Dancing With The Stars has added their first Black female pro to its lineup: Britt Stewart!
After making several appearances on DWTS, Stewart became a full-time member of the troupe in 2016 but did not dance last year as the troupe was cut for season 28. While DWTS has cast Black male pros in the past, season 29 with mark the first time the show has ever had a Black female pro.
“It’s happening!” Stewart exclaimed, adding that she’s been keeping the role a secret for about a week. “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.”
“When it set in, emotion really took over,” she added. “I started crying and then immediately when I got off the Zoom call [with producers] I called my mom and I was just like, ‘Ahh!’ and just all the tears were flowing.”
“To be the first Black female pro is such an honor, and I definitely don’t take it lightly,” Stewart said. “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.”
“When I was there for five seasons on troupe and two tours I always felt celebrated — for not just my race, but for all of me,” she continued. “Also, being part of Dancing With the Stars, which has that sort of love and openness for equality, is an honor as well.”
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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 🙌🏾