22 idol groups (70 idol stars in total) participated in a survey entitled ‘Best Idols’ by ‘Sports Donga‘ to cast their votes in five categories: Best Vocalist, Best Rapper, Best Dancer, Best Ulzzang (Best Visual), and Best Star Factor/Talent.
Big Bang’s Taeyang beat out the competition as the best male dancer. Suzy shared, “His dancing is very stylish.” JJ Project‘s Jr. said, “He has his own style and groove.” Votes were cast as follows:
1. Taeyang (37 votes)
2. Taemin, Eunhyuk, Jay Park (6 votes each)
3. Wooyoung (3votes)
2ne1’s Minzy topped the poll for best female idol dancer and fellow Big Bang members G-Dragon was voted ‘Best Male Idol Rapper’ and TOP was voted as ‘Best Male Ulzzang’ (Best “visual” or most good looking.)
See the full list at Allkpop.
Taeyang is widely acknowledged in the industry (as was previously noted here and here) as a great dancer, but validation from your peers is always flattering, particularly in an industry where most performers are required dancing as a necessary skill. His personal style, expressiveness and sheer enjoyment in moving to music is so much more than technique and training – I think it’s what sets him apart from many capable dancers in kpop. I’m sure that he’s going to be trying out some newer styles in his next solo run and I can’t wait to see how his more joyful and free-er attitude will translate into his dancing.