Line Dancing

25 Aug

People who spend time in China generally see that: people dancing on the streets or in parks, in small or large groups.

Most of it is little more than open-air soft aerobics – hardly sensual or sexy.

But one night, on the banks of the river, where the Austrian concession used to be, I spotted a scene strangely reminiscent of the Paris riverbank, where people dance to Latin and Celtic rhythms in the summer.

Collective dancing is popular. Passing by JinWan plaza one morning, I saw the staff of a restaurant lifting up their hands in rhythm, getting in the mood for their day of work. Connecting with colleagues.

The best of them might be selected on the official parading team that I saw rehearsing, iconically, opposite the Tianjin station.

Maybe we should learn from that, and be better at using our public space? Well, for a start, K-pop flash mobs are a good first step.

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