This article was published by The Age on 23 October, 2013.
As Beyonce fans flock to Rod Laver Arena for another night of the self-styled pop queen's run of Melbourne concerts, her dance crew is making the most of Melbourne's entertainment scene.
With the notable absence of Queen Bey herself – she is reportedly spending quality time with daughter Blue Ivy – a number of the Mrs Carter Show tour dancers enjoyed a lavish day at Melbourne hot spots like the Crown Entertainment Complex.
The Instagram accounts of Hajiba Fahmy, Hannah Douglass and Kim Gingras feature shots of the group partying at what is believed to be Crown's Kingpin Bowling alley on Monday. The photos, which also feature Australian dancer Sarah Burns, are captioned with #kimmieday, in honour of dancer Kim Gipson's birthday.
Beyonce dancer Kim Gipson shopping in Melbourne for a wedding dress, posted this picture on Instagram.
Original Single Lady Ashley Everett included the #lasertag and #casino to her images, and it is understood the girls visited Crown Entertainment's casino and laser skirmish.
Crown Entertainment, while not confirming the girls had visited, told Fairfax that Beyonce's male dancers, the Les Twins, were at the entertainment complex on Monday night.
Be A Star Bridal store in Cheltenham told Fairfax the female dancers had a great afternoon trying on dresses there. Gipson, who posts from the Instagram account @kimmiegeedotcom, thanked Be A Star Bridal by posting a photo of a stunning strapless gown.
“I spent my 30th birthday shopping for a wedding dress with some very special members of my B Family,” she said.
According to Everett, “#kimmieday was a total success! ... #imjustnowgettingbacktonormal,” she said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. But the dancers aren't finished with Melbourne yet.
The Key Club will host the dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. On both nights the venue will remain open to the public as per usual.
Gipson and Everett are lined up to appear at the Lonsdale Street bar but it's unclear whether the other female performers will also attend.
The club's Peter Oliver said he was not ruling out the possibility that the other dancers would show up to the parties. "The way these things go, it generally depends how they're feeling on the night."
He hoped the dancers would feel at home in the R&B style club.
"There is a big following of the dancers. Our crowd usually do dance battles down on the floor so hopefully they'll get involved in that."