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.

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  • Chestnut Bowl

    ‘… Chinese authorities say the “over-enthusiasm of participants
    has dealt it a harmful blow, with disputes over noise and venues”.’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/32033315

  • Edward Kay

    Oh shit! Call me bias but I thought the majority of Plaza dancing are done by the eldery. Imagine them aunties jiggling happily away.

  • Irvin

    I want to see some aunties break dance.

    • Xia

      You mean break their bones dance. :D

      • Irvin

        And then we shall have peace and quiet.

  • Zen my Ass

    It’s only people having fun: can they just regulate noise and locations, and let everybody alone? Fact that everything turns into a matter of political intervention is bloody idiotic.

    • Dolph Grunt

      This was one of the things in China that didn’t bother me. Sure, it was a little difficult walking around these groups of women who danced in front of the subway entrance, but for the most part it wasn’t really an issue.

      As for regulating noise… Don’t know if that’s possible when they all have access to fireworks and seem intent on firing them off at random intervals of the day and night.

  • Amused

    And you thought it couldn’t get any more annoying…

  • DC

    the central govt needs to acquire better low level policy makers…they are shooting themselves in the foot with needless stupidity

    • firebert5

      Well, of course they’re authorized since only they have guns! :-)

  • Stefan

    This is something China could export to the west.

    • Amused

      Only if they export the police who don’t enforce the law with them. And protection. Lots of protection. Angry neighbors in the West tend to get nasty.

      • 宋易

        In America, bang bang.

        • ClausRasmussen

          lol

      • Luke the Duke

        lolwat. In the UK I never had neighbours who I would need to be protected from if I upset them.

    • Gus Wang

      Hopefully they will export to your country only.

      • Stefan

        I don’t have a country.

        • Boris

          You are stateless?

          • donscarletti

            My guess he does in fact have a state that protected, healed and educated him, and provides him with documents attesting him as one of its own. And wherever he is now, this cold rebellious son will run right back to his mother at any sign of poverty, instability, sickness or danger.

          • Stefan

            My mother is Malaysian with Chinese born immigrant parents. My father is Swedish with Finnish born immigrant parents. I was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up the UK and Sweden. I have Swedish citizenship but I don’t feel at home in Sweden because nobody sees me as a Swedish and I don’t feel any connection to the Swedish culture since isn’t so Swedish or Finnish either. I feel I have no home at all and that’s why I tried to find a new place and moved to China to see if I could fit in. I fit in better in China than Sweden but the Chinese still sees me as a foreigner. I have an identity crisis and that’s why maybe I’ve posted some weird posts here.

          • Alan Dale Brown

            Actually … you sound like a Californian. Random ethnic mixes are common here (at least, in some coastal areas).

          • KamikaziPilot

            If you’re familiar with his posts you’ll know he has a state alright, a state of confusion.

          • Boris

            I know.

          • Stefan

            My mother is Malaysian with Chinese born immigrant parents. My father is Swedish with Finnish born immigrant parents. I was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up the UK and Sweden. I have Swedish citizenship but I don’t feel at home in Sweden because nobody sees me as a Swedish and I don’t feel any connection to the Swedish culture since isn’t so Swedish or Finnish either. I feel I have no home at all and that’s why I tried to find a new place and moved to China to see if I could fit in. I fit in better in China than Sweden but the Chinese still sees me as a foreigner. I have an identity crisis and that’s why maybe I’ve posted some weird posts here. I can’t get a Malaysian or Finnish passport either because of the nationality laws of those countries.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I think you posted something like this before. Why tie your identity so much to your race or nationality? If you do you’re probably right, you’ll never fully fit in. Why not just try to find other people who can appreciate you for who you are, regardless of racial or national background? People with similar interests, goals in life, attitude towards life, sense of humor. That’s you’re best bet at “fitting in”. Just look at my situation, I’m not proud to be either Asian or American, I’m proud to be me.

        • Gus Wang

          Such a smart answer. you’re clearly chinese. therefore you’re right, you don’t have a country. your country has you.

          • Stefan

            How do you know I’m Chinese? I’m not Chinese, I’m half Malaysian Chinese half Finnish but with a Swedish citizenship and born in Saudi Arabia. I feel I have no home at all.

