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Chinese govt. to manage public dancing

Women dance in a plaza at a public park at dusk in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Women dance in a plaza at a public park at dusk in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015   | Photo Credit: Mark Schiefelbein

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Groups of dancers often gather on public squares and street corners performing choreographed routines to loud music, sometimes provoking anger from neighbours.

A spate of noisy disputes between middle-aged women and nearby residents has prompted China’s communist leaders to step in to regulate dancing in public places, state media said on Monday.

Groups of dancers often gather on China’s public squares and street corners performing choreographed routines to loud music, sometimes provoking anger from neighbours. China will step up efforts to manage such dancers, creating a “public square dancing management mechanism” which will be “under government leadership”, Xinhua news agency said.

“Public square dancing will enter into the social management system,” said Xinhua, citing a joint statement from four central departments including the culture ministry and the civil affairs ministry.

The agencies will manage dancing in accordance with existing laws, it added. The government statement won plaudits from users of Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

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