After a few hours of getting over my “Formation” high, I wanted to get to know the talented ladies who provided slayage as Beyonce’s dancers in the video and on the stadium Superbowl Sunday. I’ve done some digging, and to be honest, I don’t think I’ve found them all! *sad face*. If my count is correct, there are at least 30 dancing bunnies in this squad!
However, the jewels that I did find (mostly on Instagram) are all beautiful women, doing the damn thing! As if rockin’ it out with Beyonce’ isn’t enough, these queens excel in other areas of arts and entertainment! Some you may recognize…some you may not…overall, these queens are all worth getting to know.
Ebony is a trained ballerina from Boston, Massachusetts. Affectionately dubbed the “Hip-Hop ballerina”, Ebony has worked with today’s biggest stars like Rihanna, Ciara, Jason Derulo, Fergie, and Jennifer Hudson. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that “Formation” isn’t the only iconic Beyonce video she has worked in. Ebony is also one of the dancers in the iconic “Put A Ring On It” video.
Ebony was featured alongside Misty Copeland and Ashley Murphy on the cover of Pointe Magazine.
Dnay has been a principle dancer for Beyonce since the On The Run tour. A native of New York, Dnay is also a model and have some pipes herself. Upon my digging, I’ve come to discover that Dnay does some singing of her own. Check out her video “Rollercoaster” from 2012! The choreography is FIYAH!
Dnay is also in Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” video!
Deja and Tara Riley
As the daughters of the pioneer of New Jack swing, Teddy Riley, Deja and Tara prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Along with their sister, Nia, the trio is making waves of their own in the music industry as the group R I L E Y. Their current album features their hot single, “PoundFRANK” ft. Two Chainz.
Check out the video below (Warning: language)
Kimmie Gee is also a principle dancer for Beyonce. The New Jersey native has had a passion for dance since childhood. She describes dance as “telling a story without words”. Kimmie got her start as the first Philadelphia 76ers dancer ever to be selected for the 2007 NBA All-Star Dance Team in Las Vegas. She then joined Beyonce on her I Am tour as one of her five featured dancers to back her up on a tour that spanned the globe. Kimmie also worked with Beyonce for her Mrs. Carter World tour. Now, she gets to do it all again with Bey for The Formation tour.
When she is not touring with Beyonce, she is on the road with KiMMESTRY, serving as a muse to young people who need uplifting. KiMMESTRY (chem*is*try), the study of self-esteem and the changes it undergoes through dance, is her personal project that puts her in front of young people who need to be encouraged and inspired. She is very passionate about her message to young women, daring them to dream big and reach for the moon.
Khadija is a dancer, model, and host. She was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago and raised in the BK, Brooklyn, New York, where her love for arts began. She studied at Restoration Dance Theater, Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn, The Alvin Ailey School/PPAS and at SUNY Purchase College before becoming a professional dancer. Khadija not only works with the Queen Bey, Beyonce, she also works with Bad Gal Rihanna, and super hit-maker, Pharrell.
Khadija was featured on Pharrell’s “Marilyn Monroe”
Quinetta, a Philadelphia native, followed her dream to become a professional dancer and moved to LA to pursue it and since then, there has been no stopping her! Quinetta has performed with a wide range of artists including the veterans and the newbies of the music industry like Jordin Sparks, Rihanna, Jessie J, Usher, Pitbull, and Toni Braxton. This comes after her completion at a Registered Nursing program. in 2007, Quinetta graduated with honors and a degree in Nursing. My girl can dance circles around you and heal your wounds, too! #Slay
Quinetta’s journey to dance inspired her to also start a Dance Mentoring program, where she goes to inner city/underprivileged neighborhoods to encourage and inspire the youth to not only dream but to put those dreams into action. When Quinetta isn’t dancing, she’s hosting her own web show on Youtube. Check it out here.
