"Dance makes me who I am !", girls generation snsd, rino nakasone, sm entertainment, top dance choreographer
Rino Nakasone, a top Japanese dance choreographer, who counts our 9 ladies as one of her proteges recently gave an interview on xinmsn……
Xinmsn, the entertainment portion of MSN news based in Singapore, recently posted on-line their interview with Rino Nakasone, a well-known choreographer who has worked with many SM Entertainment artistes on their dance moves in their award-winning music videos (inclusive of our beloved 9 ladies).
Rino was the one responsible for the dance choreography for our ladies’ hit music videos “Genie”, “Oh!”, “Hoot”, “Mr.Taxi”.
I must say that the contents of the interview were most insightful indeed, and so I felt that it ought to be shared with the SONEs here on SNSDKorean.
(My sincere apologies beforehand to any Singapore SONE who has already read the interview on-line at the xinmsn portal).
Here then is the verbatim interview with Rino. Enjoy !!!
Rino Nakasone is no stranger to K-Pop fans.
Born in Okinawa, Japan, then 19-year-old Rino decided to leave her native country, in search of her dream — to dance with Michael Jackson. In a daring move, Rino bought a ticket to Los Angeles and never regretted her decision till this very day.
On Jul 10, Rino attended The Big Groove 2011, an annual hip-hop dance festival, in Singapore with Beat Freaks, a notable all-female dance crew, of which Rino had been a member since 2004.
Two days before the event, Rino sat down with xinmsn and recalled her rise to fame as a K-Pop choreographer.
In this Internet era, it should come as no surprise that SM Entertainment — the Korean entertainment company that houses some of K-Pop’s biggest names such as Super Junior, Girls’ Generation and SHINee — found Rino on Youtube.
“Thanks to Youtube,” Rino laughed.
The company contacted her and the next thing she knew, she was churning out dances for the groups, and having Korean netizens coming up with “funny” names for her dances. For example, the leg-kicking routine in Girls’ Generation ‘Genie’ was called the ‘shuttle-kicking dance’.
Responding to that, the vivacious girl laughed heartily and said, “Oh, cool! So that’s how it looks like, huh?”
Rino also revealed that her inspirations for a dance comes from the music itself and that she usually begins her creation of the dance after listening to the songs for “about a hundred times”.
“The main thing is to show the song in the best way,” Rino added.
The first dance Rino choreographed for SM Entertainment was Korean boy band SHINee’s debut song, ‘Replay’. She recalled the first time she met the five young lads.
(Clockwise from top left) Minho, Rino, Key, Taemin, Onew and Jonghyun (Image from Rino’s Twitter account)
“Oh my god, they’re so cute,” Rino raved, “That was like three years ago. They’re like my ‘babies’. They were so fresh and ready to learn. They were also respectful and hard workers.”
She also named the SM Entertainment idols whom she shared a stronger bond with.
“They’re people I talk about dance the most with, like SHINee’s Taemin, Girls’ Generation’s Hyo-yeon and f(x)’s Amber,” Rino said.
(L to R) Taemin from SHINee, Hyo-yeon from Girls’ Generation and Amber from f(x)
If Taemin, Hyoyeon, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and TVXQ’s Yunho — generally believed to be the best dancers from each team — battled out on the dance floor, who would win?
Rino first protested “it’s not fair” and explained that she would have to see the four do the same choreography before she could rate them.
Out of all her choreographies for SM artistes, Rino listed SHINee’s ‘Love Like Oxygen’, TVXQ’s ‘Maximum’, which she co-created with Jaewon from SM Entertainment, and Girls’ Generation’s ‘Genie’ her favourites.
Before she found success as a K-Pop dance choreographer, Rino had toured with American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani as one-quarter of Harajuku Girls in 2004, contested in the third season of America’s Best Dance Crew and worked with various international artistes including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.
Reminiscing her days with Gwen, Rino gushed, “She [Gwen Stefani] was looking for Japanese girls for her solo project and I pounced on the chance. I [took on the moniker] ‘Music’ and that was one of the best experiences in my life and dance career!”
She added that she “learnt a lot” from Gwen — “a hardworking person who treats everyone with respect,” she stressed — and it was the experiences with Gwen that gave her chances to be on award shows which she had always dreamt to be on.
During the interview, the 32-year-old admitted that she is a dreamer.
“Someone who imagines it in her head,” Rino clarified, before adding, “I imagined that this [dancing in LA] is possible; but imagining it is not enough. You got to take action.”
