Ni-ki, the young and talented dancer from the Philippines, has been making waves in the K-pop industry since his debut as a member of ENHYPEN in 2020. Known for his impressive dance skills, charming personality, and captivating performances, Ni-ki has already amassed a huge following of fans from all around the world. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the life and career of this rising star.
Stage Name: Ni-ki (니키)
Birth Name: Nishimura Riki (西村 力)
Position: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae*
Birthday: December 9, 2005
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Height: 183 cm (6’0″)
Weight: 63 kg (138.8 lbs)
Blood Type: B
MBTI Type: ESFP
Solo Fandom Name: Nikitties
Early Life and Training
Ni-ki was born on December 9, 2005, in the Philippines. From a young age, he showed a keen interest in dance and music. He started taking dance lessons at the age of six and quickly became one of the top performers in his class. Ni-ki’s natural talent and dedication soon caught the attention of talent scouts, who invited him to audition for various K-pop agencies.
In 2019, Ni-ki was scouted by Belift Lab, a joint venture between CJ ENM and HYBE Corporation. He moved to South Korea to undergo intense training in singing, dancing, and acting. Ni-ki’s hard work and dedication paid off, and he was selected as one of the seven members of ENHYPEN, a new K-pop group formed through the survival show “I-LAND.”
Rising to Fame with ENHYPEN
Ni-ki made his debut as a member of ENHYPEN in November 2020 with the release of their first mini-album, “Border: Day One.” The album was a huge success, topping the charts in South Korea and around the world. Ni-ki’s energetic and powerful dance performances quickly caught the attention of K-pop fans, who were amazed by his skills and charisma.
In April 2021, ENHYPEN released their second mini-album, “Border: Carnival,” which further solidified their status as one of the hottest K-pop groups in the industry. Ni-ki’s solo dance performance in the music video for their title track, “Drunk-Dazed,” was particularly impressive, showcasing his versatility and stage presence.
Beyond ENHYPEN: Ni-ki’s Other Projects
In addition to his work with ENHYPEN, Ni-ki has also been involved in various other projects. In 2021, he was a guest on the Korean reality show “King of Masked Singer,” where he impressed the judges and audience with his vocal skills. He has also been featured in dance videos for HYBE Labels, showcasing his talents in a range of different styles.
Ni-ki’s Future Plans
With his incredible talent and charming personality, Ni-ki is sure to have a bright future ahead of him in the K-pop industry. He and his ENHYPEN members are currently working on their first full-length album, which is set to be released in the coming months. In addition, Ni-ki is likely to continue pursuing his passion for dance and music, exploring new styles and pushing his boundaries.
Ni-ki is a true rising star in the K-pop industry, impressing fans and critics alike with his incredible dance skills and charming personality. As he continues to grow and develop as an artist, there’s no doubt that he will continue to captivate audiences around the world. Whether he’s performing with ENHYPEN or exploring new projects, Ni-ki is definitely one to watch in the years to come.
Ni-ki fun facts
Ni-ki is a talented dancer from Okayama, Japan, who has an older sister. He is also known by nicknames such as Super Dancer and Little Michael Jackson. Before his debut as a member of ENHYPEN, he was a part of a group called SHINee Kids, where he played the role of Key from 2016-2017, and danced with SHINee for several stages. Ni-ki trained for eight months before participating in I-LAND, where he earned fourth place in the final with 1,140,718 votes. He was also named the best dancer in I-LAND and received praise for his skills from several big names in the industry, including BTS’ J-Hope, SEVENTEEN’s The8, Doobu, and Big Hit Entertainment choreographer Son Sungdeuk.
Aside from his dance skills, Ni-ki is left-handed and can play the piano. He has a talent for memorizing choreography quickly, and began learning jazz and ballet at a young age. He likes soccer and watching movies, and his favorite color is black while his favorite season is spring. He also has a favorite ice-cream flavor, which is mint chocolate, and his “soul food” is dumplings.
Ni-ki’s most precious item is a pair of dance shoes, and he hopes to be able to touch people’s hearts with his performances. He also has several goals for the future, including holding a concert and fan meeting after his debut, debuting by the end of 2020, and performing on the Billboard stage within ten years. He would like to perform with fans at the Billboard Music Awards, and he describes himself as “absorptive,” “dance,” and “concentration.” He has a dog named Bisco and a motto that says “Dance is life.”
Ni-ki shares a birthday with SHINee’s Minho, Nahyun (ex SONAMOO), AleXa, LOONA’s Vivi, ITZY’s Yuna, and STAYC’s J. When he was a trainee, he and Ta-ki were called “Riki A” and “Riki B” due to their birth name of Riki. He also has opposite charms, and he dislikes waking up and bugs.
In summary, Ni-ki is a talented dancer who has captured the hearts of fans around the world with his impressive skills and charming personality. With his dedication and passion for dance, it’s no surprise that he has received praise from industry professionals and is well on his way to becoming a star in his own right.
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