In the Korean entertainment industry, dancing is an art and a way of expressing emotions visually. And, it is also one of the reasons why K-pop music is popular worldwide.
Let’s discover the brief profile of the 12 best male K-pop dancers according to fans. These K-pop idol dancers have spent many years training, practicing, and rehearsing their dancing abilities.
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12 Best Male Kpop Dancers To Follow
12. Hyunjin (Stray Kids)
Hyunjin (birth name Hwang Hyun Jin (황현진; 黃鉉辰); English name Sam) was born on 20 March 2000 in Guangdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea. He is the lead rapper, main dancer, visual, and sub-vocalist of the Stray Kids.
Hyunjin started his dancing career coincidentally. While shopping with his mother, this Korean male dancer was invited by JYP Entertainment to become a trainee.
After joining the reality show “Stray Kids” with his fellows and ITZY, Huynjin officially debuted with Stray Kids with the first album “I am NOT” and the single “District 9”.
Up till now, Huynjin has released some albums and singles:
- “I am WHO?”, “I am YOU” (mini album, 2008)
- “Little Star” (SKZ-Player song, 2020)
- “ice.cream” (SKZ-Record song, 2022)
Rain (birth name Jung Ji-hoon (정지훈)) was born on June 25, 1982, in Seosan, South Korea. He is a songwriter, single, dancer, record producer, and actor. Rain was the #8 best boy dancer in K-pop according to a survey.
Rain started his dancing career at the age of 16 (1998). He debuted as a member of a boyband “Fanclub”, but this debut wasn’t successful. He was a trainee for JYP Entertainment in December 2000.
During his early years of training, Rain was a K-pop backup dancer. Despite his excellent singing and dancing abilities, Rain was repeatedly rejected for his Asian appearance.
In May 2002, he officially debuted under the stage name “Rain” with his first album “Bad Guy” and 2 singles “Bad Guy” and “Handshake”. But not until his album “It’s Raining” (October 2008), Rain became popular worldwide across East and South East Asia.
Up till now, Rain has released 7 albums (6 in Korean and 1 in Japanese), 28 singles, and many concert tours. Besides, Rain also started and managed his 2 entertainment companies, J. Tune Entertainment (2007) and R.A.I.N Company (2015).
Rain’s style is influenced by top dancers like Michael Jackson, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. During his years of working in the entertainment world, Rain has received numerous awards and prizes for his talent:
- 6 Mnet Asian Music Awards
- 3 Golden Disc Awards
- 9 KBS Drama Awards
- 2 Baeksang Arts Awards
- #3 among 100 leaders in Korean entertainment by Sports Dong-a
- Top 100 world’s influential people (2006, 2011)
10. Yugyeom (Got7)
Yugyeom (birth name Kim Yu-gyeom (김유겸)) was born on November 17, 1997, in Seoul, South Korea. He is a songwriter, a single, and a dancer for the boyband Got7.
Yugyeom started to pursue his dancing interest during his years at school. In 2011, Yugyeom joined JYP Entertainment as a trainee. In 2014, Yugyeom debuted with the Got7 with the EP “Got It?”.
Kim has joined various activities during his period in JYP – the mini web drama series “Dream Knights” (2018), choreographies “If You Do” for the EP “Mad” and “Poison” for the EP “Dye”, dance survival show “Hit The Stage” (2016), etc.
In January 2021, Kim left JYP to join AOMG with the visual video “Franchise” as his official announcement.
Some albums and singles of Yugyeom:
- Point of View: U (extended play, June 2021)
- Take You Down (single album, March 2022)
- All Your Fault (single, 2021)
- The Way You Are (non-commercial single, 2017)
- A Little Bit More (non-commercial single, 2019)
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9. Rocky (ASTRO)
Rocky (birth name Park Min-hyuk (박민혁)) was born on February 25, 1999, in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He is a rapper, dancer, single, composer, and actor. Rocky works under Fantagio Music and is also the main dancer/lead rapper for the Astro band.
In 2010, he joined Fantagio Music as a trainee and debuted on February 23, 2016, with the six-boy group Astro as a dancer and rapper.
