By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
If so, chances are, you’re a K-Pop fan. That’s short for “Korean Pop,” in case you, like me, were unaware of the ever so catchy musical sensation that’s risen in popularity worldwide.
What makes K-Pop so appealing and how did it make the transition overseas to the States? Liz Marandola, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Communication, said, “I actually got into it because of a friend, who choreographed to a song by 2NE1 at a dance workshop. I don’t speak Korean, so it’s not the actual meaning of the song that appeals to me, but rather how fun and playful the whole genre is. It’s unlike anything that American artists produce.”
Speaking of dance, I’ve got exciting news for all you K-Pop fans out there. If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a K-Pop group and grooving to their music, miXx K-Pop Cover Dance Crew is a new and upcoming group on campus that meets several times a week to learn various K-Pop group’s dances and choreography.
President of the group and College of Arts and Sciences senior Dondré Gumbs said, “When I was studying abroad in Japan last year, I tried joining a couple of K-Pop cover dance groups, but I wasn’t able to join them for various reasons. I was really bummed out at first, as it was something I was really interested in, but then I thought, wait, why don’t I make my own group? So I did. In the span of six months, we had about 10 performances and recorded four music videos.”
The group is not limited to any specific gender or race and you definitely don’t need to have any previous dance experience to join. “Our group is really different from other groups in a variety of ways. First of all, we are BU’s very first K-Pop-only dance group on campus. There are some other dance groups and cultural groups that perform some K-Pop songs occasionally, but we are the first dance group to focus just on learning K-Pop choreography,” Gumbs said. Practices can be either high or low commitment for those who want to join, depending on if you want to come just to learn the choreography or become more involved and perform or be a part of music videos for the club.
The group also has plans to host their own charity showcase and collaborate amongst other dance groups on campus in the future and hopes to increase awareness of K-Pop on campus through their performances and music videos.