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

October 1, 2018

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


May 2, 2006

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.”