K-pop is Korean pop culture that involves dancing, singing, rapping and fashion. Combine them altogether we’ve got something really, really cool! The person to bring K-Pop to our screens is New Zealand’s very own Queen of K-Pop, dancer choreographer and instructor Rina Chae.
Your new Kiwi bias K-Pop Academy 2.0 is back and it’s bigger, badder and tougher with catchier tracks and even more fire choreo! Season 2 has twice as many dancing, singing and rapping K Pop recruits to train up which results in more twists, turns, fun and surprises as NZ K-Pop Queen / Presenter Rina Chae and her team audition and then train up over 50 tweens and teens into eight unique teams. Combining the best from the lower regions, we have Team South with members from as far away as Rotorua and Hastings. From the north, five talented girls who make up Team Dargaville bring small town dreams into the big city lights. There is also a talented team from St Cuthbert’s, and a girl power gang from Central Auckland. Across the Harbour bridge are Team Carmel – plus a couple of boys – while a girl army make up Team North Shore. Venturing out west are Team West, and proving that dynamite comes in small packages – a vibrant group of younger kids are selected to form a group we call Team Minis!
Utilising the skills of our stars from K-Pop Academy Season 1, who we refer to as the ‘returnees’, leadership roles are allocated to help our ‘newbies’ learn their stuff to a new batch of catchy K-Pop tunes with dance moves choreographed by our presenter Rina Chae and her talented dance assistants David Fung, Jasmine Brokken, Alexandra Page, Sarah Reece and Anton Pulefale, along with vocal coach Turanga Merito, who takes charge of preparing our singers and rappers to be ready to record their vocals.
With thanks to New Zealand On Air and TVNZ you can watch K-Pop on line click here
Links also on Tik Tok