Though Angela Pang and Dora Su have always loved K-Pop (Korean pop) and K-Dance, it was only after they didn’t get to perform last year that they decided to found K-Dance Club. The club revolves around K-Dance, the popular dance choreography accompanying K-Pop music. The music genre, originating in South Korea, is best known for the complex choreography and memorable outfits of its performers, as well as its unique sound.
Marc Garneau’s K-Dance Club, established this year and currently headed by the two, was established with hopes to provide an environment where students passionate about K-Dance could dance together and discuss choreographies. As Angela says, K-Dance club is “where people who love to dance can come together to perform and share our passion.”
The club hosts meetings in the dance room, Room 238, every Thursday after school. Overseen by Ms. Miller, who Dora says has been instrumental in upping the quality of their performances, the club is made up of around ten members who share a passion of K-Pop and K-Dance. In their weekly meetings, the members learn popular dances or choreograph their own in preparation of future performances.
So far, the club has performed at the first semester Arts Night and at Christmas Show. There, they performed a six-minute dance number to a mash-up of three of the club’s favourite songs. Dora mentions that the performance was the first semester’s focus and that in the weeks leading up to the performance, they practiced several times a week to ensure they were ready. The performance was their goal for the semester —a summative performance, so to say—and marked the conclusion to a successful first semester.
As for second semester, they plan on using new dances and new songs, experimenting and creating new dances with the ultimate goal of performing at Arts Night and International Show, which are hosted later in Semester 2. Angela adds that next semester, the club hopes to have more creative control by trying to choreograph more dances themselves, rather than relying on covers. As always, they hope to increase club involvement and membership, as well as the quality of their performances.
However the club evolves, Dora and Angela emphasize that the club is rooted in shared appreciation of K-Pop, and is there for its members to have fun—which, they add, is the club’s best feature: “We have a lot of fun because we share a passion for K-pop and like to talk about it.”
K-Dance Club is always looking for excited new members. They hold weekly meetings every Thursday after school in Room 238.