On August 16th, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, “As South Korean songs and dances are popular in North Korea, instructors teaching the dance choreographies of South Korea’s popular girl group, SNSD have emerged”.
Through an interview during the broadcast, a Chinese trader who went to North Korea from time to time said, “Once, I received a request from a well-to-do woman to bring in a CD of Korean group, SNSD. Between the children in their teens and young people in their 20s living in Jung Area, Pyeongyang or Daedonggang Area, there is a saying, ‘If you can’t dance at disco, you’re not allowed into the children’s festival.’”
He added, “SNSD and other Korean groups are no strangers in North Korea. Private dance lessons with fees of $20 a month, as well as, dance and singing lessons by well-known instructors, which are being carried out at home and training rooms, have also emerged”.