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wawa dance school

You cannot leave out Rookie and WAWA Dance Academy when you talk about the youtube sensation of Kpop dance. However, there isn’t much info on them you can get on the Net. We sarangkpop wanted to know more about them and here is the stuff we got for you.

1. please, introduce yourself briefly.

Hi, I am Namgeun Lee (aka Rookie) and running the WAWA Dance Academy. 30 years old. I love dance and hope everyone can enjoy dance too^_^.

2. your nick is Rookie. Any special reason for it?

At first, my nick was Rooney and I came to know that it was the same as the name of a British football player, Rooney. So I tried to find some other thing and came up with ‘Rookie’. If I should say the reason, it would be ‘trying to remember when I first began.’.

3. Have you ever been abroad?

Four years ago I ran a dance school in Thailand for about one year. It was in Chon buri where K-pop was hot. I came back to Korea in order to make a fresh new start. ^^

4. when did you start dancing? What made you dance?

I have been in love with dancing since I was a kid. However I didn’t take a regular dance class till I went to college. My dance lessons began in earnest when I became a member of the dance club in my college. I was so absorbed at that time, which made me love to dance more and more. ^^

5. how long do you practice a day?

I practice a lot before actual recording. It usually takes time to get a dance video clip done. Roughly about five hour practice and I do an actual video shot. I have my own classes as well. So I think I dance 5~6 hours everyday. ^^

6. what sort of music do you use for practice, apart from K-pop?

I Love popping and hip hop. In fact, I started my dance career with those dance genres. I enjoy them all the time. ^^

7. do you have a specific dance genre you are currently working on now?

I am getting more used to the dance style of Taeyang and Beast, which is called “Urban Style”. Lots of dance video recordings got me used to it. I love it too! ^^

8. which dance style do you think suits you?

As I mentioned above, I think it would be popping or hip hop. ^^

9. who’s your favorite kpop artist?

I am sort of old, so I love 서태지 (Seo taiji)^^. Some of you guys might not know about him. In terms of dancing, I like Taeyan. My female kpop artist is Boa ^^.

10. who influenced you as a dance?

Michael Jackson(USA), Prepix(Korea).^^

11. please introdude WAWA Dance Academy shortly.

WAWA Dance Academy is a private dance school offering affordable and accessible opportunities to people who like to enjoy dancing. ^^

12. what made you upload k-pop dance videos on youtube?

At first, I uploaded only on Korean websites. But oneday I got interested in promoting our stuff worldwide and uploaded some of them on youtube. I didn’t extected that much response. I’ve kept uploading since then. ^^

13. Do you know that your youtube vidoes help international K-pop fans do Kpop dance covers. Your videos are treated like a textbook of Kpop dance. Is it rewarding for you?

I check every comment on the dance videos. However, I find it a bit hard to reply to the English comments. Anyway, my first intention was to help people enjoy dancing and it worked, which made me so happy and put more efforts in making our dance videos. I am kind of feeling responsible now. It also helps me practice as well. ^^

14. Did you ever get complaints from youtube visiters or happen to meet people trying to find fault with your dance itself? How did you handle it?

Well, I have experienced that sort of stuff many times so that I already got used to it even though I was a bit offended in the beginning. I’m a very optimistic person. People think differently and I completely understand it. Even those comments could be a help at times. You do what you love, that would be the best thing to do anyway.^^

15. what do you think was the best Kpop dance video of WAWA so far?

Our team Acon’s first dance, ‘Gara Gara Go’ by Big bang is very meaningful to us. ^^

16. which one is your favorite dance video?

Personally I love ‘no love no more’ by JYP.^^

17. which one was the hardest so far??

I think the most difficult one was ‘Keep your head down’ by TVXQ. As you know, it contains lots of group art. We stayed up all night for recording it hahaha. It is easy now but at that time it was..^_^

18. What do you think is the distinct feature of K-pop?

Very sensitive about the trends. Making dance moves suitable for the lyrics, dramatic performance styles, repetitive moves, catchy motions are getting more popular in Kpop now.^^

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We sarangkpop always wondered about  how K-pop was going on in Mexica and got a chance to know that at last. The other day we ran into Mexican girls, in fact they were sisters, dancing to Kpop music and managed to have an interview about their kpop love. Here we go~!

