It’s not just the pretty faces and fancy music videos that make K-pop stand out; it’s the dance moves, too! You've probably noticed that K-pop stars effortlessly take on difficult choreography while singing live. But what most of us don't know is that there are a lot of Filipino choreographers who have created the signature K-pop moves that we know and love today. Get to know some of them below:
We all know the song Wedding Dress by Taeyang from the early 2010s, right? If you’ve watched the music video and was awed by Taeyang’s dance moves, we have Filipino-American choreographer Shaun Evaristo to thank for that! He’s worked with Se7en, Big Bang, and 2NE1, all artists of YG Entertainment, the home of WINNER, iKON, and BLACKPINK.
Aimee Lee Lucas
Filipina L.A.-based choreographer Aimee Lee Lucas worked as Shaun Evaristo’s assistant at one point so you can find her credited for the choreography of the songs mentioned above. But did you know that she was involved in a controversial performance back in the day while working with Big Bang’s leader, G-Dragon? Apparently, when she appeared as an extra for G-Dragon’s Breathe, it was a little too sexy for a live concert!
Check out the video and her choreography for Big Bang’s “Number One” below.
Filipino-American Brian Puspos has had the honor of working with a lot of K-pop stars from different agencies through the years. He’s worked with Henry Lau from Super Junior-M, NCT 127, and BTS. You’ll see that signature fluidity in his choreographed dance moves that don’t fail to catch the audience’s attention.
Keone and Mari Madrid
You might have heard of the Filipino-American couple, Keone and Mari Madrid, through Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself, but you probably didn’t know that he’s worked with Korean superstars BTS. FYI, he’s worked with them since 2015—that’s waaaay before they gained international fame! The group’s members J-Hope, Jimin, and Jungkook shared a photo with the couple back in April 2013, just two months before they debuted!
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.