Dancing is a great way to express your love for K-Pop idols, not to mention it’s really good for you! We have plenty of great dancers & choreographers to show you the moves to some of your favorite songs so let’s get pumped!
Before we have you getting down on the dance floor here are some general things to get your day started.
The KCON Convention will be open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on June 23 and June 24. We encourage you do early check-in on June 22 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. But, if you’re not available, you’ll be able to check-in anytime from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on June 23 and June 24.
If you have artist engagement vouchers, we can’t encourage you enough to check-in before the event starts either on June 22 or the morning of June 23 so that you don’t miss any of your engagements.
Hydration & Merchandise
Summertime in the East Coast is…humid and hot. This year, to help keep our fans hydrated, we added a water bottle to our merchandise lineup. With this KCON water bottle, you can use our water refill station to stay hydrated even after a ton of dancing. You can purchase your water bottle on site at the KCON merchandise booth located in the K-Culture Zone.
Get Your Updates!!
Onsite, there will be schedule changes, announcements of artist booth appearances, and important reminders. Please make sure to update the KCONUSA app (iOs | Android), and follow us on social media (Instagram | Twitter | Facebook) for realtime updates. It’s well-worth the minor annoyance of push notifications so that you don’t miss your favorite artist appearing by surprise at the convention.
Just to give you a more visual sense of where everything is at the KCON Convention, we’re going to share you the two maps of the K-Activity and K-Culture Zones. Hopefully, as you flip through all of the recommended programs below, you’ll be able to orient yourself even before the event starts!
MY KCON ADVENTURE: I Want To Dance Like a K-Pop Idol!
Welcome to KCON! We are so happy to have you here with us and can’t wait to share all the new things you can experience! Because we love things that are fun, we’ll be including GIF’s from all of the KCON 2018 NY lineup and if you click them, you’ll be taken to that artist’s MV.
June 23 – KCON DAY 1!
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Check-in
You all don’t need a reminder! Once you’ve checked in at Championship Plaza with your confirmation email and have received your wristband – grab your friends and get ready go explore KCON!
10:00 – 11:00 : Exploration Time
Convention programs don’t start until 11 AM, so use this hour to get acquainted with the KCON Convention. Below would be our ideal schedule if we were a fan like you so get your typing fingers ready and jot down what you don’t want to miss!
K-Activity Zone: This is the area where you can experience all of our convention panels and workshops, including our dance workshops. If there’s a panel you’re really excited about, get a seat early.
K-Culture Zone: In this zone, you can find our market, sponsors, picnic area, and our stage. A lot of sponsors and vendors have great things to see, purchase, and/or giveaway, so it’s good spot to peruse before it gets busy! Plus, our official KCON Merchandise Booth is here. Get your merch before it’s sold out!
Championship Plaza: This is the registration area, but it’s also the location of the info booth where you can find our Lost and Found.
Barnaby Health Hockey House (BHHH): All artist engagements, KLUB KCON, and Red Carpet events will take place here.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” with Grace Chu x SJWORLD
SJWORLD is teaming up with Grace Chu to teach you the dance to “Lo Siento!” If dancing isn’t your favorite way to express your K-Pop feels, they will also be teaching you the fan chants to this great new hit!
12:30 – 1:30: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Random Play Dance, with East2West
Come test your K-Pop recognition and dance skills with a massive dance crew and your fellow KCON fans. There’s no need to feel shy about dancing because when you’re in a crowd of fans just like you!
2:00 – 3:00: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” with I LOVE DANCE
Who dat who dat who dat crew! It’s I LOVE DANCE teaching you the addictive moves to Red Velvet’s Bad Boy!
3:30 – 4:30 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Stray Kids “District 9” with East2West
Stray Kids everywhere! Gather round the dance floor with an epic session with East2West. If you loved their self-produced videos on YouTube, you definitely know you’ll need to see them in person for their dance workshop.
4:30 – 5:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Random Play Dance, with GoToe
If you’ve seen GoToe’s videos on YouTube, you would understand that his style is perfectly suited for Random Play Dance! You’ll have a great time dancing like no one’s watching here!
5:00 – 6:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Pentagon’s “Shine” with Ellen & Brian
A couple that dances together stays together! Check out these two love birds as they hop out of YouTube and into our dance workshop for an unforgettable tutorial of Pentagon’s “Shine!”
June 24 – DAY 2!
10:00 – 11:00: Exploration Time
After Day 1, you might be a little tired from all the excitement and dancing but this is a once a year opportunity so we want to help you make the best of your time with us! Try and relax in the picnic area or chill with your fandom at our Fan Club Meeting Space, and then take a deep breath because there’s still about 12 hours left to enjoy the rest of KCON!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Wanna One’s “Boomerang” with East2West
Founded in 2010, East2West is a performance dance crew based in Montreal that aims to bring the Eastern and Western cultures together by introducing Hallyu to their audience. With consistent weekly video uploads, they have garnered a following of over 850K subscribers and 10M + views, becoming one of the largest K-Pop cover groups. And, of course, you can learn one of the latest dances from one of the hottest boy groups on the planet. That’s pretty cool too.
12:30 – 1:30 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] NCT 127’s “Touch” with Melvin TimTim
Melvin Timtim is a world renowned choreographer and teacher sought after for his swag, insane choreography, and unique style. He is the founder of S Rank, the first U.S. team in the History of HHI to win the USA and World Gold Medal in the Adult Division. Melvin has taught all over the world and has choreographed for such artists as Ne-Yo and several K-Pop Artists. We are pleased to host a world class teacher to help you learn NCT 127’s “Touch”!
2:00 – 3:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] fromis_9 ‘s “Glass Shoes,” “To Heart,” and a special surprise! Min Kyung Shin (fromis_9 choreographer)
We have fromis_9’s official choreographer to teach you multiple songs with a special surprise you can’t miss if you are a fan of fromis_9!
3:00 – 3:30 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Random Play Dance, with Ellen & Brian
Ellen & Brian share their love for K-Pop through their dance covers on YouTube. See them up close and personal as they take you on a magical K-Pop dance journey in this edition of Random Play Dance!
3:30 – 4:30 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] Golden Child’s “It’s U” with HARU
HARU is a K-Pop dance cover club from Rutgers University that formed as a multi-ethnic group gathered together in appreciation for Korean music and culture. HARU aims to show diverse and quality performances and hopes to spread the appreciation of Korean culture through the portal of pop music. Show them your moves as you learn Golden Child’s It’s U!
5:00 – 6:00 PM: [DANCE WORKSHOP] EXID’s “DDD” with Ellen & Brian
The lovely couple is back on the dance floor to teach EXID’s DDD! If you want to learn some of K-Pop’s sexiest moves, this is the workshop for you!
LOOKING FOR MORE?
Check out our other all day programs at the convention below!
We’ve got some star studded upgrades to our convention stage this year with our STAR Live Talk! Aside from the amazing performers you’ll be able to cheer on, you’ll get to spend some time hearing from some of our lineup artists during this special “talk show.” This means that your convention wristband will get you closer to K-Pop’s biggest artists than ever before.
Stay tuned for our next KCON Adventure article and see the schedule here!
See you very soon! “Let’s KCON!”