Did Beyoncé Steal Dance Moves For Her “Countdown” Video?


Beyoncé‘s new video for “Countdown” is great. Almost everybody agrees. Even for non-Beyoncé fans, the visuals are fun to watch and effortlessly convey a timeless, iconic feel. There may be a little bit of an issue, though. Some snitches are claiming that B’s dance moves were taken straight from the movies of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

The Belgian dance director explained to Ace Showbiz:

“I didn’t know anything about this. I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing. They took pieces from Achterland and Rosas danst Rosas. It’s a bit rude, I must say. What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it’s a famous work. … Am I honored? Look, I’ve seen local school kids doing this. That’s a lot more beautiful.”

StuBru put together this video that shows the moves in question and the originals. Judge for yourself. Hit the jump to watch…

  • We Are The Tay

    at :23 Those are stripper kicks . Can be seen in Coco Kiss’ “Onion Booty” video at 1:46. (And throughout) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXY3bToMOkM

    The other parts…yeah she may’ve took that.

  • Confusion

    Ugh, just think how many people have plagiarized that “Onion Booty” classic without giving proper credit. A damn shame. A modern masterpiece, no doubt. Choreography was immaculate. Thank you for blessing us with the “Onion Booty” reference. This comment will never be forgotten.

  • CK

    Haha ^^

    Snitches get stitches.

    On a serious note, not to sound pedantic, but everyone steals everything from everyone else at this point in culture. Did Beyonce take those dance moves from that old random video? Yeah, probably. Did she do it intentionally? I really doubt she watched the old whatever Dutch thing and then went “I’M GOING TO PLAGAIRIZE THOSE DANCE MOVES EXACTLY IN MY NEW VIDEO!” It’s possible that she saw the video a while ago and subconsciously interpreted it. Or maybe those dance moves are just really fucking generalized leg kicks and shit. If it was a long, complex, tightly-choreographed dance routine she stole, I’d be more inclined to throw rocks, but it seems like a few, small, incidental similarities…

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  • ThatGuyOverThere

    The choreographer or director (if there was 1) for Beyonce’s music video could be to blame. This is like when producer’s use samples from songs that already came out and the artist may not even have a clue it’s from somewhere else.

  • SoWhat?

    What’s funny is the last few videos that Bey has done has used several references to other classic movies and music videos. As a lover of dance and music I’m familiar with some of her references. Her entire Get Me Bodied video concept was taken from “Sweet Charity” choreographed by legendary Bob Fosse (Chicago.) Sorry it’s not the same caliber as “Onion Booty” but check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llNcOIZ5PQQ. I don’t think she is doing it out of malicious intent more so paying homage to great dancing through-out time.

  • AGAIN?

    As always, this is getting old. Yes of course she stole the moves. She’s always stealing moves, ideas, choreography, songs in which she takes credit for writing when she didn’t. I use to be a major fan of Beyonce but now I’m just tired of her. She needs to go somewhere and sit her ass down. Just like the fake prothetic belly bump she was wearing in her latest interview. I know the Beyonce fans will try to defend her at all costs but it comes a point when you have to give the benefit of the doubt and admit whats right in front of you.

  • Confusion

    OoOooh shots.

    I guess the counter argument is that she probably isn’t sitting around watching old Belgian dance videos, rubbing her hands together, and saying, “haa, I’m jacking that shit.” She has choreographers, they study old films, and obviously borrow from what they see. I doubt she even really knew how closely she was mimicking someone else. And the baby bump thing… I’ve already decided not to touch that. Not my business, and not something I think people should speculate about. It’s weird, but without all the information, it’s too sensitive and serious of an issue to wildly throw ideas out about.

  • nikki

    this argument is stupid.

    beyonce is no more stealing dance moves than someone who does a video based on a famous movie. i don’t see anyone saying she “stole” moves from audrey hepburn. artists come with packages. videos have designers, choreographers, and directors. her last sets of dance videos are all references to classic dance styles, moves, and eras. it’s a homage and reinterpretation and introduction to new audiences.

    basically, take your knowledge of obscure dance and use it for good.

  • sandy

    I agree with Again and Nikki.
    She is just caught and now she admits that she was “inspired”. what a joke. i liked her as well, but now i’m tired of her cheating. She knows what she’s doing.

  • sandy

    ooh . mistake i only agree with Again

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