Professional dancer Stephanie Kurlow was the guest speaker at Islamic Museum of Australia’s biannual Women’s Morning Tea, held at the Museum in Thornbury on Thursday 18 March 2021.

Kurlow, 19 captivated the audience of both Muslim and non-Muslim women as she talked about her journey in the ballet world and the challenges she’s faced as she continues striving for her goal as being the first professional hijabi ballerina in a company.

Kurlow who uses the negative feedback she’s received in her industry – such as being told she’ll never make it in the ballet world unless she removes her hijab – as motivation to continue dancing and blazing a trail for other budding young hijabi dancers who she hopes will one day walk the same path a little easier and see that their dreams are possible.

Kurlow advocates for and is passionate about creating a world of professional dancers of colour, different races and religion where all dancers will be accepted and celebrated.

The next Women’s Morning Tea will be held in September 2021. Full details will be released on the IMA’s website in August.