Many know about popular K-Pop choreographers Keone Madrid, Ian Eastwood, Kyle Hanagami, Nick Bass and Tony Testa, but what about female choreographers?
We've got six sassy ladies who've brought their swag to the K-Pop scene, and we wish they could teach us their moves.
1. Parris Goebel
New Zealand born Parris Goebel is well-known for having worked with artists such as Justin Bieber, J. Lo, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. She choreographed, directed AND starred in Justin Bieber's music video for 'Sorry,' which now has over 2.2 billion views.
In the K-Pop scene, she is best known for having choreographed ikonic dances (yes, that's a pun) for male and female groups. She's worked with BigBang (Bang Bang Bang, Ringa Linga, Good Boy), ikon (Rhythm Ta), 2NE1 (Crush, Hello Bitches) and 4Minute (Crazy). She has even featured in some of their music videos.
*** P.S. She's hosting dance workshops in Sydney on Sat March 4! ***
2. Lia Kim
Another choreographer who's held dance workshops in Australia is the ever flawless Lia Kim. She is known for her popping isolations and intricate tutting, as well as the high level of detail, technicality and musicality that she puts into her dances. She is extremely talented at incorporating a variety of dance styles into her work. Examples of her work include I.O.I (Very Very Very), TWICE (TT, Like Ooh Ahh), Sunmi (Full Moon, 24 Hours) and BoA (Fox).
Also, a shoutout to her fellow dance teachers at 1Million Dance Studio who have worked on a couple of K-Pop choreographies; Mina Myoung, May J Lee, Hyojin Choi and Sori Na to name a few.
3. Rino Nakasone
A one-time member of The Pussycat Dolls, Rino Nakasone is a Japanese dancer and choreographer with an extensive list of Korean and Japanese dance works. For a long time, she has worked closely with SM Entertainment artists creating a number of virally popular dances.
These include SHINee (Replay, Juliette, Lucifer), SNSD (Genie, Oh!, The Boys), TVXQ (Keep Your Head Down, Maximum), f(x) (Chu, Nu Abo, Hot Summer) and Red Velvet (Rookie). In Japan, she has also choreographed for AKB48 and SMAP.
4. Koharu Sugawara
Another world-renowned choreographer from Japan, Koharu Sugawara has slayed in her choreography for 2NE1 (Falling in Love), Taemin (Sayonara Hitori) and SNSD (Love & Girls). She has also worked with artists such as Rihanna, SMAP, EXILE, Koda Kumi, Namie Amuro and Daichi Miura.
5. Bae Yoon Jung
A veteran in the K-Pop industry, you may remember her as a judge and dance teacher on competition reality shows such as 'Produce I.O.I' and 'Hit The Stage.' Known for having a sexy and feminine style, Bae Yoon Jung has created famous hit dances for artists such as Brown Eyed Girls (Abracadabra), Kara (Mister, Mamma Mia), EXID (Up and Down, Ah Yeah), T-ara (Bo Beep Bo Beep, Lovey Dovey) and Girls Day (Expectation, Something).
6. Honey J
Honey J (real name Hanee Jeong) is known - in the street dance scene - as leader of all-female hip-hop dance crew Purplow. Her style is not only sexy but full of strong feminine power and style. As a choreographer and principal dancer to Jay Park, Honey J has featured in some of his music videos such as 'You Know', 'Thinking About You' and 'Me Like Yuh'. She choreographed other K-Pop performances such as this jaw-dropping partner dance with Sistar's Bora for Mnet's 'Hit The Stage'.
Huge respect to these female choreographers who create amazing and inspired dance moves. It's not only idols, but fans all over the world who want to follow them!
There are plenty of other great female K-Pop choreographers out there too. Who are your favourites?
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