* greeting to Korean kpop fans *

Annyeong-haseyo, We’re Glam Mexican Girls!

1. please, introduce yourself shortly.
Nataly: Hi! I’m Nataly, I’m 19 years old, I’m an University Student & my major is computer systems. Nice to meet you!
Dulce: Annyeong-haseyo my name is Dulce, I’m 14 years old, I’m studying middle school with an special atelier: electricity ^^
2. when and how did you get to know kpop?
N: I “discovered” the Kpop kkk~ This was because I have a friend in Spain, and she told me about a “Chinese” band , and their amazing songs and dance skills. This band was Big Bang with the song Lalala~ Then I was looking for the MV~ and I found info about them, after this I was replaying the MV and looking for Korean singers kkk~ Now My favorite genre of music was & is Kpop!
D: Thanks to my sister Nataly with the Big Bang’s song Haru Haru~~♪

3. what made you love Kpop?
N: Their new music proposal, because for me they’re so original in all, their choreographies are awesome, and brilliants!
D: Their rhythm and for their original songs. And of course their choreographies!!~
4. who’s your favorite kpop star?
N: Ohh, It’s a hard question… Let me see… Male: SHINee!! And my favorite is TaeMin!!~ He’s a great dancer and singer ^^
Female: SiStar★ And my favorite is BoRa. She’s so amazing!
D: My favorite male band is SHINee, and my favorite members are Key and Minho 😀
My favorite female band is Girls Generation, but my favorite female singer/dancer is Kahi.

5. how did you start dancing to Kpop?

First, was for an audition… Now is for love, respect and hobbie for the Kpop! We really love the Kpop♥!

6. when,where and how do you practice?
We practice in our living room~ We practice almost all days, except if we’re so tired for the school or if we have exams. By the way… Saturday & Sundays are free days kkk~
7. can you tell us how kpop is going in your country?
Sadly, Kpop isn’t popular here T-T, but at least, We can watch Arirang TV here.
8. do your friends like kpop too?
N: Yeeahh! Though I told her (my bff) about the kpop, but she love it! And support us ^^
D: Umm.. I just have 2 friends, them love the kpop, They’re so crazy for Kpop!
They’re sasaengs! Hahahaha just kidding~~

9. do you belong to a Kpop dance cover team? If so, let us kow.
Only our group, Glam Mexican Girls. We’re 2 members (duo)
We accept requests of our friends and from the Hallyu events.
*We’re not professionals / we don’t take dance class
10. are you guys members of any online Mexican kpop communitys? If so, please introduce to us.
Yes, We’re members of the facebook page “Que vengan grupos de Kpop a Mexico”
(We wanna Korean bands in Mexico); This is page promote the kpop here~ They’ll create a forum soon, & We’ll collaborate with them, because they’ll give us a special section there ~~
11. do you like Korean dramas? If so, what is your favorite one?
Of course! Our favorite is Golden Bride (N: This made me cry)

12. Korean dramas are popular in your country? Have you seen korean dramas on Mexican TV?
Not really T_T; We watch the dramas online, and 3 months ago, We watched the Korean movie “The Host” in Mexican TV. We were so excited and speechless!
13. do you have a Kpop event in your city? If so, have you been there?
Yes, in our city we have every years 2 events, One is totally about the Korean culture and music (Hallyu Wave Mexico). Of course We were there the last month, was so exciting and awesome~
The other event is called “Fancity Tampico” (Tampico is the name of our city) This event is focus in Japan and cosplays, but they admit Kpop & performances.

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We usually think that amateurs do a dance cover and many of them do it to express love for their stars.  How about professionals? If they are not only fans but also professional dancers or choreographers? Don’t you want to know how they keep and share love for their stars?

