Para-Para, if you don’t know what it is, is a form of synchronised dancing that originated in Japan. It is often danced to loud and catchy songs, especially that of the Eurobeat genre.
Arguably, the height of its fame started in the 90’s and early 2000’s — and who can forget that Para Para Sakura movie that with that annoyingly catchy song by Aaron Kwok?
Arcade-goers then probably also remember Para-Para Paradise, which eventually gave way to the more modern Dance Evolution game, which uses the Xbox Kinect technology.
The dance craze swept through Singapore, as seen in this series of dance videos featuring youths who called themselves Para Para Singapore (PPSG).
This series of videos were probably produced around 2002, during the height of the Para-Para craze when even the local Chinese channel, Channel U, had their very own Para-Para dance competition.
Warning: Watching them will give you an instant dose of full-on nostalgia (or corniness, for that matter)
Here’s some routines done nearby the Tanjong Rhu Condominiums:
Some of these dances were also done in other public places and events:
If you’re already feeling a wee bit nostalgic, you can browse through more videos uploaded on Lionel Lim’s channel (who possibly is the same Lionel who stars in the videos).
Maybe that would make 2002 feel a little less like it was 15 years ago.