UMD K-pop Dance Group Holds Dance Showcase

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After hours of onstage battle, Exodus, a band from Virginia Tech, emerged victorious.

Set to VIXX’s “Voodoo Doll,” the choreography included dancers thrown at each other and zombies screaming. At one point, the dancers circled as one dancer mockingly stabbed Jessica Dove with a stake.

K-District, a K-pop dance group from American University, performs at the Stamp Student Union’s Ultimate Showcase on April 9, 2022. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Dove, a junior materials science engineering student at Virginia Tech, choreographed the group’s routine, bringing together elements of rock and K-pop grunge.

“When I got into K-pop, I realized very quickly that I didn’t like the mainstream too much…So I wanted to go for something a little dirtier, a little more grungy, and ‘ VIXX’s Voodoo Doll’ was like one of the first songs that really introduced me to K-pop,” Dove said.

(Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

After auditioning over 100 club members for the 5-a-side dance, Dove worked on developing confidence for the stunt routine and sewing the handmade costumes. Throughout the process, the group became close friends.

Many of the band members are graduating in the spring, and Dove said it’s an opportunity “to get another chance to do that dance with them again.”

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