Purdue dance group wins big | Campus

What do you get when you put together a group of passionate K-pop students from a variety of backgrounds? An award-winning dance team.

VariAsian placed first at the fifth annual K-Pop Festival in St. Louis earlier this month, beating nine other dance teams.

VariAsian is a Korean pop dance group founded by seven members in spring 2018, which has since grown to 47 members. Despite the name “VariAsian” which is a play on words referring to “variation”, not all members are of Asian descent.

The group started out with several student K-Pop dance fans, said Tianyue Hao, VariAsian’s social media manager and junior at the Krannert School of Management.

“They were so great that different organizations asked them to perform for different events,” Hao said. “Because they didn’t have a name and they were people of different origins and races, they just called themselves VariAsian.”

The dance group was able to easily connect from the start. VariAsian is invited by many different organizations to perform, and through these campus events, the team can make connections to perform at competitions outside of Purdue.

“We will be invited by the Purdue clubs to play at their events and they will get to know us,” said Danny Chang, co-captain and senior at the College of Health and Human Sciences. “We don’t do that. Just play Purdue. We perform at other schools and at competitions we connect with them.”

VariAsian does not generally choreograph their own dances. Instead, the team learns dances from famous K-Pop groups and reworks them in the style of VariAsian.

“We mainly focus on K-Pop, and [famous K-Pop groups already] did a dance [to their songs]”Hao said.” We mostly learn it and do our own trainings. In our showcases we have a set of original choreographies that encourage people to create their own dance.

One of the main inspirations for the team’s choreography is K-Pop group SEVENTEEN, Hao said. VariAsian mimics Seventeen’s choreography a lot as they divide their members into groups. Most of SEVENTEEN’s choreography tends to be difficult, Chang said, but practicing these difficult dances helps bring the team together.

“Their name is SEVENTEEN, but they have 13 people,” Chang said. “We always choose their songs because it suits us since we have 13 people in a group. “

VariAsian’s next event will take place on April 23 at an unconfirmed location, when the team has its final showcase of the year.

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