Stephanie Kurlow

Changing to Islam brought positivity in my life, but I stopped dancing because I didn’t think I could pursue my dream of becoming a professional ballerina because there wasn’t any provision for Muslim girls. In a world where there isn’t any school of dance for people of different race and gender, I wish to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams by becoming the first Muslim ballerina.

I want to bring the world together. Dancers like Amna Al Hadad, the first hijabi Emirati dancer inspired me to take the plunge. My dream is to become a full time dancer and start a performing arts school for people of different faiths and race. I believe that my religious beliefs should not be seen as a hindrance in pursuit of aim.