Chinese fitness dancing
Chinese fitness dancing is a popular activity throughout China. Several forms exist, the most common being a line dance consisting of a large number of women, dancing in synchronicity to music played over a loudspeaker. The main purpose is fitness, but is also done to continue and perform traditional dance moves, for community spirit, and simply for fun. Another form of fitness dancing consists of pairs ballroom-style dancing, with male-female partnerships being most common.
Most participants in fitness dancing are adult women ranging from 20 years old to seniors, with most being middle-aged.
The groups congregate in the early morning and evening, at parks or public squares. The dancers organize themselves into rank and file. The front rank comprises the most proficient dancers, the best being in the center. Each rank back from the one in front contains dancer who are less proficient. All the dancers face forward. This allows dancers to learn from those in the rows ahead. The back rank is often populated with beginners just learning the moves, while the front rows are well-coordinated.
Apparel varies greatly. Black is a very common colour. Some groups also wear clothing similar in style, such as loose, black robes, while other groups will all wear similar coloured t-shirts. Some groups have no colour or style coordination at all. Occasionally, fans are used as props while dancing.
The music is usually broadcast from a portable CD player and amplifier on wheels, powered by a large vehicle battery.
Common in schools throughout China, pre-school children and kindergarten students gather outdoors each morning. They assemble in formation to engage in fitness dancing to music played over a loudspeaker.
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