Beyoncé Homecoming: What you need to know about the #BeforeILetGo dance challenge

The singer shared videos of fans doing the dance challenge on her first Instagram story

Sabrina Barr@fabsab5
Thursday 25 April 2019 11:58
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Beyoncé shares #BeforeILetGoChallenge dances on her Instagram story

If you were wondering why people all over the Internet are filming themselves performing complicated choreography to the tune of an R&B track telling them to "turn around", "glide" and "drop it down", then you're not alone.

The answer is, of course, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

On Wednesday, Beyoncé shared her very first Instagram story, which featured videos of fans carrying out a new dance challenge to one of her latest songs.

One of the bonus tracks featured on the star's recently released Homecoming live album is a cover of "Before I Let Go", a song originally performed by American R&B band Maze in 1981.

The upbeat song has sparked a new social media craze, with many members of the Beyhive (Beyoncé's most dedicated fans) attempting to emulate the dance moves mentioned in the lyrics.

The lyrics go as follows: "Turn around, kick, then slide. And twirl that ass to the right, now. Ooh, bunny hop, bunny hop, drop, pop. Cross your legs, turn around and clap. Shuffle to the left, let's glide now. Ooh, drop it down, drop it down low, low."

Numerous superfans of Beyoncé have shared videos of themselves doing the "#BeforeILetGo" challenge on ​social media, some of which have even caught the attention of the Queen Bey herself.

In one of the videos, a toddler joins in with the dance as a young man and woman do their version of the choreography.

In another video, a man does the dance while standing on top of a red car.

The hashtag "#BeforeILetGo" has been used more than 7,000 times on Instagram, while the hashtag "#BeforeILetGoChallenge" has been used more than 4,000 times.

Frankie Beverly, frontman for Maze and writer of "Before I Let Go", responded positively to Beyoncé's inclusion of the track on her live album, describing it as a "blessing".

"This is one of the high points of my life," he told Billboard.

Earlier this month, Beyoncé released a documentary on Netflix about her history-making performances at last year's Coachella music festival.

To coincide with the release of Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, the star also released a live album from her two headlining weekends.

Following the release of Homecoming on Netflix, former US first lady Michelle Obama shared a video online, in which she praised Beyoncé for "constantly raising the bar".

“Girl you make me so proud and I love you. I also love that your new Netflix film Homecoming is informed by the black leaders, thinkers and poets who have paved the way for folks like us," Obama said.

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