Hip-Hop Dreams: A Dancer’s Journey from Seoul to LA

A young man wearing a black hoodie sits on a curb in a sunny urban street, looking directly at the camera.

“I’m a 22-year-old hip-hop dancer from Seoul, now living in Los Angeles. I moved here two years ago to pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer. I trained at one of the top dance academies back home and always had a passion for expressing myself through movement. My life is pretty hectic—lots of late-night rehearsals and early morning practices. I live in a small apartment with two other dancers, and we’re like family. We motivate each other, share our struggles, and celebrate our successes together. My days are irregular; sometimes I forget to eat, but when I do, I love grabbing some Korean BBQ from a place nearby. It reminds me of home and gives me the energy I need. I’m currently working towards a big performance with a well-known dance crew, and it’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. I’ve had my share of setbacks, like injuries and tough auditions, but each one has taught me resilience. I try to balance my diet with healthy options, but I can’t resist the occasional indulgence in street food. There’s a taco truck down the street that I hit up after long rehearsals—those carne asada tacos are to die for. My family back in Korea is very supportive; they always send me messages of encouragement. I’m not particularly religious, but I do believe in karma and the importance of giving back. I volunteer at a local community center, teaching kids dance, which is incredibly rewarding. One of my favorite dishes is bibimbap—a mixed rice dish with vegetables, beef, and a fried egg on top, all drizzled with gochujang sauce. It’s wholesome, nutritious, and brings a piece of my culture to my everyday life here in LA. Dancing is my life, my escape, and my way of telling stories that words can’t.”

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