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Korean B-boys rock the world

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Korean B-boys rock the world

It seems that Koreans have traditionally had rhythm in their blood. Street group performances have been an integral part of Korean culture for centuries. Whenever there was a village event, samullori (a.k.a samul nori; a traditional Korean percussion music genre featuring four percussion instruments) or a mask dances were staged for all to see and to build solidarity. Today, South Korean b-boys are recognized around the world, and b-boying is an important part of Korean culture.It was in the early 2000s that Korean b-boys came into the limelight in the world of b-boying. It was rather surprising since b-boying had been introduced relatively late in Korea.B-boying is a kind of hip-hop dance that originated in the United States. It was in the late 1980s when b-boying, also called break dancing, became known to South Koreans. In 1997, the first South Korean b-boy group was formed under the name People Crew. Before then, they were dancing in clubs in Itaewon, the foreigner district of Seoul. In their footsteps, DMC, Expression, T.I.P, and many other b-boy crews formed. These groups have performed extremely well in international competitions, and the South Korean public began to notice them and the genre of b-boying.

South Korean b-boys are sweeping international competitions with powerful moves and incredible technicality. Being incorporated into gugak (traditional Korean music) and musicals, b-boying is nowadays becoming a major part of South Korean culture. (photo courtesy of Showboy)

Korean b-boys are good at creating new moves by adding creative elements to existing ones. They are also appreciated for their balancing power and ingenious techniques.Sweeping competitions across the worldWorldwide, there are five major international b-boy competitions: the Battle of the Year (BOTY) which is dubbed b-boy's World Cup, UK B-Boy Championships, Red Bull BC One, Freestyle Session, and R-16 Korea. They are the stages for Korean b-boys to dance on and rock the world. When the JinJo Crew won the BOTY 2010, they emerged as one of the hottest b-boy crews in the world. The team also won R-16 Korea in 2010 and again in 2011.The Gamblers formed in 2002, and won BOTY 2004 and R-16 Korea 2008. They are the most popular b-boy crew in the world, especially for their spectacular performances. The Extreme Crew is well known for the musical The Ballerina Who Loves a B-Boy. They also won at BOTY 2007 in Germany. These wins were all noteworthy, but the most surprising was when the Expression Crew won at BOTY in 2002 as this was a first for an Asian team. A crew called Project Soul has been especially strong in the UK B-Boy Championships. They were ranked first three times and second once. Never before had a crew won the competition for two consecutive years. Individual b-boys have also fared extremely well. Kim Heon-u, the leader of the JinJo Crew, won the Red Bull BC ONE, an annual one-onone battle competition, in 2008. Kim Hyo-keun, a member of the Rivers Crew and formerly Project Soul, is better known overseas by his nickname Physicx. He won both the team and solo titles in the UK B-Boy Championships in 2004. Dancing in the cultural frontlineSupported by one palm on the floor, their bodies bounce high up in the air. Muscles quickly contract and relax to create waves by the body. It's more than dancing, and just watching it makes you want to groove with excitement. In Korea, b-boying is not simply defined as a genre of dancing, but it is becoming a broader artistic genre. This change was catalyzed by the musical The Ballerina Who Loves a B-Boy in 2004. This was a major watershed. Since then, non-verbal performances that are amalgamated with b-boying have diversified. Such new attempts include b-boying to traditional Korean instruments played on the traditional Korean pentatonic scale, and musicals featuring taekwondo and b-boying together. B-boys who used to dance on the street are now dancing on the stage and creating a new cultural phenomenon.

The musical The Ballerina Who Loves a B-boy was the first musical to successfully bring b-boys on stage. (photo courtesy of Showboy)

