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VMAs 2019: Alyson Stoner dances for Missy Elliott 17 years after appearing in 'Work It' music video

Missy Elliott's greatest hits medley at the 2019 MTV VMAs featured a familiar face that you may not have noticed.

The rap legend was honored with the Video Vanguard Award at the show, which gave her the opportunity to perform a slew of her most memorable songs like "Get Ur Freak On," "Lose Control" and "Work It," during her first performance at the awards show since 2003. 

It was during "Work It" that Elliott brought out a standout dancer from the massive 2002 hit's music video: Alyson Stoner.

Stoner was one of the child dancers featured in the "Work It" music video, at the age of 9, which coincided with her fame as a child star on the Disney Channel on "Super Short Show," as well as notable credits in the "Cheaper by the Dozen" movies, and fans were excited to see her still dancing at the age of 26.

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Alyson Stoner during 'A Cinderella Story' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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Alyson Stoner during The Los Angeles Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'DISTURBIA' at Mann's Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Paramount Pictures - CA)

Alyson Stoner during 'Shrek The Third' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

Actress Alyson Stoner poses for pictures at Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and Jewelers For Children's presentation of A Sparkling Sundae at the Renaissance Montura Hotel on March 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California . (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)

Alyson Stoner during 'Step Up' Los Angeles Premiere- Arrivals at ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of 'Camp Rock' on June 11, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 12: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Disney Channel's 'The Cheetah Girls One World' held at the El Capitan Theater on August 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Alyson Stoner arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Twilight' at the Mann Village and Bruin Theaters on November 17, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the Starlight Children's Foundation's annual 'A Stellar Night' Gala held on 27 March, 2009 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Alyson Stoner attends Clearasil's Ultimate Dance Competition at the Hard Rock Caf? in Times Square on April 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM - Alyson Stoner stars as Caitlyn on Disney Channel's 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.' (Photo by Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Old Dogs' held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 9, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)

Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the '16 Wishes' Premiere at The Harmony Gold Theatre on June 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the premiere of Touchstone Pictures and Summit Entertainment's 'Step Up 3D' at the El Capitan Theatre on August 2, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam' at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on August 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at The Harold Robinson Foundation's 2012 Pedal On The Pier Fundraiser at the Santa Monica Pier on June 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Summit Entertainment's 'Step Up Revolution' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the 3rd Annual Pedal On The Pier benefiting the Harold Robinson Foundation at the Santa Monica Pier on June 2, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

D23 EXPO - Cast of Phineas and Ferb greet fans and sign autographs at Disney's D23 Expo, the ultimate event for Disney fans at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California (August 9). (Photo by Matt Petit/D23 EXPO via Getty Images) VINCENT MARTELLA, ALYSON STONER

BURBANK, CA - JULY 10: Singer Alyson Stoner attends the 7-Eleven 88th birthday celebration at 7-Eleven on July 10, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for 7-Eleven)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Actress Alyson Stoner attends SoulPancake's Puppypalooza Party at SoulPancakes Headquarters on March 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the premiere of Paladin's 'High Strung' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 29, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Actress Alyson Stoner attends the 'Lights Camera Cure' the 5th annual Hollywood dance marathon at Avalon on April 2, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Actress Alyson Stoner attends Tubeathon 2016 at iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Actress Alyson Stoner arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alyson Stoner at the 2017 Streamy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 22: Alyson Stoner attends the 10th Annual Action Icon Awards at Sheraton Universal on October 22, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images,)

CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Alyson Stoner attends Create & Cultivate and Chevrolet Host Create & Cultivate 100 on January 25, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/Getty Images for Create & Cultivate and Chevrolet)

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Alyson Stoner attends the "Stranger Things" Season 3 World Premiere on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Alyson Stoner attends the 2019 MTV VMA Vanguard Recipient Event on August 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV)

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 11: Alyson Stoner attends VidCon 2019 at Anaheim Convention Center on July 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Alyson Stoner attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/WireImage)

US actress Alyson Stoner (L) watches as a dancer performs on stage during 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on August 26, 2019. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Alyson Stoner performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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Clad in a full yellow sweatsuit straight out of 2002 with her name, "ALYSON," in giant block letters on the back, the actress proved that she hasn't lost a beat in the years since her breakout, breakdancing like a total pro as the crowd went wild.

Predictably, viewers watching at home shared their reactions to the special throwback moment on Twitter, calling the move "legendary," "iconic" and "epic," among other things.

Back in 2017, Stoner reflected in an interview with Vibe on her experience of working with Elliott on the "Work It" music video and what she learned from the experience.

"She created an atmosphere of easy-going, good-natured fun, and I think it allowed us to not even consider that we were performing in front of a camera that’s gonna be syndicated to the world. It really kept us, in a very palpable way, engaged with each other and focused on the dance," she said. "That’s something that I think the best artists retain -- the ability to invite you into their small, intimate inner space, and let that be what radiates."

Watch Missy Elliott's full 2019 VMAs performance below:

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