The moment LE SSERAFIM‘s Kazuha was introduced as the group’s newest member, she started generating a lot of buzz online. It didn’t take long before netizens learned that she was a professional ballet dancer with years of experience under her belt!
But how does such an accomplished dancer end up in K-Pop, a completely different industry? The “FEARLESS” singer talked all about it in an interview with Weverse Magazine.
When she was asked if auditioning for SOURCE MUSIC was a tough decision to make, she explained that she had already been having doubts about her future as a ballet dancer. She acknowledged that dancing was fun and that she had learned a lot from it, but she thought long and hard about whether it was truly her dream.
The more I did ballet, the more I wondered if it was what I wanted to focus my life exclusively on. The process of doing ballet itself was fun, of course, and I learned a lot, which was nice. At the same time, I couldn’t stop thinking, ‘Is this really my dream?‘
Not long after, she came to the realization that she wanted to express herself in a different way—through music genres like K-Pop. Once she came to the decision, she had only one more hurdle along the way. She wasn’t sure how to audition since she was living in a different country.
Luckily, companies started holding online auditions when the pandemic struck, and she grabbed the chance to change her life.
And then I started to feel like I wanted to express myself in different ways through K-pop performances and in other genres. But it isn’t easy to start something new, and I didn’t know how to get into the K-pop world since I was studying abroad, so I felt really frustrated. And at that time, all the K-pop auditions moved online because of COVID-19.
It was as if the stars aligned because she even had few ballet classes at the time, allowing her to decide with finality that being a K-Pop idol was her new dream. She sent in her audition video, and the rest is history!
I didn’t have many ballet classes at school at the time, and spending all that time at home filled me with thoughts and concerns. I thought that, while being a ballerina was an attractive option, what I do now would open up more opportunities for me to follow my dreams. I kept deliberating about it, but finally said, ‘Let’s just do it!‘ And I sent in my audition video.
Now, she is making a new name for herself. She is no longer “ballet dancer Kazuha” but “LE SSERAFIM’s Kazuha.” With her growing popularity and bright future in the industry, it’s evident that she made the right choice!
In a separate interview, fellow LE SSERAFIM member Sakura shared words of support for the LGBTQ+ community. Read her heartwarming message here: