I Tried Out A Beyoncé Dance Class: An Education In 'Sophisticated Filth'

If you think Queen Bey's lyrics are empowering, try her moves


I've boogied to Beyoncé in my bedroom so much, in my mind, I'm basically one of her back up dancers. I've perfected my ponytail whip, worked on my sassy strut and, while my twerkin' is still a work in progress, on the dance floor (or, you know, my bedroom when I'm getting ready to go out) I can cut some serious shapes. 

So, when I got an email inviting me to a Beyoncé dance class, I was limbering up as I typed my 'HELL YES!' response. 


Seen On Screen host classes that teach you how to dance like your favourite pop stars. The choreography in Beyoncé videos, particularly over the last 10 years, has become iconic. Who wouldn't want to have her moves?

Our teacher, Bonnie Parsons, who has worked with Beyoncé's dancers, tells us that the Bey camp use two words to describe her dance style: 'Sophisticated Filth.' 

I can get down with that. 

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Who among us hasn't belted out lyrics of the Bootylicious One at top volume? Celebrating with your girls, feeling sad, going through a break up or just feeling sexy as hell, Bey has a song that'll pull you through it. And if you think you feel empowered by her lyrics (as you sing into your hairbrush), you should try her moves. 

Bonnie is a great instructor, breaking down the moves into bite-sized chunks, gradually building up a routine. We'd practice each little section we learned with the music, before moving onto the next combination, then putting it all together. 

"Formation" 👯👯👯👯👯👯 www.Beyonce.com

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As those opening bars of 'Formation' blare through the speakers, something just comes over you. You feel the excitement bubble up in your body as you wait for the base line to kick in and you can let loose. 

As those opening bars of Formation blare through the speakers, something just comes over you.

Dance is such a great form of expression, but can make you feel a bit vulnerable, if you feel like you're not a natural or don't have the best rhythm. Everyone came into the room feeling a little shy and self-conscious, but gradually, we all came out of our shells. With each hair flick and booty pop, everyone's confidence grew a little. 

Doing our finished routine with the music felt fantastic. Everyone let go and let their inner diva come all the way out. 

I strutted out of there feeling sexier, sassier and super powerful. 

'OK ladies, now let's get in formation.' Oh, we will Beyoncé. Always. 

To find out more about Seen on Screen and get your groove on with them, check out: www.seenonscreenfitness.com

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