‘Joy of Conversation 2’ on KBS2 / Photo: KBS2

Lia Kim appeared on KBS2’s Joy of Conversation 2 recently to show off her YouTube Diamond Play Button.  

Joy of Conversation 2 is a talk show that invites on guests who are well-known figures with the power to influence a generation. Choreographer Lia Kim, the woman who creates dance moves and trends, appeared as the show’s fifth guest. Lia is also widely known as the dance teacher of K-pop acts such as Sunmi, TWICE, and Girls’ Generation.

Lia is a YouTube dance star whom you might be familiar with if you’re one of YouTube’s avid viewers. She is also one of the founders of 1MILLION Dance Studio, which has a YouTube channel of its own with over 15 million subscribers and over 3.4 billion views (as of April 13, 2019).

On the episode of Joy of Conversation 2 that aired on April 13, Lia showed the prestigious Diamond Play Button that she received from YouTube. The Diamond Play Button is an award given to YouTube channels that reach or surpass 10 million subscribers. K-pop artists that have received the award include BTS, BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, and PSY.

During the show, Lia piqued the curiosity of the cast as she appeared with a briefcase containing the diamond button. Yoo Hee Yeol drew laughter from the others as he was unable to look away from the Diamond Play Button that he had only heard about but never seen in real life.

Lia, who revealed that 95% of her subscribers are from outside of Korea, shared stories about the dances that created a splash across the globe, including a story about how she came to shoot an ad for a Taiwanese beverage and how she helped change the life of a foreigner. The conversation that was had between the cast and Lia opened the viewers’ eyes to the influence and far-reaching power of dance.

Joy of Conversation 2 airs on Saturdays at 10:45 p.m. (KST).

Translated by Jennifer Earwood