China’s “dancing grannies” are about to feel Beijing’s regulatory hand on their shoulders.
Square dancing is wildly popular with elderly Chinese women, large groups of whom engage in it for fitness and companionship at night in public squares across the country.
However, Chinese authorities say the “overenthusiasm of participants has dealt it a harmful blow, with disputes over noise and venues”, BBC News reported.
In 2013, Wuhan residents showered feces on a group of boisterous dancing grannies.
Fitness authorities plan to introduce 12 set routines and prescribe permissible times and music volumes.
An expert panel will set new guidelines on choreography.
“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 the state-run China Daily.
The craze has even gone international, the BBC said. Last year, groups were spotted dancing in front of the Louvre in Paris and in Moscow’s Red Square.
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