These grannies, as Taylor Swift once said, “can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’.”
For the past several years, millions of senior women in China have taken a liking to line dancing in public squares at dusk or at dawn. The grannies use this time not just to exercise, but also to meet other seniors and gossip about their lives.
The wildly popular practice even broke a world record in 2014, when more than 25,000 line dancers gathered in Hangzhou, China.
Over 25,000 people Set New Line Dance Guinness World Record In Hangzhou, China.
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Although grannies may love to let loose, the government doesn’t want them to.
On Tuesday, China’s General Administration of Sport and the Ministry of Culture, introduced a policy that would regulate all line dancing in China to 12 approved dance routines at allowable times and music volumes.
The policy, which has since been amended due to public outcry, comes after many tense and sometimes violent run-ins with locals. According to The New York Times, some unhappy neighbors leave dog poop outside their doors to deter dancers, and there was one incident in Beijing where a man chased some off with a shotgun.
Despite air pollution, Citizens square dance wearing facial masks in October 2014 in Changchun, Shenyang, China.
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The dancing seniors, however, have no intention to stop the beat. According to The Huffington Post, one told local outlet Huashang News, “What are they thinking trying to get everyone to do the same moves? That’s not even dancing.”
The amended policy now simply suggests these rules as alternatives to the grannies’ personal routines, rather than impose them as national standards.
Time to kick off your Sunday shoes, grannies.
More than 2,000 people perform line dance at West Lake Culture Square on November 8, 2014 in Hangzhou, China, breaking the Guinness World Record for
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