Four years ago, Make Your Move fans (originally Cobu 3D fans) viewed the story of Aya and Donny, two twenty-somethings who fell in love despite their divergents backgrounds and the opposition from their families.
Aya, played by BoA Kwon, was a sweet Korean gal whose brother had opened an underground nightclub.
Donny, played by Derek Hough, was a caucasian with a criminal record who was taken in by a black family. His ‘adopted’ brother owned a rival underground nightclub as well.
Despite the odds, the in-love couple found a way to unite everyone and to keep their relationship intact. The uniqueness of this traditional Romeo and Juliet saga was primarily due to the dance scenes which included a combination of tap, hip hop, and Japanese Cobu dancing. (Originally filmed to be shown in 3D, the released version was 2D.)
What are our two stars, BoA Kwon and Derek Hough up to today? That’s the purpose of this brief review.
Multi-talented BoA Kwon, also known as the Korean Queen of Pop is a singer, dancer, songwriter, music producer, and actress.
The beautiful BoA Kwon has been busy since the release of Make Your Move doing what she does best, singing (in Korean, Japanese, or English), dancing, starring in music videos, performing on tour, magazine modeling, and acting in movies and on TV shows. Let’s take a look.
- Released her 35th Japanese single, “Shout It Out”
- Released the single “Masayume Chasing”. (Used as the fifteenth opening song for the Japanese cartoon, “Fairy Tail”)
- Released her 8th Japanese studio album, “Who’s Back?”
- Supporting acting role in her first Korean film, Big Match
- Cast of movie, Venus Talk
- Released her 8th Korean album, “Kiss My Lips,” in which she wrote all the songs
- Solo concert, BoA Special Live 2015 at the Sejong Center (location not usually available to pop music performances)
- Released her 39th Japanese single, Lookbook
- Released an English language single, “Make Me Complete”
- Leading role in the 12-episode Korean TV serial “Listen to Love”
- Cast of TV series, My Wife’s Having an Affair This Week
- Tour in Tokyo and Osaka, BoA The Live in Billboard Live
- Leading role in the romance movie Autumn Sonata (Autumn Post Office) with Lee Hak-joo. This is a Korean romance film about a woman who loves someone she can’t have. In this film, BoA plays a terminally ill patient. This film is billed as BoA’s first leading role, however Make Your Move was actually her first leading role.
The similarity to Make Your Move is that the director for Autumn Sonata was a rookie, just as Duane Adler was a rookie director for Make Your Move. The similarities stop there, however, as this film had much better critical success, and was completely sold out to raving audiences at the Jeonju International Film Festival.
- Master of Ceremonies of the Korean talent search TV show “Produce 101 Season 2”
- Japanese nationwide tour, BoA The Live 2018 “Unchained”
- Released a Japanese album, “Unchained”
- Released a mini album, “One Shot, Two Shot” in Korea
- Released her 9th Japanese album, “Watashi Konomama De linokana”
Often referred to as the modern Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, Derek Hough has always wanted to be known as an overall entertainer, not just a dancer. Dancing is in his genes, but so is art, music production, singing, songwriting, directing, choreographing and authoring.
Derek loves to experiment with light and sound and visuals, and to be involved in all aspects of musical performance production. Though he has not acted in another movie since Make Your Move, he has acted on several TV shows and in a TV musical. Let’s take a look.
- Recurring acting role as a love interest for Juliette Barnes on the TV show, Nashville
- New York Times best selling author for his book Taking the Lead: Lessons Learned from a Life in Motion
- Sold-out national tour (42-city), Move Live on Tour, a celebration of dance, with Julianne Hough and their professional troupe
- Won 2nd Creative Emmy award for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Dancing With the Stars
- Won Season 21 Dancing With the Stars TV competition with Bindi Irwin, his sixth win. Derek is the only six-time champion in the franchise history of Dancing With the Stars worldwide.
- Male leading role in the off-Broadway production, New York Spring Spectacular with the world famous Rockettes
- New York Times best selling author for the second time for Taking the Lead: Lessons Learned from a Life in Motion
- Second sold-out national tour (42-city), Move Live on Tour, another celebration of dance, with Julianne Hough and their professional troupe.
2016 – Acting Role of Corny Collins in the NBC TV musical version of Hairspray
- Choreographer and performer in a variety of music videos that he calls “Passion Videos.” These include “Hold On,” “It’s Not Over Until I Win,” “Breathe You,” “Me in 30-Seconds,” “Kairos”
- Music video director and performer in Michael Buble’s video, “I Believe in You”
- Covered (sings a new performance of someone else’s song) “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional and “Ashes of Eden” by Breaking Benjamin
- Songwriter and singer for “Hold On,” “Breath You,” “Move,” and “Kairos”
- Third sold-out national tour (48 cities, 55 shows, 59 days), Move BEYOND Live on Tour, an enhanced, interactive celebration of dance, with Julianne Hough and their professional troupe
- Judge on the TV show World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez and Ne Yo (one of BoA’s favorite musicians)
Derek left ABC and Dancing With the Stars where he had called home for 17 seasons to join Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance
- Vocal singing role with Breaking Benjamin on their new release, “The Dark of You”
- Judge for the second season of the hit TV dance competition show, “World of Dance”
- Move Experience: the Retreat, all-day events, in which Derek and his sister Julianne Hough inspire participants to dance, move, and sweat in a positive, wellness and energetic environment
Thanks for joining us for this anniversary special. If you have never seen Make Your Move or you want to see it again, it’s available for purchase or for viewing on Amazon Prime here.
Before you go, let’s watch Aya and Donny one more time. 🙂