1. Amateur public dance troupes
It’s a sight we rarely see outside of a Disney film — colorful gowns and suits swirling in synchronized formation as if in a ballroom instead of on a sweltering street corner in China. Like a scene from fiction, the senior citizens show up in their formal wear to perform the foxtrot, quickstep, and waltz for their audience i.e. anyone passing by in the street.
These amateur public dance troupes are popping up all over China. It’s a way for the elderly to meet friends, socialize, and stay active within their community. More importantly, performing gives people a sense of purpose and a point of pride .
These dance groups should be on the list of China’s imports to America. Although some US cities provide senior-centric activities like bingo nights and trips to the local casino, there are few athletic opportunities available to people who aren’t part of a paid senior community. Public dancing allows people to be creative while giving a gift back to their neighborhood.