Beyoncé Accused Of Stealing Dance Moves
A dancer is considering legal action over Bey's Countdown video…
Ballet dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaker has said she is considering legal action after Beyoncé copied parts of her famous dance, Rosas Danst Rosa, in her video for Countdown.
The BBC reports that the Belgian dancer was never asked for permission to use the dance, and said the star’s performance of it was "pure plagiarism".
A spokesperson for the dancer added that she were considering legal action. “We noticed more than a few resemblances to the film. We have passed the details to our lawyer to see about our rights,” she said.
But Beyoncé has been quick to admit to copying the dance, adding that it was "one of the inspirations to bring the song to life" and "one of many references" in the video, which pays homage to her favourite artists, including Audrey Hepburn and Andy Warhol.
The Countdown video’s director Adria Petty has defended the 1+1 singer and said that the video will introduce contemporary ballet to a massive new audience. "Beyoncé’s YouTube video already has had close to two million views, so fans will discover all the tributes and then discover Audrey Hepburn, Warhol, Bardot and Rosas Danst Rosas and all the works that inspired me and shaped this video," she said.
It’s been a busy week for Bey; she has been forced to deny reports that she wore a fake baby bump during a television appearance in Australia. Her baby is due in February.