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Over the years, one of the most popular dance styles in the world, hip-hop, has gained even more prominence. Hip-hop is not just a dance form, but a language of freedom, revolution, and resistance, of breaking the norms and expressing oneself freely. K-Pop choreography draws heavily from hip-hop, which itself is a fusion of various dance styles. From pop and lock to ballet, jazz to breakdancing, hip-hop is influenced by them all. With roots deeply seated in African American culture, hip-hop forms the foundation of K-Pop choreography as we know it today.

Here are our picks for the top 15 best male hip-hop dancers in K-Pop, in no particular order!

 

1. GOT7's YuGyeom

YuGyeom is an incredible dancer and over the years, he has mastered several dance forms. However, hip-hop remains his forte.

 

2. BTS' J-Hope

J-Hope has unmatched energy and stage presence. His street dance background gives him an edge above any other dancer in K-Pop.

 

3. AB6IX's Park WooJin

Park WooJin is a legend in the Korean hip-hop dance scene. The swiftness of his movements, the way he controls his energy and his technical accuracy are unbelievable.

 

4 & 5. INFINITE's DongWoo and Lee HoWon

When it comes to the best hip-hop dancers in K-Pop, INFINITE's DongWoo and Lee HoWon go hand in hand. These two were a power duo and on stage, there was no stopping them. While they're incredible dancers individually, there's just a certain power to the both of them performing together. Even after HoWon's (formerly Hoya) departure from INFINITE, the two artists continue to be show-stopping dancers in their own right. However, it just feels right to mention the two together.

 

6. Zelo

Zelo's on a whole different league when it comes to hip-hop dance. Not only is he supremely talented but his creative genius allows him more than enough scope to play around with different styles effortlessly.

 

7. WINNER's Hoony

Hoony is not only an extremely skilled and well-trained dancer but he's also a choreographer! His style of hip-hop is uniquely extraordinary and yet he makes it look like it's a piece of cake for him. That is exactly what makes his performances so alluring.

 

8. BIGBANG's TaeYang

BIGBANG effectively popularised hip-hop dance in the 2nd generation of K-Pop and needless to say, TaeYang was one of its iconic torchbearers.

 

9. ATEEZ's YunHo

YunHo has been showing his prowess and skill in hip-hop dance ever since his pre-debut stint as a part of KQ FELLAZ and he consistently keeps getting better and better to the point that he's quite literally unbeatable now.

 

10. NCT's Ten

All of NCT unanimously agrees that Ten is the best dancer in the group. What's even more impressive is that he has complete mastery over a number of very distinct genres that couldn't be farther apart from each other in terms of style such as hip-hop and contemporary dance.

 

11. EXO's Lay

EXO has some of the best dancers in K-Pop and that's simply a fact. Lay, in particular, is a genius when it comes to hip-hop dance. There's simply no comparison to how impactful he is on stage.

 

12. ASTRO's Rocky

Rocky's passion for dance goes way back to his childhood, proving that he was born to dance. There is a certain meditative calmness to him when he dances and we cannot help but be hypnotised.

 

13. SEVENTEEN's Hoshi

Watching Hoshi dance is like witnessing poetry that he pours right out of his soul onto his feet. His command over hip-hop dance is simply phenomenal.

 

Bonus!

This list would never be complete without the ones who started it all, the original masters.

 

14. Sechs Kies' Kim JaeDuk

The OG king of street dance and hip-hop, Kim JaeDuk pioneered the dance form in the K-Pop industry. There's an old-school flair to him that one can only find in trailblazers and generations later, we're still in awe of how he moves like he does.

 

15. Rain

The idol of all idols, Rain, put K-Pop on the musical map of the world. The dancing machine of K-Pop still remains superior, especially with the power and panache he holds with ease.

 

Which of these idol hip-hop dancers is your favourite?

※You can vote multiple times without sign in.

GOT7's YuGyeom

J-Hope

AB6IX's Park WooJin

INFINITE's DongWoo

Lee HoWon

Zelo

WINNER's Hoony

BIGBANG's TaeYang

ATEEZ's YunHo

NCT's Ten

EXO's Lay

ASTRO's Rocky

SEVENTEEN's Hoshi

Sechs Kies' Kim JaeDuk

Rain

 

Note: This poll is just for fun so fans can vote for their favourite dancers and share their love.

 

Park WooJin

Park WooJin

2 Fans

Lee Howon
Sechs Kies

Sechs Kies

4 Fans

Kim JaeDuk
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✨ARMY_X_BTS✨
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✨ARMY_X_BTS✨
Oct 21, 2021 12:14 pm

Voto por ✨🌹J-hope🌹✨(DE BTS)
lo amo🌹💜✨

Claudia
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Claudia
Oct 1, 2021 11:03 pm

Voto por J-Hope de BTS 💜👑✨ 🌞🌞🛐🛐

ServinEsme
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ServinEsme
Sep 4, 2021 03:40 am

Voto Jhope

ServinEsme
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ServinEsme
Sep 3, 2021 10:55 am

Voto Jhope de BTS

Army_013
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Army_013
Sep 2, 2021 12:29 am

J-HOPE DE BTS

Karla
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Karla
Aug 31, 2021 04:10 am

J-hope BTS🌤️🛐

Saowakon
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Saowakon
Aug 21, 2021 10:19 pm

yugyeom 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

Anu1990#
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Anu1990#
Aug 20, 2021 11:06 pm

Our dancing machine Yugyeom

riky
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riky
Aug 20, 2021 09:20 pm

sooooooooo true

It's me
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It's me
Aug 20, 2021 04:11 pm

I'm so proud of Yunho!!! Like Tell me something he's not good at!? HE'S TRULY A 4TH GENERATION ACE
YUNHO 4TH GENERATION ACE!!!

Crissy
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Crissy
Aug 20, 2021 02:58 pm

Yes Dance Machine Yugyeom!!! 🌼💚

Dilcia
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Dilcia
Aug 20, 2021 11:19 am

J-Hope (BTS)

Marjan Saw
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Marjan Saw
Aug 20, 2021 10:38 am

I really love how Rocky is very passionate in dancing his eagerness to learn more is his way of showing love to what he's doing

Cereza
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Cereza
Aug 20, 2021 09:05 am

ASTRO Rocky!!!

Pebbles Park
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Pebbles Park
Aug 19, 2021 07:41 pm

ROCKY!!!!

Elisabeth Lacandula
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Elisabeth Lacandula
Aug 19, 2021 04:24 pm

ROCKU IS LITERALLY UNDENIABLE.. BECAUSE OF HIS TALENTS😍 AND ALSO HIS PERSONALITY. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH🙈

katim
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katim
Aug 19, 2021 03:05 pm

my lovely rocky YESS!! his dance is so powerful

Penny Pa
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Penny Pa
Aug 19, 2021 01:59 pm

Best Idol Dancer in this era is ASTRO ROCKY 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼💜💜💜💜💜💜

byeolhbrg
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byeolhbrg
Aug 19, 2021 01:52 pm

ASTRO'S ROCKY!!!

byeoly
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byeoly
Aug 19, 2021 01:51 pm

Rocky!!!

Monbebe Nation
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Monbebe Nation
Aug 19, 2021 01:46 pm

Where is Shownu & Joohoney from Monsta X?