On Saturday we attended the first of two March London Kpop Dance Workshop organised by the Loko Team. This time there were two of us participating. I (Ema) had decided to attend my first workshop! I am super unco-ordinated, but having been to two workshops previously to play the part of photographer, I could see that the Loko team really welcome people of all different levels and teaches in a way that even double left footed people like me could understand. My decision was also partly because this Sunbae Workshop featured one of my favourite songs Digital Bounce by Se7en and the iconic dance that is Rainism. The other two songs featured was BoA’s Copy and Paste and Hyori’s U Go Girl which was later changed to her more recent hit Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
After a 1 hour lunch break where the Loko team showed us a few more dances and general dance along with many others who were bursting with energy. We return to class to learn RAINISM!!! Getting our sexy on like one of Time’s top 100 most influential people in the world Rain (minus all the tongue action). Rainism is one of the most well known songs of Kpop, we’ve all seen it a million times by Rain and others and we all think we know it. It began well, it was repetitive and simple. But then in comes the chorus and after the infamous around the neck and down the body swipe, it got baffling. But after a few change ups to the dance routine, I think we can safely say that Caroline successfully transformed us into Bad Boys like Rain *punches palm*. The last dance of the day was Hyori’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You might all think its just holding your arm up in the air and punching your hip but its SO much more then that. This girl dance was again taught by Isabelle who stayed up all night to practice for the two dances she was going to be teaching! This is a equally sexy dance to Rain although not as complicated as BoA, it was still very energetic with a lot of rapid movements and the hip swaying… So much hip swaying.
After a quick recap (where we discovered we have memories of a goldfish), I have to say that my favourite dances were Digital Bounce and Chitty chitty bang bang. I loved the energy of them and largely because I can actually remember them! :P Eitherway, after experiencing a class myself for the first time I have developed a new found respect for all the idols and especially the Loko teachers!!!
I thoroughly recommend this class to EVERYONE! It is good for people of all dance levels! So don’t be shy or scared! Make sure you check out Loko’s next dance workshop which will be on the 25th March! They have a special guest teacher coming in and its sure to be a AWESOME dance workshop! To sign up and for more information, make sure you check out their Facebook page or the Events page. If you don’t have Facebook then you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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