These Dancers Won Beyoncé’s #BeforeILetGoChallenge by Taking Over Times Square

April 29, 2019

Sorry, everybody else doing the #BeforeILetGoChallenge (yes, even you, Jenna Dewan!): It’s over. It’s been won. The end.

While millions of dancers around the world have been filming their best takes on Beyoncé’s viral craze since Queen Bey kicked off the contest last week, we don’t think anyone can top Charles Smith Jr.’s submission. The fabulous choreographer—who’s worked with everyone from the Brooklynettes to Lizzo—shut down NYC’s Times Square for an epic dance party with his squad. And it’s the most joyful thing we’ve seen in a long time.

The Times Square vid is actually Smith’s second contribution to the challenge. “After the initial video”—which featured dancers performing on a basketball court, and which Beyoncé reposted to her Stories—”I received crazy amounts of DMs asking me to teach it again in a class setting,” he told VIBE. “I decided to just do it again in a larger setting, and where else but Times Square?”

Tons of dancers turned up for the shoot, many of them having learned the choreo off Instagram. In his caption, Smith wrote that the challenge “is bigger then just a ‘challenge’ to me. It’s about spreading joy to folks through the art of dance!”