“Everything about this particular job is breaking the mold —the choreography, the music, the style,” says Eboni Nichols, the group’s lead dancer. “I think it’s dope.”
In matching hot pink parkas, earmuffs and giant furry boots, the girls stormed the stage during VH1’s Big in ’03 event. At another show in November, they shook their wares in cheeky cheerleading skirts and varsity sweaters, and they recently toured Europe in tuxedo-striped riding pants and boots. “Changing it up keeps it alive, keeps it going,” says Nichols.
But back-up girls are having a high-profile moment on the big screen, too. In “Honey,” in theaters Friday, Jessica Alba plays a Bronx girl who lands a big break as a back-up dancer in a hip-hop video and eventually becomes the hottest choreographer in town.
After all, it’s not only their campy costumes but the choreography that keeps Outkast a cut above its competition. “You can tell just by watching who is crafted and who is in it to make a buck,” says Nichols.