K-Pop club dances their hearts away


K-Pop club members mimic the dance to their favorite Korean songs after school in A101 on Jan. 26.

Linda Chang, Features Editor

People dance and sing to their favorite Korean songs while laughter and smiles spread across the room. Videos of idols are being played as they all gather around to mimic the dance routines.  This is the ongoing atmosphere of the K-Pop club when they meet in A101 twice a month.

K-Pop club, created by junior Farishta Sharifi in 2013, is for students who have an interest in Korean culture. The club members indulge themselves in Korean culture by learning Korean, watching TV shows and movies, listening to music, learning dances and occasionally eating food.

“The purpose of this club is to spread Korean culture and to actually bring people together that don’t really have a place to share their interests with,” Sharifi said. “When I created this club it kinda gave me a place to actually be me.”

According to the Voice of America, a news website, Korean culture is growing in popularity amongst young adults in America. In fact, the most viewed video on Youtube, with over 2.5 billion views, is Korean artist Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video which was released back in 2012.

Currently, the club has seven active members and are always looking for new members to join. Sharifi believes it is hard to get new members to join when no one knows of the club which is why she wants to work on promoting K-Pop club around the school and maybe start volunteering as a group.

“I didn’t even know we had a K-Pop club until my friend told me about it and told me one day ‘Let’s go.’ And so we came and I’ve been a member since,” sophomore Anne McCarthy said.

K-Pop club meets two Tuesdays a month from 3 to 5 p.m. in A101. For more information email club sponsor Leann Dixon at [email protected].