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    How to practice at home
    Always remember that you will get better day by day—practice is a good way to learn at your own pace.  Here's how to practice dance and challenge yourself:    1. Warm up before dancing. To warm up, why not try a little workout routine from our fitness and posture classes? ED offers Pilates classes designed for dancers by our instructor Soomin, and here is a little clip from one of her classes. We also have a bunch of these on-demand practice classes on our website, so take a look! 2.  Take classes on your own schedule. Our trainees have different time zones and sometimes you miss our classes due to various reasons. Busy bees 🐝 who want to spare their time for dance can now take classes as well. If you’re a brand new trainee with slow pickup, practice classes will help you have control over the pace of your class. Beginners, trainees with slow pickup, Perfectionists... No matter what you're like. In our practice room, you can repeat parts of the class and lock every move down. 3. See what your practice room look like.  Click each button to head straight to specific parts! There are various functions that can help you enjoy the class.    Info: Check the basic information about the class here.  Numbers: See the number of lessons for each class and how long it takes to finish one class.  Options: Adjust the options for mirror mode, camera, and recording.  Lesson List: You can choose a lesson you want to learn. 4. Lock each move down by repeating challenging parts and adjusting the options. While taking class, don't forget to repeat challenging parts to lock each move down and adjust the options for mirror mode, camera, and recording. Always remember that our dance classes are in mirror mode so you can follow along easily! 5. Record yourself and review the video. After taking class, record yourself and review the video later on your own time. Click ‘Recording'  to record a video. It will have some spare seconds in the beginning to help you get ready for the recording, so don’t worry!  If you are able to record yourselves and upload it on Instagram, don’t forget to tag #EDKPOP, @edkpop.official and @edkpoplive! We feature outstanding trainees who uploaded their videos every month. (We’ll ask your permission if uploading your video would be okay!) Now it's time to prepare your monthly evaluations. ED is cheering for all our hardworking trainees! Don't forget that practicing consistently is key for everything, including leveling up.   Wanna know more about how to level up? Check this blog article out: How To Level Up Through Monthly Evaluations.  
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    How to level up through monthly evaluations
    Hi ED trainees! Through our monthly evaluations, you can receive your personalized feedback from our instructors. If you meet the attendance quota of 20 live classes per month or  the homework quota of 6 practice videos in 3 weeks (3 vocal and 3 dance, not for feedback), you will be eligible to receive a monthly evaluation. You can then submit a video for evaluation on your dashboard for feedback from our instructors.   We are alternating dance and vocal evaluations every month, so if we have vocal evaluations this month, we will have dance evaluations next month. Dance Evaluation Factors are below: Skills: Your skill score is based on the overall level of your dance skill or technique. Expression: We base your expression score on how well you expressed the atmosphere and tone of the song as well as your facial expression. Diligence: Fulfilling the attendance or homework quota and being eligible for monthly evaluations is the base point for your diligence. When you exceed this base point, you get a bonus for diligence. Your hours spent on on-demand classes is also included in your diligence score. Improvement: Your improvement score is based on your progress from the last evaluation.   Just like how dance evaluations are based on four factors, vocal evaluations will be based on: How on-pitch you are How on-beat you are Your emotional expression or the way you are expressing the song The level of your technique (e.g. vibrato, mix voice, etc.)   For those who are wondering what the level system is like, here’s the explanation.   The ED Trainee level system is made up of 5 levels from A to E, with A being the lowest. Monthly evaluations from our instructors will determine when you will move up a point. You can receive between 1 to 3 points every month. Each level has 6 points, except level E. For level E, points are not the key to leveling up. After you reach 6 points at level D, our instructors will check through the monthly evaluations to see if you’re qualified to be a level E trainee.   Plenty of ED trainees participate in the monthly evaluations and here’s a good example of our monthly evaluation. Patricia from the Philippines getting feedback for her May monthly evaluation from Jay: Isn’t she so good? Patricia is a Level D trainee growing so much as a singer and we are so excited for her potential. She attends live classes and participates in monthly evaluations so diligently. She got 3 points in May and is going to level up to Level E soon!   We will make an announcement regarding monthly evaluation every month on edkpop.com, so if you’re going to participate in the evaluation as our trainee, make sure to check it out!   To submit your monthly evaluation video, we recommend that you start thinking about your choice at the beginning of the month, so that you have enough time to practice. Remember that you also need to fulfill a homework or attendance quota.  For dance evaluations, you can choose a choreography from our on-demand lessons at or below your level. You can't use a dance from a live class or choose basic techniques classes (KPOP Basic Techniques / Basic Tutting Tutorial / Basic Popping Tutorial / Basic Popping Tutorial #2)   For vocal evaluations, you can choose whichever song you want. Please sing the song in its entirety then upload your video to YouTube and submit the link to us for evaluation, just like how you submitted your dance videos for evaluation.   