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NEURON (Hangul: 뉴런; RR: Nyuleon), also known as the NEURON CREW (Hangul: 뉴런크루; RR: Nyuleonkeulu), is a underground dance crew formed in Gwangju.[1]

In his second year of middle school, j-hope became the youngest member of local underground dance crew and went on to scoop up awards at several dance competitions. He was already considered a dance maverick in the area long before he ever became an adult.[2] Your skills became known in this community and he worked as a dancer in this group and also in the underground scene.


Stage name Birth name Birth date Position(s) Year(s) active
DXNGWXX N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
MISHKA (미시카) N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
AD.bomb N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
DAEK2 N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
GAMELL N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
DHill Town Kid N/A N/A Underground dancer 20??–20??
Smile Hoya (스마일 호야) Jung Ho-seok (정호석) 1994.02.18 Street dancer 2008–2010
Y.JIN (와이진)[3] N/A N/A Street dancer 20??–20??
Other members


The group's name, NEURON, is an acronym for "Neuron Crew" (Hangul: 뉴런크루; RR: Nyuleonkeulu). The name was conceptualized with the thought of underground movement, which is formed by a group of people who are not concerned with following commercial standards, and can also be called the underground scene.[4]



2008–20??: Beginning and formation[]

In 2008, Jung Ho-seok's family's financial circumstances worsened, and they were no longer able to afford his dance classes. He was only able to dance at the bakwon without lessons. However, the leader of the dance crew NEURON taught at the Joy Dance Academy and, having heard of j-hope's family situation, invited him to join NEURON. He was the youngest member of the crew. From then on, Jung Ho-seok started to build a reputation among Gwangju's dance community. He was formally known as Smile Hoya.[5] Earliest videos found of him dancing with the crew date back as far to 2010.[6]

On June 13, 2013, j-hope made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M! Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was the third member to join the group as a trainee after RM and SUGA. j-hope has since been involved in the creation process of every album in BTS' discography.

2023–present: Return and recognition[]

230202 NEURON j-hope's Message

Message from j-hope to NEURON (February 2, 2023)

The underground dance team was inactive for an indefinite period of time. Even though j-hope has not participated in the group since 2010, NEURON shows his support for him through dancing, singing and rapping.[7] In September 2022, the NEURON's official profile was created on X/Twitter and Instagram, and on February 16, 2023, the first posts were made.[8]

On February 2, 2023, j-hope paid a visit to NEURON in Gwangju,[9] and wrote a message of thanks and support for the group.[10] On February 17, 2023, the group's official YouTube channel was created. With this, NEURON released cover versions of j-hope's songs "MORE", "방화 (Arson)" and "on the street (with J. Cole)", supporting the artist's solo projects, and dance collaborations with several underground dance artists on group's YouTube variety show NAUGHTY CASE.


Variety shows[]


  • j-hope was formally known as Smile Hoya (스마일 호야) when he was a member of NEURON. In English language, "Hoya" is a genus of over 500 accepted species of tropical plants, native to several countries of Asia such as the Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Polynesia, New Guinea, and many species are also found in Australia. This definitely links to he always tries to spread his wings of joy to appease and bring hope to everyone. He is also constantly smiling, unless he’s passionately dancing, so the combination of the two words undeniably makes sense.[11]

Official Links[]


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