Sherrie Silver was born in 1994 in Rwanda. Silver: I got to England yesterday. The 22-year-old wore an abaya to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. "Accidental" because the 26-year-old Rwanda-born Londoner was terrified to tell her parents that she wanted to pursue dance as a career. She had to dance. View this post on Instagram. Silver: You're just going to have to wait and see. I've gone from LA time to New York time to Turkey time to now London time, and on Tuesday, I'm going to Africa. I want to take more homeless kids off the street. Sherrie Silver rushes into a coffee shop in the West Norwood neighborhood of London, hair flying wildly around her face, offering an apology and a breathless hug for being late. Sherrie Silver became an accidental dance sensation. To perfect the moves from "This is America," be sure to check out Sherrie's tutorial. Coyne: Are you going to be joining the Childish Gambino tour? We are not living in a golden age for music videos. , A post shared by Instagram (@instagram) on Feb 4, 2020 at 12:11pm PST. Courtesy of Pigeons and Planes, we in turn get to know the brains behind the dance choreography, Sherrie Silver, a Rwandan-born dancer, creative director, actress, and … Coyne: Well, I'm excited to see what's next for you and for the tutorial to come out too. SHERRIE SILVER . Silver: With the video, everyone always talks about the background being so dark and stuff and the dancing is so happy. He's Donald's manager. She i the founder of Unique Silver Dancers. But there's more to the Rwandan dancer than her moves on the screen or up on stage. It's the kind of video that gets better each time you press play, as … I'm happy to tell people, "Hey, we didn't have water in my house growing up! I obviously didn't expect it to be this viral. And I was kind of listening to them like, "Aw, these kids are cute. Here, she discusses dance, community, philanthropy and what’s next. Coyne: You've been getting a lot of attention for choreographing the “This is America” music video, but you had a successful career before that, too. Sherrie represents the first advocate in a month-long series in partnership with Instagram, where we will be exploring the different facets of what it means to "share black stories". My friends try to send me some, but I didn't. They're going to get food, presents. The song also made Grammy history after it was awarded 4 Grammys at the 2019 ceremony, including Best Music Video. I've been really busy, just fighting the jet lag. It started with like, two sewing machines, and now they've got about...I don't remember. I used to just put videos out on YouTube and Instagram and just try to make creative content, so people can be interested in me, and it would get millions of views. It lets people know, "Oh my god, I can achieve, too.". Users can unsubscribe at anytime. There's nothing that he really can't do. Silver: I'm 23, but the internet says I'm 24. Coyne: How many women have gone through the vocational training center? I've seen a lot of attempts online. STYLE. Silver: I was a fan of his work, but I didn't know him as much, in terms of his acting and all this stuff. In between performances, the 23-year-old, Rwanda-born dancer is curled up in a pink blanket at her apartment in England. It's because even coming from somewhere there is poverty, where there has been war, one thing that has always stayed relevant and is still relevant now is dance. Be as cliché as you can possibly be. Sherrie Silver, an accomplished creative entrepreneur, is the award winning actor, dancer & choreographer behind Childish Gambino’s ground breaking, multi-platinum song, This Is America. Silver: Instagram, YouTube, and I performed for the president of my country [Rwanda] as well, so that definitely helped open some doors. Silver: I remember on set the kids were literally making jokes like, "This is gonna get a hundred million [views]." By clicking submit, I consent to receiving BET Newsletters and other marketing emails. I feel like it's such a unique and diverse culture. Did you expect that level of reaction when you went into the project? We talk to its choreographer Sherrie Silver about making the video, and what came next. Or any really creative genius. I know how annoying it can be, you know? If you haven’t marveled at. [Laughs.]. She is also the United Nation’s IFAD advocate for Rural Youth. Then I went to university, so I kind of had to make a decision: “Am I going to go off and keep doing film and acting or am I going to complete university?” because it's hard for a university to let you take that much time out. All rights reserved. That's really important for me. BET Newsletters are sent by BET Networks, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. www.bet.com, TRENDING IN "This is gonna be viral. Sherrie Silver, the choreographer of Childish Gambino's stunning new ''This Is America'' video, teaches fans how to do the dance moves from the visual. Everyone is just so excited back home. So, I said, let me just finish [school], 'cause I consider myself not too bad when it comes to the books. Coyne: How long have you been on the road? "I stand for taking Africa to the world, and taking the world to Africa, through dance," She said. Childish Gambino’s compelling video This Is America was a massive viral smash on its release in May, prompting think pieces around the world. This is gonna be viral." Sherrie Silver is a Rwandan choreographer and a model who is based in the UK. Like, the one that went viral first, I used my phone. If you haven’t skimmed at least one think-piece about Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” you haven’t been on Twitter in the past week. There's so many countries in Africa, and everyone just needs to know about it, and everyone needs to know how we dance, everyone needs to know what we eat. Silver: His manager's niece found me. Sherrie Silver is an MTV VMA award winning choreographer. I [also] built a vocational training center for ladies who have a rough past, you know sex works and ex-drug addicts, turned their world around, and just giving people a chance. She used to watch my videos, so she showed it to him. I didn't even put any effort into it. She is known for her work on Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018), Guava Island (2019) and Africa United (2010). Sherrie Silver, the awarding-winning choreographer for Childish Gambino’s hit This is America, hosted a special online event for Global Citizen on Aug. 27 all about UK aid and its role in improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. One might chalk up her enthusiasm to her recent win—the “This is America” video, to put it in Kim Kardashian, broke the internet—but Sherrie’s joyful attitude is enduring. Have you? I kind of just pushed them and sometimes send it to other pages, and they'll pick it up. Coyne: So what's next for you? Coyne: That's a powerful attitude, and I'm sure that also influences your dance as well. I was more so focused on Afrobeats and dance music, so when he was introduced to me, I obviously went and looked him up and was like, "Oh, whoa!". Watch Silver Sherrie's This is America choreography video Sherrie Silver is a Rwandan born UK based choreographer, creative director, dancer, model, and actress who is known for her choreography in "This Is America" video by Donald Glover whose real name is Childish Gambino. Silver: I kind of live off the plane. Silver: No. Now, Sherrie Silver, the video's 23-year-old choreographer, has posted a … She expresses her pride for her heritage, passion for dance and dedication to making sure that Rwandans (and Africans), as a whole have more opportunities. She’s undoubtedly exhausted, but the fatigue doesn’t show. On top of that, just being able to work around creative geniuses, to be honest, because they had Hiro [Murai], the director; he's incredible. Silver got her start on Youtube. Silver: Of course, being able to be myself and bring myself and my culture to the world's stage. The dance phenom is best known for her work with Childish Gambino for his viral "This Is America" video and song that debuted in 2018. I used to go to the well!" BET Newsletters are subject to our Privacy Policy and Terms I'd love to work with Donald again. Coyne: Was he a fan of yours before you two started working together? Learn more about Sherrie’s life and work, today on our story and new to our IGTV. 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I'm like a hero in my country right now. All Facts About Sherrie Silver: Everything To Know About Sherrie Silver, The Dancer From Rwanda. Coyne: And you just posted your videos to Instagram? Meet movement director and advocate Sherrie Silver (@sherriesilver). Silver: For me, I stand for taking Africa to the world and taking the world to Africa. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. A prominent figure in the choreography world, Sherrie Silver is known for the viral music video "This is America." Silver: My whole brand is about inspiring the world. Coyne: Were you a big fan of Donald Glover/Childish Gambino before he reached out to you? Sherrie Silver is the 24-year-old dancer and choreographer responsible for the global hit video for Childish Gambino’s This Is America which has been viewed over 460 million times and won her the MTV VMA for Best Choreography in 2018. Silver: For about three years, since 2015. Sherrie brings us with her on a journey to Rwanda, where she is committed to charitable work in the community and gives back by teaching dance classes, sponsoring health insurance and funding two homes for underprivileged children. Silver: It was business marketing, so I used that to help me market myself. Donald Glover's "This Is America" video has quickly gone viral, racking up more than 130 million views, countless thinkpieces, and a deeply regrettable white feminist parody. © 2020 BET Interactive, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Entertainment Television LLC. The couple continues to fill our timelines with their sexy displays of affection. In a past You know, he's a big deal! So, it's like flying the flag. From entertainment, beauty, tourism, fashion and food.” Tell me about that mission. Posted May 17, 2018 King Sukii, Associate Entertainment Editor. While amazing promos still get made every year, budgets are painfully limited, meaning that the great … She is the face behind Childish Gambino’s Grammy winning song this is America. Coyne: You mentioned you're hoping to work with more artists. me, I stand for taking Africa to the world and taking the world to Africa. The dancer recently purchased a luxurious apartment in London. Coyne: I have tickets to his Madison Square Garden concert in September. It's a source of joy for us, no matter what we're going through. Silver: So, there's 49 women right now. I don't like reviews. Every time I tried to make something and said this one is going to be viral, it wouldn't be the viral one. Sherrie Silver revealed a small, detail in the story of the ‘This Is America’ video's creation that may come as a surprise to some. Is there a master plan? I said, “What else can I do? of Use. 26-Year-Old Dancer Sherrie Silver