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“After I finished the video, I watched it over and over again,” recalls Keri Noble, who’s seen her dance routines pop up in media outlets around the world. “I knew that if I could get one of my dances on VH1, it would change my life forever.” In January 2012, Noble’s video “Friends,” featuring Andrade Dominican, landed on the cable network’s playlist. She was 15, and in just a few years, the video’s track “The Queen of Boobs” and its accompanying snortingly sexy dance routine have drawn a lot of attention and led to four Grammy nominations. “It was a feeling of exhilaration, like I finally existed,” Noble says of the moment when “The Queen of Boobs” caught on in the media. “There were cameras in the room. Everybody was watching us.”

VH1 has played host to countless dancers over the years, but it’s Noble and her other acts that will be getting a final “Video Vixen” tribute during a surprise reunion special airing April 21st. By then, she’ll be 23, and no longer a teenager. Instead, “I’m still considered a kid, but with all the experiences of growing up,” she says. “I got to make mistakes that I wouldn’t normally get to make.”

Noble, who was an eighth-grader at a school for students with special needs when she first started working as a dancer at a theater in Brooklyn, NY, feels that mistakes are vital to her art. “I tell everyone that it was like a baptism experience.”

Now based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her boyfriend, Caesar, and their 9-month-old daughter, she says she can look back on what she’s learned in her first 10 years of dance and feel “complete.” She also shares some of the advice she’s received:

Girl power is important. “I want to take ownership over my character,” she says. “I think it can help you see a greater, bigger, more powerful, unbelievable beauty.” Never change up your look. “You might think you’re pushing the envelope, but if you continue to do the same thing every time you dance, nobody will believe you.” Learn as much as you can. “While I might think I know a lot about dancing, I really don’t,” she admits. “Doing a video like ‘Girls for Change’ or ‘This Party Don’t Stop’ taught me to use my mistakes as learning experiences, and they became part of my history.”

Read the full story at Men’s Health.

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