Square danc­ing reg­u­la­tions is­sued

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Square danc­ing in public ar­eas is a pop­u­lar com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity among Chi­nese peo­ple, mostly el­derly fe­male re­tirees, and four min­is­te­rial-level de­part­ments is­sued a cir­cu­lar reg­u­lat­ing danc­ing in public ar­eas.

The cir­cu­lar said lo­cal author­i­ties should pro­vide con­ve­nient out­door venues and fa­cil­i­ties for res­i­dents to work out.

In March, the GAS pub­lished a set of 12 square dances to be pro­moted na­tion­wide. Lo­cal gov­ern­ments are also asked to keep or­der in the danc­ing ar­eas, es­pe­cially con­trol­ling noise.

Chi­nese square danc­ing is very pop­u­lar with the el­derly as it’s easy to ar­range any­where. All that is needed is a stereo and friends, though passers-by of­ten stop and join in. Groups of danc­ing el­derly ladies are a com­mon sight at dusk all over China.

But nearby res­i­dents com­plain about the loud­speak­ers and flash­ing lights. As it is not easy for the re­tirees to find proper venues with­out af­fect­ing oth­ers, dancers some­times refuse to turn down the vol­ume or find a new place.

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