Whenever Beyoncé brings the beat in, our heads start nodding. One all-female tap dance troupe has got our feet moving, too.
The Syncopated Ladies dropped their version of Bey’s “Formation” on Sunday, showing the world that #BlackGirlMagic includes tap dancing. The five fierce women are members of the tap band headed by Chloe Arnold, a Debbie Allen trained choreographer from Washington, DC. Produced by Chloe and her sister, Maud, a Debbie Allen and Duke Ellington alum, the Ladies’ video showcases the art and skill of tap. Feet thundering, their take on Bey’s newest hit slays, with tap dancers around the world from Taipei to GA getting in formation.
Chloe formed Syncopated Ladies to “create a platform for women to have a strong and impacting voice in the art form of tap dance.” With appearances on “Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Chloe, along with critically acclaimed dancers Sarah Reich, Anissa Lee, Pamela Yasutake, Melissa Tannus, and Melinda Sullivan, have brought attention to the art. Their sold out performances at New York’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater and D.C.’s Howard Theater have helped to mesh tap with pop culture. Maud told the Huffington Post, “We wanted to start a movement to show how powerful black women in tap dance are…Just how black culture influences the world… my sister and I, as black women, have been able to influence the world of dance.”
The Syncopated Ladies have already proven that they’ve got coordination– Queen Bey shared the group’s “Beyoncé Tap Salute” video on Facebook earlier this year, and it went viral within 24 hours with over 80,000 likes. Their “Formation” routine has had over 2 billion views since Sunday. You can catch the tap dancing sensations LIVE on March 18th at the 8th Annual DC Tap Fest All Star Concert.
Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani’s work at mymommyvents.com.