Economics grad turned club dancer

Economics grad turned club dancer
Coco would rather spend her days in a nightclub
South Korean group Viva Girls performing a dance item at fusion discotheque Neverland II.

SINGAPORE - Coco Min holds a degree in economics and could easily find a job in finance.

But the 25-year-old South Korean would much rather spend her days dancing in a nightclub instead.

"I like dancing more," the tall, svelte performer says hesitantly in English.

Having arrived in Singapore about a month ago, she now works at Asian fusion club Neverland II at St James Power Station. As part of six-member Korean group Viva Girls, she sings and dances six days a week.

"I like Singapore best. Everyone is very nice and it's easy to make friends," says the single woman, who has worked in Japan and China. "Many customers come up to me and say they enjoyed the performance."

Coco, who graduated from a local university in Seoul, says she has been working in entertainment for "many years" and has always been an entertainer, performing with different dance groups.

Ask if her parents are supportive of her decision to work in nightclubs, she replies that they were "a little bit annoyed at first, but now they understand".

She says it is her second time working in Singapore as a performing artist - she worked at another Asian club here last year for a few months.

Eventually, she hopes, her work experience here might serve as a stepping stone to job opportunities in other countries.

The most difficult part of her job, she says, is learning how to sing Chinese songs, a requirement at Asian clubs in Singapore.

It takes her about two months to learn a song and practise it to perfection with her group.

She says: "The pronunciation is so hard."

This article was published on April 24 in The Straits Times.

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