Some of Rocky’s contributions throughout the years:
- Star (collaborations, with Chawoo, 2018)
- Have A Good Day (single, 2019)
- Shiny Blue (OST, 2020)
- S#1 (single, 2022)
- Over That (OST, 2022)
8. Taemin (SHINee)
Taemin (birth name Lee Tae-min) was born on June 18, 1993, in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, dancer, and singer. Not only among the best K-pop male dancers of all time but Taemin is also called an idol’s idol because of the huge number of fans citing him as an inspiration.
After joining SM as a trainee, Taemin debuted as a member of the boyband SHINee (in May 2008) and a member of the supergroup SuperM (in 2019). These two groups are under the parent company SM Entertainment.
In 2014, Taemin debuted as a soloist in South Korea with his first EP “Ace”. This album was #1 on the South Korea Gaon Album Chart, while its single “Danger” was #5 on the Gaon Digital Chart. In 2016, Taemin debuted in Japan with the EP “Sayonara Hitori”.
Taemin’s dancing style is intricate and distinctive, with some elements of contemporary dance. He is also a pioneer of the genderless performance trend in male K-pop dancers with his androgynous make-up and fashion style.
Some works of Taemin:
- Press It (studio album, 2016)
- Press Your Number (song, 2016)
- Day and Night (song, 2017)
- Move (studio album, 2017)
- Our Page (song, 2018)
- Pansy (song, 2020)
7. Kai (EXO)
Kai (birth name Kim Jong-in (김종인)) was born on January 14, 1994, in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. He is a fashion model, singer, dancer, and actor.
Kai is #1 in the male K-pop idol dancer ranking and is also a well-known Korean fashion icon. He is also a member of the Korean-Chinese band EXO and a member of the South Korean band SuperM.
After winning the Youth Best Contest of SM in 2007, Kai joined SM as a hip-hop dance trainee. In 2011, Kai was chosen as the first member of the boyband EXO and released his first TV performance with this band on the SBS Gayo Daejeon. EXO officially debuted in April 2012.
On November 30, 2020, Kai released his first solo EP “Kai”. Its lead single “Mmmh” was at #2 on the Gaon Album Chart and received the Platinum certification by the KMCA.
Some works of Kai:
- Max step (collaborations, 2018)
- I See You (collaborations, 2019)
- Kai (EP, 2020)
- Peaches (EP, 2021)
6. Jisung (NCT)
Jisung (birth name Park Ji-sung (박지성)) was born on February 5, 2002, in Mia-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul. He is a singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is the sub-vocalist, main dancer, maknae, and sub-rapper of the NCT U and NCT Dream.
He started his dancing career with his debut on August 24, 2016, with the sub-unit NCT Dream and the first digital single “Chewing Gum”.
From 2018 to 2020, he had some contributions to NCT and the sub-unit NCT U:
- March 2018: NCT 2018 Empathy (album, project NCT 2018)
- October 2020: NCT Resonance Pt.1 (album, project NCT 2020), with “Faded In My Last Song” as the debut track in the NCT U
- November 2020: NCT Resonance Pt. 2(album, project NCT 2020)
- December 2020: Resonance (single, project NCT 2020)
Besides, Jisung also released his music video “Champaign” with the boyband TVXQ in 2015.
5. Taeyong (NCT)
Taeyong (birth name Lee Tae-yong (이태용)) was born on July 1, 1995, in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
He is a rapper, dancer, singer, and songwriter. He is also the leader of the NCT under SM Entertainment. Throughout his career as a songwriter, Taeyong has released 40 songs in 40 languages, mainly with the sub-units of NCT and as a soloist.
Taeyong started his dancing career by joining SM Entertainment in 2012. Despite the complaint of his teacher at SM on his first training days, Taeyong tried hard to become one of NCT’s main dancers and center.
He debut “The 7th Sense” (digital single) with the sub-unit NCT U in 2016, then became the leader of the sub-unit NCT 127 in the same year. In 2019, he released his first single “Long Flight” as a soloist and became a part of the supergroup SuperM.
