K-Pop idols are incredibly talented dancers, but some of their most legendary performances would not have been possible without the dancers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Unfortunately, some dancers have found themselves in hot water.
1. ENHYPEN’s “Bite Me” dancers
Earlier this year, ENHYPEN’s agency faced backlash from some domestic fans for ENHYPEN’s “Bite” Me” choreography. The sensual, vampire-inspired dancing between ENHYPEN and the female dancers caused a stir.
Protest trucks were sent to the agency to protest the dance and to call for the removal of the choreography.
Belift Lab who made a fool out of the waiting fans. The company that deters the future of the artist. The company that doesn’t have any will to grow. The label under HYBE that has the least power.
These protest trucks did not, however, reflect all ENGENEs’ feelings.
sending protest trucks just because of the bite me choreo and asking the company to remove the female backup dancers is another level of craziness 😵💫
the boys worked so hard for this comeback, and those k-engenes are being so disrespectful towards the hard work they put in.…
— ⋆｡˚ iciel ☁︎ ˚｡⋆｡ (@baekwoniee) May 24, 2023
2. BTS Jimin’s “Like Crazy” Backup Dancer
A dancer who worked with BTS‘s Jimin during his U.S. promotions for FACE came under fire for sharing an allegedly racist edit.
The dancer in question, Julia Alaimo, danced with Jimin during his song “Like Crazy” in New York City on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Girlies name is Julia Alaimo and I think I found my new girl crush 👀 pic.twitter.com/2kV2j9TybJ
— nadine⁷ 📦 (@yoongi_yaaah) March 25, 2023
Though ARMYs enjoyed Julia’s performance, some were not fans of this photo, which was edited to include wedding attire with a cake and rings.
Why? Some fans took issue with the shipping aspect of the edit, but others were not happy about the wedding cake. The wedding cake in the edited photo is the “Love, Honor, Cherish Cake” from Jacques Pastries, a Wedding Cake Bakery in New Hampshire. The cake contains chopsticks, a fan as the cake topper, and Chinese text.
Julia apologized for sharing the controversial edit in her story.
3. BLACKPINK’s “Creepy” Backup Dancers
During BLACKPINK’s 2023 BORN PINK World Tour, backup dancers became a hot topic for all the wrong reasons. BLINKs criticized some of the dancers’ “creepy” expressions and behavior by comparing and contrasting fancam clips.
She knows…⚠️ #blackpink #blink #jisoo #rosé #jennie #lisa #backgrounddancer #dancer #creepy #flower #ontheground #sheknows #yg #difference #ygentertainment #coachella #viral #foryoupage #foryou #fyp #fy #jisoofancam #trend #solo #youandme #roséfancam
— Colourmeblue99 (@ColourMeBlue99) July 26, 2023
Some fans criticized the dancers while others defended them, saying that their behavior and expressions were part of the performance.
4. WJSN Luda’s Groping Incident
An intimate dance at the WJSN (Cosmic Girls) Would You Stay – Secret Box concert horrified netizens. Fans accused a male backup dancer of touching Luda inappropriately during her “24 Hours” stage with Dawon.
Fans accused the dancer of intentionally touching Luda’s chest more than once during the performance.
Some netizens argued that the touching was part of the choreography, but others pointed out that the original choreography with Sunmi did not include this.
Furthermore, Dawon’s dance partner did not touch her the same way Luda’s dance partner touched Luda.
Luda’s dancer was later accused of making light of the controversy and, according to fans, bragged about it on social media.
luda's backup dancer shouldve just apologized for touching her inappropriately…. instead of joking around and also saying shit like it wasnt a mistake bitch!!
— soobly 🍑 (@uzzucity) March 6, 2019
I can't help but remember when Luda's backup dancer literally molested her ON STAGE during their solo con…
This type of shit can happen blatantly in front of us or so quietly slide in from a drink at a club.
Please look out for each other, protect each other and call out crime.
— mich🦦 (@FrozenArctic) March 11, 2019