A good example was spotted on youtube a few weeks ago. “Endo Generation!”. It all consists of professional dancers and choreographers. As you can see from the name, all the member are fans of Girl’s Generation(소녀시대). They have worked with many famous artists in Japan and America. Amuro Namie, Koda Kumi and Britney Spears. Just named some of the artists they have collaborated with.

However this time they wanted to do fun stuff, something enjoyable to share with K-pop fans around the world. They made a K-pop dance cover team called ‘Do-POP!’. All the members personally joined it as a hobby. However they come to us with another special name ‘Endo Generation’ when covering Girls Generation dances. Yeah, they really want to show their love for Girls Generation. So when they dance to “Gee”, they also become devoted fans just like you.

Sarangkpop contacted “DO-POP!”, and had a short interview about “Endo Generation”.

1. greeting to Korean Kpop fans.
What’s up Sarang Kpop! This is Do-POP!!!
Thank you for all of your support:) And if u haven’t watch our video, please go to You tube and check it out!!

2. Would you introduce your dance group, ‘Do-POP!’ shortly?
We made Do-POP as a K-POP cover dance team. Oneday ENDo who is the leader of Do-POP thought if he made K-POP cover dance team with all professional dancers, what would happen!? So he asked all the members to become part of it!!
3. we also understand that you’ve worked with many famous Japanese artists such as J-Pop Queens Amuro Namie, Koda Kumi and many more. Is it correct? If so, would you tell us about an interesting episode you experienced when working with those J-pop stars?
All the artists are soooooo nice to dancers as well!:)
Professional for everything!! So pleased to work with them and respect them!!
4. whose idea was it to make a special dance cover team for Girl’s Generaion?
ENDo!! He LoooooOOoOoOoOoOves Girl’s Generation.
So ENDo thought if he does SNSD’s cover dance with all professional dancers, it will be something!!!

5. why you named the dance cover team ‘Endo Generation(Endojidai, 遠藤時代)’?
The leader of Do-POP was ENDo!! So he made this name and we use it ONLY when we do Girl’s Generation’s cover…

6. there are many Girls Generation songs now. what is your favorite one among them?
We love all the songs of course. But for Ballade songs, ENDo loves “Star Star Star” the best.
7. I love your Girl’s generation’s choreography. You added your own flavor and made it more fun. what did you focus on when recreating the choreography?
When we practice, we learn the same choreography first. And then, We start recreating together. But its up so each songs though…
8. at the “Dream On!” KPop Cover Dance Fes’ 2011, you gave a performance of Girls’ Generation dances as a opening act for Rino Nakasone, the famed SME choreographer. How do you know her?
We met her through our friend! It was great to dance with her on stage!!

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What if we ask an ordinary Spanish girl about K-pop? This idea made us seek a Spanish kpop girl and we ran into a great dance cover video. We first found it quite familiar so that we digged further about the video’s uploader. Yes, she was Aly. and we were able to remember seeing her youtube clips on the Korean online Kpop communities before.

We sarangkpop contacted her and had a small interview about her K-pop love as well as her cover dances.

This is it.

1. please introduce yourself shortly.

Hi! I’m Aly ^^

I’m 18 years old (19 soon -.-) and I’m from Spain.

And I want apologize for my low level of English T_T

2. when and how did you get to know kpop?

I knew the kpop a few years ago by a survey of SNSD and Wonder Girls.

I started looking about Kpop and I found DBSK, so I quickly fell in love ^^

3. who is your favorite kpop star?

It’s a difficult question!!

My favorite kpop female star is Hyun Ah (4Minute). I love her charisma at the time to performance.

And my favorite kpop male star is more difficult to select xD

I love, especially, Leeteuk, Heechul and Eunhyuk (SUJU), Junho and Junsu (TVXQ) Nickhun and Chansung (2PM) and Kim Jong Kook too.

4. how do you get k-pop materials?

I try to support my favorite artists buying their albums in online shops.

But unfortunately I can’t buy as many as I would like U.U

5. which kpop dance cover was the hardest one for you so far?

