Rino Nakasone, also known as Rino Okinawa, is a highly acclaimed, award-winning dancer, choreographer, actor, director and entrepreneur who has worked with artists in Western, K-pop and J-pop including Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Janet Jackson, BoA, Girls' Generation, Shinee, f(x), TVXQ, Super Junior, Taemin, Key, AKB48, Taguchi Junnosuke, Red Velvet and NCT 127.
Nakasone was born in Okinawa and decided at age 14 that she wanted to become an entertainer after being inspired by Michael Jackson's Dangerous tour. She moved to the US at age 19 to pursue our dreams, enrolling in college in Los Angeles. She auditioned and became a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, before joining Gwen Stefani. She was one of the original Harajuki Girls, called "Music," and appeared in videos, tours and promotions. She appeared on American TV in the show America's Best Dance Crew, where her group finished as runner-up.
During this period, she also began choreographing Kpop videos, making her debut as the choreographer for Shinee's debut single "Replay" after someone in the group saw her on YouTube. Nakasone went on to choreograph many iconic choreos, working with SM Entertainment, including Girls' Generation "Genie" and "The Boys", Shinee "Lucifer and TVXQ "Keep Your Head Down."
She also began doing projects throughout Asia, including Japan, Taiwan and China, including choreographing for Japanese ads and appearing on TV shows. She continued to also work with Western artists, choreographing for Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, and became well known as a performance and tour director for artists including Girls' Generation and NCT.
She also founded her own business, while continuing to work as a choreographer, tour director and a dance trainer on TV shows like Produce 101 Japan.
Work in K-pop and J-pop
- SHINee - "Replay"
- SHINee - "Love Like Oxygen"
- SHINee - "Juliette"
- Girls' Generation - "Genie" (with Shim Jae-won)
- SHINee - "Lucifer" (with Shim Jae-won)
- SHINee - "Hello"
- Girls' Generation - "Oh"
- Girls' Generation - "Hoot"
- f(x) - "Chu" (with Hwang Sang-hoon)
- BoA - "Dangerous"
- BoA - "Copy & Paste"
- Super Junior - "No Other" (with Maryss from Paris)
- f(x) - "NU ABO" (with Maryss from Paris)
- Kangta - "Love Frequency" (with Maryss from Paris)
- Girls' Generation - "Mr. Taxi" (with Shim Jae-won)
- Girls' Generation - "The Boys"
- TVXQ! - "Keep Your Head Down" (with Shim Jae-won)
- TVXQ! - "Maximum"
- f(x) - "Gangsta Boy"
- f(x) - "Hot Summer"
- Crystal Kay - "Superman"
- SHINee - "Seesaw"
- Girls 'Generation - "Paparazzi"
- Show Lio - "Over the Limit"
- Elva - "Super Girl"
- Crystal Kay - "Delicious na kinyoubi"
- AKB48 - "Gingham Check"
- TVXQ! - "Android" (with Shim Jae-won)
- Girls' Generation - "Beep"
- Girls' Generation - "Love & Girls"
- Girls' Generation - "Galaxy Supernova" (with Kevin Maher and Shim Jae-won)
- BoA - "Shout It Out"
- AKB48 - "Heart Ereki"
- Choshinsel - "Winner"
- BoA - "Masayume Chasing" (with Renka and Aya)
- Choshinsel - "Litto"
- SHINee - "Your Number"
- AKB48 - "We will not fight"
- Supernova - "Sure" (with Mikako Kano)
- BoA - "Lookbook" (with Rikimaru)
- SHINee - "Kimi no Sei De" (with Rikimaru)
- Dreams Come True - "Knock Knock" (with Renka)
- Girls' Generation - "All Night" (with Think Tank Bang)
- Junnosuke Taguchi - "Dimension" (with 50)
- NCT 127 - "Chain" (with Jumi Lite)
- Red Velvet - "Rookie" (with Ryu So-hee and Rikimaru)
- Red Velvet - "#CookieJar" (with Fuko)
- Key - "Forever Yours"
- Key - "Hologram"
- NCT 127 - "Wakey-Wakey" (with Fuko)
IIII. Tour Choreography/Direction
- Girls' Generation - Japan First Tour 2011 ("you-aholic", "I'm in love with hero", "Beautiful Stranger"
- SMAP - Live Tour Gift ("Hikari")
- Leehorn Wang - Music Man II ("Dragon," "18martialart," "Beautiful", "Faraay", Place", "hero", "By the Plum"
- Show Lou - Over the Limit World Tour ("Jangle section", "opening", 愛的主場秀", "wow"
- Girls Generation - Japan 2nd Tour 2013 ("Boomerang," "Beep")
- Girls Generation - Japan 3rd Tour 2014 ("Blue Jeans", "Karma Butterfly")
- Girls' Generation - The Best Live at Tokyo Dome ("Show Girls")
IIIIII. Artistic Director/Tour Director
- BoA Live Tour 2014 - Who's Back
- Girls' Generation - 4th Tour - Phantasia
- Taemin - Taemin Arena Tour
- Taemin - Japan 1st Tour - Sirius
- Taemin Arena Tour 2019
- SHINee - World 2017
- SHINee - World 2018
- NCT 127 - Neo City: The Origin 2019
- NCT 127 - Neo City: The Link 2021
Dance practices are included whenever possible to show the full choreography.
SHINee - Lucifer (dance practice)
Girls' Generation - Oh (dance practice)
Red Velvet - Rookie (dance practice)
Girls' Generation - The Boys
AKB48 - Gingham Check
Girls' Generation - Genie
f(x) - Hot Summer
Girls Generation - Hoot
SHINee - Replay
Super Junior - No Other
BoA - Copy & Paste
NCT 127 - Chain (dance practice)
NCT 127 - Wake Up (Neo City tour)
Information courtesy Rino Nakasone website.