Rebecca Stewart performing at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals this summer (courtesy Evolve Photo and Video)

Why You Should Know Ballerina-to-Be Rebecca Myles Stewart

Apart from her insane flexibility, precise control, and ability to pirouette for days, what stands out the most about 13-year-old Rebecca Myles Stewart is her beaming smile. One thing's for sure: This girl loves to dance.


Her combination of talent and passion has earned her some notable accolades, including first runner-up for Mini Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA Nationals in 2017 and the title of Junior Outstanding Dancer in 2019. A dedicated trina, Rebecca also received the Hope Award at the NYC Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in 2018, but she's determined to enjoy her journey along the way, she says. Catch Rebecca as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC this November and December!

Fast Facts

Full Name: Rebecca Myles Stewart

Age: 13

Birthday: March 14, 2006

Hometown: Glenn Dale, MD

Trains at: Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, MD, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA

3 Words to Describe Her Dancing: passionate, sincere, technical

Rebecca performing the "Kitri" variation from "Don Quixote" at YAGP (courtesy VAM Productions)

Favorite Thing About Dance: "The challenge that dance gives you, and the life lessons it teaches. I love to express myself in every possible way."

Advice for Other Dancers: "Take in every moment and be grateful for everything, whether it's bad or good."

Dream Job: Dancing for the Royal Ballet

Favorite Styles: "Ballet and contemporary/lyrical. I love how graceful you can be in those styles."

Nondance Hobbies: "Whenever I'm not dancing, I'm either drawing or reading."

Favorite Movie: Anything Harry Potter (she's a Hufflepuff)

Place she'd love to visit: London

Dance Idols: Marianela Nuñez, Misty Copeland, Francesca Hayward, and Sylvie Guillem

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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