has recently started teaching herself how to play the piano.
She is eager to continue her second year dancing with the admirable faculty and students at Extensions and to see where this experience takes her in the future.
Photos by Cheryl Mann