@R16Korea and the story continued~~
Have u guys read my previous story about party with Park Jaebum who selected as this year R16 dance competition ambassador? Last saturday, June 23, was the second story of R16, it’s the elimination phase for participant in Korea. For you who doesnt know what R16 is, I’ll share u a glimpse of it. R16 (R stands for Respect) is annual dance competition since 2007 that 3 different categories: Popping, Locking, and Group battle. There are 16 countries participated in this event, unfortunately my beloved Indonesia isnt part of it :( However, if u wanna know the detail just go to their official website in http://www.r16korea.com or u could follow their twitter account @R16Korea
Actually I didnt manage to get the ticket from KTO by myself, my friends Mbak Indri & mas Ridwan shared their one ticket for me so I still can join the event, thanks mas & mbak! The elimination event itself was held in Uijongbu Art Hall, that located 15-20minutes by foot from line 1 Uijongbu subway station. At that day, I used village bus 208 from the bus stop near exit 1 of the subway station.
In the venue, I met other Indonesians and Andrea, latin American that celebrated her bday on that day. After we managed to grab the ticket, we decided to have an early dinner since the show would start from 7pm to 10pm. At 6.30pm we could enter the art hall, and we got a very good stage, it was so close from the stage. The show itself was broadcast live in KBS-N at that time, so is there any of u who see my face on TV again? Btw, I posted my story live on my official account @JalanJalanKpop
Just like a world cup, for each part there are 8 contestants, in the first session there’s head-to-head, the winner goes to semifinal, and then there’ll be one contestant that will represent Korean from each category. The first part was the elimination for popping. Based on Wiki, Popping stands for kind of dance that quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as pop or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses.
The second part was the game for locking. If you go to search it on Google, Locking refers to kind of dance that freezing from a fast movement and “locking” in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs.
For both Popping and Locking the contestants are individual and the winner based on how many judges vote for the contestant. There are 3 judges in each part; and the judges are famous person in the world of hiphop.
The third part was the group battle game, and this is the most interesting one. A group of dancers did head-to-head battle with other group of dancers, teasing everywhere and showing up their skills. They performed amazing skill and variety of dance, they flipped, split, rolled, made human body as a stage or pendulum, etc, etc, etc..awesome!
I had an interesting story about this performance event. In the beginning I thought that the R16 ambassador will do a performance, since in the poster they put a showcase by JayPark. Till the event was finished at late 11PM - the show was ended up very late - I didnt see any of singing of performance by Park Jaebum, so I tweeted in my account stated that Jaebum wasnt come. Then, one of my follower said that I was wrong and she said that Jaebum was part of Korea Assasin group and did the group dance battle. I was so shocked! I asked other foreigners friends about this, and they also didnt realized about his existence on stage -___-” Maybe because he was too blended with other dancer, everyone in the group wore the same costume so none of us were realized him.
But, however, next July 7-8 I would watch the big event, R16 and see the competition from 16 participant country so I could meet Park Jaebum again! So, wait for my update later ya~~