Ashley Everett Got Engaged in the Most Adorable Way (Beyoncé Helped!)

Things got super romantic Saturday night on the Formation tour in St. Louis: Queen Bey helped facilitate an onstage proposal surprise for her dance captain and longtime backup dancer, Ashley Everett. AND IT WAS THE CUTEST.

During the song "Single Ladies," naturally, Beyoncé invited Everett's boyfriend (and fellow Formation backup dancer) John Silver onstage. She passed him the mic and he started saying the sweetest things to Everett as she stood next to him in complete shock.

Then Silver got down on one knee and officially popped the question! She said yes, of course, and the pair shared a kiss. Everett was beaming while Beyoncé congratulated the couple, and told her, "Now let's see you do the choreography after that."

True pro that Everett is, she found her chill (how, we'll never know) and got right back into formation to finish out the "Single Ladies" number—only this time she HAD a ring on it.

Watch the adorable surprise unfold here:

Congrats, you two!

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When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

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