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Infamous Plaza Dancing To Be Standardized By Government

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From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: [话筒] The General Administration of Sport of China releases #Official Plaza Dance# With “Little Apple” Dance Moves — “Little Apple”, “The Most Dazzling Folk Style”, and other plaza-dancing tunes will henceforth be standardized! Yesterday, the country’s General Administration of Sport released 12 sets of plaza-dancing calisthenics. These plaza-dancing numbers have a cheerful rhythm, simple movements, and are suitable for all types of people. Check out the animated gifs below of the official version of “Little Apple”. What do you think? [阴险] (CCTV reporter Zhao Jizhe)

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Here is the full video that is currently featured on the homepage of Chinese video sharing website Youku:

Comments from Sina Weibo:

Unique1501:

Professionals know better how to exercise the various muscle groups in one’s body, and it’s not like they’re forcing you to dance [this way], so what is there to sneer at?

我依旧是一块砖:

Everyone think, if it were America or the UK’s national sports administrations releasing such a thing, I bet there would be many people saying how close other people’s governments are with their people.

浮生半日闲HI:

Yeah…this is quite good… First, no one is forcing people to dance the official way and, second, the official moves are definitely going to be better than the arbitrary dance moves some old uncles and aunties come up with on their own, and help people avoid injury~

流年飞语-三月的小雨2010:

It’s not forced standardization, just a recommended standard, so what’s wrong?

飞在地上的小歪:

I think this is quite good, and better than those zombie-like moves propagated everywhere. Calisthenic designed by those with professional physical exercise backgrounds will be better for exercise and protecting one’s body [from injury], so what is there to make fun of? How is this different from publicizing [standardized] calisthenics for schoolchildren? The accompanying music is just different.

马儿虫儿:

I think it’s quite good, to specifically design a standardized plaza dancing calisthenics, making it easier for old uncles and aunties to learn, with a uniform aesthetic. As for whether one learns it or not, that’s up to them. If it were forced, then it’d be different.

空心水晶玫瑰:

How did something inherently good be so unsupported in the comments?

宓氏MIS黑马团队_小黑:

Does the General Administration of Sport have nothing better to do? They want to standardize everything. Anyway, you can make as much fuss as you want, but the old uncles and aunties will dance however they want to dance!

胡峥芳Jennifer:

The first time I listened to “Little Apple”, I thought what the heck is this? The second time, I fell in love with it, and even watched the music video, and the part where North Korean brother returned the apple upon entering the army had me almost crying. Now that I’ve listened to “Little Apple” so many times, my mental illness has gotten much better.

放牧时光的牧童:

I can never guess what they’ll do next to be even bigger stupid cunts.

From NetEase:

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Sports Administration: 12 Plaza Dances Including “Little Apple” To Be Promoted Nationwide

Xinhua News Beijing March 23 Sports report — Widely popular plaza dancing [or square dancing] songs that have appeared on the Spring Festival Gala including “Little Apple” and “The Most Dazzling Folk Style” henceforth will no longer have a different dance for each community, but will have a completely new nationwide standard set of moves that are scientifically choreographed and will bring the people positivity.

On the 23rd, at the 2015 National Plaza Dancing Calisthenics Event press conference organized by the General Administration of Sport, the organizer announced the release, promotion, and training of 12 plaza dancing calisthenic exercises scientifically choreographed by experts, suitable for all types of people, and easy for the masses to learn. Widely popular songs such as “Little Apple” and “The Most Dazzling Folk Style” were all included.

“From the parks to the plazas, from the plazas to the Spring Festival Gala, from domestic to abroad, from children to the elderly, plaza dancing calisthenics has already become one of the most popular calisthenic exercises among the people,” said General Administration of Sports Vice Director Zhang Wenwen at the news conference.

Other than these 12 outstanding calisthenics exercises, the organizer also explained that it will collect [additional] original grassroots calisthenic exercises throughout the country this year [to be added to the current 12 official standardized exercises], and will additionally organize a national plaza dancing calisthenics exhibition event.

At the press conference, professional dancers performed “The Most Dazzling Little Apple” medley that appeared during the Spring Festival Gala, drawing applause from the audience.

The experts that choreographed the plaza dancing calisthenics exercises explained that people of different age groups can choose the plaza dance they like. A lead dance instructor present said: “Our choreography is based on five major principles: the movements must be simple, every age group has to get an amount of exercise appropriate to them, all the songs must be widely popular and down-to-earth, what’s spread is positivity, and the moves can be easily learned after three to four tries.

Relevant government officials from the General Administration of Sports and Ministry of Culture indicated that the next step will be the General Administration of Sports and Ministry of Culture promoting the healthy and orderly development of plaza dancing calisthenic with supportive and standardized guidelines [referring to controlling the impact of plaza dancing on its surrounding environment].

Comments from NetEase:

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YuppieJ [网易湖北省武汉市手机网友]:

Talk about having nothing better to do! The old uncles and aunties will dance as they please and don’t need you regulating shit!

realy000 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:

There are so many old ladies these days. The plaza-dancing old ladies downstairs disperse on their own at 8pm each night.

网易江西省手机网友 ip:113.194.*.*

Trying to control too much.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:222.129.*.*

Motherfuckers, so annoying.

网易上海市手机网友 ip:114.86.*.*

Support the country, have the national football team take the lead in practicing this.

刘孟姗 [网易山东省烟台市莱阳市手机网友]:

Crude, crass, uncouth.

GaiWinging [网易广东省揭阳市手机网友]:

Now even plaza dancing is standardized.

卍乱世狂人6l5w [网易辽宁省沈阳市手机网友]:

If you regulate and standardize like this, I bet the aunties will no longer want to plaza dance.

Rax89 [网易山东省手机网友]:

Plaza dancing now has a policy foundation.

紧嫩夹抽x [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

The Red Guards can once again flex their muscles.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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