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Meet the strict teacher who made BLACKPINK great dancers

03 Aug 2020 / 14:57 H.

BLACKPINK members are often praised for their singing and dancing skills. While most will believe that the skills of Kpop artists are based on talent, a lot of it is based on hard, gruelling work.

BLACKPINK’s choreography is always sharp thanks to their training under their teacher Kim Hee Jung. Kim Hee Jung is a dancer in YG Entertainment’s famous dance group Crazy Girls and is known for her strict yet loving approach.

Dubbed the “Potato Teacher” by the trainees she taught, her no-nonsense approach scared BLACKPINK’s Jennie.

“When I first started, I was so scared of her. You know how she was really harsh on us at first?” said Jennie in the fifth episode of 24/365 With BLACKPINK.

“Now that I think about it, thanks to her teaching, we were able to improve so much in such a short period of time,” she added.

Jisoo agreed and said, “Yeah, we were lucky to learn from her.”

Apparently, Kim wasn’t afraid to shout at her students and intimidate them into doing better. Perhaps, she also served as an inspiration to BLACKPINK’s Lisa as seen when ‘strict’ Lisa taught the younger trainees in a Chinese reality show titled Youth With You.

Kim also constantly looked out for them after their debut by visiting them and watching over their choreography like a hawk in concert sets and music video shoots.

“I’m so proud that I got to learn from her because you know how we were her last students,” said Jisoo.

BLACKPINK was Kim’s last set of students she ever taught and is now focusing more on dancing with Crazy Girls.

BLACKPINK members are proud to have survived their rigorous training and aren’t afraid to tell new trainees about their experience.

“Don’t say it’s tough when you haven’t even gone through Potato Teacher,” said Rose.

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