World-class dancer stages K-Pop performances

Rina Chae has danced with some of the world's leading music artists including Beyoncé and Justin Bieber.
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Rina Chae has danced with some of the world's leading music artists including Beyoncé and Justin Bieber.

International dancer and choreographer Rina Chae​ is bringing her explosive K-Pop (Korean pop) dance moves to Botany Town Centre this Friday and Saturday.

Having danced with some of the world's hottest music artists including Beyoncé​ and Justin Bieber​, and choreographed for BoA, Stephanie Kim, SF9 and Monsta X, Chae decided to come back to New Zealand to inspire more dance enthusiasts.

Her female dance troupe Street Candee and some of Auckland's best male dancers will stage four free half-hour outdoor performances at the town centre.

Rina Chae (in red) and her dynamic Street Candee dance group.
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Rina Chae (in red) and her dynamic Street Candee dance group.

Chae has taken part in the choreography and will also join the dance routines.

"What I love about K-Pop is that it's so catchy," Chae says.

"Choreography is when I can express myself through music. The most important thing that I get out of it is when I see my vision come alive."

Rina Chae (in red) performing with her Street Candee dance group. They hit the stage at Botany Town Centre this Friday ...
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Rina Chae (in red) performing with her Street Candee dance group. They hit the stage at Botany Town Centre this Friday and Saturday.

The hard-earned shining days when she was performing with the big names in the United States strengthened her dancing skills, and more importantly drove her to explore her own perspective of choreography.

"When I went to the US, I realised people have their own individual flavours when it comes to choreography and dance," Chae says.

"So when I saw these people, I was like I'm going to have my own flavour and artistic taste in dance."

Rina Chae (middle) and her Street Candee dance troupe.
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Rina Chae (middle) and her Street Candee dance troupe.

Street Candee's performances at Auckland Live Summer in the Square at Aotea Square in February were very well received.

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"There were so many people that came just to support K-Pop. They started dancing, a few of them watching. It's the best thing ever," Chae says.

"We want to create a K-Pop party wherever we go."

Eager to introduce K-Pop dancing to more people, Chae is running a six-session course during the April school holidays at Red Studio in Howick for beginners.

"They will be learning directly from somebody who creates K-Pop dances," Chae says.

"This is a friendly workshop. I want people to have fun and enjoy their time that they're spending with me."

The K-Pop Showdown at Botany Town Centre is on Friday, March 24, 4pm and 7pm, and Saturday, March 25, 12pm and 1pm.

People interested in the workshop can register at satellites.co.nz/kpop.

 - Stuff

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