Whether it’s getting down at the club on the weekend or taking a lesson from the professionals, dancing has always been a huge part of my life. It’s the ‘exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise’ although busting a move for an hour straight will definitely get my sweat trickling. The benefit of living in the YouTube era as a dancer is being able to check out amazing choreographies and performances that I wouldn’t have a chance to see otherwise. It’s also a great opportunity to learn since I can mirror a video and teach myself all the dances to my favourite K-Pop tunes step-by-step. Maybe you’re a dancer yourself, or just enjoy a stellar performance. Either way, here’s five of my favourite choreographies I’ve found thanks to the internet.
Junsun Yoo X YooA – Keeping Your Head Up
I was already in love with the choreography when I saw the dance studio version on YouTube. But then something about combining the song and moves with this wondrous video aesthetic made such a greater impact. All the locations they filmed, the beautiful landscapes and, of course, the unforgettable dancers just fit together perfectly. Junsun Yoo, the choreographer, has cemented his place on my watch list through his killer moves and nowadays I keep an eye out for his latest videos on the 1MILLION Dance Studio YouTube channel.
William Mauvais & Maeva Truntzer – Lindy Hop Showcase
Swing dancing has always intrigued me, and watching the International Lindy Hop Championships since I was a teenager inspired me to take classes for over a year. Time constraints have stopped me from continuing my practice, but I’m sure I’ll return to the dance-floor soon enough. Luckily, I have plenty of videos to keep me entertained in the mean-time. Now William Mauvais and Maeva Truntzer have been putting together killer routines for years, but this one always remains a favourite. Their facial expressions, the energy they put into each step and the incredibly upbeat music, your body can’t help but move to the beat.
GFriend – Navilerra 2x Faster Version
Okay, this might not technically be one of my favourite choregraphies from a girl group, but it is the best 2x speed version. For those of you who don’t follow K-Pop, GFriend may just win the award for professionalism after a few tumbles on a wet stage didn’t stop them from performing their best. They also started the trend for 2x speed covers in the K-Pop world and you can’t deny their dancing prowess once you see them nail every beat. Maybe one day I’ll attempt to recreate a dance at 2x the speed, although I’m not entirely sure how well my body could handle the speed.
Hoya X Choi Hyo Jin – This Love
Growing up watching So You Think You Can Dance, when I came across the show Hit The Stage I immediately became obsessed. Every dance was incredible so it was disappointing when I found out there was only one season. The concept was simple; K-Pop idols were teamed up with professional dance crews to battle it out on the dance-floor. I found this worked far better than any Dancing with the Stars type show since idols are actually trained to dance which allowed the choreographies to be far more impressive. Hoya and Choi Hyo Jin were the winners of the series, and after you watch their performance it’s easy to understand why.
Sori Na – Still Feelin’ It
I mentioned 1MILLION Dance Studio earlier, and I’d recommend any dancer to check out their videos. All the choreographers from the studio always seem to release amazing dances and they also showcase their students in their recordings as well. Usually Lia Kim and Mina Myoung are my favourites to watch, but Sori Na really kicked it out of the ballpark with this choreography. Every single detail suits the song to a tee and even the students provide their own killer renditions. Also, it’s super entertaining that Sori Na’s choreography of Mistah F.A.B.’s song has more views on YouTube than his actual video clip.