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

September 22, 2019

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