To the all kpop dance cover I did, I think the hardest was “Breathe” (Miss A), because I can(cannot?) do well the steps! T_T

But was difficult to me “Irony” (Wonder Girls) too.

6. do you have any Kpop dance cover you are planning to do now? If so, what is it?

Yes. Right now I’m working in “Paparazzi” (Kan Mi Yeon). But I don’t have many time to dance lately -.-

7. where do you practice dancing? How long and how often do you practice?

I only practice dancing in my home.

When I have time, I try dance at least 4 days a week.

When I’m in school time, I try to take the days that I haven’t to study to dance.

The time depends on what it takes to me to learn the dance, usually 1 or 2 hours.

8. have you ever performed in front of people?

Yes, a lot of time.

I love performed in front of people ^^

9. how do you prepare the cloths for your dance covers?

I try to combine the clothes I have to make it in line with the song.

If not, I have the luck to have an older sister who likes sewing and sometimes she makes me clothes to my dances ^^

10. do your friends like Kpop too?

No, but I’m try that they also like it xD

11. do you belong to a Spain Kpop community? If so, what is it

No, I don’t know any Spain Kpop community.

12. it seems that you edit your video clips before uploading  onto Youtube. What program do you use for editing?

In most cases simply I use Windows Movie Maker.

Sometime, in order to add more effects, I use Corel Video Studio 12.

13. can you speak Korean?

No, but I love to learn!

Actually I only can read hangul.

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Last year a Japanese girl became talk of the town because of her youtube videos for a while. In the videos, she danced to Kpop songs like “Hoot”, “Tell my your wish”. Some Korean netizens said she would be a trainee under a certain Japanese entertainment  and seemed to just be about to debut to counterattack the Korean invasion. Some others said she would be an ordinary Japanese girl in love with Kpop.

Sarangkpop decided to investigate the rumors and had a mini interview with the Japanese girl.

This is the mini interview.

1. please introduce yourself briefly.

My name is Riona. I’m 15 years old and I live in Japan. My hobbies are to dance and sing. I also love to listen to music!

2. are you a trainee?

No, I am not.

3. are you under a Japanese entertainment company?

No, I am not.

4. are you going to debut as a singer?

Well, I hope I do 😀 I want to be an actress too 🙂

5. do you have a dance team?

No, I don’t.

6. when did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 12 years old.

7. do you sing well?

Umm, I don’t know….lol I hope I sing well.

8. you practice once a week. Do you practice dancing and singing together? Where do you practice?

I take dance lessons once a week. I don’t take singing lessons, but I sing whenever I listen to music 😀

9. are you a model?

Well, I did a sponser for kids’ clothings. .

10. do you know many Koreans watched your Youtube videos?

I didn’t know at first, but my friend told me that my video was posted on a Korean site. I was very surprised! I’m very thankful and happy for them to watch my video 🙂

11. when did you get to know kpop?

Well, I was on youtube and I just clicked on a video, and that was SNSD’s music video. Ever since that, I love K-pop!

12. who is your favorite K-pop star?

Chunji (Teen Top),  Mir (MBLAQ),   IU,   Yoona (SNSD)

13. do you want to be a Kpop star?

Yes, I would love to!

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A Youtube video appeared on a couple of Korean Kpop communities last year and it immediately got lots of attention from the Korean netizens. There was a cute British girl singing SNSD’s ‘Oh’ in Korean in it. She kept uploading her Kpop covers including her own dance covers as well. We asked each other who that girl was. Yeah, she became sort of the talk of the town. We, however, haven’t got enough info on her till now.

sarangkpop.com contacted the girl and got some stuff that could relieve our thirst.

1. greeting to Korean Kpop fans.

안녕하세요 ^-^ 만나서 반갑습니다~

2.please, introduce yourself briefly.

Hello everyone my name is Clara or IBXS (IchigoBaraXSaranghae) i’m 14 years old and I live in England, i’m currently in high school and I live with my Mom, Dad and little Brother Will.

3.do you happen to know that you are quite known to Korean netizens?

