About those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to MTV about Tofo Tofo, above in someone’s wedding video:
We prepared a lot for it. We had seen something on YouTube; we had seen these three guys from Africa, this Mozambique African dance troupe … we were like, ‘Wow, this is an amazing movement,’ ” B’s longtime choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr., told us about the Francis Lawrence-directed video. “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 … 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,” he said. “We had to bring them around to learn that [move], which is really, really interesting. They had such a great vocabulary of movement.” 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. They were so humbled,” he said. “It was hard finding them. They were really in a remote area; we had to get the embassy people involved. That was a process that took about two months or more. Beyoncé really loved them and I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again. It was magical.”
WHOA!!!!! CLOGGING COMMENTS REVOKED. Still, these dudes look smoother than ole girl, probably cuz she was wearing 90-inch heels. Also proof that context is everything: obviously the first thing I was gonna think of was country line dancing because I grew up in Wyoming and was forced to take that class in high school as part of my Physical Education programming. Feel sorry for me. RETHINKING ENTIRE STANCE/LIFE.
I STILL THINK THAT SALUTE THAT ENDS THE VIDEO WAS WRONG THOUGH.