The star’s longtime dancer Ashley Everett has been noticeably absent from the tour, which kicked off in Stockholm on May 10. In fact, it's the first time Everett hasn't been grooving by Queen Bey's side in 17 years.
"I've been dancing my entire life," says Everett, 34. "I was one of the little girls in ballet class who was paying attention and loved it." Then, at age 17, she landed the gig of a lifetime.
"I was dancing at Alvin Ailey and I thought my dance journey was going to take me the modern, contemporary route. I randomly went to an audition and got asked to be a part of some music videos. That led to tour and then it just kept going. It was a dream come true."
Thinking back to her first videos with Beyoncé —"Get Me Bodied" and "Greenlight" off of the star's 2006 B'Day album — "It's so funny," says the dancer. "I remember on set everyone was like 'You guys kind of favor each other, are you cousins?' I was like, 'Not that I know of!'"
But over the years, and after numerous tours together, the two became like family. Beyoncé named her Dance Captain in 2009 and it was Everett who was one of two people by Bey’s side in the hit "Single Ladies" video. Though she was double booked to perform with the Rockettes at the time, "I had to play sick" to be part of the iconic trio in black and white, she says. "I made it work."