Sunday, February 5, 2012

Power Korean: Jung Gil Choi 최정길

If you've been to Korea, probably you are already familiar with the popularity of Korean own-made performing arts shows. Nanta, Jump, Bibap, Sachoom, Ballerina Who Loves B-Boy, are some of these few names you’ve encountered or have seen. The next friend I will be introducing is part of one of these big productions.

Born and raised in Seoul, Jung Gil Choi graduated at Mon Il High School in 2003. He wanted to take up dance for college but for some reasons he ended up studying Computer Technology at Anyang Science College and graduated in 2007.

So how did he get himself into B-boy? Jung Gil got interested in B-boy when he was a middle school student. His hyung at the church taught him so since then dancing was like his life, as he said.  His body couldn’t stop the inkling from grooving every time he hears a beat. He joined many underground gatherings for B-boy dancers. Jung Gil smilingly narrates some of his unforgettable experiences when he just started his career in dancing. In 2001 he performed with the musical dance performance team for an event in Dongdaemun. In 2003, he said he practiced a lot in subway stations with his friends until he became part of a group called Battle Crew. He literally practiced every day improving his skills and making him more confident. He then decided to go to the next level. He auditioned for the famous show Ballerina Who Loves B-Boy, and even got the main part.


I’ve already introduced in my blog about the show Bibap. A show with a very interesting blend of different performing arts just like the famous Korean food itself, Bibimbap. In 2010, the Korean government intensified many programs in promoting Hansik (Korean food) globally. One of the projects was called Bibap Korea. My friend Jung Gil got a chance to audition for the said show because it was looking for someone to dance B-boy. What started as a 30-minute showcase became the big show we know today. He was part of the Korean team sent to Edinburgh Festival and Shanghai Expo. The team presented a show entitled “Chef.” It did not just received applause but outstanding recognitions from those who have watched it. Now, Bibap is one of the most popular shows in Korea. It’s not only your favorite K-Pop stars who travels a lot. Jung Gil and his Bibap team are also busy traveling to many places in Korea and abroad for their shows.

More about Jung Gil

Due to economic reasons, Jung Gil once decided to stop dancing. He used to work in a mechanic shop. After all, he also likes auto bikes. He said he enjoyed his work only that he realized it was not for him. He told me that there are some things that people are good at and we ourselves are aware of it. But there are also things that no matter how we like to do it, results never come out the way we wanted. Making us feel that it's not meant for us. He was talking about his work that time. 

Anyway! So if you come to Korea, make sure you watch Bibap! And yep, as you can see the picture you can see him doing that when you watch it! 


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