K-Pop Music Videos: The Best of the Dance Practice Versions


One of the things I love about k-pop in general is the group choreography. For every new release, we get to see a different dance that’s been meticulously planned and practiced to perfection. It continues to amaze me that with each comeback, there is a unique, often complicated, routine that has to be learned. Those who love k-pop can attest to the power that good choreography can have on someone’s enjoyment of a performance or just the song itself.

As much as I love normal k-pop music videos, I look forward to dance practice videos even more. It’s the best way to see both the entire choreography and how difficult it is for our idols to pull off. It also allows us to see idols in a somewhat normal state, dancing in just sweats and tennis shoes. There’s no flashing lights or caked-on makeup to distract from their performance, and they get to show a bit of what they’re like when not on stage. I love to see them make small mistakes or goof off and just have fun. Here’s my list of some of the most amusing, entertaining, and impressive k-pop dance practice videos:

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Thoughts and Obsessions: Witch’s Romance, Jeon Ji Hyun, and VIXX

Somehow I got sucked into yet another currently airing drama, Witch’s Romance. But it only has two more episodes, and it’s been so much fun to watch. It is hard to even articulate the extension of my love for this drama. First of all the leads are both incredible actors and have sizzling chemistry. Ji Yeon is strong and vulnerable at the same time, and Dong Ha has to be the sweetest, most adorable character I’ve ever seen. Recently, there’s been a detour from the cute romantic comedy aspect, with more melodrama instead. Luckily, they know when to give it up and the last few episodes are returning to its original charm. I have a strong feeling that Park Seo Joon is going to end up on my bias list in the future.

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K-Pop Music Videos: The Creepy, The Crazy, and The Weird

For a majority of k-pop artists, the music video is simply a chance to showcase some dancing and do close-ups of the idols’ pretty faces. However, there are also artists who come out with videos that are unconventional and entirely unique. There are a number of them that can only be described as creepy. Some are full of crazy antics that I don’t always understand, but I do always find highly entertaining. Then there are the ones that are so totally bizarre that I can’t even begin to come up with an explanation for them. Any way you slice it, it’s still nice to see k-pop videos that give you something new to look at, instead of just the group dancing in an empty room (I’m looking at you SM). So I thought I’d compile a list of the music videos that deviate from the k-pop norm and offer us a fresh, if slightly strange, look at an artists’ song. To make a long story short (too late), here’s my list of k-pop music videos that are creepy, crazy, and weird:

The Creepy (aka i am disturbed)

“She’s Gone” by G-Dragon

So we start with some poor woman tied to a chair and G-Dragon hovering in the doorway. Cue the start of the song and the woman escaping, only to find herself running around in what looks like a stone maze. An unfazed GD takes out a knife and drags it across the walls while he calmly stalks the girl. By the end, he’s covered in blood and the woman is lying dead on the floor. And in between shots of him shaking and holding his bloody hands in front of his face, there is one especially creepy shot of him actually smiling. I think this definitely fits the creepy category. And if you look up the lyrics, it makes it all the more disturbing.

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