So You Think You Can Dance?

June 8th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Reuters reports that parents in China are in a tizzy about compulsory dance lessons that have been introduced to schools in an effort to curb the growing epidemic of childhood obesity:

“An Education Ministry notice this week said seven sets of dance steps had been designed for schoolchildren of different ages to perform during class breaks or extra-curricular time.

The new programme, released in the wake of media reports about rising obesity and declining physical activity among the country’s schoolchildren, had alarmed some parents, the Beijing Morning Post said, citing a report in the Shenzhen Evening News.

‘Middle and primary school students mature early these days and children can easily develop curious feelings,the paper quoted a woman surnamed Wang, who fretted for her newly adolescent daughter, Xiao Meng.

‘Male and female students cuddling each other every day could easily lead to issues with them developing feelings,’ Wang said.

‘Schools adding exercises is a good thing, but the waltz is not necessary.’”

Good god. Seven awkward dance moves counts as “cuddling? ” No wonder my mother wouldn’t pay for my sex den hotel room after Prom.

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