Chinacracks down on middle aged women dancing noisily in public squares afterannoyed residents begin throwing coins, rocks and faeces to make them stop
Chinais cracking down on dancing by middle aged women in public places after angryneighbours began to take things into their own hands.
Thewomen, known as 'damas', have become a hot topic in China, with stories abouttheir choreographed routines lighting up the news channels.
Butthe routines tend to be performed to loud music - and this has been annoyingpeople living nearby so much they have started to throw objects at the groups.
The government has now been forced to step in, before problems escalatefurther.
'Publicsquare dancing will enter into the social management system,' a joint statementfrom four central departments, including the culture ministry and the civilaffairs ministry, said.
Theagencies will manage dancing in accordance with existing laws, it added.
The China Daily said in March that authorities had hired an 'expert panel' tochoreograph 12 state-approved dances.
Thegovernment statement won plaudits from users of Sina Weibo, a Chineseequivalent of Twitter.
'It isgood to ensure that damas will never disturb citizens close to residentialareas,' one person said online.
'It isdefinitely necessary to discipline them,' added another.
FossilCouchPotato,London, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
Initiallyit was good recreation in an otherwise crowd city, but now they are everywhere.They occupy a large trunk of open space in every square or park in every cityacross China. They bring with them their loud speakers because the group can bevery big, so that everyone can hear the music to follow the routine. Thereforethere is absolutely no peace and quiet anywhere in the city anymore. That's thereason for the other residents' behaviour.
MonicaVolz, Lodi, United States, 8 hours ago
Wehave a group that dances within the university grounds after hours, 6:30-9:30pmusually, and while the music is louder when walking by or through, it's notthat bad. I could understand how it'd get annoying in bigger cities or at alltimes, especially in public where people are trying to walk and carry on basicactivities.
LucifersSister, N-A, France, 6 hours ago
Imdawhatever- stay in Norway - this is a circle of HELL made up of Chinese line dancers whowilfully move private property out of the way. You can damage a vehicle's brakeby trying to move it like that.
James,New York, United States, 13 hours ago
Atleast they're keeping fit.
Cynic,Common Sense, United States, 11 hours ago
"stateapproved dances" Makes you realize that China is still very communist,even though they try to act like a free society/economy.
GoaldenGordon, Barnstonworth, 10 hours ago
They'renot state approved, they were recommendations for groups just starting out.
wmh,Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
@Cynic,have you ever been to China. Do you even understand the situation? I bet youdon't.
zandaar,Ayr, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
Seemseven China has its spoilsports and moaners.
Atlas,Toronto, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Betyou couldn't listen to Chinese music at 20 decibels for 5 minutes let aloneevery weekend at 7am for hours!
iamnickmurray,Walton on Thames, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Peoplewere throwing poo at them? Seriously?
Unbeliever,PR China., 9 hours ago
It'snot the women who are noisy, it's the blaring and distorted PA systems. Theyenjoy the dancing, the companionship, and do not go around shouting abuse,being drunk, vomiting in the streets, clogging up hospitals, wasting policetime etc. It's one of the more pleasant aspects of Chinese culture.