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Missy Elliott brings out grown-up Alyson Stoner, her ‘Work It’ Dance During Missy Elliott’s MTV VMAs Performance

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Missy Elliott brings out grown-up Alyson Stoner, her ‘Work It’ Dance During Missy Elliott’s MTV VMAs Performance

Missy Elliott brings out grown-up Alyson Stoner, her ‘Work It’ Dance During Missy Elliott’s MTV VMAs Performance.

It’s been 17 years since Alyson Stoner first danced for Missy Elliott, and on Monday night, she proved she can still work it.

The Disney Channel alum and singer, 26, took the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards and recreated some of the moves she first displayed at the age of 9, when she cameoed in Elliott’s 2002 video for her hit single “Work It.”

Alyson Stoner then and now.
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Alyson Stoner
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Though it’s been years since she’s danced with Elliott, Stoner hasn’t left music videos behind.

These days, Stoner is starring in her own, though — releasing music independently over the past few years, including the video for her single “Stripped Bare” which she dropped in February.

That clip featured Stoner opening up about some of the struggles she dealt with as a child star.

The actress — who, after “Work It,” nabbed roles in films like Cheaper by the Dozen and Step Up, as well as more than a dozen series and projects for Disney Channel, including Camp RockThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Phineas and Ferb — told PEOPLE back in February that the pressures to be perfect since childhood eventually led her to battles with anorexia nervosa, exercise bulimia and binge-eating disorder.

In the “Stripped Bare” music video, she showed she was ready to leave, all that behind, marking the beginning of a new chapter by shaving her head.

Shaving my head is an act of mental health and confidence, not self-destruction,” she told PEOPLE. “I can’t tell you how many beliefs and opinions and insecurities fell to the floor with every tuft of hair, and I’m leaving them there. I’m shedding one era and rising as a new being in real time.”

It appears Elliott has been supportive. Just last July, the rapper, 38, had praised Stoner on Twitter. “Alyson I knew you were special from the moment you were in my ‘Work It’ video, breakdancing,” Elliott wrote. “Keep doing ya thang!”

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