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Meet 19 year old Samoan choreographer Sienna Lalau who has choreographed K-Pop Superstars BTS' music video 'ON' and also dances in it.  

The video has already racked up over 70 million views after it premiered 3 days ago.  

She's just recently come off a 2 month tour with Jennifer Lopez and also choreographed for The Lab teams Hip Hop International Mega Crew Division.

Excerpt below from an interview with DANCE magazine - click here to read the full interviw 

"I started dancing when I was 3 or 4 years old, and started choreographing when I was When I began to create moves to different songs, it felt so good, and I loved watching other people get to vibe out and feel good.

When I first moved to L.A. from Hawaii at age 16, my mom and I were struggling to pay our rent, even to pay for groceries. My directors at The Lab were like, "Don't worry. Your time's coming."

A couple of months later, I had a video that went viral (below) and my directors kept pushing for me to do so many things to build my portfolio. From there, I started traveling, and then teaching the kids at The Lab for "World of Dance" and going on to work with different music artists" 

Sienna first got to work with BTS after she submitted choreography for their song 'Dionysus' - they loved it so much that they used it for their comeback special and also on their recent tour.  

She said it was the first time a K Pop group had used her entire choreography as others she'd worked with had just used some of her choreography and incorporated it with others.

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BTS’ music videos sure have some of the most difficult choreography and concepts. International choreographers alongside their chief choreographer Son Seung Deuk have worked to deliver the best moves. According to multiple reports, one such example is their choreographer for Dionysus. BTS’ Dionysus is choreographed by a year-old dance star Sienna Lalau.  

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Sienna Lalau has worked with major celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Ciara. However, her impressive choreography career skyrocketed when she collaborated with global juggernaut BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan for their Map of the Soul: Persona's Dionysus dance version. According to reports, she curated the intense moves with expertise alongside her own company The Lab and crew member Andrew Elam. Sienna shared on her social media account regarding her feat, and even the followers were amused at this achievement at a young age. Sienna was just 18 years old when she choreographed the never-seen-before dance moves. BTS first performed the dance moves on BTS comeback special.

Here is what Sienna Lalau shared post-Dionysus release: 

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Sienna Lalau has also worked with Jennifer Lopez:

Sienna has also worked with Becky G and J-Hope of BTS for their reprised dance moves on the hit Chicken Noodle Soup that released in the latter half of This time, Sienna’s choreography had fun twerk and hip-hop moves to them. She proved that she can be versatile. In an interview with Dance Magazine, she said that she is a BTS Army-fan and later became a celebrity choreographer.

Sienna Lalau has also choreographed BTS' J-Hope and Becky G's Chicken Noodle Soup:

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Watch BTS practice the choreography by Sienna Lalau: 

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Meet Sienna Lalau, the Year-Old Who Has Choreographed for K-Pop Superstars BTS

Aurora Vaughan, class of

Aurora Vaughan

Rachel Neville, Courtesy Vaughan

"USC Kaufman prepared me for my career both inside and outside of the studio," says graduate Aurora Vaughan (she/they). "Inside the studio, I've further learned how to glean information out of the movement and to search for context in everything. Outside of the studio, my time with Kaufman Connections gave me the tools to be able to teach dance with confidence and joy." She also notes how classes like Dance Leadership taught her financial and marketing skills, which helped her when it came time to apply for jobs and create a budget for herself as a graduate.

In addition to training for the physically demanding work of a dance career, USC Kaufman constantly challenged Vaughan to think in-depth about dance: "Now that I've graduated, I realize how much I enjoy dissecting and continuously rediscovering dance as a social/cultural/artistic practice, even as I've been practicing and rehearsing on my own. I miss the intellectual rigor that was encouraged of us."

During their senior year, Vaughan signed with Go2Talent Agency. And in the summer following graduation, Vaughan applied for and participated in the b12 Summer Research Festival, a monthlong contemporary dance workshop in Berlin. They stayed a few extra weeks in Berlin to check out the freelance dance scene, eventually traveling to Amsterdam and London. Now, she's living in Brooklyn and dancing for Nimbus2, a Jersey City–based company, as well as teaching dance in studios across Manhattan.

Ausia Jones, class of

Ausia Jones

Lee Gumbs, Courtesy Jones

Graduates from the class of stepped into a very abnormal dance industry. For Ausia Jones, she spent the first few months postgrad choreographing, painting and self-reflecting. Fortunately, it wasn't long until she received a contract with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.

Before her graduation, the USC Kaufman careers services department set Jones and her peers up with headshots, resumés and reels. But Jones says the support went beyond these dance-career necessities. "Students received a stipend for senior projects and a career stipend, toward professional projects and development," says Jones. "I was also able to meet with several USC Kaufman faculty to discuss my career goals. Based on my ambitions, faculty actually reached out to specific companies and directors on my behalf or gave me the name of contacts. These connections afforded me in person or, in some cases, private auditions in the U.S. and abroad."