"I saw a performance about b-boys, and I was impressed by how the Korean b-boys danced", said Tsukiko, a Japanese tourist aged 28 after seeing The Ballerina Who Loves a B-Boy at Lotte World Arts Theater. "Their faces didn't show any sign of fatigue, but were beaming with joy. I could see how much effort they must have poured into it, and it was beautiful". She and her company said in unison that the time had gone by so quickly. B-boying is expected to continue evolving to become a significant part of Korea's signature cultural performances. And competitions will also continue. The sixth R-16 Korea 2012 is slated for July 7 and 8 in Seoul. This international competition drew over 60,000 spectators last year. This year, crews from 24 countries will compete in the preliminary rounds of seven regions to dance for the final triumph in Seoul. Non-verbal musicals with B-BoysThe Ballerina Who Loves a B-BoyThe musical The Ballerina Who Loves a B-Boy premiered in 2005 and has since been staged more than 4,000 times. In the musical, a ballerina falls in love with a b-boy, gives up her dream of becoming a prima ballerina, and becomes a street dancer to become his love. The musical has inspired 1.5 million theatergoers in 130 countries. People who were at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe probably remember this musical since it was dubbed the best of the 2,050 performances that were staged. When it hit Broadway, New York, it was so successful that it was staged 50 times. Website: www.showbboy.com BibapThis must be the most delicious musical in the world. The musical Bibap was produced to introduce bibimbap, one of the most representative Korean foods, to the world. The performance involves four cooking battles of b-boying, martial arts, beatboxing, and singing a cappella . To chop ingredients, they b-boy; to saut and roast them, they beatbox; and to mix them, they sing a cappella . If you still cannot figure out what is happening, go to the theater and see it yourself. The title Bibap is from bibimbap, beatboxing, and b-boying. Slapstick is also an ingredient of this spectacular, tasty musical, which the audience can enjoy seeing, hearing, and eating. An exclusive theater cooks this scrumptious musical every day. Website: www.bibap.co.kr TalThe musical Tal is truly out of the box. It consolidates taekwondo demonstrations with dramatic elements such as a story and characters, percussion performances, traditional Korean dances, and b-boying. The main theme of the music is taken from Arirang, Korea's most loved traditional folk song, and human conflicts and confrontations, love and hatred, and other diverse emotions are expressed in Tal . The musical has been seen by roughly 120,000 theater goers in over 20 cities in ten countries on four continents starting in the United States in 2010. Its powerful dancing and sophisticated demonstrations have garnered enthusiastic responses from all audiences. Website: www.taekwonin.com KungThe b-boying musical Kung is simply fantastic. There is a theatre that exclusively stages Kung in Hongdae, Seoul. Gorillas, a crew that has been invited to Japan, China, the UK, and many other countries, come onto the stage to dynamically dance out the story of a dancer who finally realizes his dream of becoming a b-boy after overcoming challenges. Website: www.sjbboys.com *Article from Korea Magazine (June 2012)

MVP OP-ED Plastic surgery: unnecessarily vain or purely beneficial?

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Are idols to blame for pushing these vain standards? Not necessarily, and here's why! Idols are frequently encouraged from the agencies themselves to go through these procedures, generally not from their own will, and once completed, aren't pushing that same same old onto their fans or audience. It is normallypublished that many of us request looking out like idols and base their looks on these idols' functions without their knowledge. Idols like Kwanghee compliment plastic surgery for its many benefits as it also helped him with his career. Even ZE:A's Siwan said how all through filming he suffered an harm and had to get a procedure done stating, "Medicine has really complicated these days, and it's really good. It did not leave a mark. I perceive why Kwanghee constantly praises it!" These are beneficially primarily based statements, not shallow suggestions. Most, if not all, idols do it, and if they have not yet, they will exactly give in to the knife at one point for some type of need. Harsh criticisms come from all over, and even though idols are flooded with compliments daily, the detest is a poison that remains in the brain forever. Taste is what always remains a similar since your face will always age, but if americansneed to set out plastic surgery to make stronger themselves, be my guest!  

Overall, plastic surgery has many negative connotations in the back of IT but it should notpreventhumans from pursuing or feeling proud of having a surgery done. In instances like Park Bom, it is also disheartening that she does not view it in an identicalgentle as Kwanghee and Siwan. Although, it's withal her own choice! Even although she can't be loose from judgement (because even I suspect she looked fine ahead of all of it) she's entitled to plastic surgery. Plastic surgery reaps more rewards than people think and has the most important benefits beyond vanity. Plastic surgery isn't very a bad factor or wrongdoing and will existeasily left on my ownalongthe folk who get it. Thoughts; Is plastic surgery something to be supported, or just stopped and unencouraged? Let us know in the comments below!

Photos Exhibit for the approaching Korean film "Missing You - 2016"

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Showcase for the impending Korean film "Missing You - 2016" (2015)Directed by ability of Mo Hong-jinWith Sim Eun-kyeong, Yoon Je-moon, Kim Seong-oh, Oh Tae-kyeong, Jeong Hae-gyoon, Ahn Jae-hong,...Crank in : 2014/12/22Crank up : 2015/03/29Also referred to as "Waiting For You"SynopsisA mystery about a serial killer and the ones tracking him down.Release date in Korea : 2016/03/10

Boyfriend does the unthinkable after breaking apart with female friend of 3 months

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Boyfriend does the unthinkable after breaking apart with female friend  of 3 months

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency printed on February fourthat they have got got arrested a 35-year-old man knownby way of surname Kwon on fees of armed robbery. Kwon is suspected of robbing two convenience shops in Eunpyeong District this beyond January 26, the use of box cutters to threaten the workers into handing him a general of 700,000 KRW (~ $580 USD). 

During the investigation, Kwon turned into reported to have testified, "I gave up on life. If I devotea major crime, then it's going toweresimple for me to kill myself." Kwon had allegedly gotten such drastic mind afterward being stuffed with loathing and vengeance after breaking apart with his girlfriend whom he had dated for a trifling3 months.  

The kid actor from 'Baker King' is a overall hottie now

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The kid actor from 'Baker King' is a overall hottie now

The runt-ish, small kid actor that played the mini Kim Tak Goo on 'Baker King' has grown up into a general hottie, or so his images evidence.

