[TRANS] Ballerino Kai @ The Celebrity June Issue, Vol. 008



After watching a performance of “The Nutcracker”, 10 year old Kai dreamed of becoming a ballerino. Nine years later, he’s standing on stage receiving compliments of “the best dancer” as EXO’s Kai. Even though it’s not a ballet stage, he was happy.  Twenty-one year old Kai returns to childhood and submits his body to classical music. Kai’s body begins to move along the (body) lines he makes. At least for today, he’s a ballerino.



Not too long ago, the one who learned ballet in his childhood, after watching the movie “Billy Elliot” was thinking that he’d like to learn ballet again. The Celebrity requested a meeting on behalf of Kai with the ballerino Lee Jae Woo, who gladly accepted. “Stretching out to one side with your foot while collecting yourself with breathing, lift your hand above and pull straight through.” Top ballerino, Lee Jae Woo of the National Ballet Company, methodically explained while holding Kai’s body and moving. Copying the movements of ballerino Lee Jae Woo, Kai’s motion was uncommon. The two of them were sweating and matching their bodies to the music having forgotten about the filming. “It’s been so long that the movements are harder than I remember. But I’m so happy that this chance to do ballet like this again.” While looking at Kai, Lee Jae Woo said “I had heard that he learned ballet when he was younger, I was surprised to see that his lines survived after all this time. Even though he’s been dancing all this time, maintaining the body line isn’t easy.” No others can be called the best dancers (?). “I think because I learned ballet, I’m able to quickly grasp dancing while maintaining the feeling of it.” In the movie “Billy Elliot”, Billy was happy while chasing his dreams and like Billy, he wants to have the confidence and to run toward achieving my dreams. Kai and Lee Jae Woo danced to classical music and danced ballet to EXO’s music. Like they had danced together, the two of them were quite well matched. It was as if the meaning of the word “beautiful” was meant for these two men.



Even though it was only for half a day, meeting ballerino Lee Jae Woo was a time for healing for Kai. “We’re going to meet up soon to talk about ballet dance. This is the first time I’ve asked for anyone’s contact information first. (laughs).” He learns and dances ballet, of course, and also jazz dance, hip hop, popping, as long as it’s dancing, it doesn’t matter the genre. Talking about dancing, Kai’s eye’s brightly sparkle. He is someone that watched his eternal idol Michael Jackson’s concert video, 100 times 1000 times while practicing the steps to master them. Kai’s father, seeing his face full of passion, personally recorded him dancing ballet to create an opportunity to audition, he’s achieved the dream of standing on the stage as an artist as EXO’s Kai showing great performances. “If EXO-K dances like a military dance capturing every angle, then EXO-M dances more according to their emotions and when EXO-K and EXO-M stand on the stage together, there seems to be a much cooler synergy that happens.” When asked about EXO members’ dance styles, his answer seemed to imply back to EXO as a whole being the best dancers. World renowned choreographers collaborate with EXO to successfully create great performances, if the chance arises, he want’s to try his hand at choreographing a great dance for their music. For that day, Kai is also dancing today. Without regard to the genre of the dance, he’s developing his dance as if illiterate to the genre of music. “Dancing to fast tempo dance music has limits. I think there can be fantastic dances for ballads, rock, folk, and traditional Korean music.” Kai spoke to me of lowering his pride and putting a lot of effort into this point of view. And I’m looking forward to someday seeing a wonderful performance like that of Michael Jackson. “To inspire a new crop of juniors to dream from my future stages, and to face those dreams with passion. Like I watched Michael Jackson is what I’m saying.”

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