Despite one side’s apparent victory, the war between the Chinese government and China’s notorious dancing aunties still rages on in Anhui.
A community in the provincial capital of Hefei has recently introduced a new set of guidelines aimed at “regulating” the nationwide scourge of late-night square dancing. Dancers will now be required to register their real names before going out to shake it on the street. But not just anywhere on the street — only inside designated venues and just between 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m each night, Sina reports.
Also, the aunties will be required to keep the racket down, with their music not to exceed 70 decibels.
In the past, Chinese residents fed up with the blaring music that often accompanies the dance sessions have tried to deal with the noise by giving the dancers headphones, installing sound-directing speakers, locking them out, throwing feces at them and, when all else fails, just shooting them. None of it has worked. They have only grown stronger.
The national government even tried their hand at regulation last year, by introducing a set of 12 standardized dance routines set to the overplayed tune of “Xiaopingguo” in an effort to guide the rebellious aunties “with national standards and regulations.”
This effort was quickly lambasted online and a spokesperson was forced to clarify that the move was done only to “provide scientifically sound alternatives” to current routines. It seemed the dancing aunties had won.
However, Su Lin, director of the community cultural station, says that the Hefei community’s new policies have yet to be met by any kind of backlash. So far, over 600 people comprising 15 dance teams have come to register and there has not been a single complaint from either side.
Maybe we can find a way to live in peace after all?