A move to improve square dancing’s reputation
The national sports governing body will try to help square dancing get rid of its dubious reputation by better regulating it as a mass exercise highlighted in the new five-year national fitness plan.
Chinese square dancing, known for older women dancing collectively outdoors to loud music, is one form of exercise that should be promoted and guided, despite the debates it has sparked, said Liu Peng, head of the General Administration of Sport of China.
“Square dancing is generally speaking a good form of exercise, though we’ve heard many complaints about it being noisy and monopolizing public areas,” Liu said. All tastes in exercise must be catered to, and we will work with government departments to regulate it and address possible problems.”