          • Gus Wang

            you probably have a shipping address, that is what really maters.

  • Ash

    .. I have to admit, those dance steps look fun.

    • Jahar

      Are you trying to make everyone hate you?

      • Ash

        I just like dancing, okay.

        • 宋易

          We don’t take kindly to dancers the these parts.

  • Anonymous

    Public funds well spent.

  • Next Week in a square near you.
    Billy Blanks sells Tae Boe followed by the Macarena

  • Gus Wang

    this song is the most annoying song ever. and these guys dancing looks so gay. no wonder, chinese men looks so effeminate.

  • Vance

    Interesting how the leading comments from Sina Weibo seem quite positive in reaction to this while the Netease comments seem very negative in response to this.

    • Xia

      They attract different crowds.

      • Dr. Barefoot

        That’s interesting. What’s the difference?

  • BrandeX

    I’ll be more impressed if they banned it in public. (Not that we have law enforcment here… just saying.)

  • AbC

    To be truly ‘Infamous’, they need to find the dance instructor from ‘Bring it on’ and standardise that routine.
    Imagine Plaza Dancing ‘Spirit Fingers’!

    • 宋易

      also need jazz hands, and more cowbell.

  • Dan

    China seems to be tightening restrictions on the public of late. What is happening?

    • ClausRasmussen

      They’re not tightening anything. On the contrary they’re embracing Plaza Dancing by releasing a set of instructional videos adding or standardizing 12 dances out of possibly thousand existing dances, and as one of the Chinese comments say:

      “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”

  • Jahar

    Tackling the important issues.

    • 宋易

      They’ve finally got this thing beat.

  • JayJay

    How about improving the nuisance laws in China than telling people what to do??

  • Mighty曹

    Should be ‘banned’ instead of ‘standardized’.

    • 宋易

      I’ve always liked it, but I’ve never participated.

      • Mighty曹

        Next time try to participate. You may like it even more.

        • 宋易

          Reading this thread last night is the first time Ive been aware dancing aunties are considered a nuisance… Ive never lived near any plaza in China.

  • 宋易

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

    My favorite netizen ever.

  • 宋易

    I have no idea what it is.

  • Markus P

    I have seen old dancing aunties with better moves than that. :P

  • 宋易

    If this existed in America, it would definitely sire a South Park episode.

  • Eric Hill

    “I

  • Luke the Duke

    Plaza dancing is not a cohesive movement. You might as well compare basketball to Falun Gong.

  • Guang Xiang

    Of all the cultures to preserve, they choose this one….

  • da_shan223

    I like it. And I like that the elderly dance together.

  • Dolph Grunt

    What’s with the MAJOR attitude difference between Weibo and Netease users?

  • Luke the Duke

    So then it is not ‘a “Falungong” situation – i.e., large scale social organization that is not regulated by the party’

  • gregblandino

    It would be a huge headache for the local police if they gave any fucks. Police spokesman Zhou Baijiu was too busy sipping tea and spitting seeds to give a statement regarding the grave threat of dancing aunties before afternoon nap time.

    But seriously, it’s a not that annoying, charming community event 99% of the time. It adds nothing to the general vibe of low level chaos and conflict that exists in China. If you read the actual weibo, it sounds like the intern wrote it, with emoji’s and 啦’s. This isn’t some sort of directive from on high, its just that the netizens of China are like the netizens of anywhere else, and can be a surly and unreasonable bunch depending on the website.

    Take off your tinfoil hat, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes gifs of dance instructors flouncing about are just that, not some prelude to the coming UPRISING/REVOLUTION/CRACKDOWN mannnnnnn.

  • gregblandino

    I’m sorry you had that experience. I live across from a park that has a couple of plaza dancing groups, and it’s not been that bad at all. I’ll reiterate my point that it isn’t some sort of large scale unified social movement that’s threatening the social stability of the PRC. Best of wishes to your future health.

  • Lol von Random Name

    Its just Zumba.. dance athletics. let the fatties cry, more fitness!

  • ChingChongChinaman

    The song everyone in china knows by heart word for word

  • Trouse

    Haha Goodluck!!!