Rino Nakasone

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Rino Nakasone
Rino Nakasone.jpg
Rino Nakasone teaching the choreography for "Mr. Taxi" at a dance class in Los Angeles
Native name
仲宗根 梨乃
Born (1979-06-11) June 11, 1979 (age 40)
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Other names
  • Rino Nakasone-Razalan
  • Music
  • Dancer
  • choreographer
  • singer
LeeJ Razalan (m. 2007⁠–⁠2012)
Musical career
Associated acts

Rino Nakasone (仲宗根 梨乃, Nakasone Rino, born June 11, 1979) is a Japanese dancer and choreographer. Nakasone and her dance crew, Beat Freaks, participated in the third season of America's Best Dance Crew, where they finished in second place. Nakasone has worked as a choreographer in South Korea and Japan, working with groups such as SHINee, Girls' Generation, TVXQ, f(x), Red Velvet, and AKB48.

Early life and career[edit]

Rino Nakasone was born in Naha, capital of Okinawa Prefecture on June 11, 1979. She became interested in dance after watching music videos by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson and mimicking their moves. At the age of nineteen, she went to Los Angeles to study dance.[1] Just after her visa expired, she got a job as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.

In 2004, she was chosen by Britney Spears as a backup dancer for Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour.[2] After touring with Spears, she toured with Gwen Stefani as "Music", one of the Harajuku Girls, earning praise for her dance performance.[1] She also danced for other musicians, such as Justin Bieber,[2] and taught dance at performing arts centers. She joined an all-female dance group, Beat Freaks, which competed and was runner-up in America's Best Dance Crew in 2009.[3]

Nakasone started her career as a choreographer in 2008 with South Korean boy band SHINee's debut song, "Replay".[4] In 2009, she worked with S.M. Entertainment's dance team to create the choreography for Girls' Generation's "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)".[1] She has choreographed for other S.M. Entertainment artists, including Super Junior and BoA, as well as Japanese groups AKB48 and SMAP.[2]

In 2010, she appeared in the dance multimedia production "Siren Assassins" as Queen Jade.[5] That same year, she joined The Pussycat Dolls after four of the original members left the group.[6][7] She performed in two musicals in 2015, The Wiz and Asterisk, both in Japan.[2]

List of choreographies[edit]


  • Replay[4]
  • Sanso Gateun Neo (Love Like Oxygen)[4]
  • Juliette[4]
  • Lucifer (with Shim Jae-won)[4]
  • Hello
  • Your Number (Japanese single)
  • Kimi no Sei De
  • Get the Treasure (with 50)

Girls' Generation[edit]

  • Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) (with Shim Jae-won)[4]
  • Oh![4]
  • Hoot
  • Mr. Taxi (with Shim Jae-won)
  • The Boys
  • Paparazzi
  • I Got a Boy (with NappyTabs and Jillian Meyers)[8]
  • Beep Beep
  • Love & Girls
  • Boomerang
  • Galaxy Supernova (with Kevin Maher and Shim Jae-won)
  • Bump It
  • Sign
  • All Night (with Fuko and Shuhei Meguri)

Super Junior[edit]


  • Dangerous[4]
  • Copy and Paste[4]
  • Shout it Out


  • Love Frequency (with Maryss From Paris)[4]



  • Maximum[4]
  • Keep Your Head Down (with Shim Jae-won)
  • Android (with Shim Jae-won)[9]

Red Velvet[edit]

  • Rookie (with Ryu So-hee)[10]
  • #Cookie Jar (with Fuko Takenaka)

NCT 127[edit]

  • Chain (with Jumi Lite)[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rino Nakasone married LeeJ Razalan, the manager of Beat Freaks and a fellow dancer, in 2007.[4] On May 6, 2012, she announced at her official Facebook account that she and her husband had decided to go their separate ways after five years of marriage.[12]


Huading Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Rino Nakasone-Razalan Global Best Dancer-Actor Won[13]


  1. ^ a b c "The Japanese Woman Behind K-Pop Bands' Moves". The Chosun Ilbo. September 5, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Hernon, Matthew (April 7, 2015). "Rino Nakasone Choreographs Her Dream Career". Tokyo Weekender. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Méndez, Blanca. "The 12 Coolest People in K-pop Right Now". MTV Iggy. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "少女時代、美脚ダンスの振り付け担当は日本人ダンサー・仲宗根梨乃". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2015. English translation at Soshified.com
  5. ^ Phillips, Jevon (March 18, 2010). "'America's Best Dance Crew': Darrin Henson, choreography and style". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Rino Nakasone, choreographer to the stars, is a Pussycat Doll". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 27, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Lee, Andrew C. (May 27, 2010). "Rino Nakasone joins the Pussycat Dolls". Asia Pacific Arts. University of Southern California. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Choi Jun-yong (January 1, 2013). "소녀시대, 신곡 공개 동시 음원차트 1~10위 싹쓸이 '올킬'". Asia Economy Daily (in Korean). Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Nguyen, Mai (November 19, 2012). "Dancing Across the World: an interview with choreographer Rino Nakasone". Asia Pacific Arts. University of Southern California. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  10. ^ Seong, Jin-hee (February 7, 2017). "레드벨벳, 신곡 '루키 Rookie' 퍼포먼스로 상큼발랄함+여성美 발산!". The Star (in Korean). Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "Instagram". www.instagram.com.
  12. ^ Nakasone, Rino (May 5, 2012). "LeeJ and I have decided to go separate ways". Facebook. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Hsia, Heidi (January 19, 2015). "Raymond Lam wins Best Drama Actor". Cinema Online. Yahoo!. Retrieved February 28, 2015.

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