A little dancing never hurt anyone.
On the 18th of Saturday, I found myself at the Beverly Garden Holiday Inn in North Hollywood at the K-Pop TaKover, presented by MYX TV, featuring MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 winners Poreotics and Movement Lifestyle. People of all ages, from kids as young as 6 and adults as old as 48, participated in a number of dance workshops, scheduled over the course of two days, to learn and improve their dance techniques. What made this convention unlike any other was the fact that this was the first ever K-Pop convention.
Miguel Santos, the general manager of MYX TV, says the idea came about because he and Danny Batimana, the manager of Poreotics, noticed that there would be K-Pop choreography sessions at Danny’s dance studio or smaller workshops held by the dancers of Movement Lifestyle. Seeing that there was a demand for K-Pop dance, MYX TV, Poreotics, and Movement Lifestyle choreographers Lyle Beniga, Shaun Evaristo, Keone Madrid, and Mari Martin (all of whom have worked with some of K-Pop’s biggest stars, such as Taeyoung, Big Bang, and 2ne1) teamed up to meet that demand and provide the venue and opportunity for something beyond fifteen people in an hour class. But why Korean Pop? According to Miguel, K-Pop is “on the cusp of breaking through America.” The best thing about a convention like this is that it demonstrates the existence of a “market for Asian-American entertainment, that there are kids born in America who appreciate something beyond the mainstream. It gives them something that is uniquely their own.”
And as the participants went up on stage to perform their routine with their respective teacher, you could tell they had found something that weekend. The music, the laughter, and the upbeat nature of the dance showcase was infectious, and the community that had formed in just a matter of hours was highly supportive of one another. Signed posters and t-shirts were raffled off. People were practicing with each other on the sides, and in general, everyone was having a good time. With such positive reception, MYX TV hopes to continue the convention for next year. “Hopefully, we can build upon this year, and this will be the first of many such conventions.” I hope so too.