Kicking It Off With K-Pop

Korea Club Gets Ready for Second International Week Showing

Caroline Lee

Staff Writer

    In preparation for International Week at the end of February, Korea Club has been preparing for their rally performance.

    Korea Club has been practicing after school and during lunch since the beginning of the month with officers cutting music, teaching the choreography, and posting videos on their Facebook event page.  The club will be dancing to songs from Korean pop, or K-pop, and specifically chose dances that were easier to learn and displayed the variety of Korean culture.

    “The songs we are dancing to are ‘Wolf’ by Exo, ‘Every Night’ by Exid, ‘NoNoNo’ by APink, ‘Now’ by Troublemaker [subunit with HyunA of 4Minute and Hyunseung of B2ST], and ‘Gentleman’ by Psy,” club Vice President senior Audrey Barikdar said.  “Both [‘Wolf’ and ‘Every Night’] are individual and show a more mature side of K-pop.  ‘NoNoNo’ breaks the maturity and takes away the seriousness by showing the very cute side of the K-pop industry because last year the songs were more mature and we wanted to show more diversity. With the couple song, ‘Now’, it’s a good combination of mature but flirty and shows the various forms of K-pop dances there are besides group dances. And what would a dance be without ‘Gentleman’?  Psy’s dance is easy for everyone to do and also brings everyone together to show that though through each dance it shows differing tastes, we all are brought together by the culture of modern Korean music.”

Students practice to Psy’s “Gentlemen” after school on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  During the week of February 17--the week before the rally--Korea Club met every day during lunch and on the weekends.  “Awesome people all go to practices,” senior Lanna Tau said.  “Everyone is really organized and there is a lot of practice so you know the dances well.”  PC: Kristina Kong
Students practice to Psy’s “Gentlemen” after school on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. During the week of February 17–the week before the rally–Korea Club met every day during lunch and on the weekends. “Awesome people all go to practices,” senior Lanna Tau said. “Everyone is really organized and there is a lot of practice so you know the dances well.” PC: Kristina Kong

    Participation in the International Week performance has increased from last year from approximately ten students to over thirty-five, something officers hope will continue in upcoming years and think is due to the versatility of the dances.

    “I think our performance will show how a variety of people can do a variety of dances and also how K-pop can bring people together, even though it may seem annoying at times,” club President and senior Sarah Yoo said.

    Indeed, students have seen this performance as a way to make memories with fellow classmates and celebrate the Korean culture.

    “All my friends were doing it and I felt like it was my last time to perform in a rally as a senior,” senior Lanna Tau said.  “I just like Korean food and the music is really good to listen to.”

    Though Korea Club has become a bigger part in the International Week rally with greater numbers and a longer time slot in comparison to their debut last year, Yoo wants people to know that K-pop is not the only aspect of Korean culture that people should know about.

    “Korean culture is something that people should try to learn more of,” Yoo said.  “K-pop is important, but there is also the traditional aspect of Korea and that side is beautiful as well.”

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