K-Pop in Vancouver: Yours Truly

Updated: May 20, 2019




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Group Name: Yours Truly



Members (as seen in the photo from left to right): Theo, Kim, Steph, Frances



First Dance Cover: After School / Girls Generation Medley



Latest Dance Cover: IZ*ONE - Violeta




If you are not familiar with these four ladies and the rest of Yours Truly then I'm afraid you have been missing out. But don't feel bad I have taken it upon myself to introduce these talented gals to you. This is Yours Truly, Vancouver's favourite K-Pop dance cover group. Not only have they been doing dance covers and uploading them on YouTube for many years now, they have been dancing together for a very long time too. Theo, Steph and Kim all met at university and danced together since then. Kim and Frances also danced at the same dance studio and that is how they became friends and also started dancing together.

They started doing covers to practice their dancing and then decided to post them on YouTube for fun.



When choosing their name, they made sure that it not only sounded good, but fit in with their style and personalities. The name Yours Truly was chosen for a number of reasons. One of them was to capture the essence of signing off kind of like saying Sincerely at the end of a letter. Kim explained the second reason by referring to quote, "With dance covers you can say that oh they're just copying and stuff but we like to make sure that our pieces include a little bit of ourselves in them so we try and change up certain aspects of the dance cover to suit ourselves."



Yours Truly is now an established dance cover group and they have done a few cool things over the years. One of my personal favourites was their cover of Noir by Sunmi. Yours Truly's cover was spear headed by their Maknae Frances. When I asked her how she came up with such beautiful choreography she told me about the whole process. To create this beautiful dance piece Frances listened to and studied the song extensively; she made sure to capture the essence of the song from listening to it multiple times. Frances also got inspiration from a number of dancers that helped her learn what movements would look good with the song. After studying some of Sunmi's other choreography, and getting help from the rest of the group members she was able to create the amazing choreography you can watch below (P.S. I think they should have won the contest but what do I know).





If you watch enough of Yours Truly's videos then you'll see that they do a lot of covers for solo artists like the one you see for Noir above. When I asked them what it was like they all screamed "more lip-syncing!" LOL!!! Their professionalism as well as friendship shows in how they decide who will dance in what position for each cover. So they have a simple system: Everyone has first dibs on their bias and also they consider who will suit each position the most. Theo also mentioned that they are very vocal about what part they want to take and make sure they discuss the positions with each other. They use the same system for solo dances too.


When I asked the ladies what their favourite covers were I got so many different answers. For aesthetics Frances loved Blood Sweat and Tears by BTS because firstly it was such a great year for BTS and also "the song is great we all looked great, the dancing was great, everything was great I think." In terms of dancing she talked about Black on Black by NCT 2018 because they got to collaborate with some of their close friends and become closer with them through the dance.




Kim's favourite was also Blood Sweat and Tears because it was the first cover where they got to book a location and be extra with the production. Her favourite cover dance was Don' t Wanna Cry<