Everybody Tap: The Syncopated Ladies Channel Beychella

Depending on who you are (or whether you have a pulse), Beyoncé is the gift that keeps on giving. She’s certainly given plenty of inspiration to tap dancer Chloe Arnold and the Syncopated Ladies, who have once again donned their metal-plated shoes to pay tribute to the megastar—this time, performing a cover of Beyoncé’s brass-laden Coachella rendition of O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad.”


In ripped jeans and golden-hued cropped hoodies evoking Queen Bey’s own Coachella couture, a nine-member team consisting of almost exclusively Black Girl Magic stomps it out in a style worthy of the star, incorporating many of her signature moves for their 101-second routine.

If the tribute gives you a bit of déjà vu (pun intended), it’s because the troupe has honored Bey before, most famously with a tribute to 2016’s “Formation” that went so viral, it inspired tributes of its own.

That performance garnered a shout from Beyoncé herself, who famously endorsed the troupe by sharing the video on her website and social media with the comment, “They killed it!”

Speaking to HuffPost about the honor, founder Chloe Arnold said:

First, we want to thank Beyoncé for sharing our video and introducing us to the masses. Syncopated Ladies has been around for 13 years and we are touched by those finally seeing our years of passion and honing our craft. It is awesome to be celebrated as a woman, especially as a black woman. We have so much love, respect and appreciation for Beyoncé. There’s nothing more uplifting than being lifted up by another woman, especially a black woman.


Uplifting other women is part of Arnold’s personal mission; she plans to franchise the Syncopated Ladies “as an outlet and opportunity for women,” telling HuffPost:

As African American women in this field, there’s a history of being marginalized and really not adequately acknowledged. We’re here to change that and show young girls around the world that if we get in formation (unite), our voices will be heard.


No word yet on whether Bey has seen the latest salute from the Syncopated Ladies—one of many they’ve produced during their career—but we’re fairly sure it won’t be their last.

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



Dang that was like biting into a York Peppermint Pattie. It’s refreshing to see talented people bring something new and innovative to the arts.