Hyoyeon (김효연)

Kim Hyo-yeon (김효연)



  • Stage Name: Dancing Queen HYOYEON (댄싱퀸 효연 – dancing queen Hyoyeon)
  • Birth Name: Kim Hyo-yeon (김효연)
  • Also Known As: Dancing Quee, Kim Choding (elementary school-kid Kim), Hyoraengi (pun: tiger), Kim Yeolsal(10-year-old Kim), Fiona, Specialist HY
  • Position: Supporting Vocalist/Main Dancer
  • Date of Birth: September 22, 1989
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Bloodtype: AB
  • Origin: Incheon, South Korea
  • Sibling(s): 1 younger brother (Kim Min-goo)
  • Language: Korean (Fluent), English , Chinese (Fluent), Japanese (Basic)
  • Specialty: Dance
  • Training Duration: 6 Years 1 Month
  • School: China Beijing Language Courses (중국북경어학연수)
  • Genres: K-Pop, Hip Hop, Electropop
  • Occupations: Singer, Dancer, Promotional Models, Actress, Rapper
  • Casted: 2000 SM Casting System
  • Company: SM Entertainment
  • Years Active: 2007 – Present
  • Associated Acts: Girls’ Generation, SM Town, Little Winners, Younique Unit
  • Website: Official Website

Hyoyeon was born in Incheon,South Korea on September 22, 1989. She grew up with her parents and her younger brother, Kim Min-gu. She auditioned forSM Entertainment at the age of 11 through SM 2000 Casting System. Hyoyeon said that her reason was her mother bringing her to the offices of S. M. Entertainment in the hopes of meeting H.O.T. She then danced in her audition show. In 2004, along with Super Junior’sSiwon, she was sent to study Chinese in Beijing. Hyoyeon was also picked as Korea’s #1 Idol dancer on Star News


Solo Discography



Television Series

  • 2007 Cutie Honey, Mini Musical – Bully along with Yuri and Jessica
  • 2009 We Got Married Season 1 – Episode 42, 45, 49
  • 2010 We Got Married Season 2 – Episode 51, 52, 56, 57, 69
  • 2011 Running Man – Episode 63, 64
  • 2011-2011 KBS Invincible Youth 2 – All Episodes
  • 2012 Dancing with the Stars 2 – All Episodes
  • 2013 Star King – Episode 299
  • 2013 Strong Heart – Episode 165, 166
  • 2013 Happy Together – Episode 282
  • 2013 Shinhwa Broadcast – Episodes 47 and 48 with Sunny, Taeyeon, Yoona, Yuri and Sooyoung
  • 2013 Dancing 9 – Coach with Yuri

Television Shows Hosting

  • 2008 Star Live Power Music – Co-hosted with members
  • 2009 MNET the M – Guest Host with Jessica and Sunny
  • 2012 MBC Show! Music Core – Guest Host with Seohyun and Yonghwa 
  • 2013 M! Countdown – Guest Host with Yuri

Music Video Appearances

  • 2010 Girls Generation & 2PM “Caribbean Bay”
  • 2012 Yonique Unit “Maxstep” (With EunhyukTaeminKaiHenry & Luhan)



  • 2012 Nominated MBC Entertainment Awards (Female Newcomer Show Variety) – Dancing With The Stars 2


  • The best dancer and the fastest runner of SNSD.
  • Hyoyeon is ambidextrous, she actively use both of her left hand and right hand.
  • The other eight members think revealed that she’s SNSD’s mood maker and also the funniest member.
  • One of her most well-known nickname is “Kim Yeolsal” (ten-year old Kim) or because her jokes are similar to that of ten-year old and she also has a lot of mood swings.
  • Hyoyeon collects cute, colorful stationery and stickers.
  • She hits people and tell secrets when drunks. The members revealed that the maknaes, Yoona and Seohyun, are her usual drunk “victims”.
  • SNSD’s “fashion terrorist”.
  • Prior to her debut, Hyoyeon traveled to Beijing, China in 2004 with Super Junior’s Siwon to learn Mandarin and more about Chinese culture.
  • In 1999, she enrolled in Winners Dance School, a famous dance school in South Korea specializing in popping, locking, animation and various other hip-hop styles.
  • At Winners Dance School, Hyoyeon teamed with MissA’s Min and formed a dancing duo calledLittle Winners.
  • Besides Hip -hop dance, Hyoyeon also learned Jazz and Latin dance.
  • She received dance instruction from the Electric Boogaloos and top choreographers such as Kim Hye Rang, Poppin Seen, Kwang Hoo (aka Crazy Monkey), Poppin DS, Kwon Seok-Jin (aka Locking Khan) and ex-Black Beat’s / Beat Burger’s Shim Jae Won.
  • Hyoyeon’s Chinese name is 孝渊 (Xiàoyuān)

