It’s no secret we loved Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show. So naturally, we were dying to know more about the making of the production. We caught up with Just For Kix designer Alexandra Clough—who performed in the “Single Ladies” number and designed the leotards the dancers wore!—to get a behind the scenes look at the performance.
Five things you didn’t know about the fiercest Super Bowl halftime ever:
1. “There were 74 dancers onstage during the “Single Ladies” number.” 30 were Bey’s dancers and 44 were dancers (mostly local New Orleans girls) who auditioned and scored a coveted spot.
2. “Beyoncé rehearses full-out. What you saw on TV was the same performance quality we saw in every practice.” Okay, so maybe this isn’t too surprising, but it makes sense: Kill it in rehearsal, perform it like a boss.
3. “Beyoncé is not a diva.” Sure, she’s got enough talent and star power to justify major diva status, but Alexandra says she was “very humble and down to earth.”
4. “The whole cast only rehearsed together 5 times.” Three of the practices were full dress rehearsals with everyone (including all of the fans that ran onto the field to their set places). Fun fact: It took 500 stage crew members to get the set on and off the field!
5. “The leotards I designed had a special pocket in the back for our radios and headphones.” That’s right, every dancer onstage wore ear pieces so they could clearly hear the music and dance together without fear of echoes or getting off count.
And no, Alexandra didn’t get to meet baby Blue Ivy. (Of course, I asked.) She did, however, spot Jay-Z after the performance when they all posed for pics.
Now for a special treat. Check out this awesome vid of Bey and her dancer rehearsing for the big performance: