K-POP enthusiast Renae Moorfoot is ready to eat, sleep and train like her favourite Korean pop idols.
The 15-year-old dancer is campaigning for a free chance to enter a seven-day reality-television style boot camp with Australian agency The Academy in September.
This is a dream-come true for Renae, who has been trying to master techniques for high-energy K-pop moves for about 18 months.
“I am so excited to get an experience to be like a K-pop idol,” Renae said. “Dances are really intense and up-beat. K-pop has all types of styles of dance, too. It’s also like the music we listen to, but it’s in Korean.”
The Ballarat High School student was first introduced to K-pop videos and music by a friends back in Shepparton, where she grew up.
She loves the fashion – “very on-trend” – and her favourite K-pop artist is South Korean boy bad BTS, which won a Billboard Music Award this year.
Boot camp is a chance for Renae to train with top-notch Korean trainers and choreographers Ko Woo Rim, Kim Jin Hwan, and Park Seung Min, who have worked with Korean pop stars like A-CIAN, GOT7.
Auditions for K-pop boot camp were intense.
Keen K-pop dancers contested in capital cities across Australia for a chance to enter boot camp in Brisbane.
Renae had to introduce herself in Korean before launching into an high-energy routine.
Watching K-pop music videos has allowed Renae to pick up little bits of Korean language, which she said was lots of fun.
Renae has grown up learning jazz, contemporary and ballet at dance school. She now also teaches a K-Pop class for her family’s Dance Studio 17 in Ballarat.
Her friends are gradually joining in her K-pop classes to have fun with the music, fashion and Korean culture. They also like tuning into PopAsia on SBS.
K-pop boot camp will also be recorded for an online reality video show.
Renae is hoping to win a free wildcard to the camp, by encouraging people to vote for her by logging into video-sharing website Vimeo to like her audition by Tuesday.
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