A Rihanna and Beyonce backup dancer is missing and RiRi is asking fans to help find her
Rihanna’s latest announcement on social media has everyone talking. Not about a new album or upcoming tour, but about something much more disturbing: fans are facing an urgent request to help find Rihanna’s missing backup dancer, Shirlene Quigley. Quigley, who got her big break in Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” video at the age of 18 and has since gone on to dance with Rihanna and many other R&B/hip-hop headliners, was reported missing Oct. 24.
RiRi reached out to her 45 million-plus followers on Instagram with a video of Quigley and the caption, “This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!! My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen or has any information on @shirlenequigley’s whereabouts ….. PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department 201 392 2100!!!!” The video quickly got more than a million views. Missy Elliott, another star who’s worked with Quigley in the past, also appealed to fans to join the search via Instagram, in particular asking “the whole Dance Community to spread the word.”
Currently no leads have emerged with regard to Quigley’s disappearance or where she is now, although the police found her phone in a bridal store in Chelsea.
Her father told NBC News that she was last seen boarding a bus at Port Authority in New York around 1 a.m. on Sunday, and that shortly before she went missing, she’d made a mysterious comment to a friend: something like, “Get ready, it’s about to happen and I’m going to need you to sub for me.” NBC also reports that her landlord saw Quigley leaving home on Saturday and said to a friend that she seemed unwell.
Quigley lives in North Bergen, New Jersey and regularly holds dance classes at two Manhattan studios, where she teaches her signature “Street Stilettos” dance style: a combination of hip-hop moves and “grooves, lines, floor work, technique, high performance moves and essential hair whips,” all while wearing high heels. Her 14-year career includes dancing in numerous music videos, including the video for Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” and appearing at major awards shows such as the Grammys, the VMAs, the BET Awards, and the Essence Awards, as well as the NRJ Awards in France and Japan’s VMA ceremony.
Any information that could help pinpoint Quigley’s whereabouts can be reported to the North Bergen Police Department at 201-392-2100. We hope she’s found soon and that she makes it home safely.