Recently there seems to be a growing trend of K-pop adopting these American hip hop dance crazes into their choreography, with a particular focus on the “Dougie” and the “Cat Daddy“. What makes these dances particularly interesting is that they are pretty individualized – they’re all about showing off your unique style and how much swag you have compared to everyone else, which is why there are about a billion different ways to dance them (just look up tutorials on Youtube). So where do these moves fit in K-pop, where choreography is meant to make the band members look more uniform and leaves little room for the type of improvisation you might see on the dance floor? Well, let’s take a look.
The Cat Daddy:
The next time I saw the Cat Daddy appear was when Taeyang danced it in “Fantastic Baby”.
Another nice example of the dougie comes at the end of BTOB’s “Wow”.
These are just a few examples of American dance fads in K-pop, but I’m sure there are plenty of others, so feel free to share your favorites! And on that note, I leave you with my personal favs – Taeyang swag cooking and Block B‘s Kyung doing what kinda looks like the Harlem Shake:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbTaNL74yvk&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0k0fW1JivU&w=560&h=315]
(CJ E&M MUSIC, YG Entertainment, Loen Entertainment, OfficialBTOB, BrandNewStardom)