Learn These Iconic K-pop Dance Moves From Your Favorite Idols

Whether you’re hitting the dance floor at a nightclub playing some of the best K-pop music or throwing a house party with your group of friends who are fans of all things Korean, performing some of the signature dance moves of the K-pop popularized by famous artists can elevate the mood of the evening.

From Psy and Park Ji Yoon to all-female group KARA, some of the iconic dance moves have also been performed by many new stars on and off stage.

Some awesome dance moves you should know as a K-pop fan

the arrogant dance

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When South Korean girl group Brown Eyed Girls released their song “Abracadabra” in 2009, it became an instant hit, and it wasn’t just because of the music. Featuring one of the signature dance moves, the video is all about attitude and style.

To perform the “arrogant dance”, you must cross your arms and swing your hips from side to side. Other high-energy numbers you can dance to using this move include Sunny Hill’s “Grasshopper Song” and “Midnight Circus.”

So the next time the spotlight is on you, try this dance move.

The Pointing Finger and Knee Stage

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Another K-pop fan favorite is “Tell Me” by girl group Wonder Girls. This iconic song, which is a sample of Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts,” is an instant mood lifter.

Interestingly, the song went viral after its release, with fans in South Korea catching “Tell Me” fever. The synchronized hand and foot movements depicted in the music video by the girl group have been replicated by many fans and performing artists.

Its signature motion requires you to point your fingers and raise your knees and arms, while your hip thrusts outward in the opposite direction.

Mirror the footage as shown in the video above and you’re ready to create your next Instagram reel.

The horse dance

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The iconic stage is credited to South Korean singer and rapper Psy’s music video of the same name released in 2012. Not just in the country, but the song and unique energetic choreography of “Gangnam Style” captured worldwide attention.

To perform this fun dance move, first hold the reins of an imaginary horse, swing your arms and tap your toes, like he does in the video. For the second step, imagine yourself being a cowboy/cowgirl, holding one end of a rope in your right hand and the other above your head and keep spinning your left hand. Keep moving your right arm and tapping your foot. You can also trot forward while doing this step.

Start slow and practice to the fast beats of the song.

butt dance

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Although KARA’s ‘butt dance’ became popular through their live performances in 2014, the craze surrounding the song “Mister” prompted the girl group to release a single music video and even release a special Japanese version. for their fans.

Performed at parties to this day, “Mister” brings bands together to wiggle to the la-la-la-ing of the song. It is a classic dance move that can also be replicated by dancing to a similar tempo.

Don’t forget to dance to this hit song the next time you party with your friends.

Stage five-cylinder inline engine

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Crayon Pop’s 2013 hit song “Bar Bar Bar” was unique in many ways. While the athletic, helmet-fronted aesthetic was beloved by viewers, the song’s chorus dance moves were replicated on dance floors by many of the band’s loyal fans.

So how do you do this step? All you need to do is clench your fists and move your hands up and down like you’re pumping something. Do this by hopping. Some say the act looks like an engine cylinder.

Coming of age ceremony

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For K-pop fans, the song “Coming of Age Ceremony” might remind them of its lead singer Park Ji Yoon and the racy music video that hit TV screens. It had such an impact on K-pop culture that several more recent Korean groups, such as BTS and Girls’ Day, also made covers of this 2000 release and performed them on stage.

One of the dance steps is to slide your hands to your knees as you come to a seated position and instantly stand up to return to the first position.

One of K-pop’s iconic dance moves, you have to try it the next time you hang out with your girl gang.

The shoulder dance

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This one is a rather simple dance move that many of us can try. Ryujin’s signature “shoulder dance” move in “Wannabe” has been attempted by TWICE members Sana, Momo, and Mina, and NCT’s Jaehyun since its 2020 release.

The dance move in ITZY’s music video just makes you move your shoulders like K-pop artists do, especially if you’re not an experienced dancer.

For professional dancers, put your own twist on this iconic move when you hit the dance floor next time.

The step of the blow

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“Bang Bang Bang” is one of the recent trends to hit K-pop culture.

Seeing the talented BIG BANG on stage is a memory that deserves to be engraved forever. So when they performed the iconic step, which involves twirling your fist in the air above your head, he stuck with the audience.

To perform the step, you need to clench your fist with your right hand and swing the fist in the air, like the boys in the video do.

Once you’ve nailed the signature step, head to the dance floor when you hear the song playing.

(Hero and featured image credit: Eva Rinaldi from Sydney, Australia / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Wikimedia Commons)