MANDY TE/STUFF Crave NZ have started teaching K-pop dance classes at their new studio. Korean pop dance classes are making waves in central Auckland. Although Korean pop music (K-pop) and dance classes have been globally widespread, it has been somewhat of a subculture in New Zealand. However, in the last few years, there has been a surge in popularity with groups such as B.A.P and Seventeen, and rapper G-Dragon coming to perform in the country. K-pop is known for incorporating a variety genres such as pop, rock, hip hip, electronic and R&B. It is also known for its visual elements such as choreography. READ MORE: World-class dancer stages K-Pop performances Parris Goebel steps up choreography in world of K-Pop K-pop battle at Wellington's Korean Culture Festival The Kiwis riding the K-Pop music wave Brothers come home with K-pop award Dance group Crave NZ have opened a studio on Queen St and recently taught their first K-pop dance class. … [Read more...] about Korean pop dance classes in Auckland grow in popularity
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SINGAPORE - When the booming music came on at a recent photo shoot, event specialist Shermin Lim touched the steel pole and swirled her body around it, all while wearing seven-inch heels. The 30-year-old was first intrigued by pole dancing after a visit to a strip club in New Zealand five years ago. But it was only in July last year, when she came across her friend's social media posts, that she decided to pick up pole dancing, at Slap dance studio in Robinson Road. Like her friend, Ms Lim documents her pole dancing journey on social media. As positive comments from strangers poured in, it dawned on her that there is a lack of media exposure on plus-size women in the dance and she aspires to change the perception that only the lithe can pole dance. Last month, backed by Slap dance studio, she embarked on a project called Beautiful Inspiring Girls (Big) with another pole dancer, Ms Phoebe Chew, to empower women of all body sizes and backgrounds to pole dance. "My main goal is … [Read more...] about Body size no barrier: Plus-size women who pick up pole dancing in S’pore want to inspire others
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on April 29, 2021 International Dance Day is celebrated on 29 April every year. In 1982, International Dance Day was first celebrated marking the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The International Dance Day 2021 theme is: ' Purpose of dance '. Dancers, researchers and therapists across the world are increasingly encouraging people to engage in hobbies and any form of physical activity, to counter the mental fatigue during the pandemic. The positive impact dance can have on one's mental health, especially during a time like was evident when a viral video featuring two medical students started doing the rounds across social networking sites. The MBBS students from Kerala's Thrissur Medical College danced to Boney M classic's Rasputin and has earned praise and love online. Dance is not only a way of expressing yourself … [Read more...] about International Dance Day 2021: Reasons Why Dancing Is Good For Your Health!
Pompoms rustle and silver shoes flash as "Japan Pom Pom" practices, moving to a lively cheer dance beat. With members ages 60 to 89, they're no ordinary squad. But don't you dare call them grannies. "Right at the start, we weren't very happy about being called 'granny cheer dancers,'" says Fumie Takino, the bubbly, energetic 89-year-old who founded Japan Pom Pom - average age, 72 years - more than 25 years ago. At a recent weekly practice, resumed after a year off, mask-wearing members checked temperatures before stretching, then moved into their dance routines - socially distanced, of course. Fumie Takino, 89, founder of a senior cheer squad called Japan Pom Pom, and other members prepare to pose for commemorative photos before filming a dance routine for an online performance in Tokyo, Japan, April 12, 2021. Photo: Reuters Though most wore sweatpants and t-shirts with a glittery "Japan Pom Pom", for performances they don sequined, mini-skirted cheer … [Read more...] about ‘Try anything’: Japan’s silver-haired cheer-dancing squad
Andrew Li, 38, is looking forward to June. His father, who lives in Hong Kong, is set to visit Singapore if quarantine-free travel between both air hubs begins on May 26 as planned. It will herald a reunion for most of the Li family, who have remained either in Singapore or Hong Kong without seeing each other since the Covid-19 pandemic erupted last year. Li, the CEO of Zouk Group, said his mother and brother are now planning a series of family dinners, but like hundreds of others eager to travel or await visitors, they are also closely watching the news - in case the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked local cases rises above five in either city, triggering a pause in the bubble for two weeks. Currently, the number in Singapore is 1 and 0.14 in Hong Kong, well below that threshold. "I can't wait to do a cook-off with my dad as he's also the chef in the family," said Li, who has planned a menu with lobster, pasta and steak. First though, Singapore … [Read more...] about As Singapore tightens coronavirus curbs, families hope Hong Kong travel bubble will go ahead as planned