YouTube sensation Michael Korte — known for his viral hits #HAM4BEY and #GAGA4RENT — has teamed up with some of the hottest names in the dance industry to deliver “DUETS!”, a mesmerizing mashup of some of the greatest modern musical collaborations.
Beyonce’s dance captain, Ashley Everett, the Grammy-winning singer’s choreographer Chris Grant and creative assistant Anthony Burrell, along with Chris Brown’s choreographer John Silver, have joined the indie YouTube artist and a host of vocalists, to create a compilation video paying homage to a few unforgettable duets. “Because of their insane schedules, the dancers had less then 72 hours to choreograph the entire 10-minute piece,” Korte reveals. “Their grace and expertise made this possible.”
“This was the most creatively daring undertaking I’ve attempted,” he says. “All these dancers work with Beyonce — and Beyonce requires nothing less than perfection. So from the first note in the arrangement to the tips of the winged eyeliner on our singers, or the angle of a light in the distance, we had to try our best to achieve perfection.”
Among the selections spotlighted are Usher and Alicia Keys’ “My Boo,” Drake and Rihanna‘s “Too Good,” Beyonce and Jay-Z on DJ Khaled‘s “Shining”, A Great Big World’s “Say Something,” Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown‘s “It Won’t Stop,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Noah Cyrus and Labrinth’s “Make Me (Cry).”
Directed by Baxter Stapleton with musical arrangement by Jared Jenkins, the melodic and spirited video includes sounds by singers India Carney, Mark Joseph, Elizabeth Komba, Bryson Camper and Erin Cafferky. “There are dancers posting videos on YouTube everyday, but none have been choreographed to music with complex harmonies being performed simultaneously, telling a narrative as thoughtful and joyful as this,” Korte notes.
Check out the full video below.