What do you do if you’re a full-grown man who’s not a dancer and not Korean? You join forces with your friends to form a K-pop boy band, of course.
Before Psy’s “Gangnam Style” took the country by storm, a few of my friends and I were entertaining small Seattle audiences as Baby Goodnight, a tongue-in-cheek K-pop boy band. We performed lip-synched covers of songs made popular by actual K-pop boy bands in front of crowds that numbered in the dozens!
Over the course of a couple of months, we rehearsed multiple times per week for hours at a time and, unbelievably, we even got asked to perform at Seattle’s International District Night Market & Moon Festival. When Baby Goodnight split up, several of us joined forces with two new members to form Blonde and Powerful and learn a brand new routine.
Even though it was pretty silly and all done in the spirit of fun, taking part in this helped push me to try something that was admittedly a little scary. We might not have been great dancers or performers, but we worked together and got better as a group. I think those lessons are important takeaways. I also got to check off one of my life goals, which was to perform a choreographed group dance in front of an audience.
The video below is from Blonde and Powerful’s first performance at the Vera Project.
Editor’s note: This whole thing began as a part of a performance at a youth arts showcase. We were fully aware of our limitations… well, most of us were.