Choi Young-joon reveals his opinion on the plagiarism controversy over “New Thing” choreography, “A technique used by many dancers”

Choreographer Choi Young-joon released his position on the plagiarism controversy of the “New Thing” choreography.

On October 14th, Choi Young-joon uploaded on his personal Instagram a video combining several cuts of overseas dancers’ foot movements.

He pointed out that “New Thing” choreography shown on Mnet’s “Street Man Fighter”, in which he is starring, is “a technique that is widely used”.

Street Man Fighter

Choi Young-joon said, “The leg and foot technique of this choreography is a part of the ‘Moonwalk’ technique, which belongs to dancing basis”.

In other words, he claimed that “New Thing” choreographer did not intentionally copy someone else’s moves but only used a similar technique in the process of expressing the image he wanted to show.

Choi Young-joon

He continued, “I think these performances are not about who is right and who is wrong or who copied the other, but both ideas should be respected”, adding “There are many times when music and movies have the same material but different plots. In this case, there might be some similar interpretations”, revealing his opinions.

Choi Young-joon continued, “I really like ATEEZ’s choreographies and also watch many of their performances. This has also become a stimulant for me”, adding “I’m in a competition with We Dem Boyz, but we’ve done a lot of projects together before. I think the current situation has had a bad influence on all of us, so I carefully leave this message”.

Choi Young-joon

Earlier, We Dem Boyz leader Vata was embroiled in a plagiarism suspicion as the ‘motorbike riding’ dance in the intro of “New Thing” viral choreography he created was pointed out to be similar to ATEEZ’s “Say My Name” choreography.

Vata also released an explanation on his SNS, saying “From the first move of starting the engine to the big kick on the lower body until the getting-off move after driving, there is a whole story that I wanted to tell with this dance. The connectivity and intention of this dance are completely different from that of the choreography in the comparison.”


Source: dispatch

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