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Choreographer on ‘Countdown’ Video: Beyonce Isn’t the ‘Worst Copycat’

Choreographer Responds to Beyonce 'Countdown' Rip-Off Claims

Beyonce recently deflected criticism for ripping off choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in her ‘Countdown’ video, but now the Belgium native is voicing her opinion about matter, explaining that she’s “glad” that it happened.

“When I saw the actual video, I was struck by the resemblance of Beyonce’s clip not only with the movements from ‘Rosas danst Rosas,’ but also with the costumes, the set and even the shots from the film by Thierry De Mey,” De Keersmaeker wrote in a blog post on

She added, “Obviously, Beyonce, or the video clip director Adria Petty, plundered many bits of the integral scenes in the film, which the video clip made by Studio Brussel by juxtaposing Beyonce‘s video and the ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ film gives a taste of…”

Despite the similarities, the choreographer isn’t upset. “People asked me if I’m angry or honored. Neither, on the one hand, I am glad that Rosas danst Rosas can perhaps reach a mass audience which such a dance performance could never achieve, despite its popularity in the dance world since 1980s,” she wrote. “And, Beyonce is not the worst copycat, she sings and dances very well, and she has a good taste! On the other hand, there are protocols and consequences to such actions, and I can’t imagine she and her team are not aware of it.”

‘Countdown’ is the latest video from the R&B star, which premiered on Oct. 6. In the next few weeks, she will release yet another video from her latest album, ‘4,’ for her song ‘Love on Top.’

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