Before 2010, Woollim Entertainment was more known for having artists like Nell and Epik High.
When INFINITE debuted, they caught people’s attention for their sharp choreography and their now signature almost-vintage sound. INFINITE eventually became known as one of the then few groups with military precision and synchronization, as well as crazy choreography. We dare say that they are among those who paved the way for groups with challenging, bordering on insane choreography, among other things.
For the last 10 years, we watched Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya (who now goes by his real name Lee Howon), Sungyeol, L (who now goes by his real name Kim Myungsoo), and Sungjong grow from innocent boys with a dream to some of the most respected seniors in the industry.
Here at KStreetManila, we pay tribute to the group by talking about which 10 dances we (and hopefully Inspirits) loved the most. Trust us, the selection process was not easy.
1. Come Back Again
As the group’s debut song, this holds a special place in every Inspirit’s heart. It was the song that introduced INFINITE to the world. What caught everyone’s attention was the shuffling move and the fancy footwork. What made it even more impressive was how they were able to move as one unit despite their varying skill levels.
2. Before the Dawn
There’s no denying that this is the song that officially put INFINITE on the map. The group went hard from the get-go with their aggressive and powerful moves. The now-famous “Scorpion move” is the dance’s highlight. The move was so iconic that netizens couldn’t believe it was done live, and the group had to post a dance practice video to prove that it was legit.
3. Be Mine
This is the song that proved that INFINITE was here to stay. The choreography showcases what Infinite is best at—moving in sync. It’s interesting to watch how the other six members move in the background while the designated singer sings his part.
Nothing can beat that dance break, though. The hand movements, the cascading body rolls, and Hoya doing the splits are everything.
4. The Chaser
Arguably one of the group’s more popular songs, “The Chaser” has choreography that looks simple but is actually crazy difficult. The moves require being both sharp and smooth at the same time to achieve that silky, yet strong vibe. Timing is also a major factor here. Move too early or too late, and the magic of the dance is ruined.
P.S. If you remember being slain by L’s look during this era, please let us know if you have recovered since then. We’ve been trying to recover for the past few years.
As much as we loved the choreography for the main single “Destiny”, we couldn’t resist adding Inception to the list. Who can say no to good chair choreography? It’s the only song that ever had the boys use chairs.
The choreography may be a little more relaxed and playful, but it also showcases the same level of discipline and synchronization the group has become known for. Again, you can never go wrong with chair choreo. Plus, we get to see Dongwoo’s (temporary) forehead tattoo, as seen in the thumbnail.
6. Last Romeo
INFINITE takes on a more elegant, but still powerful approach with “Last Romeo”. The moves are less hard-hitting and more about timing, making it look softer than their previous releases. The choreography features a lot of sassy hip-shaking and finger-snapping that suit the music. As the song itself is fairly dramatic, the dramatic reaching of the arm is a nice touch as well.
“Back” has choreography that is both lyrical and powerful. The verses of the song lean toward the lyrical, dramatic, and interpretative side, which convey the sadness of the song. When they get to the chorus, the moves become sharper, more powerful, and require more energy.
What we like about this dance is how well-done the formations are, as they suit the dramatic narrative the song is going for. The point move of the dance is doable, and it is surprisingly the least complicated part of the entire thing. It is also important to pay attention to how every twist and turn matches the song’s beat.
“Bad” is probably one of the most complicated dances INFINITE has ever done. Almost every step has a lot going on, which is particularly evident in the chorus.
With that much going on, it’s difficult to get seven people to stay in sync. Had this choreography gone to a less experienced or skilled group, the dance would have ended up looking like one hot mess. Having Hoya and Dongwoo do a dance break before the song’s final chorus was reminiscent of how older groups used to do it.
9. The Eye
Even if the members of INFINITE have said the choreography for this song made them feel their age, they still proved that they still had what it takes to be one of the most respected idol dancers in the industry. There are so many nuanced movements in the choreography that makes it more focused on the music than their usual style. The beauty (and challenge) of this particular choreography is that it seems so well-crafted for the music, that it won’t work if the music is removed.
10. Tell Me
This is the first time fans see the group after Hoya’s departure from both the company and the group (sobs profusely). Despite the song being mellower than their last release as a group, the choreography that goes with the song still showcases the knife-like precision and close to perfect sync INFINITE is known for. The choreography isn’t as overwhelming or in-your-face as the other songs, but it’s still good all the same.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
It has everything a fan can want in choreography: hip-thrusts, popping, and dramatic falling to their knees. Do we need to say anything else?
“She’s Back” looks fun to do but it’s surprisingly tougher than it looks. We give Infinite a lot of props for pulling it off.
“Destiny” has choreography that is intricate, precise, and fitting for the music. It also has that bad-ass factor that showed that INFINITE was ready for mature roles.
The point choreography is simple and easy enough to follow. Who can say no to finger-wagging and shoulder shimmies?
Without U (Infinite H)
It only makes sense to have a sub-unit with INFINITE’s best dancers in this list. This choreography is so different from what Hoya and Dongwoo do with the others, but it highlights their individual strengths, especially Dongwoo’s slickness and Hoya’s natural groove. That foot shuffle they do during the chorus? *chef’s kiss*
How about you, Inspirit? What is your favorite INFINITE choreography? Share your thoughts with us!
Happy 10th anniversary, INFINITE!
Elaine Lim contributed to this article.