Ashley was our muse that we would work with during the daytime, and Beyoncé would come in for a few hours, a couple hours every day. Nava: People think it's one shot, but it's actually about five shots -- even though we were doing it in long takes, we filmed it in chunks so that it wasn't too demanding on the dancers and so that we could focus on getting perfect chunks. That is what was really special about the three of us -- the fact that we understood the lines and the fact that we understood that Fosse's work was really brilliant and timeless. JaQuel Knight, who choreographed the Single Ladies video along with Frank Gatson Jr. We won the award for best choreography. You would really get an opportunity to hold one long take that evolved with the action.
I think it was my eighth show? With the choreography set and the black-and-white aesthetic on lock, Beyoncé, Everett ,and Williams suited up: Everett and Williams donned matching black leotards, with Beyoncé in a similar garment that stood out with its own embellishments and the addition of a mechanical glove custom-made for her by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. She can drop down and get funky with you, but then she can pull it up and make it very ladylike. However, the main intention is to attract the viewers' attention toward their hands and ring fingers as they do the hand-twirl move. It was a lot to make the video have that thing, and it worked. That sort of escalated, and it's not the first time that a dance move has become a global trend. That character that she was playing, she gave it integrity.
Gatson: If you ever look at old musicals, it was always something they bragged about, about how they would do full takes of the routine. They definitely were working on the choreography for ages, but when I saw it, it became clear that a very specific photographic approach would do justice to such great performance. Young children love songs with good rhythm and repetition, and 'Single Ladies' certainly has both, says Shall, whose company once a month in 21 cities turns bars into child-proof discos. When I ended up seeing Obama doing the hand move, I definitely was excited that we had done something in the world of dance that had become timeless. It was just magical, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping. They're not congregating in front of the watercooler to talk about Beyoncé.
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Gatson: They had that bodysuit on and their legs were showing. I was on the set that day when they did that. Knight: I was there that night. Like some rogue Baby Einstein offering, the black-and-white Single Ladies video provides visual and aural stimulation well suited for the under-2 crowd. The song is very Teletubbies, says Tony-nominated musician Kenny Mellman. Beyonce Single Ladies Put A Ring On It YouTube Music Beyonce Single Ladies Put A Ring On It music videos on youtube and vevo, these are the most relevant videos found on the music category on youtube for Beyonce Single Ladies Put A Ring On It, hear youtube music songs related to Beyonce Single Ladies Put A Ring On It. I enjoy dancing, I think I could do a good job at that.
Nava: The really important thing about this is that they had been working on this routine while she was working on other stuff. It became a cinematic job, and Single Ladies became a minimalistic performance inspired by a Bob Fosse job but updated. Of course, not everyone is thrilled about the Single Babies phenomenon. I was always taking hip-hop classes and whatever I could take, so that J-setting pocket was so lit that I was ready to do it over and over again. We gotta be true to what it is. We made the glove before we saw the video, but being that the video features only women, it only further signifies these characteristics.
I wanted to make sure that I was doing my best and was showing myself in the best light. She had a lot of people with her in the room, but she just seemed pretty awesome. One thing I learned from Fosse: You could tell he was a people-watcher. We knew that we were doing them together, back-to-back, and that we needed them to have distinct looks. She had all the right ingredients for it, to keep it raw and authentic but pulled up and classy. She wanted it to be about a trio and not just about her, which was really giving and gracious.
Gatson: I think every video director is trying to do feature films. I also think that the dynamic of us all being different shades was really cool to see and feel. Often, people see these stars and think that they're untouchable, that they can't be living the same stories that I am living. I was also super-exhausted -- I had just finished rehearsal with my ballet company because I was doing dual-jobs at the same time. Babies aren't asking to be put in front of these videos.
We often went back to our childhood days, when our parents would ask us to dance for all the relatives at the family cookout, he says. We were all relatable to different audience members. Knight: Everyone started to upload their videos of them doing it. You have to warm it up; it's like starting from scratch. Isenman's 4-year-old daughter makes her scour the radio for it.