A young Filipino-Korean dance group made their stage debut at a concert in Seoul together with K-pop stars.
Called Dream Key10z, the group is composed 10 members aged eight to 15 who come from Filipino-Korean families. Its members are brothers Kwan-seung, 11, and Jung-hyun Park, 10; Lee Ye-in, 11; Althea Sophia Jastiva, 15; Eun-jeong Ko, 8; Soo-ryeon Park, 10; Seong-hyun Lee, 11; Jeong-hyeon Hwang, 8; Tae-rin Kim, 9; and Ye-seul Hong, 12.
They made their stage debut at the “Let’s Fly: One & One” concert held last May 24 at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul that showcased girl groups Momoland and Mamamoo, Koyote, and Song So-hee.
At the concert, Dream Key10z danced to a medley of Mamamoo’s “Gogobebe,” BTS’ “Boy With Luv,” Momoland’s “BBoom-BBoom” and “Baam,” Bayani Agbayani’s “Otso-otso,” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
The group is also called DK10z where where D stands for “dream, dance, and diversity” and K for “key, kids, and Korea.”
Dream Key10z was formed by Filipino Korean Heritage Association (FILKOHA), a group founded in 2017 and is composed of Filipino expatriates actively organizing activities for Filipinos and Filipino-Koreans living in South Korea, and Korea Cultural Diversity Organization (CDO-Korea), both headed by former National Assembly of Korea member Jasmine Lee.
The members met for the first time last April 27 and trained under Filipino choreographer Jeleno Ermas, a dance instructor from Cebu; and musical actress Cherish Maningat. Michael Cabahug worked on the music arrangement of DK10z’s performance.
“Thank you so much! This helped me be more confident to perform on a big stage without fear in the future!,” said member Althea after the concert.
“Let’s Fly: One & One” concert was organized and hosted by the Gukwibu of Korea, a leading security company in Korea, and C.A.C (Healing Concert with Asian Children) Organizing Committee.
The proceeds from the concert will be donated to victims of domestic violence in Korea and one Asian country. The Philippines was selected as this year’s recipient. The concert will be held yearly to help neglected children.
On June 1, CDO-Korea and FILKOHA, in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government, will offer bilingual musical theater training for Filipino-Korean kids with the aim of performing on stage before the end of the year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Korea.
Maningat will conduct acting and singing lessons while Ana Park will have Tagalog lessons and musical actress Eun-hee Lee will teach choreography.
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