Well, I know that I have been posted on a few different Korean websites but it hasen’t really sunk in yet that people from Korea are actually wacthing my videos and liking them X)

4.when and how did you get to know K-pop?

I got into to Kpop about 2 years ago now, I used to be interested in Jpop but then one day I just typed in Korean music and TRAX apperead so I listened to their song paradox. Then after that I discovered Super junior and Snsd etc. and now i’m in love with Kpop and Korean culture 😀


5.how did you feel about kpop when you were first listening to it?

did you feel foreign at that time? When I first listened to it I felt really confused, because I had never heared the Korean language before,I found it confusing but at the same time I had an urge to learn the lyrics and I did,it was very hard but I managed to do it 😀

6.how do you get the k-pop materials?

Well most of my Kpop materials are from the internet and ipod apps XD So thats where I get my Kpop music and news from~

7.who is your favorite kpop star?

hmmmm I actually have 2, Sunny from Snsd has been my idol for about 1 year now. I really like her aegyo and her singing ^_^. IU also one of my favorite Kpop stars. She is a real insparation to me, I love her voice and her creativity.


8.your favorite kpop song?

My favorite Kpop song is Davichi 8282, no matter how many times I listen to it I always feel happy and I always sing along. it reminds me of happy times in my life 🙂


9.which kpop artist do you want most to meet in person?

haha Well I would most like to meet Jonghyun from Shinee, I really like him and I think he has a lovely personality,I would just love to meet him the most ^.^

10.I understand that you started covering Kpop songs first. What made you do so?

I started covering Kpop songs because I just wanted to express my love for Kpop and make some friends who loved Kpop too like me :3 it is a simple reason but I really didn’t expect to have so much recognition 🙂

11.After a while, you started dancing to Kpop. What made you do so?

I started dancing because I have always liked dancing, I wasn’t sure if I should dance at first because I knew that I wasn’t very good but then I just thought that I should give it a go~

I hope I have improved since my first dance cover ^^


12,which one is more difficult for you? Singing? Dancing?

I find dancing more difficult, it will usually take me longer to learn a dance than it will for me to learn a song. Singing and learning lyric comes more naturally to me, I love dancing but I don’t think I am good at it!

13.where do you practice dancing? How long and how often do you practice?

I practice dancing in my moms room where the computer is, so when she comes in I always feel a bit awkward >.< I dance for 1 hour every day but it’s usually just freestyle dancing kkk but it takes me about 3 days if it’s an easy dance to learn and 1 week if it’s a hard dance to learn.

14.your favorite kpop dance cover so far, and why?

My favorite dance cover so far is Son Dam Bi Queen, I loved doing this dance and I feel that this dance cover was the best i’ve done so far 🙂


15.the hardest kpop dance cover so far, and why?

The hardest Kpop dance cover i’ve done is After School Bang! it took me a long time to learn and I had to split the dance into 3 sections because it was too hard to do all at once and get perfect X)


16.have you ever danced with your friends?If so, tell us about it?

I always dance with my friends, at our school there is a dance festival every year , I have done it before and this year me and my friends are going to be performing our dance on stage ^^

17.I think your Korean pronunciation is pretty good. Can you speak Korean?

Thankyou, I can speak some Korean yes but I’m always worried that I will get things wrong~

I can also write some Korean but I find Korean hard to read.

18.how do you feel about the Korean language when listening to kpop songs?

I think the Korean language is amazing 😀 I love listening to it in Kpop and I am determined to be able to speak Korean fluently!!


19.do you think Korean is hard to pronounce?

Which Korean word is most difficult for you to pronounce? I think that Korean is hard to pronounce at first but then when you get used to it then it is very easy! hmmm I find the word hagetssupnida hard to pronounce XD

20.do you feel the meaning of Korean lyrics when singing in Korean?

Yes I do feel the meaning, I also work out what the lyrics mean in English so that I know what the meaning of the song is when I sing it ^^

21.do you record outdoors too? For instance, in the park. If so, tell us about how people reacted.