You can submit your homework video links directly on edkpop.com after signing in and scrolling down to 'Monthly Evaluation & Homework'. As you can see above, your attendance is counted automatically via your ED home. Once you fulfill either quota (you don't need both), the quota counter and homework attendance window will automatically be replaced by the evaluation submission window. If you use the homework quota, you can submit all six videos all at once but we recommend submitting two (one dance, one vocal) each week so that you can think of the evaluation at the end of the month like a reward to yourself for practicing consistently every week. If you’re going to participate in the evaluations, challenge yourself! If you’ve already participated in the evaluations, keep up the good work and make sure you're watching and referencing our vocal lessons! Start as a beginner and move all the way up to the level of a KPOP idol. Whether you dream of becoming a KPOP idol or just want to be a better singer/dance for any other reason, we hope you enjoy ED.  With Love,  ED Team
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    Q&A with LEE GIKWANG of HIGHLIGHT
    On July 25th, 2021, ED hosted an Artist Class with LEE GIKWANG of HIGHLIGHT! He taught the choreography for his new song "NOT THE END" and answered a few questions that his students submitted at the end of the class. For this predebut, we wanted to share the Q&A with you all. LEE GIKWANG said many inspirational things that we hope you'll enjoy and find helpful!  Question: What motivated you the most to work hard in order to achieve your dream? Answer (LEE GIKWANG): Serena from the US sent me this question. What motivated me to work hard to achieve my dream? I think it would be you all, my fans who are here with me right now. It's the weekend, a day off, and time is not something you can hold onto. All of you who took this precious time to come see me and take this class with me are my biggest motivation. Even though it's virtual, collaborating with you all like this, being able to see your smiling faces, and seeing you having fun is making me genuinely so happy. Are you all happy? Good—I see you watching me while eating or looking at your phones. I hope you're all having a good time.  Q: People say that you're good at power control. What do you think about it? A: Sehee from Korea asked me this next question. Hmm, I don't think that I'm really fantastic, but I guess I just practice a lot. The more I do, a song that felt fast feels slower to me and this gives me some breathing room, which then helps my body learn where to emphasize and where to let go a bit, where I should stop or give a little fast and slow, shall I say? So whatever the choreography might be, I do my best to practice really hard. This helps you dance with your own unique style with great, natural strength control without even realizing it. With things you do with your body, the more you do that thing with your body, the better you inevitably become. I hope that was a good answer.  Q: When you're having a rough time, what is one thing that you look at to remind yourself that what you're doing now is definitely worth it? A: Miwmiw from Thailand asked this question. This, too, I'm not just saying empty words—interacting with you all and seeing your smiling faces, and when you feel our music and dance and receive it so happily, and put that down in writing and that feeling gets across to me. That's when I feel so happy. That's when I feel alive, and think that becoming a singer was such a good decision. So I hope that the pandemic will end soon and I can give you my energy in person, not virtually, and receive your energy as well at a performance—not just me, but the other members want this as well, and I imagine all other singers probably dream of this. You are my treasure!  Here's a highlight video of the artist class and hope you enjoyed this Q&A session!  With Love, ED Team
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    How to dance better in heels
    One of the hallmarks of KPOP performances is the flawless choreographies danced in heels. KPOP idols make it look so effortless while it is difficult for many people to even walk in heels. How do they do it?  Though the trend in KPOP has moved away from dancing in heels as many idols now perform in platform boots, sneakers, or other relatively more comfortable shoes, today we brought you some tips on how you can dance in heels without too much pain and look great doing it.  Hopefully you already know that you should warm up and stretch before dancing to prepare your muscles and prevent injuries—this routine should include your feet and calves. When you wear heels, you put a lot of pressure and weight on the muscles in your feet and calves, so it is important to warm up those areas before dancing. Here are a few stretches you can do: 1. Grab a towel or an elastic band and put it under the arch of your foot. Hold the ends and gently pull it towards you. You should feel your calf muscles stretching. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat a few times on each foot.  2. Pick up a small object with your toes. We used a bottle cap here, but you can also use a marble or a pebble if you have one. This flexes your toes and the balls of your feet, which are areas that support a lot of weight when you're wearing heels. Practice picking it up and putting it down.  3. Bring your heel up! You can stand against a chair and support yourself with your hands and arms for this one. Slowly raise yourself up on your tiptoes like in the picture, then lower back down. Repeat a few times.  4. Roll your arch. For this stretch, you will need a round object to roll your arch against. We used a bottle, but you can also use a foot foam roller if you have one, a tennis ball, or a golf ball. Simply press your foot against the round object and roll it on a flat surface for a minute or two on each foot.  