Vixen Chat: Ashley Everett on Dancing With Beyonce and Lessons The Superstar Taught Her
If you’ve ever been to a Beyonce concert then you’ve seen Ashley Everett on stage hitting every move in unison with the performer.
At the tender age of 17, the red-headed beauty made her first adult decision between two life changing paths: Going to one of the biggest schools (Juilliard) in the world, or staying on tour and focus on being a professional dancer. She doesn’t regret her decision for a second (could you blame her?), but when she recounts her choices, she often says “my life would be so different.”
This is just the beginning for Ms. Everett. The dancer starred in the pilot episode of Hit The Floor and will make more appearances once she’s done touring. Get to know the lady who spends almost as much time with BaddieBey as Jay and Blue Ivy, and lean in as she talks about working with H&M, juggling a long distance relationship, and advice for dancers.
VIBE Vixen: How did you begin your dance career?
Ashley Everett: I started dancing when I was three, my mom put me in ballet classes when I was just a baby and from day one I loved it. I was so serious with it. As I got older I practiced jazz, tap, and hip-hop. I moved to NY when I was 16 to pursue it in a more professional place [other than] my small town—I’m from Chico, a small town in Northern Cali. I trained at Alvin Ailey and was going down the concert dancer world but then I randomly went to the Beyonce audition and the rest was history.
That’s dope! I hear you were supposed to go to Julliard. How hard was that decision?
I was enrolled and everything. It was a really difficult decision. I felt like it was the first adult decision I made, being technically an adult and on my own. I had to choose between going to one of the biggest schools in the world or staying on tour for a couple more months and trying to be a professional dancer after that. I asked a lot of my friends and mentors what they thought and they told me to follow my heart. I [figured] if I’m a working professional now, I can keep doing that after, I don’t need to train anymore.
Do you ever regret it?
No, I haven’t regretted it. I do think what would it be like if I did go. My life would be so different.
What was your first day like working with Beyonce, if you can remember?
I was so young, I was like 17. The first job I did was when Bday came out and she was shooting all these videos for a video DVD for the album. They asked me to come to LA and I was there with all these dancers who were shooting videos in 10 days. It was really overwhelming for me at 17. I was looking at [the dancers] like “wow, omg that’s really that person!” I felt like I was at a big convention of professional dancers and I was trying to keep up with everybody. They asked me to do two videos, I did “Greenlight” and “Get me Bodied”.
Photo Credit: Joe Wesley