50,000 Grannies Set World Record for Square Dancing Across China

By Tye Donaldson, November 10, 2016

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Earlier this week, aunties across China came together to create an epic synchronized square dancing routine featuring more than 50,000 participants. 

In total, 50,0085 people in 14 Chinese cities — including Chongqing, Shenyang and Nanjing — performed the same routine simultaneously at 10 am on Monday, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest synchronized square dance. (That record is not to be confused with the world record for largest choreographed square dance, set earlier this year in China). 

They smashed the previous record of 18,431 dancers, also set in China on the same day last year.

Most of the dancers involved were retired women, however, anyone interested was welcome to bust a move. To make it even better, each member of the square-dancing squad wore matching red tracksuits.

The main purpose of the massive dance party was to draw the public’s attention to the health and welfare of retirees in China.

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In Chongqing 4,000 dancers gathered in a school playground.

The same music was played at all 14 locations, including songs like "The Cup of Life" and a Spanish bullfighting tune. Red Dance, a company with a mission to promote square dance, was responsible for the organization of the event. 

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The supervisor of Red Dance, Liu Mengzhe said, “[We hope the] square dance [will] encourage people to experience life with a healthy body and mindset.”  

The amount of participants in this style of exercise aged 60 or over in China has reached around 100 million, making it almost impossible not to see dancing grannies (or 'dama') in Chinese parks. China's square dancing phenomenon has been in the headlines a lot recently, as rumors of 'dancing granny crackdowns' have made headlines.

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Watch video of the dancers below (VPN off):

[Images via dailymail.com]

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