Choreographed Childish Gambino's Viral Video For 'This Is America'. How did you get your start? Check it out here: “I #ShareBlackStories by sharing the stories and talents of different dancers around the world and the amazing things that they do,” says movement director and advocate Sherrie Silver (@sherriesilver). I want you, for example, to watch Donald's video and see the kids and me dancing in it, and I want you to want to join in, and I want you to feel like these kids just landed from Africa. I've seen some interesting ones and some amazing ones. If you haven’t marveled at Sherrie Silver’s choreography, well, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. We're gonna celebrate with them next week by throwing a [party] for homeless and underprivileged and disabled kids. Silver: You're going to have to wait and see. Silver: No. © 2021 Forbes Media LLC. I'd love to hear about that work as well. Sherrie Silver is a 24-year-old Rwanda-born creative director, dancer, model and actress who gained global acclaim as the choreographer for "This Is America" music video by US rapper Childish Gambino. "Growing up being African, you can't wake up and tell your parents you're going to be a dancer. Coyne: How did you go about building such a large following? ", she says about her reluctant emergence to her higher calling. Wiki Profile History: Who Is Sherrie Silver? CLOSE . A post shared by Instagram (@instagram) on Feb 4, 2020 at 11:36am PST, Meet movement director and advocate Sherrie Silver (@sherriesilver). Even I came from poverty, and I'm never ashamed of it. Right now, from the ones I've got, I am also trying to purchase the land where they live so it can be a permanent situation until they're eighteen, so there are not any worried. I don't like to claim any home, to be honest. His name is Fam [Udeorji]. You may opt-out by, If you haven’t skimmed at least one think-piece about Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” you haven’t been on Twitter in the past week. "This is America," Childish Gambino's most recent beautiful yet philosophical music video, recently went viral. One might chalk up her enthusiasm to her recent win—the “This is America” video, to put it in Kim Kardashian, broke the internet—but Sherrie’s joyful attitude is enduring. I feel like it's such a unique and diverse culture. Then one time, [an account with 12.8M followers called] the Shade Room picked it up—one of my videos—that went viral, and literally, my following just raced up. Silver: I would say that's what completes my life…Wherever I go, I feel like it's my duty to redevelop schools, to put kids in school. STREAM EXCLUSIVE ORIGINALS, TYLER PERRY AND CLASSIC HITS, Madea’s Farewell The Play - Virtual Museum. I want you, for example, to watch Donald's video and see the kids and me dancing in it, and I want you to want to join in, and I want you to feel like these kids just landed from Africa. Sherrie Silver started her career as a model and ventured into the showbiz industry. New episodes drop every Tuesday in February. I want to choreograph for the more influential artists of course and kind of bring a change to the game... For the charity, that's the most important thing. Coyne: The response to This is America has been huge, and so much of that has to do with your choreography. Meet 23-year-old Sherrie Silver, who masterminded the dance choreography on Childish Gambino's This is America. These kids are real cute." A post shared by Sherrie Silver - African Queen (@sherriesilver) 2. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Coyne: When you were creating these videos were you thinking about how to go viral? Silver: I hate being cliché. There's so many countries in Africa, and everyone just needs to know about it, and everyone needs to know how we dance, everyone needs to know what we eat. Sherrie Silver is credited with choreographing the hit video “This is America” by Donald McKinley Glover Jr, also known as Childish Gambino, which has gone viral, garnering over 60 million views on Youtube in just four days, and a live performance on Saturday Night Live (SNL), one of the prime TV shows. Silver: I was actually acting before [my choreography took off]. Then, Fam showed it to Donald, and then apparently, Donald was like, "Let's book her.". Coyne: On your website, it says, "I'm on a mission to educate the world about African culture. They really liked me, so every year I would get to close the road in my country, and I got to have a big outdoor dance workshop [where I would] give out mosquito nets, blankets, food, and health insurance packages, and stuff for free. Even now, I'm going to have the “This is America” celebration party, where all the kids are going to get to have this free workshop. This Is America (Official Dance Tutorial Pt 2) by choreographer … How beautiful and bright the world would be,” says Sherrie, who splits her time between the US and the UK. Before she had the attention of millions, Silver got her start … Sherrie Silver: Childish Gambino: This Is America. “This Is America” didn’t just bring Silver into the spotlight. Have a guess. Two years later, Silver is still dancing, of course but she's also got a lot more going on. She landed the gig on a recommendation from a niece to Childish Gambino's manager. Anyone on your bucket list? On Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, This Is America, the dark, violent but equally … “Being from Rwanda has shaped me today by instilling culture in me. Coyne: What was your favorite part of working on the video? 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