#DancerDiaries: Regardless of Genre

(Continued from… #DancerDiaries: Jealousy)

27th April 2018

When was the last time you danced because you like it?

I don’t know why, but nowadays it feels like everybody’s just competing to outshine and outdo other people. Not that it’s a completely bad thing! I mean, friendly competition in the name of growing your craft is definitely positive.

But I’m a new dancer, and it’s just so intimidating for me to reach out to other dancers who are already up there. There’s like, a sense of elitism, I guess? Hell, these people aren’t even celebrities but people treat them like they are (no shade just facts).

So I want to ask – what do we even dance for anymore? I’m so confused. I thought dance is an art, not the Olympics.

But besides just the overall competitive vibe that I get, I also feel like the dance scene is a little prejudiced/unfair towards “KPop dancers” and treat us as if we’re not “real” dancers.

Like, what?

What makes a hip-hop song in a different language… any less of a hip-hop song?

KPop cover dancers put in a hell LOT of effort trying to perfect a given concept, and we really enjoy what we do. At the end of the day, dance is dance regardless of genre.

Regardless of genre.

That’s a phrase that a lot of instructors say, and yet I always feel looked down on when I dance KPop.

Like when I went for S24 Prelims in 2017, there was a team that danced to KPop, and I felt like people didn’t really hype them as much as other groups. It made me wonder what is it about KPop dancing that makes it seem a more degraded tier of dance?

I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Maybe people say we’re not being original, to which I say: a lot of choreographies aren’t original anyway. Moves get recycled, just re-used in different ways.

And hello, those dancers that you all look up to? Keone Madrid, Rie Hata, Chris Martin?

They choreograph for KPop groups, too.

So where’s the “less elite” in that?

 

Author: Kyra
Featured Image Artist: Gwendolyn
DISCLAIMER: All content written is purely fictional. Any resemblance to anyone dead or alive is purely coincidental. 

To check out our other #dancerdiaries:

#DancerDiaries: RECOGNITION

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Author: kyrifics

Dancer in soul, writer at heart. I am a huge believer in Not Wasting Time.

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