KOREA-CANADA BLOG 2018

1Million Dance Studio x Lia Kim

Hi Everyone,

I’m Charles! Nice to meet you! I currently live in Toronto, but spent the last two years in Seoul and will share some of my experiences with you. I was a full time teacher in Seoul, and now a full time teacher in Toronto, but excited to go back to Seoul in July 2018 to teach again!

In the last few years, I discovered that I also have a passion in cinematography and photography. And in pursuing this passion, I discovered and met amazing people like Lia Kim from 1Million Dance Studio. Let me introduce you to her in this blog.

Lia first and foremost an amazing choreographer (안무가) and dancer. She has choreographed for some of the most popular K-Pop songs such as:

TT by Twice:

Gashina (가시나) by Sunmi (선미) – side story, when I was driving Lia on a 24 hour project to Gwangju (광주), Sunmi called and they talked about the choreography to her new song which ended up, I later found out, being this song!!!

I.O.I (아이오아이)’s – Very Very Very(너무너무너무):

Twice’s “Like OOH-AHH(OOH-AHH하게) and many many more:

 

1Million

1Million Dance Studio is where Lia teaches, and it’s an amazing place to take lessons if you visit Seoul and have time. You can easily see their calendar and schedule of teachers online: http://www.1milliondance.com/class/ and there is a video to show you how to sign up for classes as well at the bottom of their homepage.

1Million Dance Studio has collaborated with artists like Jay Park:

In the time I got to spend time Lia driving her team for the 24 hour project and through casual conversations during Seoul Fashion Week and at 1Million, I discovered a few things about her. She’s amazingly hardworking (she always working or practicing or doing something related to her skills/passions), always aware (like really intelligent and perceptive), and so funny!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ You can get to know more about her here in an interview:

Oh, did I mention, initially in her career, Lia became quite well known for her popping and locking:

It was truly an honour to get to know her and see her talent and dedication up close. It was super inspiring, and I hope you are inspired too by her choreo and dancing. Fun fact: the 1Million in the studio’s name represents her/their desire to inspire millions.

 

IMG_6273-1cc Lia Kim

With Lia Kim at a Seoul Fashion Week Afterparty in Sinsa

 

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Giving Lia the Kinjaz Bomber Jacket at 1Million

My hope is one day to make a dance video with her; I would be so honoured to film someone so talented, passionate, and hardworking. Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you’re inspired to pursue your passions too!

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