Well yes I record in my garden hehe, I once tried to record in a public place but e veryone kept staring at me so I got scared and ran home ^.^ I hope that one day I will have more courage to dance in public places.

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There are some fans out there living far away from Korea but having much love for Korean music and forming a strong bond each other even though things are relatively not that good for them to enjoy and keep their passion for K-pop. Romanian Kpop fans would be some of them.

We, sarangkpop, wanted to know how they enjoy and try to spread the K-pop love in their country. We contacted the representative of “Mirotic Crystal”, the largest Romanian K-pop fan club, and had an interview about how they love K-pop.


This is the story.


* About the interviewee. *

1. please introduce yourself briefly.

Hello! My name is Diana Voina, I’m 20 years old and I’m currently 2nd year student at Faculty of Exterior Design and Landscaping. I live in the city of Timisoara in Romania, Europe.

2. when did you get to know kpop?

I believe it was in the summer of 2006.

3. why do you like kpop?

Because of it’s unique style and it fits the modern culture of Korea.

4. who’s your favorite kpop artist?

Dong Bang Shin Ki are my favorites. All 5 of them.

5. do you speak Korean?

I can’t say I’m speaking it yet, but I’m currently trying to learn it.

6. do you have a Korean friend?

Yes. I do.

7.do you like Korean dramas? If so, what is you favorite one?

Of course. My favorite dramas are: Iljimae, A love to kill, Queen Seon Deok.


* About “Mirotic Crystal” *

8. give us an overview of the Mirotic Crystal.

Because we are a fanclub of a foreign band, we translate the media in which TVXQ or JYJ appear, making it more accessible for the fans who don’t understand English or Korean. I like to think we are a door towards the Korean culture, or at least a part of it. It’s not just about music; through music, the fans learn more about Korea and it’s customs.


9. when and how did the Mirotic Crystal start?

At first I didn’t know many Romanian Kpop fans, but I used to keep in touch with many foreign fans. They were those who inspired me to search other Romanian fans. I was very curious as to how many are there. The documentation about how to create, manage and other details took me 2 years. I didn’t want to rush things. So Mirotic Crystal started on 10th of December 2008.

10. how many members you do have in your fan club?

Up until now there are gathered around 350 members. Even though it’s not a big number compared to Japanese or Korean fans, and considering the fact that the Korean culture wasn’t really known until now, I say it’s a good start. Of course, there are many more fans across the Europe.

11. do you have a regular meeting for the members?

Yes, it’s annual. All the kpop fans regardless of their fanclub gather at Bucharest.

12. does your fan club have any special plan for Kpop this year?

Yes, we are planning our next fan meeting which will be held in September.

* About Romanian fanclubs *

13. how many kpop fan clubs do you have in your country?

Currently, there are 14 fanclubs in Romania.

14. please, name some of the kpop fan clubs to me.

Primadonna Romania, Eels Romania, Pabbo Oppa, VIP Romania, etc…

15. do you often meet up and share info on Kpop?

If you’re talking about meeting in person, that would be a bit difficult because we come from different cities, but we do chat on the internet. And because of the fanclubs some of the members bond and visit each other.


16. is the ROMANIAN K-FANMEETING only about K-pop?

No, it’s related to the k culture in general and that includes music, dramas and other related aspects.

17. what made you to hold the event?

The members were willing to meet in person and share knowledge about their passion and because in fanmeeting you get to learn many things in a fun way.

18. how many kpop fan clubs joined the event?

The last time were only 4 fanclubs represented.

19. will you hold the event on a regular basis?

When is the next one? Yes, I would like to hold it annually. The next one will be on September this year.

20. how long did it take to hold the first event?

The preparation took 5-6 months.

21. did you do dance covers at the event? If so, how did you find dance teams to perform?

At the last as well as the next meeting there will be dance covers. Various members from all the clubs expressed the desire to do this.

22. how long did the event run?

The event lasted 8 hours.

23. how many people came to the event?

There were about 100 people taking into account that most of them were minors and the parents wouldn’t let them go if they lived far away from the capital.

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