Vixen Chat: Ashley Everett on Dancing With Beyonce and Lessons The Superstar Taught Her
I see that your in a relationship. How is it juggling being in a relationship with traveling the world?
It’s definitely difficult. I think for me and my man, we have great communication and trust. He’s in the same business too. He’s a dancer as well, he travels and he gets what I do and I get what he does. We have a really good understanding and Skype is the best thing ever [laughs]. It’s definitely hard and after a month and a half or two months of not seeing him, I’m like “you have to come to me or I have to come to you.”
Do you ever watch Jay-Z and Beyonce’s relationship to help you out with your relationship?
Of course, they both are always working and they have crazy schedules and they make time to see each other. That’s really what a relationship is about, making time for each other.
Do you go to her for any advice?
We’ve had talks like that, but for the most part I don’t get too personal with her and Jay. But they have a really solid relationship, it’s beautiful and Blue, she’s so cute.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from her?
I love her work ethic, it inspires me to keep striving to be better because she never settles for anything and she never feels like she’s reached the top. I love that about her and it makes me want to be like that. It drives me to be better and push myself harder. She knows what she wants and doesn’t settle for things that aren’t going to make her completely happy and satisfied.
Do you want to start your own venture?
I definitely want to and I want to explore acting and some other elements of entertainment other than dance.
I saw you on Hit The Floor, are you going to pursue acting?
I shot that pilot with them so I was only in the first episode, but I definitely want to come back. The only reason I couldn’t was because I was already doing Superbowl stuff with Beyonce but I stayed in touch with them and they want to bring my character back. Hopefully I’ll be making a return on Hit The Floor in the next season.
Do you have any artist you would like to perform with?
I always say I want to work with Janet one day, which I have not. I wish I could have danced with Michael and I want to work with Justin Timberlake.
Whats your advice for any up and coming dancers?
The best advice I can give is to train in as many styles as you can. The more diverse you are, it gives you more options for jobs because you’re a versatile dancer. Take as many classes, from as many people as you can so you can start building relationships and get to know people. Half the time they say it’s not what you know but who you know and that’s true. But it’s also what you know that gets you there.
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