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Britt Stewart Just Became The First Black Dance Pro On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

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September 16, 2020

Finally! It’s about time!

Dancer and choreographer Britt Stewart just made history as the first Black woman to be selected as a dance pro on ABC’s hit show, “Dancing With the Stars (DWTS),” Women’s Health Mag reports.

Stewart is a professional ballroom dancer who has been on DWTS’ troupe team, a group of dancers who perform, but are not paired with celebrity cast mates for the last five seasons. She previously toured primarily as a dancer with top tier music artists including Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Katy Perry. She also has worked as a choreographer, teaching jazz, latin balloon, and latin jazz classes during her free time.

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The famed dancer quickly became a fan favorite on the show, despite her not being a “pro dancer.” When it was announced last year that the troupe dancers wouldn’t be returning for Season 28 of the show, fans quickly started an online petition to make Stewart a pro dancer on DWTS. 

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It’s actually happening!!! I am over the moon to be a first time PRO on Season 29 of @dancingabc ✨✨ My heart is filled with gratitude to have been given this opportunity. I can hardly contain my excitement to step into this new position ❤️❤️ . . . Congratulations to the rest of my beautiful #DWTS family. I love you and can’t wait to be back in the ballroom with you all

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“I would love to be a pro. I think that is definitely  a short-term goal of mine,” Stewart told ET news at the time. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen but I have my fingers crossed that [it is] going to happen very soon.” 

Well now, she’s met her goal, Stewart will be returning to the DWTS family as a pro dancer, becoming the first Black female to ever hold the title, along with Tyra Banks as its new host just in time for the 29th season.

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“I’m just so grateful, so excited and over the moon, honestly. Ever since I found out, I just don’t really know what to do with myself. So much excitement, so much emotion,” Stewart said. “To be the first Black female pro is such an honor, and I definitely don’t take it lightly. Having this opportunity and position is just so beautiful. I’m so happy to take it on and also be a part of a show that celebrates diversity.” 

The newest season of Dancing With the Stars airs Monday, September 14th at 8pm EST on ABC. 

Congratulations, Britt!

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Photo Courtesy of @brittbenae/Instagram

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