FROM EX­ER­CISE TO LIFE­STYLE

Re­tired work­ers turn to con­tem­po­rary dance to re­gain a sense of youth­ful vigor

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE | IMAGE -

As a con­tem­po­rary dancer, re­tired worker Peng Huanru feels she is young again on the stage. The 60-year-old is one of the 35 mem­bers of the Dama Con­tem­po­rary Dance Troupe or­ga­nized by the cul­tural cen­ter of Bei­jing’s Chaoyang dis­trict in June. The av­er­age age of the dance group is 57. Their first pub­lic de­but at the open­ing of the sec­ond Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Dance Fes­ti­val on Aug 24 was a huge hit. The mem­bers started to dance as a way to ex­er­cise in their spare time, but danc­ing soon be­came a big­ger part of their life. Peng said she knew noth­ing about con­tem­po­rary dance be­fore. “Prac­tic­ing twice a week is tir­ing, and it is hard for me to crawl and roll on the ground,” she said. “How­ever, danc­ing makes me feel con­fi­dent and beau­ti­ful. Now I feel I’m a real star.”

PHOTOS BY JIN LIANGKUAI / XIN­HUA

Peng Huanru (cen­ter) takes part in a dance re­hearsal on Aug 23.

Left: Peng Huanru (front left) per­forms at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the sec­ond Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Dance Fes­ti­val on Aug 24.

Right: Peng Huanru (sec­ond from left) takes part in a dance re­hearsal on Aug 23.

Top: Peng Huanru (left) demon­strates her danc­ing ges­tures to her daugh­ter on Aug 23.

Top: Peng Huanru pre­pares her danc­ing costume at home on Aug 23.

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