These Dancers Won Beyoncé’s #BeforeILetGoChallenge by Taking Over Times Square

Sorry, everybody else doing the #BeforeILetGoChallenge (yes, even you, Jenna Dewan!): It's over. It's been won. The end.

While millions of dancers around the world have been filming their best takes on Beyoncé's viral craze since Queen Bey kicked off the contest last week, we don't think anyone can top Charles Smith Jr.'s submission. The fabulous choreographer—who's worked with everyone from the Brooklynettes to Lizzo—shut down NYC's Times Square for an epic dance party with his squad. And it's the most joyful thing we've seen in a long time.

The Times Square vid is actually Smith's second contribution to the challenge. "After the initial video"—which featured dancers performing on a basketball court, and which Beyoncé reposted to her Stories—"I received crazy amounts of DMs asking me to teach it again in a class setting," he told VIBE. "I decided to just do it again in a larger setting, and where else but Times Square?"

Tons of dancers turned up for the shoot, many of them having learned the choreo off Instagram. In his caption, Smith wrote that the challenge "is bigger then just a 'challenge' to me. It's about spreading joy to folks through the art of dance!"

Latest Posts

Because you know you've always wondered... (Getty Images)

Sounding Off: Here's What Your Favorite Musicians Think of Dance Routines Set to Their Songs

In the competition world, a small group of musicians has attained almost cultlike status, with choreographers turning to their tracks over and over. We know how we feel about these bangers—there's a reason we can't stop dancing to them—but how do the musicians feel about us? We caught up with three contemporary artists whose music has dominated the competition scene recently, and gauged their reactions to the dances set to their life's work.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
King Kong on Broadway (Joan Marcus, courtesy Bonneau/Brian-Brown)

Follow the Path of a Broadway Musical from Concept to Opening Night

The curtain rises, the crowd goes wild, and the bright lights of Broadway shine down as you make your debut on opening night…it's every Broadway baby's dream. But you may be surprised to learn that a show's journey to the Great White Way can be months, or even years, in the making. How does a production go from concept to curtain call? We spoke to industry veterans about what happens at every stage.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Jordan Fisher (center) in a dance scene from Work It (Brendan Adam-Zwelling/Netflix)

Here's Why Jordan Fisher Thinks You Should Be Excited for Netflix's New Dance Film, "Work It"

If you're looking for a sign that 2020 might *just* be turning around, look no further than Netflix's new dance-centric film Work It. The movie comes out this Friday, August 7, and the hype is real. ICYMI, the film follows high school senior Quinn Ackerman, played by none other than Sabrina Carpenter, as she attempts to lead her dance team to a competition win in order to bolster her chances of being admitted to the college of her dreams. One small challenge: Quinn isn't a dancer.

Enter Jordan Fisher as Jake Taylor, a talented-but-troubled choreographer and dancer, to help Quinn lead the team. We had the chance to speak with Fisher about his experience on set, and why Work It just might be the dance movie we've all been waiting for.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search