Being a K-pop idol is a full-time job in and of itself. Still, many icons go above and beyond by contributing their talents and their choreography ideas to performances. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, here are some of the idols that help make their stages shine with their fantastic choreography.
- SEVENTEEN’s Performance Unit
Every SEVENTEEN member has been a part of the production process at some point, and the performance unit is no exception. Performance unit leader Hoshi has been known to add and make adjustments for pretty much every choreography the group performs. The other three members Jun, The8, and Dino, have choreographed for the group and their unique solo projects.
Arguably one of the best stages from “Produce 101,” this cover of “Bang Bang” remains legendary for a reason. The fantastic vocals and clean rap are part of it, but I.O.I-member-turned-soloist Chungha’s powerful choreography is the star of the show here (the stage isn’t called “The Dance Avengers!” for nothing.) She also continues to contribute choreography to her solo performances.
- Stray Kids’ Lee Know, Hyunjin, and Felix
Stray Kids’ principal dancer Lee Know has contributed to the choreography of many of the group’s title tracks. Still, arguably his most important work is the group’s pre-debut single “Hellevator.” He has also choreographed for his own “SKZ-PLAYER.” Fellow leading dancer Hyunjin also rocked STAY’s world with his self-choreographed cover of Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over,” and Felix contributed to his portion of this. “SKZ-PLAYER” from 2018.
- Dreamcatcher’s SuA
In addition to this unique clip of B-side “Red Sun,” Dreamcatcher’s principal dancer SuA has contributed some stellar choreography to both the group’s stage performances and YouTube channel. She’s also been known to collaborate on covers with artists from other groups, such as CLC’s Seungyeon (who is also on this list). SA’s mesmerizing choreography and robust execution make her stand out.
- ASTRO’s Rocky
ASTRO’s Rocky isn’t just the group’s principal dancer – he’s also choreographed a couple of the group’s stage performances, such as “Fireworks” (seen above), as well as the dance for “Morning Call.” He also has some incredible dance covers up on the group’s YouTube channel, where he gets to show off some of his talents and natural skill for solo choreography. His dance and choreography skills are underrated!
- CLC’s Seungyeon
CLC fans were spoiled with a year of amazing monthly choreography videos from group leader Seungyeon back in 2019 and 2020, and she continues to collaborate with other artists to bring out stunning dance covers (as seen earlier with Dreamcatcher’s SuA). Her incredible range of styles and elegant execution make her one of the best female dancers of her time!
- NCT’s Ten and WinWin
This is the dance cover that no NCT or WayV fan can ever forget! The stunning choreography of this remix of “Lovely” by Billie Eilish and Khalid was created entirely by the two members as a part of Wayne’s unique project “Rainbow V,” and it gained a lot of recognition quickly. While the NCT and WayV are all well-trained dancers, this two shine in this clean style of modern dance. Plus, Ten occasionally puts out his choreography videos for fans to enjoy.
- TWICE’s Dahyun and Momo
Dahyun may be a rapper, but she has been cited as a choreographer on a couple of TWICE stages – including “Touchdown” (seen above) and “Jelly Jelly.” She has the sweet, peppy TWICE style on lock, and she captures their energy perfectly in her moves. Momo also contributed to the dance for “Likey,” during which she has a short solo section that was entirely self-choreographed.
- BTS’s Jungkook, J-Hope, and Jimin
Dance line members J-Hope and Jimin have contributed to many of the group’s stage choreographies. Still, youngest member Jungkook has had some pretty significant contributions as well. (He’s not called BTS’s Golden Maknae for anything!) Jungkook created many moves to his most recent solo song from BTS’s album “Map of the Soul: 7,” and his passion shines through in his performance.