Just kidding, unbunch panties please.
So let me start with the reason I much rather prefer dance practice videos over actual music videos. I don't know if it's just me, but lately I've been feeling uncomfortable watching girl group MVs. Why? The styling and makeup has become WAY too over the top, and no, I don't mean they cake their faces. I'm talking about those fake contact lenses and ... okay, mainly those fake contact lenses that just make them look too pretty. Like way too pretty. Like to the point where pretty just stops being pretty and starts being more like creepy (Am I making any sense here?). And to make matters worse, they have to make those super close-ups to their face to emphasize the point.
Please tell me I'm not the only one.
Second is — too many colors. No location on Earth is as colorful as a Kpop music video. It may be visually stimulating the first few times, but honestly, it's just annoying now.
But dance practice videos, firstly and most obviously, focus on the dancing. And Kpop dances are one of the best things in Kpop itself. You get to see idols wearing casual clothes where they look like actual human beings. No annoying or awkward camera angles. And as a person who personally likes dancing, you get to appreciate the technical aspect of their choreography.
But what do you know? They had to go ahead and make that "Eye Contact Version" bullshit. I came here to watch a fucking dance practice video, and you're giving me a practice room version of your music video. Random face close-ups, a camera that keeps trying to give me a seizure, to be honest I'm focusing more on closing this damn video than on actually looking at your choreography. Effort = Wasted.
So enough of my rambling. I'm here to give you my top 10 favorite dance practice videos. Just my personal opinion, mostly based on how original/enjoyable the choreography is and on the fact that there is no annoying camera movement.
10. 4MINUTE - "Whatcha Doin' Today?'
Regardless of what everyone else says, I love this song, this choreo, and this dance practice video. Honestly, the first time I heard this song, I couldn't stop replaying it. I know people are saying "4MINUTE lost their touch" or whatnot, and true, their music style has changed since the "Huh," "Hot Issue" and "I My Me Mine" days (I loved all those songs, too), but that doesn't mean their music sucks. They still release better music than the shit other girl groups release these days. Back to the main point, I love the choreo here, especially at the chorus, since it's kinda easy to learn but fun at the same time. It's not the most original — that's why it's No. 10 — but it's enjoyable to watch.
9. FIESTAR - "You're Pitiful"
"You're Pitiful" is a fairly decent song, only it gets boring pretty fast. Either way, I'm a big fan of chair choreography. Heck, if Red Velvet's "Be Natural" had a practice room version, it would No. 1 on this list since I really, REALLY, like the choreography (but mostly ended up cramping my thighs whenever I attempted it). Anyway, great dance, and there's not much else to say. I'm no professional, really, so I can't get technical.
8. KARA - "Mamma Mia"
All I can say is I really wish they didn't have those unflattering name tags on. But the dance makes up for it. As for the song itself, it's a lot better than that mediocre, unmemorable bullshit "Cupid." But it's also one of those songs that gets boring pretty fast, mainly because the chorus is too repetitive (which is self-contradictory since choruses ARE repetitive, but it's just one of those choruses that start to get annoying after a while, if that makes any sense). Bottom line, great dance, moving on.
7. Orange Caramel - "My Copycat"
I can easily say Orange Caramel is like the best Kpop girl group to exist. Their songs are just so fucking addicting, and I think they have the most solid track record out there (even though they have a few countable meh releases, which is rare). And they have similarly addictive dances. If I had to put my two cents in, though, the choreography during the chorus is the best part. The rest can be sort of dull (I don't know if I'm the only one who noticed this). But the "behind-the-scenes" footage makes up for it.
6. Hello Venus - "Wiggle Wiggle"
Ah, the infamous "Wiggle Wiggle" dance. Of course, they made the list. I don't even gotta say shit. The song is okay, not something I'd put in my playlist, but it's listenable. Just a little note, irrelevant to this topic, but I don't think I've ever encountered any hardcore Hello Venus fans (I don't know for shit what their fandom is called or if they even have one) now that I think about it. Have any of you?
5. Orange Caramel - "Catallena"
I'm sorry, but the beginning behind-the-scenes footage is life and is enough reason to put this video here. Accompanied with a great dance, Orange Caramel's "Catallena" makes the top five no questions asked. The song is equally awesome, even though my expression the first few times I heard it were along the lines of this:
But eventually, I got addicted to it. A great release that saved 2014, or at least tried. Because 2014 was just a fucking mess.
4. Gfriend - "Me Gustas Tu"
Now let's be real: I have no idea who Gfriend are, and I don't give two fucks about their songs. I don't even like this song (I don't hate it either. It's just boring, and I don't even remember what it sounds like). But one day, this video randomly showed up on my "Suggested Videos" page, so I checked it out. And I was impressed. The girls are perfectly synchronized, and the choreography is interesting enough to talk about. I still don't care about the song, though.
3. 9MUSES - "Hurt Locker"
I think I made it pretty clear how much I love this dance and pretty much all of 9MUSES' dances. Whoever choreographs their dances gets a lot of points in my book for being an absolute genius and for actual being original and creative. Apart from that, the girls themselves are great dancers and are very synchronized. Also this is irrelevant, but they have the best practice room fashion.
2. After School - "First Love"
Oh, how could we forget the queens of Kpop dance? Does anyone here know how difficult pole dancing is? Well, neither do I, but I tried climbing a rope before, and I sure as hell didn't do any actual climbing. I don't know how climbing a rope relates to pole dancing but whatever. I know a lot of time, effort, and thigh bruises went into this dance, and I can appreciate that. Props to After School for the hard work and speaking of which, #PrayforAfterSchoolcomeback.
And finally, my personal favorite dance of all time:
1. 9MUSES - "Glue"
Honestly, I am in love with this song and dance and, not to mention, this lineup, when they actually had nine fucking members. Why are you even still reading this? Watch the damn video and APPRECIATE.
|9MUSES' choreographer is reeeeally friendly. Also, I think this one of the most legendary moves in kpop.|
So yeah, this is just my personal opinion, so don't get your panties in a knot. I may have forgotten a few, because let's be real, whenever I have to do these "top 10" kinda things, I forget every single Kpop song I ever heard. True story.
Hmm, anyways ... Writing makes me hungry. I'mma go stare at my fridge. Byee!