To Promote the Japanese parapara dance style as well as the fun-loving, electronic music it accompanies and to embrace all parapara enthusiasts regardless of skill level.
EKS-D strives to promote parapara with a casual, socially-focused approach. After all, what is a hobby if it isn’t fun? We encourage noncritical, self-paced learning and improvement, and remain supportive of our members both on the dance floor and off. Rather than being a results-driven machine, we aim to remain a network of friends joined by a common love of the dance.
About the Team
EKS-D ParaPara was founded in November 2006 by high school friends Neko² and Ali after disbanding their previous parapara group Kikimo-dan in March 2006 following a nearly two year hiatus. The focus of this new team was to reach out and become an inclusive network for the North Texas parapara community and to provide a resource for those interested in learning more about the dance style and the music it accompanies.
The name “EKS-D” was chosen as a phonetic spelling of the letters in the internet emoticon “XD”, which reflects the general lighthearted nature of the parapara community. A joking bacronym, Energetic Kinetic Synchronous Dance, was later created in response to questions about the name’s meaning. Since its founding, EKS-D has more than doubled its core membership, chartered a sister team in Atlanta, GA, and has been privileged to join Swedish bubblegum pop group SMiLE.dk in their performances at SanJapan (San Antonio, TX – Aug. 2008) and Sakura-con (Seattle, WA – April 2009).
Our regular activities include parapara-centered gatherings, annual workshops at numerous conventions, and the choreography and filming of several new and existing parapara routines. EKS-D is a hobbyist, social group with open membership and is created by fans, for fans. Our membership is comprised primarily of young adults (ages 18+), though this does not prevent younger fans from joining. So come and dance with us and ask yourself…