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Top live performers seek out Eden Shabtai to help them create magic. Watch her at work.


Top live performers seek out Eden Shabtai to help them create magic. Watch her at work.

WATCH  | Eden Shabtai is the woman behind the scenes grooming and preparing some of music's biggest artists for performances. She's worked with stars like Chris Brown, Pitbull, and Jason Derulo.

It's basically the coolest job ever.

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Eden with Chris Brown and his dancers

Eden says her official job title is choreographer and artist development, which essentially means she's like the Oz behind the curtain helping the artist to develop their on-stage/performance personas. 

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Eden and Pia Mia rehearsing

We followed Eden to a rehearsal with Pia Mia, an artist she's been working with for many years. Eden says it's a very cool thing to have relationships with artists because they have many layers, and it's her job to peel them back.

Check out Eden's Instagram, which has awesome behind the scenes stuff on her job.

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Eden Shabtai as a kid

But how Eden started her career -- that's a cool story.  She grew up in a kibbutz in Israel, where hip-hop didn't exist until very recently. 

Her kibbutz voted 'yes'

In a kibbutz, everyone lives and works together, everyone is equal, and all income generated gets pooled into a community fund. Because of that, the kibbutz members had to pay for Eden's dance lessons -- so it went to a vote. Luckily, they voted "yes." She had the talent, and the kibbutz felt they needed to support her dream.

But Eden says she'll never feel like she "made it." There will always be a bigger goal to work towards. Her next dream? To work with Rihanna. 

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Eden Shabtai and her dancers

Eden and her dancers -- she works with a talented crew who all contribute to creating a magical experience onstage.

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