X is for Xia, The Dancer
Let’s talk about Xia as a dancer. I’ve critiqued his music videos and songs before, but I haven’t given a lot of time to his dancing ability.
For those who don’t remember, back when Xia was part of TVXQ!, he was known for his dancing. In fact, before their debut, he and Super Junior’s Eunhyuk both auditioned for S.M Entertainment as dancers.
Unlike other “main dancers” in K-pop, rather than focus on sharp robotic movements, Xia dances with a kind of fluidity and poise that only a real dancer can pull off. Rather than dance to look good, he dances simply to dance. Some of his movements may seem a little unnatural or feminine, but he puts his all into them for the sake of showing off the beautiful choreography points.
A prime example of this, and the inspiration for this post: his dance in Tarantallegra:
The music video was criticized for the wardrobe and suggestive scenes, but if you take all of that extra stuff out, I would argue that this is one of the best dances in K-pop. I mean who today puts this much effort in a dance as a soloist?
Question of the Day:
Who is your favorite dancer in K-pop? Feel free to include links to videos 😉
#NowPlaying: 손들어 (Put Your Hands Up) by GOT7. One of their underrated tracks in my opinion.
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