Group Name: R.P.M Dance Crew
Number of members: 25
Most Recent Cover: Fear by Seventeen
I am so excited about today's post because we're diving into the world of dance in Toronto. As you know I spent most of last year interviewing people in the Vancouver K-Pop and K-Hip hop scene and I wanted to start this year by broadening my horizons and hanging out with some of the members of R.P.M Dance Crew who happen to be from Toronto.
R.P.M stands for Rhythm Power and Moxie. It represents the powerful essence of the group and also describes the individualistic style and uniqueness that the group has. The four original members came up with the name after being inspired by K-Pop groups at the time like BAP and BTOB that had acronyms as their names.
One of the most fascinating things I always discover is all the different ways members of cover groups get into dancing.
Wiley got into dance through K-Pop. He started watching Girls Generation and started to learn their dances for fun. He went to an arts high school for dance and also did K-Pop dancing through high school before later joining R.P.M.
Soo Jeong started by dancing Jazz in grade three. She was also inspired by strong female idols like Hyuna and incorporated the K-Pop influences into her jazz dance routines.
Michaela started dancing in university after attending a K-Pop dance class. The dance teacher decided to form a group for a competition and so they taught themselves various dance routines and Michaela continued dancing from there.
The group initially started as just friends and then as more people became interested in joining R.P.M started doing public auditions in 2017. They also hold private auditions for people who are interested in joining the crew as well.
I was curious to know what the best part of doing dance covers for them was. Wiley expressed that his favourite part was to be able to meet everyone at each practice and seeing the dance go from start to finished product. He also likes getting to dance with all the different members especially when they haven't seen each other in a while.
For Soo Jeong the best part is being able to show what she can do as a dancer and a performer. She loves learning how to be creative in expressing herself and adding her personal style to each cover.
Michaela likes seeing all the members grow and become more confident over time.