Recently in China, square dancing has gained massive popularity among citizens. This phenomenon has reached the attention of the central government due to its apparent noise pollution affects. In response, it has tasked an expert panel to choreograph 12 accepted square dance routines.
Still, restrictions on location, music volume, and timings for square dancing are still up in the air. The new initiatives stem from community complaints in areas where large group and loud volume square dancing is popular. Surprisingly, the majority of the square dancing constituency is elderly people. Chinese “experts” attribute this to the notion that older people are more educated and healthier now.
Many see square dancing groups, which can reach numbers in the thousands, as an opportunity for exercise. Apparently, the most important factor is the networking aspect for Chinese people. In large groups, they meet new people and find friends with a common interest. While the community aspect benefits those involved, over 100 million people have participated in the phenomenon, disturbing the peace. With this many people square dancing, questions arise over whether or not regulation can be effective, especially without a massive organization to implement it. Moreover, how can the government stop people from dancing in any open areas?