Ballet Versus K-Pop: What Makes Them Similar and Different, According to Ballerina Kazuha of LE SSERAFIM

THE SSERAFIM‘s Kazuha is the only ballerina in K-Pop. She took it seriously since she was a child, training in Russia and the United Kingdom before being accepted into the prestigious Dutch National Ballet Academy.

Kazuha dari LE SSERAFIM

In December 2021, he was recruited by the CEO Music Source to join their newest girl group. He debuted a few months later as rapper and dancer LE SSERAFIM.

In an interview with Weverse Magazine, Kazuha noted the main difference between ballet and K-Pop. The first, less focus on facial expressions.

I think the two are completely different. For example, during a photo shoot, the photo you take for your ballet profile photo is only used for auditions, so you take it like a passport photo, where the important thing is that you can see your face.

— Kazuha

Kazuha Pre-Debut

K-Pop, however, demands that he face the camera directly.

But it’s different when it comes to doing something like an idol’s profile photo. You have to wear so many different facial expressions. I was constantly worrying about my facial expression, so I also often practiced alone in the mirror.

— Kazuha

Fans are also often close to the stage where K-Pop idols perform. In addition, there were things like fancams, “end fairy” moments, and more that made Kazuha “pay attention” to her expression.

And, unlike when idols perform, ballet is not filmed very often. The stage is quite far from the audience, so they can’t see details like your facial expressions. So until now I was more focused on my movements than on my face. But considering that K-pop is always being filmed and has so many close-ups, I realized that I better pay attention to what my face is doing from now on.

— Kazuha

At the same time, there are some similarities between ballet and K-Pop, the main one being the importance of a strong set of basic skills. To dance any choreography cleanly, one must first master the basics.

You have to move your body a little differently, but I think it’s similar because you have to master the basics. You’ll need to master the basics of ballet, and it’s also important to master the basics of K-pop choreography. Actually, when I first learned K-pop dance, it was completely new to me, so it was difficult. I try to stay true to the basics as I learn them.

— Kazuha

To learn why Kazuha left ballet to become a K-Pop idol, check out the article below.

The Truth of Reason Why Kazuha from LE SSERAFIM Left Professional Ballet And Pursued K-Pop Instead

Article Ballet Versus K-Pop: What Makes Them Similar and Different, According to Ballerina Kazuha of LE SSERAFIM
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