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K-Pop In Vancouver: UBC K-Wave

Updated: Oct 26, 2019

Group Name: UBC K-Wave

Number of members in the dance team: 16

Members (from left to right): Su Yu, Ashley, Jen, Alice and Sylvia

Co-captains: Ashley and Sylvia

Hey Soju fam,

For today's post I'm super excited to share my interview with one of the first dance cover groups I ever stumbled upon. I was so happy to get a chance to speak with them and get to learn a little bit more about them and their journey as both K-Pop fans as well as dancers.

UBC K-Wave was founded in spring of 2012 and the dance team was formed in the fall of the same year. The dance cover group was founded by a group of friends who were part of the same club and decided that they wanted to do dance covers.

The dance cover group doesn't have much of a political system but Ashley and Sylvia are the current co-captains of K-Wave. They both work together with the club executives which comes super handy as this allows them to organize dance related events and get rooms booked around UBC for them to practice.

The cool thing about UBC K-Wave is that this group is not just centered around K-Pop. The club explores different forms of Korean popular culture like dramas and variety shows. They offer many different events throughout the year like ice breakers, trivia nights and their annual Running Man event which is the most popular one.

K-Wave's dance team decided to officially start uploading their dance covers onto YouTube last year when they had some free time after not being able to compete in a contest. The members are pretty active in the Vancouver K-Pop dance scene with lots of members dropping into other cover groups videos; for exaple you can find Su Yu in Yours Truly's new cover of Fear by Seventeen.

If you've been following up with our K-Pop in Vancouver interviews then you know that I always ask two questions and the first one is what each member's favourite dance cover is.

Jen chose Kaleidoscope's Cat and Dog because they were all around the same age and the cover was fun to film.

Su Yu picked Save Me Save You by WJSN because it was his first time filming a video.

Sylvia went for Fancy by Twice which was a collab with Yours Truly.

Ashley's favorite is Violetta by IZ*ONE because the video turned out so well and they were able to collab with other dance clubs from UBC.

The second question I always follow up with is what everyone's least favourite dance cover is.

Su Yu chose their Simon Says cover because he had trouble finding something to wear and didn't like the clothes he had borrowed from his friend.

Alice picked Dalla Dalla because she was the one doing the video editing and wasn't happy with how it turned out (I think the editing was great btw.).

K-Pop In Public is super trendy at the moment and K-Wave is one of the few cover groups that haven't jumped on the public dance bandwagon. When I asked why, they said that it was hard for them to coordinate getting all the members off campus to film public covers. Another reason was that the one public cover they did in the past didn't go so well. They do hope to do more public covers in the future so keep your eyes peeled.

Speaking of future, K-Wave would like to incorporate more original choreo challenges into their channel and not focus on K-Pop alone. As for joining the club, all are welcome to join but there is an extra fee for people that don't go to UBC.

Hanging out with K-Wave was so much fun and learning about what their club offers was also insightful. If you are looking for a consistently chaotic group of people to hang out with I would suggest joining K-Wave and maybe even joining the dance team.

Special thank you to Darius for taking all these amazing photos.

Be sure to check K-Wave out on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube as well.



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