At first, ballet dancing and idol choreography may seem like they have nothing in common. However, many of the skills learned in ballet classes carry over to make K-Pop dancers great. Did you know these 10 idols took classical or contemporary ballet classes in the past?
1. Jimin (BTS)
While studying at Busan High School of Arts, BTS’s Jimin took numerous dance classes, including a contemporary ballet course. No wonder he was one of the department’s top students.
2. Mina (TWICE)
When it comes to idol-ballerinas, TWICE’s Mina is one of the best known. Before moving to Korea to become a K-Pop trainee, she was an accomplished young ballet student.
3. Kai (EXO)
EXO’s Kai has been dancing ever since he was a child. When he was 8 years old, he began learning the art of jazz dance. Then, during the 3rd grade, he was inspired to train in ballet after watching The Nutcracker.
4. Renjun (NCT)
NCT’s Renjun also studied ballet, though he admitted he only learned the dance for 2 months. However, that didn’t stop him from pulling off a perfect ballet twirl.
5. Bang Chan (Stray Kids)
In one live broadcast, Stray Kids’ Bang Chan revealed to his fans and members that he took ballet classes as a child. Even the members were shocked at how good he is at everything.
6. Namjoo (Apink)
Back in 2016, Apink’s Namjoo showed fans that she practicing ballet. She showed off her skills at Pink Party when she performed a ballet routine as the intro to a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”.
7. Somin (KARD)
At one meet and greet in 2017, KARD’s Somin told fans she learned ballet while she was in elementary school. Unfortunately, she only got to study the dance for 3 months before the dance school closed.
8. Yein (Lovelyz)
Yein from Lovelyz has a background in several styles of dance. Ballet is one of her specialties, which really shows in her graceful dancing on stage.
9. Rachel (April)
April’s Rachel was so good at ballet in her youth, she actually won numerous competitions over the span of 7 years.
10. Chaesol (Cignature)
Last year, Chaesol of rookie girl group Cignature posted a photo of her childhood self on Instagram, revealing that she used to do ballet before her trainee days.