Kim Hyo-yeon

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Hyoyeon Kim at DMC Festival 2015 MBC Radio DJ Concert 02.jpg
Hyoyeon at MBC Radio DJ Concert in September 2015
Native name 김효연
Born Kim Hyo-yeon
(1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 26)
Incheon, South Korea
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Hyo-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyo-yŏn

Kim Hyo-yeon (born September 22, 1989), most often credited as Hyoyeon, is a South Korean pop singer. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.

Early life[edit]

Hyoyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea on September 22, 1989.[1] She grew up with her parents and her younger brother, Kim Min-gu. She auditioned for S.M. Entertainment at the age of 11 through SM 2000 Casting System. Hyoyeon said she auditioned because her mother brought her to the offices of S.M. Entertainment in the hopes of meeting H.O.T.[2] Hyoyeon then danced in an audition show.[3] In 2004, along with Super Junior's Siwon, she was sent to study Chinese in Beijing. Hyoyeon was also picked as Korea's No. 1 idol dancer on Star News.[4]

Hyoyeon's formal dance training started in elementary school. At her neighborhood's small hip-hop school,[5] she learned hip hop, jazz and Latin dance.[6] In 1999, she enrolled in Winners Dance School,[7] a famous dance school in South Korea specializing in popping, locking, animation and various other hip-hop styles. At the school she met Miss A's Min, with whom she formed the dance team Little Winners (리틀위너스). The duo performed at various showcases and was spotlighted by in 2004.[8]

She received dance instruction from the Electric Boogaloos[9] and top choreographers such as Kim Hye-rang,[10] Poppin Seen,[11] Kwang Hoo (aka Crazy Monkey),[12] Poppin DS,[13] Kwon Seok-jin (aka Locking Khan)[14] and Black Beat's Shim Jae-won.[5] She also worked with one of Justin Timberlake's choreographers and a few foreign teachers.[5]

Before debuting with Girls' Generation, she worked with Janet Jackson[15] and was BoA's silhouette dancer during a performance at KM Music Festival 2005.[16] In 2007, she teamed up with Jae Won for a dance collaboration to "Anonymous".[17]


Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

Girls' Generation is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.[18] Originally a 9-member group, now eight: Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. Former member Jessica was officially dismissed from the group in September 2014.

Television and Solo Activities[edit]

Hyoyeon at Diet Look Concert in September 2012

On March 7, 2010, she played a cameo role on SBS Oh! My Lady starring Choi Siwon and Chae Rim with fellow members Jessica and Sooyoung.[19] On October 17, 2011, it was confirmed that Hyoyeon would be joining the second season of Invincible Youth, a Korean reality show, alongside Sunny. She also gained nicknames such as Hyoding (Kid Hyoyeon), Yoghurt Ajumma, Sancho, Breaky, and Breakomaneci through this show.[20] Hyoyeon joined the second season of Dancing with the Stars, which began airing April 27, 2012.[21] Hyoyeon and her partner, Kim Hyung Seok, ended up winning second place. In October 2012, Hyoyeon took part as a member of SM Entertainment's Younique dance unit which has partnered with Hyundai to release the single "Maxstep".[22][23] In January 2013, Hyoyeon make an appearance as a guest on Blind Test Show 180 Degrees where she took on the challenge of dancing to various types of club music.[24] In May 2013, Hyoyeon was chosen as an Asian ambassador for the Hong Kong branch of Topshop.[25] On June 17, 2013, it was revealed that Yuri together with Hyoyeon and others would appear as coaches on Dancing 9.[26][27] She also performed a special collaboration stage with label mate EXO's Kai and Lay on Dancing 9.[28] In June 2014, she make an appearance as a guest alongside fellow member Tiffany and label mate Super Junior's Shindong in Jessica & Krystal show, where the Jung sisters invite them in their 'wannabe house'.[29] On February 12, 2015, she featured in label-mate Amber f(x)'s Shake That Brass music video, in which she plays a trumpet. On March 14, 2015, Hyoyeon featured as a rapper when she did collaboration with boy band S on Immortal Songs 2 which they won with 423 points.[30] On May 6, 2015, it was revealed that Hyoyeon will star in her own reality show on OnStyle called Hyoyeon's One Million Likes. The first episode premiered on June 11, 2015.[31] On June 24, 2015, it was announced that Hyoyeon will be the first Girls' Generation member that will publish a book, titled Hyo Style where she shares tips on beauty, fashion and life. It was published on July 3, 2015. It contains 142 pages and a DVD.[32] On September 10, 2015, it was announced that Hyoyeon will be one of the contestants in a show called Mash Up alongside Seo In Young, MBLAQ's Mir, AOA's Hyejeong and Untouchable's Sleepy. She will be competing with other contestant in DJ-ing.[33] On September 11, 2015, Hyoyeon featured in rapper Vasco's Whoa Ha! music video. She and other rappers lip-sync along in the music video.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

On April 3, 2014, it was announced that Hyoyeon had been dating writer Kim Jun Hyung, age 35, for two years. SM Entertainment confirmed that the two had been a couple, but broke up on April 1 following a controversial incident where she accidentally hit him and was reported to the police for assaulting him.[36]

Hyoyeon is close with bandmate Seohyun, labelmate f(x)'s Amber and Miss A's Min. Shinhwa's Min Woo dubbed her as the next BoA and labelmate Super Junior's Eunhyuk also acknowledged her dancing skills.[37]


Solo discography[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2012 PYL Younique Volume 1 "Maxstep" 03:45 Younique Unit (with Eunhyuk, Taemin, Henry, Kai & Luhan)



Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. Herself Biographical film of SM Town[38]
2015 SMTown The Stage Herself Documentary film of SM Town [39]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo
2010 Oh! My Lady SBS Herself Cameo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007 Cutie Honey, Mini Musical KBS2 A bully with Yuri & Jessica
2011–2012 Invincible Youth 2 KBS Main Cast with Sunny
2011 Dalgona SBS Herself with Yuri & Sooyoung
2012 Dancing with the Stars 2 MBC Main Cast Hyoyeon & Kim Hyung-suk won 2nd place
2013 Blind Test Show 180 Degrees MBC Herself
Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Yuri
2014 Jessica & Krystal OnStyle Herself with Tiffany & Shindong
2015 Immortal Song 2 KBS2 Contestant
Hyoyeon's One Million Likes OnStyle Herself
Channel Girls' Generation OnStyle Herself With the other members of Girls Generation
Mash Up SBS MTV Contestant

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Year Title Singer Note
2015 Shake That Brass Amber With Taeyeon
Whoa Ha! VASCO

Television shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Star Live Power Music Co-hosted with members
2009 Mnet's The M Guest host with Jessica and Sunny (Aug 27th)
2012 MBC Show! Music Core Guest host with Seohyun and Yonghwa (April 7)
2013 M! Countdown Guest host with Yuri (Jan 3rd)

Hosted events[edit]

Year Date Event Co-host
2014 March 22 HEC Korea Festival in Vietnam Isaac


Year Awards Notes Result
2012 MBC Entertainment Awards Female Newcomer Show Variety for Dancing With The Stars 2 Nominated


  1. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. ^ (Korean) As seen on KBS 2TV Champagne (신동엽신봉선의 샴페인), March 14, 2009.
  3. ^ (Korean) As seen on MBCevery1 Flower Boys Generation (지금은 꽃미남시대), April 8, 2009.
  4. ^ "[eng sub] Hyoyeon picked as Korea's number 1 Idol dancer (Star News)". YouTube. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ a b c (Korean) Girls' Generation UCC Story, July 19, 2007.
  6. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 댄스퀸 효연 “초등학교 때 힙합스쿨 다녀”, 뉴스엔, August 1, 2007.
  7. ^ (Korean) 민과 소녀시대 효연 데뷔전부터 친분사진 눈길,, February 3, 2008.
  8. ^ (Korean) 귀여운 팝퍼, 리틀위너스, 힙합퍼, January 27, 2004.
  9. ^ (Korean) 효연, '댄스 DNA'를 타고난 춤꾼", 조엔 CHOEN, February 13, 2009. Retrieved on May 21, 2010.
  10. ^ (Korean) 세계 제패한 이효리춤선생 스타킹 깜짝출연 “최고의 댄서 교수 되고싶다”, 뉴스엔, December 14, 2008.
  11. ^ (Korean) As seen on MTV Girls' Generation, Episode 8, October 25, 2007.
  12. ^ (Korean) 데프 댄스스쿨 강남점 소울 왁킹반 영진샘 프리스타일 영상, 데프댄스스쿨, May 8, 2010.
  13. ^ (Korean) Poppin DS Official website
  14. ^ (Korean) Locking Khan Official website
  15. ^ Girls' Generation. HMI Magazine. 2010-12-15. p. 09. Dancing queen of the next generation, Hyoyeon had received many dancing training from stars like Justin, Janet Jackson. 
  16. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 효연..."데뷔 전 연습생 시절 보아 선배 대역", 이데일리 SPN, August 7, 2007.
  17. ^ (Korean) 음악의 색깔, 멤버와 그룹의 이미지가 조화되는 것이 좋은 안무, 10 아시아, February 5, 2009.
  18. ^ SM Entertainment Girls' Generation Profile Retrieved on January 30, 2013.
  19. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대, 최시원과 의리 지키며 '오 마이 레이디'서 카메오 출연, 아시아경제, March 7, 2010. Retrieved on April 9, 2010.
  20. ^ SNSD's Hyoyeon and Sunny confirmed for Invincible Youth 2
  21. ^ Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon to join the cast of 'Dancing with the Stars 2'
  22. ^ pkdance (2012-10-30). "Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon wins gold medal in skiing competitionGirls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon poses for ’0/1 Creative Book’". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Hyoyeon show off her dance on 'Blind Test Show 180 degrees' allkpop
  25. ^ "Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon chosen as a new Asian ambassador for Topshop Hong Kong". hellokpop. 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  26. ^ Hyoyeon and Yuri will soon appear on “Dancing 9"
  27. ^ Min-woo, Yu-ri, Hyo-yeon join Mnet’s ‘Dancing 9’ as K-POP dance masters (June 17, 2013). Retrieved on December 11, 2014.
  28. ^ Hyoyeon performs a special stage with label mate EXO's Kai and Lay on 'Dancing 9'
  29. ^ Jessica invited Hyoyeon and Tiffany to their house
  30. ^ S(Kangta, Lee Ji Hoon) bring out Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon for a collaboration on 'Immortal Song'
  31. ^ (Korean) [단독]소시 효연, 단독 버라이어티 도전…'효연의 백만 라이크'
  32. ^ SNSD's Hyoyeon's book 'Hyo Style' to release this July
  33. ^ Hyoyeon, MBLAQ's Mir, AOA's Hyejeong, Seo In Young and Sleepy confirmed for upcoming show 'Mash Up'
  34. ^ Vasco gathers up his celebrity friends in his new MV
  35. ^ Whoa Ha!
  36. ^ "Man responsible for reporting Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon to the police turns out to be now-ex-boyfriend". allkpop. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  37. ^ Shinhwa's Minwoo dubbed SNSD's Hyoyeon as the next BoA
  38. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  39. ^ (Korean) 'SM타운' 공연실황 다큐, 8월13일 국내개봉 확정

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