Square dancing regulations issued
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.