China to Mandate Booty-Shaking

Daily dancing requirement targets childhood obesity
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2007 1:44 PM CDT
China to Mandate Booty-Shaking
Children Celebrate International Children's Day In Beijing   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The childhood obesity epidemic has found its way to China—and will stop there, if the government's new dance requirement has the desired effect. Starting in September, mandatory classes will get millions of schoolchildren off their butts and onto the dance floor. Experts are developing routines for the curriculum, which will gain new moves every two years.

The new measure, which does not replace PE, is provoking mixed reactions, the Guardian reports. Supporters are concerned that one in five Chinese children is obese, and they welcome the opportunity for students to learn social graces. Others worry about things getting too social: "Letting students waltz will create hotbeds of adolescent love," says one Beijing teacher. (Read more China stories.)

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