BTS beloved members opened up about their social media challenge after teaming up with YouTube Shorts.
The “Permission to Dance Challenge” consists of fans making 15-second clips of themselves performing the same dance movies as BTS from the music video titled, “Permission to Dance.”
In conversation with People, RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook reflected on spreading some positivity around the world with this challenge.
“We knew that this song will uplift everyone the minute we heard it,” says Jung Kook, 23, of the track, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July. “We want to tell everyone that they don’t need to ask anyone for permission to dance. Just show your moves!”
“Since this is a song that we wanted to enjoy with everyone, the performance is easier to dance along to,” says RM, 26. “Our choreographies reflect our message, so each has its own charm and fun aspects. Choreographies that are easier to emulate do enable us to have bigger fun since you have all these people dancing with you.”
“‘Permission to Dance’ is a song that we wanted to share and enjoy with as many people as possible. So naturally, we got to think about how to make this more enjoyable for everyone,” explains j-hope, 27, the group’s dance leader. “Incorporating the International Sign gestures enabled us to spread the positive energy of our music to a wider audience that maybe we haven’t reached before.”
“We noticed that people of all ages and professions hopped on this challenge. It was a pleasant surprise!” says V, 25.
Adds Jin, 28, “I didn’t expect for this many people to participate. I could see from the backgrounds that they all come from different places. Thank you for all the love!”
“It’s always been mutual—ARMY are inspired by us and vice versa—and it will always be,” says SUGA, 28, of their relationship with their fans. “We prioritize our fans when it comes to our music and performances, so I think naturally, ARMY really connects with what we do. Seeing them enjoy our works, that in turn, inspires us to do more.”
Adds Jimin, 25, “Thanks to ARMY’s love, we got to see these amazing things happen with “Butter” and “Permission to Dance.” Getting unbelievable feats on the Billboard charts and launching this fun challenge is because of them.”
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