Students to dance without partners: SGAS official
Updated: 2007-07-15 09:30 The State General
Administration of Sports (SGAS) has planned to re-compose the group dances,
which will be introduced into schools this September, to calm the parents who
have been worried that the dances would encourage young love, a Shanghai-based
Yin Guochen, a SGAS official in charge of the mass
sports was quoted by the Oriental Morning Post as saying that the new dances
would let students dance by themselves or in large groups.
"They don't have to dance with specific
partners, which will be more easily accepted by both students and their
parents," Yin said.
He said the new dances were expected to be
introduced to campus by the end of this year.
He didn't say whether
the new dances would replace the original ones composed by the Ministry of
The MOE announced early in June that the waltz,
together with six other group dances, would be introduced to China's primary and
middle schools this September.
Parents with traditional values are
alarmed at the prospect of boys and girls dancing hand in hand, believing the
risk of their children falling in love and losing track of exam results would
"Four students will be grouped together to perform the waltz
and they will change partners regularly as soon as one song finishes. This way,
the risk of young love will be lowered," said Yang Guiren, an official in charge
of art and physical education with the MOE.
Yin said the SGAS has also
noticed the parents' concerns and were discussing with the MOE about the
recomposition of the dances.
"It will give more choices to the
students and cultivate their interest in sport dance," Yin said.
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