When Childish Gambino’s music video for “This Is America” dropped on May 5th, 2018, it instantly went viral. Having garnered more than 314 million views in just under two months, Gambino’s politically charged visual message is still being dissected and hailed as one of the most important music videos of this generation. And behind Gambino’s much-talked about dance in “This Is America” is a 23-year-old woman, Sherrie Silver. She recently spoke to the BBC about how she landed this life-changing gig, and even showed how to do one of Gambino’s dance moves. Prepare to be obsessed with her.
Silver said that everyone involved in the video “had a vision” as to what the choreography should look like. She didn’t want Glover (who goes by “Childish Gambino” in the music industry) to be “robotic,” but rather for him to show a lot of movement and happiness.
Inspired by her upbringing in Rwanda and the dances she would do at church, Silver brought her African roots to the “This Is America” set. In the below video, Silver talks about her business degree, her childhood in the United Kingdom (where she moved when she was 5), and her pride in her identity. Plus, she teaches viewers how to do a move she created called “the neza.”
You can learn the entire “This Is America” routine over on Silver’s YouTube channel.
With her success, Silver has been giving back to her community. She told BBC Stories that she’s donated mosquito nets, blankets, and food to communities in need, and has helped numerous children get off the street.
Alongside Childish Gambino, Silver played a crucial part in creating “This Is America.” Her dance moves and the video’s overall message will not be forgotten.