Why You Need to Check Out Japanese Dance Crew XTRAP

Almost everyone’s gotten a light show at a rave before, and it seems like interest in flow arts is skyrocketing at a faster pace than ever before; however, not many flow artists make it as major stars. Surprisingly, a finger-tutting group made their break out debut during the 2017 season of Asia’s Got Talent. XTRAP is a Japanese trio whose choreography highlights their insanely accurate tutting skills, mixing dancing with mesmerizing visual elements and videography.

Though their fame truly rose after their competition appearance, XTRAP has been active throughout Japan since 2014. The group continually holds workshops, and individual members have appeared as judges for global dance competitions. This February, Nari and Ryoga served as judges for a dance competition hosted by Dexterity Dance League in New York. The trio also posts educational videos, instructing viewers on how to execute some of their iconic moves. Their workshops teach some of their iconic choreography, giving fans the opportunity to dance like their favorite stars.

What really sets XTRAP apart is their fluidity between small-scale finger tutting choreography and full-body dancing. Combined with some killer videography (like the above footage from YAK films) and unique collaborations, XTRAP’s videos are absolutely mesmerizing.

You may fall even more in love with XTRAP after watching some of the commercials they’ve filmed for Japanese companies. Japanese television is well-known for being a little quirky, and the commercials that the trio has been a part of certainly fit in that category. Our personal favorite is this ad for a nail product, seemingly based on the ballet Swan Lake.

Regardless of your interests, XTRAP’s skill level and ingenious choreography hold something for just about everyone. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something to inspire your next flow session.

Who are your favorite dance crews? Let us know in the comments!