Recently, a Weibo user posted this image of Chinese senior ladies square-dancing in Place du Louvre in France. The group dancing, or guangchangwu, is a favorite past time for middle-aged and retired women in China who find it a good way to keep fit and socialize. It’s also often seen as a nuisance to local residents who are exposed to the amplified music blaring along with the choreographed dancing on a nightly occurrence.
While most of the Weibo users are glad to know that the square-dancing ladies have carried some Chinese culture to another part of the world, others are somewhat embarrassed. This is not the first time that the social gathering has caused a bit of controversy in other countries. There exists a large gap between Oriental and Western culture when it comes to the matter. Square dancing, which is very common in Chinese communities, seems to be resisted and even banned in the United States. Last year in Brooklyn, New York, the loud music of some Chinese residents dancing caused conflicts between the dancers and the police, as China Daily reports:
It started in late June when police were called to the park in response to multiple noise complaints. What the officers found was a group of women rehearsing the dance. And what they did was arrest the group’s choreographer and leader, a 60-year-old woman known by the surname Wang. In court, she was found guilty of making excessive noise in the park.