Some works of Taeyong:
- Be Natural (MV, 2014)
- Around (MV, 2017)
- Long Flight (single, 2019)
- Dark Clouds & Dark Clouds (Remix) (non-commercial release, 2021)
- Diamonds (single, 2022)
4. Yeonjun (TXT) – Best 4th gen male Kpop dancer
Yeonjun (birth name 연준) was born on September 13, 1999, in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea. He is a single, rapper, songwriter, and dancer. He is a member of the boyband TXT and is working for Big Hit Entertainment
His dancing career started in 2019 when he debuted as the first member of TXT with his first mini album “The Dream Chapter: Star”. On March 15, 2022, Yeonju with Noh Jung Ui and Seo Bum June confirmed to join the SBS music show “Inkigayo” as MCs.
Some works of Yeonjun:
- Fairy of Shampoo (song, 2020)
- What If I Had Been That PUMA (song, 2021)
- Frost (song, 2021)
- Good Boy Gone Bad (2022)
3. Hoshi (SEVENTEEN)
Hoshi (birth name Kwon Soon-young (권순영)) was born on June 15, 1996, in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. He is a dancer, singer, and choreographer for Pledis Entertainment. Nonetheless, he is also a member of the boyband Seventeen, the leader of the Performance Team, and also a part of the special unit SBS.
Hoshi joined Pledis Entertainment in late 2011 and spent 4 years later training in this company. He made a pre-debut on the online reality show “Seventeen TV”.
Then, he made his official debut with Seventeen on May 20 2015 with the EP “17 Carat”. At the same time, he made a debut with the BSS (BooSeokSoon) unit with the single “Just Do It”.
And on April 2, 2021, Hoshi debuted as a soloist with the mixtape “Spider”, which was then on the 10th of 48 regions on song rankings on iTunes.
Some works of Hoshi:
- Jam Jam in the album “17 Carat” (2015)
- Still Lonely in the album “Love & Letter” (2015)
- Fast Pace in the album “Going Seventeen” (2016)
- Spider in the album “Spider” (2021)
- Attacca in the album “Pang” (2021)
- Sector 17 in the album “Cheers” (2022)
2. Ten (WayV)
Ten (birth name Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul (ชิตพล ลี้ชัยพรกุล)) was born on February 27, 1996, in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a dancer and a singer based in South Korea and China.
Ten made his debut with the group NCT and NCT U, the first sub-unit of SM Entertainment in 2016, with the digital single “The 7th Sense”.
From 2019, he was a member of WayV – the Chinese unit of NCT, and a member of the Korean supergroup SuperM. Before the debut, Ten made some pre-debut activities, including EXO 90:2014 show on Mnet, “To Mother” MV remake of G.o.D, and the Hope Basketball All-Star match with SM Town.
Ten made his solo debut on April 7, 2017 “Dream in A Dream” as part of the SM The Performance and on the 2nd season of the SM Station project.
Ten joined WayV, a unit of NCT based in China managed by Label V, a subsidiary of SM Entertainment on Dec 31, 2018. This unit debuted on January 17, 2019, with EP “The Vision” and “Regular” (the Chinese version of NCT 127).
Some works of Ten:
- Dream in a Dream (2017)
- New Heroes (2018)
- Paint Me Naked (2021)
- Low Low (2021)
- Birthday (2022)
1. J-Hope (BTS) – Best 3rd gen Kpop dancer
J-Hope (birth name Jung Ho-Seok (정호석)) was born on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea. He is a singer, rapper, dancer, songwriter, record producer, and member of the BTS.
J-Hope was a member of the underground dance team “Neuron”, then joined Big Hit Entertainment from the 4th grade to his first year at high school. J-Hope became a member of BTS on June 13 2013 at the M! Countdown.
Besides working with BTS, J-Hope also works as a soloist. He published his first solo mixtape “Hope World” in 2018. This mixtape was then #38 on the US Billboard 200.
Nonetheless, J-Hope was also the first member of the BTS that had a solo mixtape “Chicken Noodle Soup” on the Billboard Hot 100.
Some works of J-Hope:
- Jack in the Box (studio album, 2022)
- Hope World (mixtape, 2018)
- Daydream (single, 2018)
- Chicken Noodle Soup (single, 2019)
- Arson (single, 2022)
So, these are the 12 best male dancers in the K-pop industry right now. Who is your favorite K-pop dancer? Share your thoughts in the comment section!