Professional Choreographers & Directors comments on ASTRO’s Rocky
Bae Yoonjung, Kim Kyusang, Kim Dongmin, and Lee Hyunsang were asked to be on the panel of professional judges for the online series “Dance War”. Judges commented on the dancers for rounds 2-4 (note: not all judges commented in every round.)
Bae Yoonjung: dance coach and choreographer for many idols. Trainer/mentor for Produce 101 Season 1, Produce 48, and Produce x 101. choreographed PD101S1’s title song “Pick Me”. In 2016 she won Style of the Year Choreography Award.
“His basics are solid. There is no fault in the group dance or freestyle. I think he can express his feelings well using a combination of jazz and Kpop style moves. His dance feels good and is very well balanced in general.
I love his motions when he dances and he makes a lovely harmony with beat and balance. And his jump turn in the freestyle is one of those things that sticks in your mind.“
Kim Kyusang: Performance Director and DQ Dance Agency Choreographer.
"Spin, motion, the ever changing position and feeling of choreography were absolutely wonderful. He dances comfortably with an amazing sense of rhythm. He is one of the members who have strong basic dance skills given the dance moves and freestyle dance. He excels at expressing music and feeling the beat. His freestyle suits the music well.”
Kim Dongmin: General Performance Director for WOOLIM Entertainment, one of the choreographers for INFINITE’s Be Mine & Bad.
“He expresses the original choreography the best and has a great skill to express music with the body” (note: these comments are specifically about Rocky’s cover of INFINITE’s Be Mine and Bad, which Kim Dongmin helped choreograph.)
Lee Hyusang: Artmatic Producer.
“He is a member with excellent foundations and his dance lines are charming. His moves and poses are great in group dance parts and he expresses the feelings of the choreography well to the music.
In particular, his spinning ability during the freestyle dance part is impressive. His movement was clean and great and I’ll give him high marks at expressing the music when he does freestyle.”
Jason Kwon/Kwon Jaesung: choreographer, dancer, and director that has worked with ASTRO. He was one of the dance trainers for PD101S2 and choreographed the song for the season. He named EXO’s Kai and ASTRO’s Rocky as perfect dancers with great athletic skills.
Q: Among the idols you have worked with, which team or member is the most memorable?
Jason Kwon: “ASTRO. They are really good. Rocky is especially memorable. Among existing idol groups, even dancers, he seems to have the best ability. Perfect in every way. Really~ good. He’s even still young. Moonbin is also good. Their average dancing ability is at the top of the charts, and one of the teams I am watching with the highest expectations.”
Ko Kyungjun: choreographer and dancer of DQ Dance Agency, works most commonly with Starship Entertainment. He has been working with ASTRO as a dance trainer since predebut.
He posted a video of Rocky dancing from predebut with the caption:
"Personal choreography lesson when ASTRO Rocky was a trainee! He has become a great singer, I am so proud. I almost lost my mind making a choreography that fits Rocky’s level”