Facts about Hyoyeon 🙂

  1. HyoYeon is known for her quirky AB personality and blunt ness.Suju Kangin: “Being honest and truthful is your charm HyoYeon. Make sure you don’t lose it, ok?” rofl.
  2. SNSD’s current moodmaker but gets stage fright and can’t be funny on the spot.
  3. Obsessive about cleanliness and hygiene. She hates the feeling of unbrushed teeth.
  4. Clenches her jaw and makes sad faces on purpose when she sleeps because she hates when people sleep with their mouths open:D (lol..Yunho:D)
  5. Doesn’t like bothering others and talking about her problems/feelings. She tries to make a joke or let it pass.”I like to make up questions and answer them myself.” ❤
  6. Likes to imitate other people (like Tablo ) and their manager, especially, when he’s yelling at them.
  7. Usually sits in the front seat of their van so that she can talk to the managers and keep them awake while driving <3. But the managers try to send her back sometimes cos she talks too much..haha
  8. When she was younger, her dad would make her do push ups and sit ups as punishment for making noise in public places..haha… no wonder she was a tomboy.
  9. Confident with powerful dances but is insecure about sexy dancing. When she trained in SM, she was put in the boys dancing class because of her power and talent ^^.
  10. Often cooks breakfast, sets the table for the rest of the members cos she wakes up earliest and is a good cook.
  11. However, she loves fast food like McDonald’s but tries not to eat too much of it.
  12. Usually wakes up the members but often gets scolded by them in their sleep (especially Tiffany and Yoona but they always apologize when they are actually awake..:D)
  13. Finds doing laundry comforting. Washes her clothes after wearing them just once.
  14. Almost always wears the ring on her left hand ring finger and her Tiffany’s bracelet (she started wearing them shortly after the Girls Generation single came out). The only times she’s been seen without them are during photo-shoots or award shows.
  15. Wants to get married early and have a family.
  16. She would give up her career for love.
  17. Her ideal member if she was a guy:- Tiffany, Sunny, Herself 😀
  18. Obsessed with her nails.Frequently seen at XXX Nail Shop and XXX Tanning Salon(during Fall), both in Apgujeong.
  19. Very interested in fashion: designing AND becoming a glamorous fashionista like Jennifer Lopez.
  20. She’s athletic and is one of the three best runners in SNSD along with Sunny and Tiffany.
  21. Considered to be one of the most independent members of SNSD.
  22. Helps with SNSD’s choreography and often stays behind after her own practise to help the other members. Tiffany calls her Dance Teacher Hyo.
  23. Can memorize a dance move/routine by just watching it once or twice.
  24. Studied in China for over a year along with SuJu Siwon.
  25. Hyoyeon hates the feeling of not brushing right after you eat.
  26. HyoYeon has 14 ear piercings. She also has one on her tongue.
  27. Hyoyeon studied in China for a month and gained weight… the time she came back to Korea, Sooyoung called her Princess Fiona… She didn’t know who Princess Fiona was, but being called a Princess, she was happy… until the time she learned who Princess Fiona was..
  28. Her hometown is Incheon.
  29. She enrolled at Winners Dance School.
  30. She has learned Jazz, ballet, hip-hop, belly dancing, popping and locking.
  31. She has trained with Popping Hyung Jun, Black Beat’s Shim JaeWon, CSJH Stephanie, Lee MinWoo.
  32. Debuted as BoA’s silhoutte during 2005 MKMF Awards.
  33. She looks for a guy in – a certain feel, a sense of humour, good fashion sense.
  34. Her good friends is JYP’s Min, Kara’s Nicole and Gyuri, 2PM’s Junsu.
  35. She entered SME in 2000 during Grade 5 of Elementary School

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