Dance is SUCH an important aspect of Asian pop: it can sometimes make or break a music video. Have you ever wondered who is behind the scenes conjuring up the soon-to-be classic moves of all of our favourite stars?
Here are some of the TOP Asian pop choreographers of iconic Asian pop dance MVs: dances that most of us have no doubt tried to emulate in our own bedrooms.
EXO - Growl - Nick Bass
Nick Bass choreographed one of the best MVs of 2013 EXO’s "Growl". He is from the US and has also worked with Usher, Justin Timberlake and he came up with Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry” dance!
Here is Nick practising with SuJu's Donghae & Eunhyuk and fellow choreographer Trent Dickens.
Girls’ Generation - I Got A Boy - Nappytabs (Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo)
This US couple have worked with some massive names, for example, Tabitha choreographed Madonna’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl XLVI. You can’t get much bigger than that in the US! By this time Napoleon & Tabitha had already been poached by SM Entertainment to work with BoA on “Only One”, TVXQ’s “Humanoids” and eventually Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy”, TVXQ’s “Spellbound”, Super Junior M’s “Swing”.
Girls' Generation's "I Got A Boy":
Nappytabs 2014 Emmy's choreography:
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – PONPONPON – Air:Man
Choreography duo Air:Man aka Kazutaka & Mayumi worked on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu‘s dance moves in her now-famous "PONPONPON" music video. They have also worked with J-pop artists like: Yuki, Glay, SMAP, Puffy, TM Revolution, Kaela Kimura.
SHINee - Sherlock, Dream Girl & Beautiful - Tony Testa
Tony Testa has worked on an enormous amount of SM Entertainment’s videos from EXO’s “Wolf” to TVXQ’s “Something” as well as the above mentioned SHINee back catalogue, including “Everybody” alongside SM’s resident choreographer Gregory Hwang.
Take Tony Testa's dance class on TVXQ’s “Something”.
G-Dragon - Heartbreaker & Taeyang - Wedding Dress & I Need a Girl - Shaun Evaristo
Shaun was originally contracted by YG Entertainment to work with Bigbang but also ended up working specifically with G-Dragon & Taeyang.
See if you can spot which other famous artists he has worked with in his show reel:
SHINee – Lucifer – Shim Jae-Won & Rino Nakasone-Razalan
After boy band “Black Beat” disbanded, former member Shim Jae-Won found his feet as a resident choreographer with SM Entertainment. He choreographed Girls’ Generation “Into the World” and also directed Super Junior’s “Wonder Boy”, as well as working alongside Rino on Girls’ Generation’s Genie & Mr. Taxi as well as one of SHINee’s most proliferous comebacks, “Lucifer”.
Girls’ Generation - Genie - Rino Nakasone-Razalan
Rino Nakasone Razalan is a dancer and choreographer from Okinawa, who works under SM Entertainment. Just some of her credits include: SHINee: “Replay”, “Juliette”, “Hello”, “Lucifer” (with Shim Jae-won), Girls’ Generation: “Genie”, “Oh”, “Hoot”, “Mr. Taxi”, “The Boys”, “Paparazzi”, “Love & Girls” – the list goes on! She’s also worked with BoA, Super Junior, Kangta, f(x) & TVXQ.
BoA – "Copy & Paste":
Taemin – Danger - Ian Eastwood
Ian Eastwood is pretty new to choreographing big names – with good reason – he’s only 21! His credits include: Zendaya’s “Replay” and Taemin’s solo debut “Danger”.
Here he is teaching Taemin his moves. You should check out Ian Eastwood's Youtube channel for more of his amazing work.
Henry Lau – Fantastic - Brian Puspos
Brian Puspos is a renowned Filipino-American dancer in the US turned choreographer. He is a part of both the SoReal crew and Mos Wanted Crew in Houston. You should check out his Youtube channel if you want to be blown away. He recently choreographed Henry’s comeback “Fantastic”.
Jay Park – Abandoned & Know Your Name - Andrew Baterina (SoReal Crew)
Andrew Baterina is part of the SoReal crew with Brian Puspos – you should also check out Andrew’s YouTube channel – and has worked not only choreographing for Jay Park, but also performing with him at the Korean Music Festival.
Jay Park & Di Moon Zhang
Chinese choreographer Di"moon"zhang has also worked extensively with Jay Park. Although he doesn't have any direct Music video credits, he's directed large scale pop concerts in Beijing, worked and was part of the world famous IAMME crew. Check out some of his Jay Park collaborations...
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