A dancing queen! Britt Stewart made history on Dancing With the Stars‘ 29th season by becoming the first Black female professional dancer to be partnered with a celebrity.

“Being the first Black female pro is such a blessing. It’s such an honor,” the 31-year-old dancer tells J-14 exclusively following her stint on the show’s most recent season. “Representation is something that I care about and that I’m a champion for, because it matters. I think it’s important to see a reflection of yourself on any sort of platform … I think it just gives people hope and possibility. So making history, yes, it’s an honor, but I think it’s something that you can’t take lightly. I’m really trying to do everything that I can to really make this moment matter for not only me, but for everybody that is watching me do this as well.”

Before making it to the ballroom, Britt grew up in Colorado where she was trained in various forms of dance. She got her big break as a featured dancer in all three High School Musical movies and Teen Beach Movie, experiences that she said changed her life. From there, Britt auditioned to be one of the DWTS troupe dancers, but didn’t make it onto the show until one year after her initial tryout. After being on troupe for five seasons, she became one of the pros.

For her first season as a pro, Britt was paired with Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir. She tells J-14 that working with Johnny was “amazing,” adding that she was “lucky” and “blessed” to have him as a partner. “He was so committed, so dedicated to the entire process … we’re really good friends,” Britt explained.

During DWTS‘ season 29, the dancer’s Disney Channel days came full circle when Skai Jackson was named one of the celebrity dancers.

“That’s my girl!” Britt says when asked what it was like working alongside the Jessie alum but still following COVID-19 guidelines on set. “Virtually, we helped and supported each other … Johnny and I were rooting for Alan [Bersten] and Skai the entire time.”

She continues, “I just loved seeing Skai’s journey on Dancing With the Stars because being a Disney kid, she really grew up in the entertainment industry and Disney produces these beautiful people … with so much talent and so much charisma and heart. I also loved her being the youngest contestant on [the season]. You really saw her growth and you really saw her confidence come out, and her self-esteem start to open up and get stronger. So, I loved watching her and her journey.”

Now that this Dancing With the Stars season has come to an end, what’s next for Britt? The dancer is going continue teaching dance and working hard to spread the message of diversity across the dance community.

Love J-14? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for fun, exclusive videos with your favorite stars.