By EMILY SHERIDAN
Shimmy and shake: Singer Beyonce returns to the stage for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy at the Ovation Hall at Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey
It's been nine months since Beyonce last performed for her adoring fans.
Taking to the stage in New Jersey last night for the first time since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy, it appeared her time out for motherhood hasn't affected her stage presence.
Showing off her post-baby curves in a showgirl-style, fringed bralet and tiny shorts, the 30-year-old wowed the sold-out crowd on the first of a three-night stint at the Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City.
Supporting her from the wings was her rapper husband Jay-Z, who recently returned from the London leg of his Watch The Thrones tour with Kanye West.
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Under his Twitter name Mr Carter, he wrote: 'I'm gonna say this and then I'm gonna end mine. BEYONCE is the best performer in the world. Period.'
The gig marked Beyonce's first concert since giving birth to their daughter Blue in January, following her last gig at the MTV Video Music Awards last August - the same day she confirmed her pregnancy.
Back to black: The singer also wore a sheer panelled black body suit and black and gold bralet and pants
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Speaking to the 5,500 fans at the Ovation Hall in the Revel, she said: 'I gotta say, it feels so good to be back home on stage.'
However, she didn't bring up her new life as motherhood too often, except for a fleeting glimpse of Beyonce cradling her daughter in a video montage on the screen behind her.
Her sexy costumes were custom-made by London design house Ralph & Russo, who used 500,000 Swarovski Elements crystals to create the look.
Back with some bling: The singer looked glad to be back on stage
Ralph & Russo designer Tamara Ralph told People magazine: 'Beyoncé wanted us to be really creative and create fun and edgy designs that had an ultra-glamorous feel to them.'
During the set, she performed a selection of her biggest hits, including Crazy In Love, Love On Top, Irresistible and If I Were A Boy.
She paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston with a cover of I Will Always Love You and closed the concert with Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).
So good to be back: The concert marked Beyonce's first performance in nine months
'But it's important that you don't lose yourself and still have your own passions. And so I'm back to work, I'm back to business.'
Beyonce is also seen in dance rehearsals in the five-minute video, with her choreographer helping her get back into the swing of things.
'We're basically warming her up and getting her back into shape,' dancer and choreographer Danielle Polanco says to the camera.
'Stretching her out . . she hasn't been working out in I don't know how long!'