Rihanna, Missy Elliott Ask For Public’s Help After Backup Dancer Goes Missing (UPDATE)
Yesterday, Shirlene Quigley, a former backup dancer for Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, and Rihanna, was reported missing. Both Elliott and Rihanna have since taken to social media to help find the 32-year-old dancer, who was reportedly last seen early Sunday morning at New York City’s Port Authority bus station.
NBC New York reports that Quigley, who lives in Bergen, New Jersey and teaches dance in Manhattan, talked with her father each day around 6 p.m. When he didn’t hear from her Sunday evening, he became concerned and contacted police.
Quigley’s phone has since been found in a bridal store in Chelsea, and her car was recovered in Midtown, according to PIX 11. Her father also told NBC New York that she recently told a friend something along the lines of, “Get ready, it’s about to happen and I’m going to need you to sub for me.”
According to her website, Quigley’s professional dancing career began when she appeared in Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” video in 2003. Since then, she’s performed at numerous award shows, including the Grammys, the ESPYs, and the VMAs, and danced in music videos for other artists, including Chris Brown, Ashanti, and Jamie Foxx.
UPDATE 5:35 pm: Quigley has been found and is safe.
Elliott and Rihanna’s Instagram and Twitter posts about Quiqley are below.