Emma Weber, 14, Western Springs, Illinois
McClure Middle School (Western Springs, Ill.)
This marks Emma’s fifth with Extensions Dance Company, and she is loving the next steps of growth, learning and hanging out with the best dance family in the world. Dancing became Emma’s dream at age 2 while taking classes at Impact Dance Studio and it grew into an early “career” as she became a member of their company. Since joining Extensions, she is grateful that she has been pushed and her passion has been encouraged through the teachings and gifts of Lizzie, Yosvani Ramos, Jared Baker, Katie McCann, Mike Gosney and Miranda Borkan.
A Chicago Youth America Grand Prix participant in 2013, Emma was selected as one of the top 10 performers for her contemporary and classical performances. She has attended summer programs at Interlochen Arts and River North Dance Chicago. Emma also participated in Eddy Ocampo’s LEVELdance Summer Workshop.
Dance shares the spotlight with her love of video shooting and editing, adrenaline rush adventures (think cliff jumping) and her dog Oliver Blue. Being part of the Extensions family has nurtured Emma’s love of dance and taught her how special it is to be part of a gifted and giving community. She is so thankful to her family for their support and to Lizzie and Lauren because “every time I dance, I turn into a better version of me.”
Photos by Cheryl Mann