Disclaimer: This is meant to bring good vibes in these trying times. Stay at home, kids.
To our frontline workers, mabuhay kayo.
One of the things you can do during this quarantine is to finally learn those K-Pop dances you’ve always wanted to learn. You kill several birds with one stone: you beat your boredom; you work on your dancing skills; and you exercise! We have compiled some suggestions for you to try in case you need some ideas. Order was completely random.
1. “Any Song” by Zico
If you haven’t seen your fave idols doing the “Any Song Challenge”, then you are seriously missing out. The simple, yet catchy choreography and the catchy song makes for the perfect Tik Tok video. Take a cue from your faves and join the Any Song Challenge now!
2. “Psycho” by Red Velvet
If you have any siblings at home, then this is a good song to start with. It’s a group dance that will look better if there are more of you doing it. The choreography is both fun and seemingly simple. However, staying in sync and not over dancing is going to be the real challenge here. Reminder: try not to fight as you guys decide who gets which member’s part.
3. “Wannabe” by ITZY
Trust us when we say this is a real workout in itself. There’s a lot of shoulder and hip movement, and even with Ryujin’s tutorial (at the 16:38 mark), it’s still a challenge to pull off. You get to have fun and work those muscles you never knew existed. This song also promotes self-love, making this song even better.
4. “Fiesta” by IZ*ONE
This looks simple at the beginning, but it gets faster and faster as you go. You will even be doing some stretches at some point. It’s a dance that requires a lot of coordination because the hand movements are fast and sharp, yet also graceful at the same time. If you and your friends decide to learn this one, perhaps it will be better to practice individually and then just meet up when the quarantine has been lifted.
5. “Mister” by KARA
One of the OG dance crazes in K-Pop, the iconic “Butt Dance” is fun to do alone or with friends. This was the song that shot the girl group to superstardom. Everyone and their mother did it in Korea back then. Good luck trying to figure out how to get that butt dance right! Fun fact: KARA would have celebrated their 13th anniversary on March 29.
6. “Drip” by Hinapia
Our former This Month’s Beat Hinapia came out with their debut song “Drip.” Its choreography provides a bit of a workout as well. It will probably be a bit easier for those who have been dancing more often, but it will provide just the right amount of challenge for those who don’t dance frequently.
7. “Black Swan” by BTS
BTS’ latest song has choreography heavily influenced by contemporary dance. It’s unlike most of their previous dances, making it interesting to learn. If you want to venture from your comfort zone, then this is the dance for you. (If you’re a ballet, jazz, or contemporary dancer, then this is right up your alley.)
8. “Red Moon” by KARD
For a dance that both guys and girls can do, the co-ed group delivers. The point choreography looks cool to watch, and is enjoyable to do. It’s easy enough for a beginner to grasp, but it doesn’t insult the capacities of more experienced dancers. A bit of a warning: whoever will be doing Jiwoo or Somin’s parts will require some extra flexibility.
9. “Kick It” by NCT127
If ITZY made us want to catch our breath, NCT127 made us want to lie down on the floor and never get up. This is what we’ll call an extra challenge if you will. There are so many details in this choreography that make it so hard to pull off properly. We tried it a few times and decided this was way beyond our capacities. But if you can pull it off perfectly, then hats off to you!
10. “Lucifer” by SHINee
This is another one for the Titos and Titas of K-Pop. Trust us when we say this is one of the godfathers of extra challenges in K-Pop dances. Storytime! There were dance lessons to learn the choreography, and it took the instructor two hours just to teach the intro up to the first chorus. If that choreography doesn’t make you dizzy, then looking at Taemin’s striped shirt will.
BONUS ENTRY: Alab by SB19
We’re aware this isn’t K-Pop, but SB19’s newest song is fun to dance to. Though the boys swear it’s easier than “Go Up”, it’s still enough to make the average person who doesn’t dance 24/7 work up a sweat.
BONUS ENTRY 2: Kumakabog-kabog by Clover
The newly debuted P-Pop girl group released their debut single “Kumakabog-kabog.” The steps are simple enough to follow, making it the perfect Tik Tok cover if you’re in need of fresh ideas. The best part is that you can do this dance alone or whoever is with you during quarantine.
These are just some suggestions for you to try during quarantine. We’re sure there are lots of dances out there you can try learning. Post those dance covers if you wish. Have fun, support our frontline workers, and most importantly, stay safe!