It goes without saying that the popularity of K-pop has grown rapidly over the last few years, and riding this growing hallyu wave is none other than New Zealand!
While K-pop has been a bit of a niche in New Zealand, a number of big-name acts, such as B.A.P, SEVENTEEN, and G-Dragon, have visited the country in the past year or so which has lead to a big K-pop boom, particularly in the dancing scene.
Among the elements that makes K-pop stand out, the dancing is among the key points of the genre, and the recent hallyu wave in New Zealand has lead to a growing demand for K-pop dance classes.
Dance group Crave NZ, which is made up of a talented quartet of dancers Cindy Lu, Rachel Matela, Vivian Xu, and Vee Xu, run their own dance studio in New Zealand and have made waves on YouTube for their covers of popular K-pop dances, the most recent being Black Pink's mega popular "As If It's Your Last."
The growing K-pop craze has lead to the launch of a new K-pop dance class taught by Crave NZ themselves every Saturday, which has been well-received so far. Aside from being a place where K-pop fans can socialise with each other, these classes are also an effective form of exercise due to the rapid movements required in K-pop's dance choreography.
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