In addition to these stretches, the type of shoes you choose is important. It's best if you can find a pair of shoes with some ankle support, especially if the choreography you will be doing is more powerful and upbeat. If you choose to wear pumps that are more open in the front, you can do what many female KPOP idols do and simply tape the shoes to your feet for added stability. You should also make sure that your shoes aren't too slippery so that you don't fall and hurt your ankles. If you aren't used to walking or dancing in heels, choosing heels that are too high can be dangerous, so you should keep that in mind as well. Finally, pay attention to your posture! When you put on heels, you will be inclined to lean your weight forward, which creates an unstable pose and puts more pressure on the balls and toes of your feet. Instead, you need to engage your core and pull your center of gravity up your torso to relieve your knees and feet of some of your body weight. Roll your shoulders back, straighten your legs, and lead your steps with your hips. Did we mention that you should keep your core engaged? For reference, watch this performance of BABE by HyunA, paying attention to the posture of HyunA and the dancers, especially when they are taking steps forward. They don't lean their weight forward and lead their steps with their hips, which makes them look fierce and confident in their sky-high heels. Your core needs to be constantly engaged to achieve this! We hope that this was helpful if you want to learn to dance better in heels. Just make sure that you're stretching properly and not putting too much stress on your feet to ensure that your feet and legs stay healthy! Always remember that safety is the most important thing and be careful when you are dancing in high heels.  With love, ED Team  
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    Some hard-to-translate Korean phrases that stumped our interpreter during ED artist classes
    edit We have a special mini Korean lesson today: four hard-to-translate Korean phrases. If you took any of our Artist Classes, you might be familiar with at least one of them, because these were all things that our Artist Class teachers said during class that stumped Robin, our interpreter!  *Green text : Interpreter Robin's comments* EUNHYUK of SUPER JUNIOR: House Party "죽이 되든 밥이 되든": EUNHYUK said this during class as a word of motivation. In English, literally translated, it means "whether it becomes porridge or rice." Can you guess what it means? It's a figure of speech in Korean that means you should try and start a new thing or take action about something even if you don't know whether the result will be good. When you're making rice, if you mess it up and add too much water or cook it for too long, it might turn into porridge or congee instead of rice, but you don't know that until you try it! That's what this phrase means.  Robin: When I first heard this phrase, literally I thought...I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS!! But then my brain started to finally function and understood the phrase haha Q of THE BOYZ: KINGDOM COME "제기차기": This is a traditional Korean game that has no direct equivalent in anglophone countries (at least that we know of), so there's no translation for it. Watch this video to see what it is:  제기 (je-gi) is the object that you kick when you play this game, and you can easily make it by tying strips of paper or plastic around a few coins. 차기 (cha-gi) means "kicking." The movement is similar to when you're kicking a soccer ball in place in the air. This is a move that's used in a few KPOP choreographies, notably Genie by Girl's Generation. Watch the part below:  Q also used this word to describe a dance move while he was teaching his choreography class. Other than a dance move, 제기차기 is also a fun game you can play by making a simple 제기 yourself. Why don't you try it out?  Robin: It took a hard minute for me to figure out what 제기차기 would mean in English. I knew what it was but it was like.. "wait.. soccer? no... lifting leg?" haha In the end I just said, it's like lifting a soccer ball with your feet haha  BAEKHYUN of EXO: Bambi "여운이 남는다": "여운" (yeo-oon) itself is a word that doesn't have a direct equivalent in English. It means something similar to "lingering sentimentality," "emotional afterglow," or "lasting impression." The word "여운" is also rarely used outside of this specific phrase. "남는다" means remain or last, so "여운이 남는다" can be translated roughly to something like "there is a lasting (or remaining) sentimentality." Think of it like a pleasant emotional aftertaste that you feel in the aftermath of something. It took us an entire paragraph to explain this phrase: you can see how it was very difficult for Robin to translate this on the spot!  Robin: Yea.. I just looked at the artist and was like...WHAT? haha In the end, I had to ask some of the other ED teammates how they would express this phrase and they all just looked at me in a " 🤷 IDK 🤷‍♂️ " face.. 🤦‍♀️ KAI of EXO: Mmmh "날로 먹는다": This phrase literally means "eat raw," and you can use it literally to mean you're eating something (fish, meat, etc.) raw as well. KAI used it figuratively, which then refers to putting in no effort and achieving or doing something. It's often used in a slightly derogatory way: you might use the phrase to criticize someone who's doing something with low effort, such as when someone does not do their job correctly.  KAI said this near the end of part 2 of the class, when he said that by learning two choreography elements, you are learning half the song. As he used it in this context, 날로 먹는다 meant that it's not so difficult to learn the choreography for Mmmh because you can learn half the song if you just learn two things. Do you agree? If you want to learn or review the song, you can watch a performance clip by the original choreographer, our instructor Mihawk Back.  Robin: Honestly though, this wasn't that difficult to interpret.. but trying to relay the feeling that KAI was trying to explain to the trainees was difficult!  Today we looked at a few advanced Korean phrases together. These words and phrases are commonly used in everyday spoken Korean, so they are quite useful to learn! As you watch, our Artist Classes are full of helpful tips with a side of fun interactions with the artists and the trainees. When you take one of the future Artist Classes, you'll probably be hearing Robin's brain malfunctioning sometimes through the mic too.  We hope you enjoyed this Predebut and see you in the next ED Artist Class!  With Love, ED Team
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