Dance scenes in K-dramas can be a flirtatious exchange or a chance to show off. Other times they can be a gentlemanly act, a bold statement, or pure fun just watching people tumble and fumble in the process. Here are 5 of my favorite dance scenes!
1. “Secret Garden” Episode 14: Joo Won and Gil Ra Im
Our OTP finally meet after a litany of obstacles and naysayers in “Secret Garden.” Company honcho Joo Won (Hyun Bin) dances with stuntwoman Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won) in front of a horde of gawking clients.
It was the kind of dance that was a statement to the world: “We love each other, and ain’t a damn thing you can do about it.” If this doesn’t make you all warm and fuzzy, I don’t know what will.
The reunion is sweetened by a kiss. And another one. The “I don’t care if my company’s stock goes down because of this” kind of kiss, which unexpectedly turns into a make-out session (which I count as an additional victory for boundary-pushing displays of affection onscreen in Korea).
‘Cause there’s sweet satisfaction in wiping the smirks off the faces of mean girls by taking to the floor with a pretty member of F4. Spirited heroine Geum Jan Di (Ku Hye Sun) glides on the dance floor with Ji Hoo (Kim Hyun Joong), the ever-so-knightly friend. Nice way to not only put on a brave face after getting played, but steal the show while you’re at it.
Jan Di was so giddy it looked like she was dancing with a hanger in her mouth.
Take note, Gentlemen: never leave a beautiful girl alone on the dance floor.
Couldn’t get enough of this dance scene with Hye Mi (Suzy) unapologetically kicking Jin Gook (Taecyeon) during dance rehearsals in “Dream High.” Sandwiched by a jealous Sam Dong (Kim Soo Hyun) picking the two apart and Teacher Yang (Park Jin Young) cozying up to a reluctant Jin Gook (who breaks character), the scene made for a tasty little dancing treat. (Sidenote: move over, Suzy and JYP – I’ll dance with Taecyeon).
4. “Mr. Baek” Episode 7: Choi Dae Han In His Living Room
I can’t deny the thrill of watching a trained professional who knows exactly what he’s doing.
Lee Joon‘s character in “Mr. Baek” is exactly that. Choi Dae Han, of the groomed-for-corporate-greatness variety, dances in the living room in defiance of his father – as a kid, he wanted to pursue dance, but the old man was completely against it. Luckily, Lee Joon is schooled in modern dance, and those pirouettes were a living testament to that. I’d let Black Swan – I mean, Lee Joon – give me tips on spotting any day.
5. “Scent Of A Woman” Episode 8: Lee Yeon Jae and and Kang Ji Wook
I saved the best for last: the red hot sparks between Lee Yeon Jae (Kim Sun A) and Kang Ji Wook (Lee Dong Wook) set this tango on fire! All the pent up emotions and undeclared feelings leading up to it culminated in one of the sexiest scenes in K-drama history. And it doesn’t even involve a kiss (gasp). Lee Dong Wook never looked so irresistible. (Careful while watching this one: your screen might overheat.)
I want more dance scenes! Are you listening, K-drama writers?
Which dance scenes were your favorite? Which ones do you think should be added to this list?