Oh Jae Moo, who used to be just 12 years old when he played the more youthfuledition of Kim Tak Goo in the heartfelt drama that got here out back in 2010, is now getting prepared to adulthood, and boy, puberty certain has worked its magic on him! Oh Jae Moo became making us all pass "awwwwwwww!" on 'Baker King Kim Tak Goo' yet straightawayhe is making us all go "ohhhhhhhhhhh." 

A netizen was so beneficiant every bit to percentage a boatload of selfies and candid pictures of the actor, and the ones that saw his photos left comments that went, "He yes is handsome simplyI am gettingthe sensation that he will make my insides curl regardless of what he does kekekeke," "He's no longer my type...hmph..but he's handsome.." "I bet he's very pleased with his new nose," "His looks are rather burdensome but he's still good-looking," and, "He looks as if Siwon." 

Park Hae Jin Fulfills Fan’s Wish With Marvel Seek suggestion from to Her Top School

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Park Hae Jin Fulfills Fan’s Wish With Marvel  Seek suggestion from to Her Top School

Park Hae Jin Fulfills Fan’s Wish With WonderSeek recommendation from to Her PrimeCollege ilmare42 February 5, 2016 0 Actor Park Hae Jin overjoyed one of his fans, and in all probability all of her classmates as well, by way ofcreating a surprise visit to her high school!

Park Hae Jin’s agency WM Company posted a picture of the special visit to their Instagram on February 5, in which Park Hae Jin is observed grinning as he bows to the young student. The caption reads, “The first wish-granting match just wrapped up. This is Cho Rong, who sought after to spend her ultimate moments of her freshman year with Park Hae Jin and her classmates.”

As a section of the event, Park Hae Jin and his fan shared triangular kimbap, which his personality Yoo Jung and Kim Cross Eun’s character Hong Seol have regularly unwrapped for each and every other in the preferred drama “Cheese in the Trap.”

Netizens Speak about Korea’s Newest Plastic Surgical operation CRAZE – Lip Tails

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Netizens Speak about Korea’s Newest Plastic Surgical operation CRAZE – Lip Tails

82 / -6 There are those that are here claiming this is a waste of cash but she is making an attempt to turned into a flight attendant who at all times have to placea grin on their faces. On news media, there are this type ofgreat amount of posts claiming some flight attendants are so ugly. Fighting! Your lip-tails are stunning now.

BEAST Fan Is totally Won Over By way of WINNER After Their Newest Performance

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BEAST Fan Is totally Won Over By way of WINNER After Their Newest Performance

Although fan wars are very standard and not unusualamong K-pop fandoms, there also aremany of us who dont hate other teams for no reason. Instead, there are rather a lot ofenthusiasts that in truth cheer on and prefer other groups as well.

Originally posted on Pann, a fan belonging in the Attractiveness fandom compliments male idol community WINNER for their manners and performances on stage.

Translation: Im certifying myself that it's miles me on Pann. Im no longerpartial to WINNER yet a fan of BEAST. This CD is limited edition. Sick also cheer for WINNER!

Netizens Debate Whether DIA’s Chaeyeon Looks Very identical to Red Velvet’s Joy

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Netizens Debate Whether DIA’s Chaeyeon Looks Very identical to Red Velvet’s Joy

There are many idols that resemble each and every other in appearance in South Korea. Because of their same facial functions and styles, there are at all times comparisons made vialovers and netizens on whether which idol is higher or not.

Koreaboo has accrued reactions from Netizens who commented at thecommon article from our Korean source. The beneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this newsletter being published.

63 / -55 I think she is lovely in my eyes.. There is a little of Joy in there. Please prevent dissing her for taking a look like Joy.. It isn't her fault for searching like her T_T They are eitheractually pretty

T-ara's Hyomin now showed for March comeback with an inventory of hot, hot, hot composers!

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T-ara's Hyomin now showed for March comeback with an inventory of hot, hot, hot composers!

The firm teased that it can exist a fine quality album as the manufacturersconcernedcome with Ryan Jhun, who created EXO's "Love Me Right," Red Velvet's "Dumb Dumb," and SHINee's "View"; DQ of Beyonce's "Hello"; and August Rigo of Justin Bieber's "U Smile." On height of that, Hyomin composed two songs and B2ST's Junhyung was once put in control of the lyrics.

Director Lee Ki Baek could bein command of the MV; he up to now worked with top artists like G-Dragon, GDTOP, Lee Hyori, Epik High, Zico, Jay Park, and Gary. The rep stated, "We're strikinga huge number ofpaintings into Hyomin's solo album. We in my opinionsolidfor surenow not only the composers yet also the MV director and the photographer."

Korean Netizens Accuses Starbucks Of Plagiarizing Cup And Pottery Designs

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Korean Netizens Accuses Starbucks Of Plagiarizing Cup And Pottery Designs

207 / -4 I actually dont know about the bear plates but the cups are so similar. I dont think they're going to accept anything to mention to accusations of plagiarism. But, if she didnt register the express designs for copyrights, she wont be ready to win a lawsuit. This is why for someone who works in design industry should register their designs at first.