I recently found out in a post from our friends at 8asians that Filipina-American dance choreographer Mariel Martin is the face behind K-pop group 2NE1’s latest music single. I know how popular Korean pop is with the younger generation more so than it was when I was a teenager. What’s special about Korean pop group 2NE1 is that it now has two links to Filipinos, former Philippine actress Sandara Park and now Mariel Martin. All I have to say is that this Filipina has some sick dance moves and you can see more of her work here.
A thirteen-year old Mariel Martin began dancing against her will at a summer hip hop camp in Boulder, CO. Since the first day of the camp, she has been unable to stop dancing. She danced with Counter-Culture and Motion Underground studios in Boulder before moving to the Bay Area where she got a little more serious after joining Funkanometry SF. During her four years with Funks she choreographed many pieces for stage, classes, and workshops. She also helped develop the youth team Funksters (now known as The Oddacities) and acted as Co-Artistic Director for three years. Recently, she has been blessed to be a part of Choreo Cookies in San Diego, which she believes to be one of the most talented, humble, and wonderful teams on the planet. She has also been lucky enough to travel internationally to teach in Columbia, Norway, Germany, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, and Singapore as well as various places in the U.S. like Chicago, Boulder, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York and all over California.