This BTS Member Is the Mastermind Behind the ‘Spine Breaker’ Choreography (And It’s Not J-Hope or Jimin)

Each BTS member dances for songs like “Butter” and “Permission to Dance.” When it comes to choreography, though, Jin is known for creating unique, lyric-inspired dance moves, including those for “Spine Breaker.” 

South Korean K-pop boy band BTS member Jin poses for a photo session during a press conference on BTS new album 'BE (Deluxe Edition)'
South Korean K-pop boy band BTS member, Jin, poses for a photo session during a press conference on BTS new album ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’ | JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images

‘Permission to Dance,’ ‘Black Swan,’ and ‘Boy With Luv’ features all 7 BTS members as dancers

They’re one of the world’s biggest bands, known for their fan base, pop songs, and iconic dance moves. Together, Jungkook, Jimin, V, Jin, J-Hope, RM, and Suga danced for songs like “Dynamite” and “Boy With Luv.”

Fans consider the “Golden Maknae” Jungkook, J-Hope, and Jimin as the unofficial/official BTS “dance line,” with these performers starring in a subunit dance group for the “Butter” remix featuring Megan Thee Stallion. 

However, each artist appears in group dance numbers, with members like RM, Suga, and Jin starring in the dance breaks for songs like “Butter” and On.” It’s the oldest member BTS member, Jin, who created the “Spine Breaker” choreography. 

Jin created the unofficial choreography for BTS’ ‘Spine Breaker’

During BTS’ 2017 FESTA, these artists discussed Jin’s choreography for “Spine Breaker.” It involved a lot of spine-based moves, some of which even involved making a “shark fin,” according to Jungkook’s interpretation.

“First you bend, then straighten your hands,” Jin said according to a video translation, hovering over the table. After showcasing heart-themed choreography, Jin said that his moves are “the most original.”

Eventually, these artists all performed the choreography to a recording of the song. It wasn’t exactly graceful, but as RM explained, it did help convey “Spine Breaker” and its meaning to people who don’t speak Korean. 

The unofficial “Spine Breaker” dance wouldn’t be the first or last time this idol created group choreography. During one interview with Time Magazine, BTS voted Jin as the member with the best moves.

“Honestly, how should I explain,” Jin said, according to a translation. “I think it’s because I interpret the lyrics literally into my dance moves.”

RM then sang some of the lyrics to “Spring Day” while demonstrating Jin’s unofficial choreography. He turned to Jimin, saying, “Isn’t this a masterpiece?” 

Jin is also known for having a great sense of humor and, of course, for being “Worldwide Handsome.” In addition to being a vocalist, this idol is known as BTS’ lead “visual.”


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The BTS members play a large role in the creative process regarding their music

Outside of appearing as dancers and vocalists for BTS, these artists also play a role in the creative side of the K-pop group. For the Be (Deluxe Edition) promotional pictures, each BTS member played a role in creating their respective “room” concept. 

Jungkook directed the “Life Goes On” music video, while Suga helped produce several songs for this boy band. Most music by BTS is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.