Moreover, Jones says USC Kaufman prepared her for the ever-changing industry's landscape: "The dance world continues to evolve, and USC Kaufman embraced that at its inception with the idea of 'The New Movement.' The idea of creating hybrid dancers who have a base knowledge and exposure to multiple styles of dance and dance concepts impacted me as a mover, creator and thinker. I can confidently say that the diverse rep that we were able to perform and the faculty that we were able to train with physically and mentally prepared me for the career that I enjoy today."

Adam Vesperman, class of

Adam Vesperman

Mike Esperanza, Courtesy Vesperman

When he arrived at USC Kaufman in , Adam Vesperman was quickly introduced to a whole new world of dance. Before college, he was focused primarily on commercial dance—he grew up as a competition kid, and even starred in Billy Elliot: The Musical on the West End back in Learning concert dance forms through the work of choreographers like Crystal Pite, Dwight Rhoden and Paul Taylor was exciting for him, but muddled preconceived future plans. For clarity, he turned to his professors and the USC Kaufman career services department. He says, "The career services department was able to help me decipher where I wanted to be, what kind of dance I wanted to be doing and how I could get there."

Vesperman explains that the career services department provided him with tools to deal with the business side of a professional career. "I learned a lot of skills to represent and advocate for myself as an independent artist," he says. "How to read contracts, communicate with an agency or employer, put goals into action, budget money, utilize social media and networking, and the list goes on and on. We learned the importance of becoming a human Swiss Army knife: having many skills and being adaptable."

After graduation, Vesperman, who's represented by talent agency McDonald/Selznick Associates, moved north to the Hollywood area, and performances have started to pick back up. Like many USC Kaufman dancers, he amassed several professional credits while still a student. To date, he's worked on projects for Phoebe Bridgers, half•alive, Julianne Hough and Delaney Jane, and has performed on "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars" and "The Masked Dancer," and done campaign work for fashion retailer Pull&Bear.

Jessica Muszynski, class of

Jessica Muszynski

Anne Sophie Heroux, Courtesy Muszynski

For Jessica Muszynski, the versatile nature of the USC Kaufman program refined and strengthened her love for dance: "The ability to have a go at everything, and sometimes be forced to take classes I wasn't necessarily thrilled about, I was able to discern what I truly enjoyed, and what I had a knack for." She continues, "I found out that apart from dancing onstage, choreography is something that I wanted to pursue. The all-encompassing joy of creating and presenting my minute-long senior project had me applying to festivals and writing grants postgraduation."

Muszynski mentions how the program establishes support systems for years to come. "The relationships that I built at USC Kaufman are timeless," she says. "There are moments and conversations from those years of different professors and peers giving profound encouragement at my lowest that are just etched into my memory, and I still think about them and smile today."

Following her time at USC Kaufman, Muszynski joined Victor Quijada's Montreal-based company, RUBBERBAND (Quijada is an artist in residence at USC Kaufman). When touring and performing became restricted due to the pandemic, she explored the local dance community. Soon enough, she met other dancers—Claire Campbell, Hannah-Jane Clutchey, Emma-Lynn MacKay-Ronacher—and together they formed the Bulbe Collective, a dance group featuring female emerging artists.

Zach Manske, class of

Zach Manske

Ray Nard Imagemaker, Courtesy Manske

"College life was really busy a lot of the time," says Zach Manske, "but I love that lifestyle, and it prepared me for company life." Postgraduation, he moved to Michigan to start rehearsing as a dancer with Grand Rapids Ballet. Thanks to his time at USC Kaufman, the transition wasn't a drastic change of pace. "I didn't feel like, 'Oh, my gosh, dancing all day, every day is a foreign thing,' but it was set in stone throughout those four years."

Rehearsing and continually learning new rep at USC Kaufman foreshadowed the opportunities he'd have at Grand Rapids Ballet. "I was the only new company member this season, so I had to learn a lot of stuff quickly because everybody already knew a lot of the rep that we're doing."

His time at USC Kaufman also made him well-rounded as he stepped into the professional world. In addition to embodied practices, the faculty encourages intellectual dialogue about dance. Manske describes how "there's always conversations happening about how we can further the field we're in, which is important. I feel like USC Kaufman is developing artists that are using their agency to create the change they want to see."

3 Dancers Choreograph To The Same Song – Ft. Sienna Lalau, Drew Venegas, \u0026 Andrew Elam - STEEZY.CO

Sienna Lalau: The Dynamite Dancer and Choreographer Helping BTS Make Magic

At just 20 years old, Sienna Lalau is the living definition of "dynamite dancer": bold, confident, almost addicting to watch, and, at her core, overflowing with pure passion. From her work with The Lab Studios to Video Music Award–winning choreography for BTS, there's no stopping this starlet from bringing her love of dance to the global stage.

"Dance is something that can truly connect people," Sienna tells Dance Spirit. "It's a universal language. We may not speak the same language physically, but when we dance, there's a connection where we understand each other on another level."

Sienna Lalau poses in front of a pale blue background. She stares directly at the camera, her hands behind her head. She wears blue jeans, a red zip-up jacket, and her hair in two buns.

