BTS MIC Drop Remix – K-Pop Dance Class No. 3

The day came much sooner than expected! Not that I’m complaining. Not that my daughter is complaining. In fact, we were going to go to the 2pm dance class. But when we saw the studio Instagram post MIC Drop Remix for the 1pm beginners k-pop class (i.e. the instructors post the day before or the morning of their scheduled class), I don’t think my daughter would have forgiven me for not signing us up for the earlier one.

I only say this came sooner than expected because I knew eventually, we would have a chance to do a BTS choreography. Whether it was MIC Drop or not (though we were ecstatic to do MIC Drop). I sort of hoped, though, I had a chance to get a bit more practice of k-pop dances in general before trying out BTS. Let’s face it – BTS’ choreography is not easy. And while this was a beginner’s class, even the instructor noted this was going to be a challenging one.

I noticed through past Instagram postings from the dance studio, both BTS and EXO songs seems to be the most popular choreography. I have seen BTS’ Dope, Best of Me, Danger and Just One Day. And also EXO’s The Eve, Ko Ko Bop and Power.  Black Pink is another popular group with Whistle, Playing With Fire and As If It’s Your Last being some of the more current choices.

How did I fare? I think I did alright considering I’m still new to k-pop. By the end of the class, I was able to do most of the sequence (we did it from start of the above tutorial to the “MIC Drop, MIC Drop” part before our hour was up). The end was a bit rushed since we were running out of time so that was where I messed up the most.

One thing the instructors do for beginners is they play the song at a slower speed while we learn the steps. As we all get use to the steps, they pick up the speed until we’re doing it at the actual speed of the song by the end of the class. This instructor must have done it gradually because I didn’t even realize we were going full throttle until class was complete.

Once again it was a lot of fun. And I plan on practicing this one at home. Thankfully, I found the above tutorial to help me through!

My favorite parts:

“Bet it got my haters hella sic…” (YouTube MV link to 1:50)

“MIC Drop… MIC Drop…” (YouTube MV link to 2:11)

Hardest parts:

“Come and follow me follow me with your signs up…” (YouTube MV lin to 1:54) – I actually started to get this part at the end. It’s just that it’s really fast and I needed to loosen up my hips more. Key tip – keeping the movement small makes it easy to keep up with the tempo.

It was also an extremely good workout. We all worked up a pretty good sweat – even the couple of students who are more advanced than the rest. So for those who want a fun way to exercise I recommend learning MIC Drop! Enjoy!

K-Pop Dance Class No. 1 – 24 Hours (Sunmi)

K-Pop Dance Class No. 2 – Rubber Band (iKON)


K-Pop Dance Class No. 2 – iKON Rubber Band


Okay – this class, under a different instructor, was definitely WAY more challenging than our first k-pop class which broke down the choreography for Sunmi’s 24 Hours.

iKON’a Rubber Band is no joke. That part we quickly had to go down on my knee before doing those body rolls? Gonna feel it tomorrow. And there were a lot more body rolls. I had no idea body rolls would take THAT much energy!

It was, however, a LOT of fun! Plus afterwards we all went to this Korean grill house across the street. My husband took the subway with my daughter and I this time. While her and I did our hour dance class, he walked around downtown, meeting back at the studio on the hour of the end of class.

Good music, good exercise and good food. Now, I’m going to go and crash thank you very much.

First K-pop Dance Class – 24 Hours (Sunmi)


Well, we did it! We went to our first drop-in k-pop dance class! And it was SOOO much FUN!

I am extremely glad I work out. And very, very happy I do yoga. Flexibility is definitely a key requirement for any dance class. There is no difference for k-pop choreo.

Today’s class taught us Sunmi’s 24 Hours. I’m so glad – this was a good one to start with. The beat and moves were slow so I found it easier to follow. The studio was very modern and clean with super nice staff. And the clientele. Ahh… let me tell you about the clientele. The k-pop fans present were a beautiful mix – men, women, young, old (well, me and one other women), different race, and different levels of experience in dance. They were all so warm and welcoming!

This is my first time also being in a group of k-pop lovers. Wow – they were so accepting! I was a bit nervous never having tried anything like this before. What a relief when i felt right at home as a beginner!

In the past, I did do hip-hop, jazz and learned Latin American ballroom dancing. All at a fun, community level. So following choreo isn’t something I’m new to. But it’s been so long so I really didn’t know what to expect.

The first class is free but we signed up for their beginner’s package. For $150 ea. we got 15 classes which we need to use up in 12 months. We can go to ANY of their drop-in class. So if I want to do jazz funk one day, regular hip-hop another and hell, there’s k-pop everyday as well, I can choose from a wide selection. I can even do contemporary/modern dance! Which is something I’ve always wanted to learn.

My only challenge is that it is downtown. We took the subway so it’s about 1 hr commute one way. I will most likely go on weekends or Friday night only. We’ll figure a way around our schedule. It’s worth it – exercise and fun! Plus a great way to meet new people!

Sh*t Not to Ask K-Pop Fans – Fomo Daily


I just discovered this last night. I’m sure it’s not new. But now that I consider myself officially a full-time k-pop fan, I did find this video pretty amusing!

And yes, I have heard most of these questions from non-k-pop fans. And true, I have been somewhat frustrated after hearing it for the umpteenth time. I’ve even met online people who claim they are closet k-pop fans offline because they can’t stand facing either these questions or people judging them, or a combination of both.

Having said that, this post is just for fun. After all, at some point, we were all new to k-pop and though I would like to think we didn’t go along with some of the more racist comments I’ve heard from non-k-pop fans, we’ve all probably at one point and time made some similar comments/questions (of the more innocent nature). I know I have!

My personal experience involve the following questions/comments:

  1. But you don’t speak Korean. How do you follow the lyrics if you can’t understand them?
    • Actually, to put a positive spin on a negative, this is what makes me proud of k-pop and their fans. As it’s been noted before, music should be able to transcend many boundaries – whether geographical, language, cultures, etc. I love the fact I can love music so much I don’t even question it is not in a language I understand (if anything, it encourages me to learn a new language).
  2. They all look alike! How can you even tell them apart?
    • Okay – I admit I had trouble figuring out who was who when it came to both EXO and BTS. In my defense, my daughter first showed me very early group images of both when they used to match more of their styles and looks. Now, they all look so different to me – but I also attribute it them growing into their own look. Sometimes, though, this question isn’t as innocent and carried with a more racist agenda. Being Chinese, I have heard enough of the old “all Asians look alike” so this comment doesn’t sit well with me. In other words, while I thought this to myself (when first trying to learn who was who in whatever group), I never voiced it out loud because no matter how innocent my intentions were, it just does not sound good.
  3. The men look like girls – why do they need so much make-up?
    • I honestly do not get this. I don’t. When I look at BTS, I see 7 beautiful men with or without make-up. My preference is less to no make-up but that’s my preference with myself and women in general. And really, why does it matter if they have a lot of make-up or not? It’s really about their talent, isn’t it?
  4. They’re basically like the Asian version of N’Sync or Backstreet Boys.
    • Argh! No they’re not! K-pop is a whole different level of music! It’s definitely their own genre and they’ve earned it! And with this assumption comes this idea k-pop groups are manicured exactly the same way as main stream boybands. I could write a whole post arguing why this is not true – actually I touched on this already here, here and here. But mostly here.
  5. They’re obviously lip-syncing.
    • I’ll be honest, at first I also questioned this not because I doubted their vocal skills but because I could not fathom how they keep such sturdy and strong voices while jumping and spinning around like that. So I wondered if maybe they only lip-synced during the difficult parts of their choreo. It’s been proven so many times, however, they are not lip syncing (at least not all of them) and what bothers me is how many non-k-pop fans do not believe me when I tell them BTS does NOT lip sync!

And to further prove my point with #3 and #4, I do have a cousin whom I care for greatly. But she drives me crazy sometimes with some of the things that come out of her mouth. I’m not at all sure if she realizes how offensive she can be but seriously… I want to shake her at times and say, “You’re 41 years old! Come on! Grow up already!!!”

So for the times she bashed BTS for looking like girls, I like to remind her how she used to be into New Kids on the Block and then send her a comparison of the two groups just for the fucking hell of it:






JHope ‘Airplane’ Music Video



Was I the only one who thought Daydream would be the only video released from Hope World? I honestly did not expect a 2nd video. And it just… dropped. Like on my lap.


It’s like JHope’s personal agenda is to attack me.

We’re spoiled people. BTS spoils us. That’s all I wanted to say.