Gianna Pascente, 13, Des Plaines, Illinois
Chippewa Middle School (Des Plaines, Ill.)
Gianna Pascente is an eighth grader at Chippewa Middle School and in her third year at Extensions. She is so excited to be a teen company member this year and to be dancing with this gifted group of talented young artists and friends. She is thrilled to be training under the direction and inspiration of her role model Lizzie MacKenzie and her amazingly talented faculty.
Gianna fell in love with dance at a very early age while watching her older sister Olivia perform. She started training by the age of 2 and has been dancing ever since. Gianna loves to perform and is always seeking opportunities to challenge herself and grow as a dancer and in life. Her dream is to be an engineer and a dancer.
She would like to extend a huge thank you to the Borkan Family for awarding her with the Borkan scholarship. Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation she and her family have of being awarded this scholarship. She hopes to someday pay it forward and give back to the dance community.
Gianna is honored to be part of the Extensions family where she is surrounded by talent, passion, support and love. Thank you to Lizzie and Lauren for creating this beautiful dance home that fosters dancers to reach their full potential. Gianna would also like to thank her family for all their continued support!
Photos by Cheryl Mann