Beyoncé’s first dance instructor hosts special birthday tribute

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(Last Updated On: September 4, 2016)

Kids in Dance got in formation along with several local dance troupes to give a birthday-size salute to Beyoncé in honor of the Grammy-award winning music artist’s Sept. 4th birthday.

The B-Day Showcase, entitled “Slay,” featured a night of classical ballet and contemporary dance performances set to the tune of more than 20 of Beyoncé’s most popular songs.

Long before the world knew her as a member of Destiny’s Child and one of the most celebrated world renowned recording artists of our time, it all began in a small dance studio in Missouri City owned by Darlette Johnson.

Johnson hosted the event at the Quail Valley Community Center Friday night in honor of the 35th birthday of her former dance student and recalls the moment she recognized something special in 8-year-old Beyoncé Knowles.

“I knew this child had a golden voice that the world needed to hear,” recalls Johnson of the moment she discovered that her shy and quiet dance student could sing.

Twenty-seven years later the memory of that moment has stayed with Johnson who continues to pour her love of dance into a new generation of dancers with the goal of awakening their confidence and self-esteem.

For Johnson, each of her students possesses their own unique talents and gifts – her goal is to help them find out who they are uniquely created to be – and to know that each is already a “star among stars.”

Beyoncé’s first dance instructor hosts special birthday tribute