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Bae Yoon-jung

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Bae Yoon-jung
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Native name배윤정
BornBae Yoon-jung
(1980-02-18) February 18, 1980 (age 44)
Seoul, South Korea
💼 Occupation
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
👶 Children1
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Bae Yoon-jung (Hangul배윤정; born February 18, 1980) is a South Korean choreographer.

Early Life[edit]

Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea and has one son[1]. She was previously married to actor Jerome from 2014 until their divorce in 2017.[2] As of September 2019, she is married to a non-celebrity who is the CEO of a soccer club, having previously played soccer in Thailand.[3]


She started to learn dance in high school as a side job to earn extra money.[citation needed] She eventually ended up as a backup dancer for several notable Korean musicians in the late 1990s to early 2000s (e.g. Lee Hyori's 10 Minutes).[citation needed] She formed the dance team HOTCHICKS later on[citation needed], and in 2007 joined forces with professional dance team Yama led by general manager Jeon Hong-bok to create the choreography team "Yama & HOTCHICKS."[citation needed] Korean entertainment company DSP media approached Bae, asking her to choreograph Kara's debut song, "Break It."[citation needed] This was the first time she had ever choreographed for someone or a group professionally.[citation needed] Although the song wasn't as successful as hoped, DSP approached Bae again, this time to make the choreography for Sunha's "Shanti Shanti (or Chantey Chantey)."[citation needed] Following the positive public response to her choreography, DSP approached Bae again to create the choreography for Kara's "Pretty Girl."[citation needed] The song and choreography gained traction, and from then on Bae was sought after to choreograph hit singles for not only Kara, but also many different groups from multiple agencies.[citation needed]

[4] Bae's agency launched two K-pop groups, one girl group named OAHSIS (formerly SEEART) and a boy group named IM, neither of which achieved much success.[citation needed] Due to financial difficulties, both groups were eventually disbanded or put on hiatus. In 2018, Bae founded the dance Academy STAGE631 alongside Tony An.[citation needed]

In the Media

Bae has appeared on numerous TV shows throughout her professional career, but rose to prominence with the Korean general public when she appeared as a mentor on Produce 101's first season.[citation needed] Though often recognized as “fierce”, she is actually known to be kind and caring towards the groups and idols with whom she works.[according to whom?] She went on to be the dance mentor for Produce 48 and Produce X 101.[citation needed] In an interview on the radio show “Ji Suk Jin’s 2 O’Clock Date,” Bae stated that she admired the dancing skills of Park Jin-young, Rain, BTS, Chungha, and Hyuna[5]. Among the people Bae has taught, she says that she particularly liked the lines of T-ara's Jiyeon. She has also mentioned that she thinks Lee Hyori, Iz*One's Chaeyeon, Red Velvet's Seulgi, and Blackpink's Lisa were all "born to be dancers" [6]. Bae also stated she is a firm believer in effort being more important in dance than natural talent.[7]

Impact and influence[edit]

She specializes in girl group dances with iconic "point choreography." She is the creator of several viral dance moves (Kara's "butt dance," Brown Eyed Girls' "arrogant dance," Girl's Day's "squat dance," etc.) that launched some notable groups to fame and become financial and critical successes (e.g. Brown Eyed Girls, EXID, Girl's Day, Kara, etc).[citation needed] She has said that she enjoys working with girl groups from smaller and lesser known agencies because she loves to see the groups grow on their journey.[citation needed] She was the first Kpop dancer to receive copyright..[8] fees when her distinct "arrogant man" choreography move appeared in the music video for Psy's "Gentlemen." She is also the CEO of the entertainment and dance company YAMA & HOTCHICKS Entertainment[9]. She has been awarded the 2018 Grand Prize in the Korean choreography division and the 2015 Korea Public Culture Arts Award from the South Korean chancellor of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[10] She was the subject of a 2020 documentary produced in a collaboration between the Korean Cultural Center in London and The Place, a dance and performance conservatory in London.[11] In it, her legacy and contributions to the spread of Korean culture worldwide in the form of the Korean wave are explored. The documentary also interviews her on her creative process and the obstacles she had to overcome to be where she is today. It explores her creative partnership with Jeon Hong-bok and her repertoire of iconic Kpop choreographies. Notably, the documentary covers Bae's advocacy for choreographers' rights and their right to have copyrights over their choreographies. When Bae hosted a Kpop dance workshop in 6 European countries in 2018, each workshop was completely sold out. In fact, they had to create extra dates in some cases because too many participants applied. She also has her own YouTube channel[12]


