“Street Woman Fighter 2” Highlights A Big Problem With K-Pop Choreos Today, According To Fans

“The reason why most K-Pop choreos suck…”

K-Pop’s ever-evolving world of music and dance never fails to keep fans on their toes. However, with the latest episode of Street Woman Fighter, fans have voiced a growing concern about the future of K-Pop choreography.

The contention? Choreographers are now too intently fixated on mirroring the dance movements to lyrics rather than syncing with the rhythm.

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For those out of the loop, Street Woman Fighter is an exhilarating South Korean dance competition very popular among K-Pop fans. The competition shines the spotlight on eight dynamic female dance crews, all battling it out for the revered title of Korea’s best female dance crew and the honor of symbolizing street dance nationally.

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The rift in choreographic perspectives came to light during the competition’s second mission. The talented Latrice, one of the crew leaders, decided to pave her own path and choreographed a piece that resonated purely with the rhythm, sidestepping the typical focus on lyrics.

This audacious move did not sit well with her counterparts. Many of her fellow dancers, including Redlic, found her approach to be “lazy,” “irresponsible,” and even “unprofessional.”

As the debate eventually reached the ever-vocal K-Pop fandom, fans began to draw attention to what they perceived as the Achilles heel of K-Pop choreographies in recent years. According to them, the excessive emphasis on lyrics over rhythm has diluted the overall impact of many performances.

Latrice is no newbie to the scene. She’s been at the forefront of choreography for artists like EXO‘s Lay, impressively designing movements for his track “Lay U Down.” Fans might recall Lay and Latrice performing this number together during his 2019 tour.

On the flip side, Redlic, one of the choreographers criticizing Latrice, has made her mark choreographing for K-Pop sensations like Red Velvet Seulgi‘s “28 Reasons”, aespa‘s “Dreams Come True,” and BoA‘s “Forgive Me.” Her tracks are undeniably catchy, but fans argue that her choreographies often look cluttered, attributing it to her propensity to fixate on the lyrics over the song’s rhythm.

Twitter, as usual, was abuzz with opinions on the clash. One fan noted how the lack of connection between the choreography and the beat must be the problem with K-Pop choreographies as of late.

Meanwhile, another fan made a particularly scathing remark about Redlic’s past choreographies.

However, it’s essential to remember that every coin has two sides. While many fans rally behind rhythm-focused choreography, there’s also a considerable portion of the fandom and professionals in the dance community who advocate for lyrically matched dance moves.

They argue that dancing to the lyrics often tells a story, bringing a deeper connection and understanding between the song and its audience.

The debate surrounding rhythm versus lyric-centric choreography underscores the dynamic nature of K-Pop and its ever-evolving standards. As Street Woman Fighter brings this discussion to the forefront, it highlights the various creative approaches in the industry. At the end of the day, both styles have their merits and serve different artistic purposes.

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