Name Ashley Everett
Years active 2006–present
|Full Name Ashley Chrisha Marie Everett|
Born April 19, 1989 (age 26) (1989-04-19) Chico, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Contemporary ballet Jazz Tap Street Hip-hop
Movies Leave It On the Floor, The Hotel
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Associated acts Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Usher
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Ashley Chrisha Marie Everett (born April 19, 1989) is an American dancer and actress. She is most known as lead backup dancer and dance captain for Beyoncé, and has also worked with Usher, Ne-Yo, Tina Turner and Ciara, among other artists. She frequently features in high-profile music videos, television commercials and concert tours.
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- Early life
- Dance career
- Dance style
- Public image
- Music videos
Everett began her career in New York City at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she met choreographer Frank Gatson, Jr., who later gave her the opportunity to meet and audition for Beyoncé. At the age of 17, she dropped out of the Juilliard School to join Beyonce on her 2007 The Beyoncé Experience Tour. After assuming the role of dance captain in 2009 at the age of 19, Everett continued to work with Beyoncé on every major concert tour, a number of TV commercials, and has danced or acted in at least 20 music videos with the singer. She also began to work with a variety of other music artists, and expanded her career into acting with a role in the third season of the VH1 series Hit the Floor, which aired in 2015.
In 2008, Everett was one of two featured dancers in the music video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", which amassed over 580 million YouTube views and became world-renowned for its dancing and choreography. She has also performed with Beyoncé at the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII halftime show as a lead backup dancer as well as at the 2016 Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Distinguishable on stage by her signature curly, red afro, Everett trained as a contemporary ballet dancer as a child, and has also mastered various styles including tap, jazz, street and hip hop.
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Everett was born and raised in Chico, California. She is mixed race with her mother being African American and her father being White. Everett has stated that growing up in Chico was a challenge for her being mixed race, as "you don't fit in with White people because you're too dark and you don't fit in with the Black people because you're too light."
Everett began dancing at the age of three years, originating in ballet, but also training in tap and jazz. At the age of sixteen, Everett moved to New York City to train at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During a training session here, Everett met Beyoncé's choreographer at the time, Frank Gatson, Jr.. Around two months later, Everett attended an open audition for Beyoncé. Gatson remembered Everett and ultimately ended up landing her a job with Beyoncé.
At seventeen Everett started working with Beyoncé by dancing in music videos. Beyoncé was working on a video anthology album for B'Day (2006), and was filming multiple videos. Everett danced in "Green Light" and "Get Me Bodied". Following this, Everett began her first worldwide concert tour with The Beyoncé Experience (2007). Everett performed as a backup dancer for 96 shows. Prior to The Beyoncé Experience, Everett was accepted and enrolled into the Juilliard School, but ultimately decided against going, due to touring with Beyoncé and wanting to pursue her dance career this way.
In 2008, Everett started by performing with one of her idols, Tina Turner, at the 2008 50th Annual Grammy Awards with Beyoncé. She featured in the video for "Love in This Club" by Usher and began a working relationship with him. In October of the same year, the video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was released, which featured a J-Setting choreography and contained only Beyoncé, Everett and dancer Ebony Williams. It has since gone viral, amassing over 580 million views and has been recreated thousands of times. It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. Everett featured in videos for both "Ego" and "Sweet Dreams" from I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), and begun her second worldwide tour with Beyoncé, on the I Am... World Tour (2009–10). Here, Everett performed as the female Dance Captain for the entire tour. In 2010, Everett begun a working relationship with Ne-Yo and featured in three of his music videos from his album Libra Scale (2010); "One in a Million", "Champagne Life" and "Beautiful Monster". In 2011, Everett featured in three videos from Beyoncé's 4 (2011).
In 2012, Ashley was also one of the dancers on Glee in season 4, episode 16 during Naya Rivera's performance of Cold Hearted Snake.
On February 3, 2013, Everett served as a lead backup dancer to the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show with Beyoncé. The performance was watched by 110.8 million Americans. Following the performance, Beyoncé announced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013–14), in which Everett would act as head Dance Captain for 132 shows. In the buildup to the tour, Everett featured in Life Is But a Dream, and television commercials airing worldwide for H&M and in the United Kingdom for O2. Everett appeared in six videos from Beyoncé's self-titled visual album, including a lead acting role in "Heaven". Two months after The Mrs. Carter Show concluded, Everett was announced as the lead Dance Captain for Jay-Z and Beyoncé's all stadium On the Run Tour (2014). Everett performed as a backup dancer for the majority of Usher's The UR Experience Tour (2014–15), however missed some shows due to filming Hit the Floor. In February 2016, Everett joined Beyoncé at the Super Bowl for a second time during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars acting as special guests for Coldplay's headlining performance. The performance was watched by 115.5 million people in America. Following the performance, The Formation World Tour was announced, a 49 date all stadium tour with Everett again serving as dance captain for Beyoncé.
Everett has also danced and worked with Robin Thicke, Ciara, La Toya Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.
Everett featured in the pilot episode of Hit the Floor, as character Peyton. In late 2014 Everett stated she was filming for the upcoming third season of the series. In 2012 Everett featured in the finale episode of the second season of Shake It Up. In 2013, Everett starred with Beyoncé in the video to "Heaven" from the album Beyoncé (2013). The video is Everett's first non-dancing role with Beyoncé, and features Everett acting out a variety of "bucket list" scenarios with her on-screen best friend, Beyoncé. Everett has stated how she wants and hopes to get into more acting, including non-dancing roles. She stated in 2014, "Film and cinematography and stuff lasts forever and that's something that is really really great and really special to me. It'll last longer than I'm alive and my kids and my grandkids and their kids and their grandkids can always see me and that's what creates your legacy."
Outside of acting, Everett has appeared on television networks such as Fox 32 and WCIU-TV to be interviewed and teach news anchors dance moves, as well as promoting the relevant concert tours she was performing at on said interviews dates.
Everett is professionally trained in contemporary ballet, and also trained in tap and jazz whilst growing in her craft. Her work with popular music artists such as Beyoncé and Ciara often sees Everett performing to a more hip-hop and street style of dance, although some elements of ballet are implemented into certain performances.
Everett is mostly recognized for her bright red hair, often styled as an afro. Everett stated that it was Beyoncé who originally asked her to dye her hair, and that although the continuous dying is damaging, it has become so recognized that it would be missed by fans if she changed it.
Everett has stated that her greatest dancing influence and most desired artist to work with is Janet Jackson. She also has named Michael Jackson if he was still alive and Justin Timberlake as other artists she would want to dance with. Everett also stated she is influenced and inspired by Beyoncé's work ethic.
All videos listed feature Everett either dancing or acting within them.