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Solange is definitely the kind of gal that is willing to take chances. And we’re not talking about her nuptials here – although the ceremony was spectacular and broke all imaginable wedding rules.
When the 28-year-old singer was in her teens, she decided to take a huge risk and gave up ballet to be a backup dancer for Destiny’s Child.
Although she admitted she didn’t know what she was getting herself into, 13-year-old Solange gave it her best shot and proved that some risks are simply worth taking.
They were supposed to go on tour with Christina Aguilera, and one of the dancers just popped up and said, two weeks before the tour, “I’m pregnant”! I had been in ballet since I was two and a half, and at 13, the year that I starting dancing for them, I had just become part of a [ballet] company and I was the youngest girl; it was a huge deal.
And then my sister asked if I could fill in for a couple of weeks while they found another dancer, and I thought, “OK, this will be fun, because I will be able to travel with my family over the summer,” but I had no idea the transition from ballet to hip hop would be the way it was!I remember the choreographer, he’s this pretty tough guy Frank Gatson, who has choreographed for everyone and danced for everyone from Michael Jackson to Usher.
And he was pretty militant, he was like, “This is not fucking ballet! Stop pointing your toes like that, this is fucking hip hop!” And I was, like, 13, and everyone else was 25, so I had to toughen up a lot as a dancer.
It definitely wasn’t easy for a young girl to succeed in the music industry, but Solange didn’t give up and built a lucrative and rewarding career.
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