by Brianna Smith
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
As I sat down to watch B.E.T's "106 & Park," the premiere of Willow Smith's music video "Fireball" came on. The video was electrifying; full of lights and special effects, but what stood out the most was the complex choreography.
I was so amazed to find out that Memphis native Shaunte Edmond was one of the main dancers in the video, and that she was part of Smith's performance of "Fireball" on "The X Factor."
"From day one, I've always wanted to show the world the talent God gave me as a performer," said Edmond, who was put in dance classes at age three.
An Overton High School product, Edmond graduated a year early. At 17, she moved to California to pursue her dreams as a professional hip-hop dancer. She has worked with numerous hip-hop stars, one in particular being Nicki Minaj.
"Performing for the crowd," said Edmond, asked to relay her greatest experience touring with Minaj. "Performing on stage with Nicki and for the crowd gives you such a rush that you experience this natural high!
Edmond also is building her portfolio as a choreographer. She was the assistant choreographer to renowned choreographer Free Crawford for Tyrese Gibson's "Open Invitation" tour.
Edmond often teaches dance classes, open to the community, when she comes back to visit Memphis.
"Every time I come back I love to teach and talk to the students and give people inspiration and hope that you can leave and do whatever your aspirations are," she said.
Today, Edmond, 20, has already accomplished so much in pursuit of becoming a professional dancer and choreographer Her resume speaks volumes.
"More choreography, more tours," she said of what we can expect from her in the near future.
"More than likely, many other things, but that's in God's hands."