Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keep those grannies inline

Literally, in line. Some government authorities have plans to regulate public dancing, mostly done by elderly women. (another bit of civil society not controlled by the Party, yet)

China orders square dancers to walk the line
Chinese officials say they will introduce guidelines to regulate square-dancing in the country.

The dance is wildly popular with elderly Chinese women and is performed en masse at night in public squares.
However, Chinese authorities say the "over-enthusiasm of participants has dealt it a harmful blow, with disputes over noise and venues".

Fitness authorities plan to introduce 12 authorised routines and also permissible times and music volume…

The new guidelines on choreography will be put together by an expert panel.

"The unified drills [routines] will help keep the dancing on the right track where they can be performed in a socially responsible way," Wang Guangcheng, a fitness trainer and member of the panel, told China Daily

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