Unless you're living under a rock, you know that Queen Beyoncé completely dominated last year's Coachella festival—so much so that it was rechristened, and will perhaps forever be known as, #Beychella. And if you're like us, you couldn't take your eyes off her army of gorgeous, talented backup dancers, who were sharp and stunning throughout the entire performance. They should all be stars in their own right—which is why we're not surprised that, on Instagram, some of them are already celebrities. Here are 7 Beyoncé dancers you need to be following ASAP.


Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett)

Our friend Ashley (left in the pic above) has been dancing alongside Beyoncé for a while, and currently acts as her dance captain. Her Insta feed is full of stunning choreography and killer fashion.

Brittany Parks (@bp_parks)

From La La Land to Shuffle Along on Broadway, the gorgeous Brittany Parks (second from left) has an incredibly diverse resumé—and an equally wide-ranging Insta presence.

Hannah Douglass (@hannahdlaine)

In addition to dancing with Queen Bey, Douglass (second from left in this image) has appeared in movies like La La Land and Footloose, and her Insta account has tons of fun behind-the-scenes pics.

Hajiba Fahmy (@hajibafahmy)

The fabulous Fahmy's Instagram stories give next-level insider peeks at Beyoncéworld. Fahmy (top in this photo) is also just all-around chic: She's a Parisian who's appeared on the French version of "Dancing with the Stars."

Jasmine Harper (@dance10jasmineh)

OK, yes: We know you're probably already following Jasmine Harper after falling for her during Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance." But we still had to give her a shoutout, because we're always so happy to see her killing it onstage next to Beyoncé.

Dnay B (@dnaybisme)

Dnay is straight dynamite (just look at her giving FACE in that photo!): In addition to working with Beyoncé, she's danced alongside Tinashe, JLo, Ashanti, and Ivy Park. She's also not averse to posting the occasional karaoke video, making her Insta especially entertaining

Kimmie Gee (@kimmigeedotcom)

Gee (at right above) has got all the sass, all the style, and all the unapologetic confidence. She's a huge supporter of empowering girls through dance, which means her Insta is full of inspiring posts.

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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