K-Pop continues to inspire fans from across the globe, whether in style, music, food, and the list goes on and on.
What makes K-Pop more interesting is the fact that it does not only influence fans from Asian countries but also from countries in the other side of the world as well.
The most recent example of the extent of K-Pop’s influence is the newly formed dance group of the Denison University, a school situated in Ohio that claims to be one of the US’ leading liberal arts colleges.
The “Denison K-Pop Dance Group”, or simply called DKDG, started off in 2017 when a group of students from the Asian Culture Culture were requested to provide a performance that would represent Asian cultures. In response to that invitation, university students Khue Ngo ’19 and Jiahao “Peter” Ran ’19 tapped their friends to come up with a complete K-pop dance cover.
Photo Credit: The Denisonian
They introduced themselves initially as AADG, which stands for “Another Asian Dance Group.” Given the success of their first performance, they continued to do dance covers.
According to the AADG members, they realized that there were many students on campus who happen to share their passion about K-Pop and K-Pop dance. However, at that time of Spring 2018 there was no “declared community on campus which could provide those individuals with opportunities to freely express their interests or speak their cultures, hence contributing to the diversity at Denison”.
With the intention to reach out more, AADG established the “Denison Kpop Dance Group” (DKDG) in October 2018 with 26 original members and new members recently joining after the workshop. The group is optimistic that they will soon be able to obtain official club status in Spring 2019 through the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA), a body of 40 students elected by their peers to represent the student voice in the life of the college. This, however, depends on the interest of students of the university.
According to the article posted on The Denisonian, the university’s student publication, DKDG wants to embrace the impossible spirit of K-pop groups such as BTS, and their mission to bring people together by the virtue of music, love and culture. DKDG considers themselves as representatives of K-pop lovers on campus.
“Through dancing, we’re excited to continue making K-pop music more present on campus since it is only known and enjoyed within a small community.” ~ Ha Le ‘21, one of two founders of the dance group from Hanoi, Vietnam.
“For the group members, DKDG will be an open space to express their love for K-pop or korean culture in general.” ~ Nha Le ‘21,other co-founder, also from Vietnam
DKDG’s K-Pop group preferences include: BTS, EXO, BLACKPINK, TWICE, Girl’s Generation, Red Velvet, WINNER, G(I-DLE), CLC, f(x), MAMAMOO etc. With regard to song selection, it is generally based from the preference of the members, the difficulty level of the choreography, and the comfort of the dancers.
Check out one of their videos below:
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