Bey's "Run the World" African Dancers Revealed

Bey's "Run the World" African Dancers Revealed

The Mozambique dance troupe is responsible for intricate footwork.

Published May 20, 2011

Did you the notice the amazing footwork in the first sequence of Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” video? Choreographer Frank Gatson spoke to MTV News about the creation of the movement and the two dancers responsible. Mozambican kwaito dance troupe Tofo Tofo is a three member group, but only two dancers were actually featured in the video. “We had seen something on YouTube; we had seen these three guys from , this Mozambique African dance troupe… we were like, ‘Wow, this is an amazing movement,’” Gatson says. “And that movement has always been in the back of our head for the last year. From there, we talked about a lot of concepts.”


Gatson says it took the team over two months to find the dancers because they lived in such a remote area. They even enlisted the Embassy to help them track down the talented troupe. It’s no doubt an honor to have an international pop star seek your assistance, but Gatson appreciated the opportunity to share the dancers’ talent with the world. “We say, ‘Share the light, you sparkle brighter,’ and we share our light with a lot of new, creative people. I feel like we really nailed it and, again, my hats off to the Tofo Tofo guys [from Africa], ’cause none of us could imitate that. We had to bring them around to learn that [move], which is really, really interesting.”


Concerning the overall experience, Gatson says, “Those two dancers not only helped shape the moves in the video, but also moved Beyoncé. That was probably one of the most beautiful experiences for Beyoncé.”

Written by Kimberly Walker


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