November 28, 2022



2022: Glitz, glamour as Okay-Pop college students graduate, show distinctive dance abilities [PICTURES]

Music as a facet of residing and social integration globally remains to be thought to be probably the most social of the humanities. It’s an artwork concerned in an excellent number of social contexts – the house and and wider society.

Nevertheless, within the Seventies, Dance-pop as a well-liked music subgenre emerged. 

Earlier than then, Okay-Pop which stands for Korean widespread music is the mainstream music that originated in South Korea. The roots of Okay-pop started within the Fifties, however the fashionable sort of sort of Okay-Pop music was shaped across the Nineties.

With a definite thought to advertise cooperation via the enlargement of cultural exchanges between Korea and Nigeria, Korean authorities over 40 years in the past established Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN). And amongst actions aimed toward engendering larger bilateral cooperation, the Korean authorities launched Okay-Pop. Because the occasion piloted via its Okay-Pop academy has been tonic to many younger folks with excellent Nigerians gaining alternative to journey for worldwide stage efficiency in Korea.

Hosted yearly by KCCN, the Okay-Pop Dance Academy trains Nigerian dancers, and Okay-Pop followers within the artwork of Okay-Pop Dance, with the help of skilled Okay-Pop choreographers equivalent to Jay Kim, who has labored in 40 international locations and 73 cities.

The annual Okay-Pop Dance present for 2022 befell in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital amidst fanfare and vibrant shows.

In keeping with organisers, the Okay-Pop thought was to advertise understanding and strengthen bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Korea via cultural change programmes and actions.

Lead coach Kim on the 2022 Okay-Pop Dance Competitors spoke shortly after the occasion mentioned Nigeria and Koreacultures differ. 

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He mentioned, “From the movies I noticed that Nigeria has numerous good dancers. I’ve been watching how Nigerians dance whereas in Korea, so mixing the type of Korean dance and that of Nigeria was by no means troublesome.

“They’re points which are related between each Korea and Nigeria and blissful working with younger folks with such wonderful abilities inside a short while. We educated for simply few weeks earlier than our efficiency.”

‘‘I had been dancing earlier than I received into Okay-Pop in 2015. Okay-Pop type is totally different and I like being versatile. I like all kinds of dance, conventional, up to date dance and so on,” one of many Nigerian dancers who recognized himself merely as Joseph Uhiene mentioned.

No fewer than 31 graduating college students took half in Okay-Pop academy 2022 class with 4 of them together with Aneni Cordelia Chidi Ivie, Damina Jethro Luka, Joseph Uhiene and Delight Majesty rising tops.

Luka who spoke to Blueprint thereafter mentioned she was ecstatic along with her enter and coaching by their instructors.

“I really feel excited to be a part of this glorious crew particularly with the best way our instructors dealt with the coaching. That is one programme I’m so enthusiastic about,” she mentioned.

KCCN director of the Embassy of Republic of Korea Kim, Chang Ki mentioned Okay-Pop presents one of many wealthy cultural exchanges between Nigeria and Korea Republic.

The Okay-Pop academy for 2022 between July 25 and August 18.

Okay-Pop dance occasion is an annual dance competitors the place dance groups select from listed Okay-Pop songs, 

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Abinitio in a aggressive environment, the finalists have been chosen by skilled dancers and instructors.