Expertise behind current Ok-pop hit strikes is a 20-year-old Japanese dancer


Japanese dancer ReiNa take photos with her students after her dance class in Tokyo, Japan February 26, 2022.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japanese dancer ReiNa take photographs along with her college students after her dance class in Tokyo, Japan February 26, 2022. (REUTERS)

South Korea’s distinctive Ok-pop music style has swept the world in recent times, its catchy tunes and flashy dance movies making worldwide stars of its prime performers.

However not each ingredient of the worldwide phenomenon is made in Korea.

Among the style’s dance strikes are being created in neighbouring Japan, by 20-year-old dancer and choreographer Reina Kaneko.

The expertise behind current Ok-pop viral dance movies, Kaneko has choreographed for prime teams GOT the Beat and NCT 127, the winner of the grand prize on the Seoul Music Awards in January.

Kaneko, recognized on-line as ReiNa, started dance classes at 5 years outdated, created her first authentic choreography for a contest just a few years later and by center faculty was educating hip hop dance workshops.

Her 176,000 followers on Instagram, the place she posts dance movies, now embody world superstars like Rihanna.

Kaneko stated she was shocked when two years in the past she opened her electronic mail to seek out job presents from leisure businesses to choreograph for the Ok-pop teams.

“They (Korean boy bands) have been so huge and it (choreographing for them) was properly over the stress I may take,” Kaneko instructed Reuters.

“However I attempted to place all the things I’ve received (into the choreography). Additionally if I used to be going to choreograph for an artist, I needed to provide a choreography the place they might outshine others.”

SM Leisure confirmed they’d employed Kaneko to choreograph for NCT 127’s “Favourite(Vampire), NCT U’s “Universe(Let’s play ball) and “Make a want”, and GOT the Beat’s “Step again”. The company declined an interview request.

The coronavirus pandemic made the duty a bit trickier by ruling out journey, forcing Kaneko to document a sequence of movies, together with one in every of her explaining the choreography whereas dancing very slowly and one other of her performing in formation with others.

“She’s working internationally and choreographing for large stars at a younger age,” stated 22-year-old dance scholar, Shoya Yamada, who was attending a hip hop class in a Tokyo studio. “I’m so proud and blissful for her as a result of she’s my instructor.”

In addition to educating in Tokyo, Kaneko holds on-line courses for dancers overseas and choreographs stage performances for Japanese artists.

For dancing inspiration, she likes to buy groceries within the Tokyo trend district of Harajuku, and says that whereas her resume hits new heights, she’s going to at all times be the girl-next-door who genuinely simply loves to bop.

“My purpose for the time being is to point out the world how superb dance really is,” she stated.


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