Those were definitely inspiring words, not only for aspiring professional dancer wannabes, but also anyone with a dream.
What is dance to her then?
“I love it. It’s the way I can express myself and I feel right when I perform. It makes me who I am,” Rino smiled.
sources: www.xinmsn.com, Joelle Chong (article text and photos), firstname.lastname@example.org
“artistes” ? Possibly not the best word to use in english.
To my knowledge, the use of the word “artistes” is correct. Why?
To be frank, an “artist” is anyone who’s engaged in the fine or performing arts, such as a painter, sculptor, actor, or entertainer. An artiste is usually a singer or dancer, or else a person skilled in a special craft, such as cooking. Since this post is technically about dancing, it would be appropriate to call the artistes mentioned in the post that.
wow SM artists always number 1
haha i like how her name is rino nakaSONE ❤ 😀 sones united, snsd fighting! ~ 😀
I did not know the difference between “artist” and “artiste” until now.
read this news at my local newspaper! XD
she is very talented!
SNSD, fighting! ^^
She is from a beautiful island of Ryukyu Okinawa. Way to go Okinawan! ❤
For the record: in that season of America’s Best Dance Crew, Rino’s team Beat Freaks did outstanding and placed 2nd. They had some extremely creative and stunning performances (you can view them on MTV.com) and in my opinion was truly neck and neck with the eventual winner (i was rooting hard for Beat Freaks to win, before i even knew of SNSD). I highly recommend all Sone to check it out. Also, Beat Freaks has a fan page on Facebook and so does Rino.
Kenneth, I saw this posted somewhere yesterday but not in its entirety so thanks much!
SNSD are my 9 genies said:
Yes, Beat Freaks were so awesome in ABDC! They didn’t win, but they paved the way for other all-girl crews to be recognized more on the show (and also for We Are Heroes the following season). I loved both the Beat Freaks and Quest Crew and was really excited to see both in the finals, but the dilemma was I didn’t know who to vote for! Both crews were (and still are) so good! Imagine my delight when I found out months later that she was starting to work with the girls on their choreography ^^ She also helped choreograph some of their other songs from the recent Japanese album too (No wonder the dances for the other songs were amazing! haha)
I also saw parts of the interview yesterday but not the whole thing, so thanks for this post, Kenneth!
and I’m still kicking myself in the head for missing Rino and other Beat Freaks members at Knott’s Berry Farm this past weekend when I’m only 10-15 minutes away from that place! T^T
Anyways, looking forward to her future work with the girls!
Ah I didn’t know she was from Beat Freakz. I watched the entire season 3 of ABDC and were surprised Beat Freakz were able to progress all the way to the finals. They did very well indeed. But my support was for Quest Crew and I’m glad they won. Their final performance was just …. mindblowing.
Back to the topic, I’m glad the girls finally completed their Japan tour. Looking forward to their solo concert and hopefully they will come to Singapore soon enough again!
Rino kinda looks a bit like Sooyoung in some of these still pics. But if you see the video of Rino’s interview that accompanied this article on xinmsn, you’ll see that Rino has a very unique personality that negates any superficial comparison with anyone else.
I’m glad that those who work hard behind the scenes at SM get their well-deserved spotlight.
Nice i love the fact that she’s a hard working go getter with that kind of spirit one can achieve almost anything
I love Rino since the Harajuku Girls. I still don’t know if she’s with the Pussycat Dolls right now, or not (I’d love to know), but she more talented and deserves this title of one of the best K-Pop choreaographers. Hope she comes back with more.
as a Pussycat:
with BoA (Dangerous and Copy & Paste):
with Taeyang and Shaun Evaristo:
Where did you find that picture of the Pussycat Dolls? Last thing I heard was that Nicole Scherzinger (Middle for anyone who doesn’t know) had left the group. But it seems like they were going on stage, or about to perform in that picture.
Rino’s an amazing artist and she’s worked with all of my three favorite artists: The Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears and SNSD. I love her!
Well, when I discovered Rino was going to be a part of the Pussycat Dolls, I started searching for news about it. And I found that photo. This is from a Pussycat Brazilian Fansite: http://aboutpcd.blogspot.com/2010/05/finalmente-mas-sera-que-e-verdade.html
She appears in Justin Bieber’s Somebody To Love.
I LOVE HER! she, and the rest of the beat freaks, inspires me so much I actually started taking hiphop classes!