Ally VegaMeet our super talented Kpop Dance Party instructor Ally. She became so enthusiastic about Kpop music and dance that she created her own class and we’re so thankful that she did! Let’s get to know her a little bit, shall we?
What age did you start dancing?I started dancing when I was about 6. My dad was a professional ballroom dancer so he put my sister and I in classes. Eventually I grew rebellious and decided to quit. I came back to it when I was 14 when I joined my dance drill team in junior high.
What got you back into dance?When I joined my dance team in junior high, I realized I was good at it and I loved the adrenaline rush I felt when I performed. I continued dancing throughout high school, where I became captain of my varsity song team and I also trained at local dance studios in Orange County. At the end of the day, I have to thank my dad for getting me into dance. If it wasn’t for him throwing me into dance classes at a young age, I wouldn’t have been exposed to this world.
Tell us about Kpop Dance PartyI started listening to Kpop back in 2008 when I discovered Wonder Girls. (My first Kpop dance I memorized for fun was their “Tell Me” piece!) Then last year in 2015, I initially created a dance workshop called Jpop Dance Party. I went to different anime conventions and events in the Southern California area and taught dance workshops to Japanese pop music. A couple months later, I started teaching at a dance studio in Torrance, CA called Boogiezone Utopia. I centered my class in those music genres because I have a strong love for the Kpop AND Jpop fandoms.
What do you love about Kpop?Kpop is so catchy! And it’s pretty diverse in sound. You can find a super cutesy pop song and on the other hand, you can also find a hard hitting, thug life feel, hip hop song. I love the variations and the catchy beats. It’s hard not to dance to it.
Your dancer role modelI owe a lot to my mentor Gigi Torres. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be pursuing dance professionally.
What is your favorite part about dancing?I love being able to create a story through movement. There’s something intrinsically beautiful about merging different styles to convey a message you want to share with your audience.
There’s something intrinsically beautiful about merging different styles to convey a message you want to share with your audience.