TV Show Role
Live Talk Show Taxi Guest (Ep. 420)
My Little Television Guest
Produce 101 Season 1 Dance Mentor
Standby I.O.I. Guest (Ep. 2)
Hit The Stage Regular Cast
MMTG Guest (Ep. 66, 110–111)
Mimi Shop Guest (Ep. 12–13)
Produce 48 Dance Mentor
Iz*One Chu Guest
Problem Child in the House Guest (Ep. 113)
Amor Fati Regular Cast
TMI News Guest (Ep. 6)
Produce X 101 Dance Mentor
IQS Season 2 Guest (Ep. 11–12) Special MC (special episode)
Veteran Guest (Ep. 9)
I-Land Guest (Ep. 7)
Miss Back Guest (Ep. 4–5, 10)
Let's Only Walk the Flower Road Dance Trainer (Ep. 3–4, 8)
Choreographies Produced by Bae Yoon-jung
Group song(s) choreographed by Bae Yoon-jung notes
Kara Break It, Secret World, Pretty Girl, Honey, Wanna, Mr., Lupine, Jumping, Step, Pandora, I Can't Be a Lady, Mamma Mia, and Cupid Member Goo Hara had her solo "Midnight Queen" choreographed by Bae.
T-ara Bo Peep Bo Peep, Like the First Time, Wae Ireoni, You Drive Me Crazy, Yayaya, Roly Poly, Cry Cry, Lovey-Dovey, Sexy Love, Number Nine, Sugar Free, So Crazy, and What's My Name Member Hyomin's songs "Nice Body" and "Sketch" and member Jiyeon's songs "1 Minute 1 Second (Never ever)" and "Take a Hike" were choreographed by Bae. Sub-unit T-ara N4's song "Jeon Won Diary" was also choreographed by Bae.
Brown Eyed Girls Abracadabra, Sign, Sixth Sense, Kill Bill, and Wonder Woman Member Narsha's songs "Bbi Ri Bba Bba" and "Mamma Mia (with Sunny Hill)" and member JeA's song "Greedyy (ft. Moonbyul)" were choreographed by Bae.
I.O.I. Dream Girls and Crush
EXID Up & Down, Ah Yeah, Hot Pink, and Better Together
I.B.I. Molae Molae (secretly)
Produce 101 Pick Me, Fingertips, 24 Hours
Produce 48 Rollin' Rollin'
Girl's Day Expectation, Female President, Something, and Ring My Bell
Nine Muses Dolls
SPICA Russian Roulette
Fanatics Vavi Girl, Sunday
Lunarsolar Oh Ya Ya Ya
Hong Jinyoung Love is Like a Flower Petal
SeeYa Hot Girl, and His Voice
Rainbow A
Hyun Jinyoung You in the Cloudy Memories (Remix)
Idol School Magical


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  3. "Choreographer And "Produce 101" Trainer Bae Yoon Jung Gets Married". Soompi. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
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  6. "Famous Choreographer Bae Yoon Jung Selects The Top 4 Female Idols Born to be Dancers". Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  7. "Choreographer Bae Yoon Jung Talks About The Best Idol Dancers And Her Famous K-Pop Choreos". Soompi. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  8. "Meet Kpop Choreographer, Yoon Jung Bae, the choreographer with the Midas touch!". The Place. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
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  10. "Meet K-pop choreographer Yoon Jung Bae, the choreographer with the Midas touch!". The Place. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  11. "[Arirang Special] KOREAN DANCE NOW : Part.1 Choreographer Yoon Jung Bae (안무가 배윤정)". Arirang TV. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
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