Who Are Beyonce's Super Bowl Backup Dancers? Her Instagram Video Previews Their Fierceness — VIDEO
The queen slays again in the Beyoncé's Super Bowl preview Instagram video that she posted during the first half of the big game. ("Formation" warned you, didn't it?) The clip shows Bey and her dancers getting it done during rehearsals and getting hyped for the performance in their tour bus. While I watched, I couldn't help but marvel at these goddesses that will be dancing with the queen during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Obviously, I recognize Beyoncé, but I can't be alone in wondering who are Beyonce's Super Bowl backup dancers, can I? All of their names haven't been released, nor did Beyoncé reveal them alongside the clip, but one thing's for sure: Beyoncé never settles for anything less than the best.
Thanks to a Beyoncé fan account, at least one of the singer's Super Bowl backup dancers has been accounted for. Her name is Ahsia Pettigrew, a model and a dancer who's performed with Neyo, Usher, and Ludacris in addition to Beyoncé and has also appeared on Fox's nighttime music soap opera Empire. She celebrated the success of the halftime performance in a post on her personal Instagram. The best guess for the other dancers featured in the Instagram video are the amazingly talented ladies who flanked Beyoncé in the "Formation" music video, especially since that was the song that the singer was performing during the halftime show.
Beyoncé is no stranger to the Super Bowl halftime show. She headlined the 2013 production, strutting through a medley of her hits like "Crazy In Love," "Baby Boy," and "Single Ladies." That performance brought the house completely down; the superstar even reunited with her Destiny's Child bandmates, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. I'd worry that nothing could match the spectacle of her 2013 halftime show, but Beyoncé can always be counted on to top herself. She's a perfectionist, and a total pro, because she never relies on her popularity in order to coast. The singer is always looking to make the world sit up and take notice of her next move.
The whole aesthetic of her 2013 performance is in line with her power-female persona, from the black leather bodysuit to the female band member shedding on a flame-throwing electric guitar. (Sorry, Mad Max. She did it first.) She'd never waste a platform like the Super Bowl with some tired act.
Up until this Saturday, the only sure bet as to what Beyoncé would be performing at the halftime show was her collaboration with headlining band Coldplay, "Hymn To The Weekend." But she dropped the gauntlet with another surprise attack reminiscent of the out-of-the-blue release of her last album. The single and video for "Formation" shocked Beyoncé fans in the best way possible. She serves up a lot of looks in that video, from her all-black ensemble and austere hat in the porch scene to her skin-tight Gucci in one of the clip's many dance sequences. She's backed by a striking and equally powerful group of dancers (and fellow warriors?) in "Formation," which is as much activism as it is art. While I'm not 100 percent sure that the women who form Beyoncé's formidable "Formation" posse are also backing her up in this Super Bowl performance, I can at least say that everyone in Beyoncé's performance squad is a boss.
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