Got A Minute?: Beyoncé’s Dancer Ashley Everett

Imagine being such a gifted dancer that you catch the attention of BEYONCE’S choreographer, FRANK GATSON.

Shortly afterwards, FRANK introduces you to KING BEY herself and tells you that you’ll be contacted about dancing with the megastar.

This is the story of 20-year-old Los Angeles native, ASHLEY EVERETT,  who has been dancing since the age of 2, now a lead dancer for MRS. CARTER. With a new BEYONCE’s video “Coutdown,” set to make a world premiere tonight,  the rising starlet talks about her two month wait for a callback, choosing between school or dancing, and her experience on the shoot of  “Single Ladies.”

JUICY: Let’s get right into it; how did you land the gig as BEYONCE’s dancer? That’s a real dream for most people.

ASHLEY EVERETT: Well, while practicing in NY at the ALVIN AILEY DANCE STUDIO, FRANK, BEYONCE’s choreographer approached me, telling me how pretty I was and how well I danced. Little did I know, BEYONCE was in the next studio practicing a routine. She came over and gave me a hug after Frank introduced us. He took down my number and said he’d call but never did. I didn’t have a headshot or resume so he couldn’t remember me anyway. Two months later I went to auditions being held for BEYONCEs tour and it was déjà vu all over again. This time I became a lead dancer on the spot.

JUICY: You were 17 when all of this happened and you had to make a decision between attending Julliard and touring with BEYONCE. Julliard is a big deal, was that a hard decision?

AE: It was a hard decision, but I thought to myself, the life experience of going on a world tour with a superstar like BEYONCE doesn’t happen twice. I don’t regret my decision at all.

JUICY: How is BEYONCE as a boss? Is it “Business Only” and “You better not miss a step?”

AE: There is no high drama. She is a lot of fun and always willing to learn. It’s like we learn from each other and she isn’t scared to ask questions and be vulnerable. She’s so smart and she’s taught me a lot about the creative process.

JUICY: The world embraced the ‘Single Ladies’ video from the start. You ladies danced your butts off in that video! What is your favorite BEYONCE video?

AE: I would have to say ‘Single Ladies’ and not just because I’m in it. And also ‘Runs the World.’ That video was a long process because of all the dancers involved. That video took like days to shoot, but it was amazing.

JUICY: So were you shocked that one of the sexiest women is now one of the sexiest mommies?

AE: I am so happy for her! I mean, I knew it was coming. Her and Jay have been together for a while, so no, I’m not totally shocked.

JUICY: So what’s next for ASHLEY EVERETT?

AE: I plan on doing some workout videos and also starting a clothing line that consists of lingerie and workout clothes.

You can catch Ashley on Twitter @ashleycmeverett or like her fan page on Facebook.

  • keira

    i just loveeeeeee  be and jay love that they share and how they are as a couple,they seem like two cousins that i dont get to see face to face ofton.i sooooooooooooo,so want to meet them both would be a dream.

  • Love Jones

    Congradulations on your success in your career. How often do you practice. How many hours out of a day?

  • Chan

    She also played Peyton on the season premeire of Vh1’s “Hit the Floor”.. nice

  • Tane

    Ashley isn’t a Los Angeles native. She’s from a small town in Northern California. I’ve been a fan of her from many years and I’m from the same town and I dance at the sans studio did growing up.

  • Abed Nadier

    I can see how it would be hard to remember somebody for a callback if you didn’t have a headshot or resume to remember them. I’m sure that they see so many girls each day that it’s hard to remember all the girls that really stood out from the rest without some help. I’m glad that she made it big though, she really is insanely talented!
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  • Marcus Fillion

    What an incredible story. This really is a dream come true for any dancer. I wonder how many hours she’s put in by now– starting at age 2?! Her dedication is extremely admirable.

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  • Dom Boyd

    I’m surprised she didn’t have a headshot to show him. You’d think that someone who was trying to get into that business would know how important it is to have a headshot. That’s the only way they’ll remember who you are. Hopefully she learned a lesson from that experience. I’m glad she got the job!