Photo by Joe Toreno

All for the Love of K-Pop

That sense of a universal language is a large part of the reason Sienna has felt so deeply moved by K-pop and its influence on the dance world. A longtime fan of the genre—a love so deeply rooted that Korean dramas have become her obsession throughout the pandemic—Sienna's first experience choreographing for a K-pop group was with Exo. With one day to put together the full routine ("I was up until about 5 am," she recalls), it was a stressful experience, but one that showed her the possibilities that could arise ahead.

That moment eventually led to her work with global superstars BTS, with whom she's developed a close relationship over the years. "Being in the same room with them is just so amazing to witness, because you instantly feel their passion and their energy, and you feel how much they care about their fans and their work," Sienna says. And as she talks about BTS, her voice lights up with clear admiration for what the group has accomplished, and for how proud she feels about the work she's created with them, as she rightfully should.

"It was so amazing to see her work with BTS and help bring them to life through her choreography," says Valerie Ramirez, founder and creative director of The Lab. "Even with a language barrier, it was pretty amazing to watch her work with them and see what she could do with their art form."

Sienna clearly has great synergy with the boys, given her similar sense of love and passion for dance and the art community as a whole. "Just seeing people that have never even heard about it before starting to listen to it now and starting to appreciate these different groups and the music itself, even if they don't speak the same language as us, is so wholesome to me," Sienna says. "And I think K-pop has literally just taken over the world."

Growing Roots at The Lab

Sienna's work with BTS largely stems from her roots at The Lab, a training studio for world-class dancers. She began working with The Lab back in November of , while still living in her home state of Hawaii. Traveling back and forth between the island and California, Sienna began to grow her reputation with the organization before officially making the move to the West Coast in late , after helping The Lab win Hip Hop International's Varsity Division.

"She's always been special and brilliant," says Ramirez. "Her ability to create with a team of peers at The Lab has allowed her creativity to fully bloom."

Making the move was far from an easy decision, though. Sienna's mom deeply wanted her to finish high school in Hawaii, but didn't want to discourage any opportunities that could come her way. And while moving to L.A.—or New York City—is often a young dancer's dream, it comes with an unspoken level of anxiety that Sienna experienced firsthand.

"I came up here by myself at first, and the first month alone was pretty tragic," she remembers.

Sienna Lalau poses in front of a pink background. She wears a brown matching set with "The Lab" printed on it, white sneakers, and her hair in french braids. She looks directly at the camera, and holds one braid in her hands.

Photo by Joe Toreno

Thankfully, Sienna's mom went out to L.A. a month later, but that time period—stripped from her family, home and everything that felt so natural to her—was an immense challenge in and of itself. In that moment, she turned to God for comfort.

"I knew that if I kept having faith, and I knew that if I just put my trust in God and really leaned on Him, I knew that he was going to provide for me, and he was going to take care of me, and I didn't have to worry about it," she says. And looking back now, that couldn't have been truer.

Sienna's work with The Lab quickly picked up steam, with headline-making moments popping up what felt like every couple of months. And still, it's impossible for her to pick a favorite. When pushed, though, she reveals that there's nothing as special as preparing for a competition with her fellow dancers.

"When we're preparing for a competition, it's so, so, so stressful, but it's helped me grow the most. The one thing that we really cherish at The Lab is our chemistry with each other," Sienna says, "There's days where we're literally just cleaning the same eight-count for hours, and still, the energy that you feel in the room is so amazing because everybody has each other's back. It really feels like a family."

She adds, "It feels like it's been a long ride, but I look back now, and it hasn't even been five years. But with the number of things that we've been able and blessed to do, it feels like the best crazy long ride."

And that ride is only getting started. Ramirez only sees success in Sienna's future, saying, "I think a world tour would be something that she is so ready to create for. She's ready to express herself on a higher level and a bigger magnitude of creativity."

The Future Couldn't Be Brighter

Despite the ways has thrown the dance industry into a spiral, Sienna is staying positive and hopeful, knowing that the universal language of dance will never fade. Through the pandemic, she's been able to choreograph for Black Pink, Treasure, and for a visual album for "Changes" by Justin Bieber. And as if that wasn't spectacular enough, she also found the time to choreograph a special promo for March Madness to Selena Gomez's "Dance Again." Clearly, not even a global shutdown can stop Sienna's star from rising.

Like most of us, her go-to form of self-care during this troublesome time has been a Netflix binge. She's resting a lot more, as well, an uncommon thing for a dancer normally constantly on the move.

When it comes to the album she has on repeat, Ariana Grande's Positions instantly comes to mind. And when she's in the mood for some more K-pop, "Dynamite," by BTS, is the first to come on shuffle.

Sienna Lalau poses in front of a pale blue background. She wears blue jeans, a red zip-up jacket, a white bralette, and her hair in two buns. She looks at the camera, holding the zipper of her jacket with one hand.

Photo by Joe Toreno

Looking ahead with so much up in the air, one thing is clear in Sienna's mind: Dance has never been so important. "Dancing in general is more important now than ever before, because it's something that makes people feel good at the end of the day and brings a lot of joy. And we all need that right now."


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