Meet Out-of-This-World Comp Kid Gracyn French

Lee Gumbs Photography, courtesy Gracyn French

What do you get when you cross a 1920s jazz baby with an absurdly flexible alien life-form? Ten-year-old Gracyn French, who's taken the comp world by storm over the past two years. After she became KAR Miss Petite Dance America 2017, the 2018 Nationals season saw Gracyn break the Top 20 at Radix and the Top 10 at her very first Dance Awards (where she clinched the title of Mini Female Best Dancer this year). She's also danced in six Old Navy commercials, appeared on "Dancing with the Stars," and speaks Spanish thanks to her attendance at a dual-immersion school. A frequent muse for choreographers Easton Payne and Molly Long, Gracyn dreams of following in Long's footsteps one day: After a career as a "DWTS" pro, she wants to open her own studio with younger sisters Emmerson and Harlow.


"My mom and dad always tell me that I have the heart of a champion—which means that they don't care if I win, as long as I go out there and do my best. In dance, all you can do is try your best and have fun!" —Gracyn French

Lee Gumbs Photography, courtesy Gracyn French

Fast Facts

Birthday: November 28, 2008

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

Current city: Irvine, CA

Trains at: Project 21, Yorba Linda Academy of Ballet

Favorite foods: Mini corn dogs, salads with bacon and tomatoes

Currently watching on Netflix: "Liv and Maddie," "Bunk'd"

Non-dance hobbies: Tetherball, swimming, and relaxing with her family

Favorite dancers of all time: "My Project 21 teammates"

If she were a superhero, her power would be: "The power to help the world, especially to help homeless people"

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