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Meet The First Black Female ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pro

Photo courtesy of Britt Stewart

Professional dancer Britt Stewart is the newly minted and first Black female Pro on this season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Stewart is working to bring ballroom dancing to underprivileged communities — a population lacking opportunity and representation in the professional dance world.

Stewart is no stranger to dancing with the stars, having toured and performed alongside world-renowned recording artists such as Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Florence + The Machine, Selena Gomez, and Janet Jackson. She was also one of Katy Perry’s core dancers for three years where she performed with her in various performances around the world, including the Superbowl and her Prismatic World Tour.

Stewart got her start in dancing at the age of three at her local dance studio in Colorado, Artistic Fusion Dance Academy. She was accepted into the dance program at the Denver School of the Arts where she received training in modern and cultural dance styles. At 15, her life in motion took flight as she quickly became a working dancer both nationally and internationally.

While still in high school, Stewart caught the eye of famed director and choreographer Kenny Ortega and was hired as a principle dancer in all three High School Musical movies. After graduating in 2007, she was accepted into the modern and ballet program at Loyola Marymount University and subsequently moved to Los Angeles. Her professional career as a dancer was taking off though, and after two years of university she decided to pursue her passion.

She began booking dance roles in such hit Hollywood film productions as the remake of “Fame,” “No Strings Attatched,” Disney’s “Teen Beach Party,” and the award-winning “La La Land.” She was a featured dancer in numerous TV shows such as “The Voice,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and the ABC Family series “Bunheads.”

She was also a series regular on ABC Family’s “Dancing Fools.” It was at this time that she also began dancing and touring with the hottest musical performing artists and began traveling the world. After her tour with Katy Perry, she learned about an audition for “Dancing with the Stars” and secured the position as a member of the dance troupe, officially joining the show in Season 23.

As the first Black female pro on “DWTS,” Britt is also acutely aware of the lack of opportunity in many Black and Brown communities for adolescents to learn ballroom dancing, thus inhibiting them from obtaining the proper skills and education to rise amongst the ranks of professional dancers. This is something she wants to change and is currently working with a few other likeminded dancers to create a non-profit foundation that will shape the movement by creating opportunity for these community members.

She also actively helps her community by sharing her talent for causes that promote wellness and art appreciation. Mental health and self-love are also things that are both equally important to her. Having been diagnosed with “physical hives” where her body will literally break out in hives if her temperature changes, she has learned to eat a healthy gluten-free diet that helps her body regulate the auto-immune disorder. She is also Certified in Reiki/Crystal therapies and hopes to one day run her own Wellness Retreat.

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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