Galen Hooks Teamed Up with Ashley Everett and Jasmine Harper for an Epic Beyoncé Video

Take one part delectable Galen Hooks choreography. Add two sensationally spicy dancers, Ashley Everett and Jasmine Harper. Melt in some luscious Beyoncé vocals.

SHAKE. STIR. SIZZLE.

That's the recipe for Hooks' gorg new video. Set to "Summer" by The Carters (aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z), it stars not only the formidable Hooks herself, but also two of Queen B's most fabulous dancers: Everett, Bey's dance captain, and Harper, who's actually featured in the album cover for the song.


Everett and Harper workshopped the combo with Hooks and assisted her in class. (They also worked with Hooks on her dance film "Wait for Me"—the three clearly have great chemistry.) The resulting choreo is serpentine perfection with a serious Beyoncé pedigree, aka 1000 percent our beginning-of-summer #mood.

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