Why You Should Know 12-Year-Old Dance Darling Dyllan Blackburn

Photo by Lee Gumbs, courtesy Tanya Shuckhart

Dyllan Blackburn's sweet, low-key personality means she might initially fly under the radar—but once she's onstage, she's undeniably a star. With spectacular control and versatility that would put a chameleon to shame, Dyllan's bound to accomplish her dreams of "touring with famous people, and maybe becoming a choreographer." For now, though, she's plenty busy winning national titles at The Dance Awards and Radix, plus performing as part of the Beat Squad at DancerPalooza.

The best advice I ever received was when Tessandra Chavez told me to just enjoy the process, and not focus my energy on being competitive with others. —Dyllan Blackburn

Fast Facts

Age: 12

Birthday: May 2, 2006

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

Trains at: Project21 in Yorba Linda, CA

Favorite dancer of all time: Lex Ishimoto

Strangest thing in her dance bag: Honey-flavored cough drops

Go-to stress reliever: Taking deep breaths

Dance idol: Chaz Buzan. "He's such a good dancer, and he's really funny and nice. I also like his choreography a lot."

A version of this story appeared in the October 2018 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "You Should Know: Dyllan Blackburn."

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