Rihanna Prefers Performing In Small Venues, Says Choregrapher

Billy Johnson Jr.
Hip-Hop Media Training

Rihanna sells out arena shows and has sold more download singles than any other artist, but despite her massive fan base, the "Diamonds" singer prefers performing in small venues, says her choreographer Nadine "Hi-Hat" Ruffin.

Ruffin is traveling with Rihanna on the singer's "777 Tour" that touches down in seven countries over the course of seven days. While on the road with Rihanna, Ruffin customizes the singer's show for each stage.

"Everyday is different. Every venue is different. May be smaller venues. Like yesterday, Stockholm was really, really small," Ruffin told Yahoo! Music after deboarding the chartered "777 Tour" twinjet in Paris. "She likes venues like that because she has less choreography to do. The bigger the venue, the more choreography, the more structure she will have."

Ruffin, who choreographed Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" video, said Rihanna was an ideal client. "She moves well and she picks up really, really fast," she said. "Every choreographer wants an artist like this who remembers and picks up really quick."

Rihanna's new album, "Unapologetic," is being released Monday.

Below, see a video recap of the first day of the Rihanna "777 Tour":

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