Before FKA twigs launched herself to weird-pop stardom, she made her living as a dancer, and she draws on that experience in both her music and her videos. And in some five-year-old footage that’s recently showed up on YouTube, we get to see a 22-year-old twigs teaching dance classes. She was working as a tutor for London Urban Arts Academy, which runs creative workshops for disadvantaged young people in London. It’s weirdly endearing to see twigs speaking like, and presenting herself as, a regular human being, albeit a very talented one. And if you needed any more evidence that Aaliyah is an influence on her music, the scene of her stepping to “If Your Girl Only Knew” should confirm everything. Check it out below.
Weirdest thing about that footage is the lack of nose ring.