Who Says Asians Can’t Dance?

Mochi recently interviewed Shaun Evaristo, famous in the K-pop world for his work on Taeyang’s Wedding Dress, but he’s not the only Asian dancer the Korean entertainment industry is thirsting after.

Rino Nakasone of the hip-hop dance group Beat Freaks (known for their moves on Season 3 of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”) is K-pop’s hottest choreographer. Her work can be seen most prominently in the videos of S.M. Entertainment groups such as SNSD/Girls’ Generation in their song “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)”, f(x)’s “NU ABO” and most recently, in DBSK/TVXQ’s “Keep Your Head Down” and “Maximum.” She was also announced last summer as one of the new members of the Pussycat Dolls.

In an exclusive interview with Fangirl Diaries, an online K-pop lifestyle magazine, Nakasone reveals her passion for choreography and also the inspiration behind some of her moves, which not surprisingly includes dance legend Michael Jackson. Her versatility quickly becomes apparent when you look at her list of accomplishments. It takes a very skilled choreographer to work with both female and male groups to create different, yet distinct, signature moves. And behind all that talent is what we at Mochi love most: female empowerment. When asked with whom she’d love to collaborate, Nakasone admits that it would have to be Boa.

“I would love to just dance our asses off with the Beat Freaks and perform for a concert or MV—to show girl power, and women who can dance better than men!” she said.

Makes you wonder who would win that dance battle –Evaristo or Nakasone?

You can check out Nakasone practicing DBSK/TVXQ’s “Maximum” in the studio here, and the boys performing it here