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Miss Kysn (Pronounced kAY-sIn) is no stranger to the stage nor the camera. The Bronx native has been modeling over four years and dancing since the age of five. She’s also dabbled in acting, working alongside Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle, Channing Tatum, Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey. Beyonce is just one of many entertainers Ksyn has worked with. She’s also worked with Sean Paul, Ciara, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and Jeremih.
Ashley serves as Beyonce’s lead dancer and dance captain. Since the age of 17, Ashley has played an intricate role in the creative process of everything Beyonce, from her music videos such as “Single Ladies” & “Who Runs The World (Girls)” and commercials like H&M and Pepsi, to her live performances and world tours I Am… The Beyoncé Experience, and The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She has performed on every major stage from the GRAMMY Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, World Music Awards to Glastonbury and the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII.
Having danced with Beyoncé for the last 8 years has opened doors for Ashley to share the stage with other artists such as Robin Thicke, Usher, Ciara, Ne-Yo, LaToya Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and the legendary Tina Turner.
Brittanie is a Philly native who began her dance training at L&L Dance Productions and The Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, courtesy of (PHILADANCO). She studied at the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, for over 10 years, under the mentorship of Charon Mapp, as a member of the Point Breeze Dance Company. Brittanie is a former member of Danco 2 and, also studied at the Ailey School performing works by Carlos Dos Santos. Brittanie is a 2012 graduate of the University of the Arts where she studied and performed works by Wayne St. David, Roni Koresh, Anthony Burrell, and others. Brittanie was also a member of Eleone Dance Theater prior to working with Dublin Worldwide Productions.After completing her studies at the University of the Arts, Brittanie joined a tour with Spirit Productions’ “Michael Jackson-Man in the Mirror” tribute. Brittanie then moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career in dance, acting and theater. Since arriving in LA Brittanie has had the pleasure of working with Chuck Maldonado, Marguerite Derricks, and Anthony Burrell amongst others. Brittanie continues to hone her craft in order to take her career to the next level. As one of Beyonce’s dancers, I think Brittanie has reached that level!
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Desiree’s resume include working with Ledisi, August Alsina, Robin Thicke, and Pit Bull. Her film and television credits include the 2014 BET Awards, HBO’s Bessie starring Queen Latifah, Black Girls Rock, and Bolden.
Tasha is a Raleigh, North Carolina native who was inspired by some of the biggest in the music industry like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, JLo, Britney Spears, Usher, and many others. She’s had a wonderful opportunity to work alongside Tamar Braxton and August Alsina. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Rich & Tone, Sakinah Lestage, Jamaica Craft, Kiki Ely, Rio Henderson, JaQuel Knight, Kennis Marquis, Bubba Carr, Cici Kelley, Victor Jackson and several talented others. Tasha is leaving her mark by training, inspiring and embarking on the journey made for her as she teaches her stiletto classes, Heel Talk, at Gotta Dance Atlanta Studios and is working on teaching outside of Atlanta at different workshops, cities, and states.
Kenitia is a proud native of Orlando, FL, who has Eight years of dancing under her belt. Her training in Modern, Contemporary, African, and many other dance styles have made her both a very open minded and versatile dancer. Kenitia has worked with many notable choreographers including Jamaica Craft, Fatima Robinson, Rio Henderson, Jasmine Guy, Sean Bankhead, Matthew Rushing, and many more.
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Nikeva was born a performer.
At age seven, she enrolled in a local competition studio where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap and participated in regional dance competitions for the next six years. At age sixteen, Nikeva joined Chicago’s Joel Hall Dancers’ junior company. Here she expanded her art form by adding Horton, Graham, Contemporary and Hip Hop to her skillset. Nikeva arrived in New York City upon being accepted into The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA Program where she earned a dance major, business minor, was a member of the Dean’s List, and a Fordham Scholar.
Her versatile dance background was further diversified at The Ailey School, where she added training in West African dance, Composition, and Improv, and continued honing her technical skills.
Le’Ana is trained in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern.Le’Ana is also a mode with experience in runway and photography.
Watch the”Formation” video here
Watch the Superbowl performance here