From Fort Bend County to shinning on stage with Lizzo: Meet Freje Randall

This 18-year-old ballerina is inspiring a new generation of dancers

Freje Randall
Freje Randall (Freje Randall)

HOUSTON – After singer Lizzo went on social media looking for ballerinas who looked like her, a Fort Bend County dancer stood up in order to follow her dreams.

Her name is Freje Randall and she shared with Houston Life how dancing at this year’s GRAMMYs is only the beginning of her young career.

“My mom sent a video and literally a couple of hours later, Mr. Jemel McWilliams, who is Lizzo’s choreographer, DMed us back saying ‘We love you. Is there any way you can be in California within the next two days?,’” said Randall, who was the younger dancer of the group who opened the award ceremony.

Randall started her dance training as a company member of the Fort Bend Academy of Dance and then as a Principal Dancer of Ballet Forte.

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She’s now part of the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York but is taking virtual classes from her home in Fresno, Texas until the COVID-19 restrictions allow her to move to the Big Apple.


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