Workshops & Activities

Square Dancing Workshop: How Do You Guangchang Wu?

Part of China Changing Festival

Learn how to guangchang wu with our dance leaders. Come along to learn dance routines that are best performed in large groups, and understand what makes China's famous dancing aunties so committed to their daily dance sessions.

100 million people square dance regularly in China. Not square dancing in the European or American sense, but group dances led in public squares by a dance leader known as guangchang wu.

Dancers meet in a public place and spend an hour perfecting and performing routines, often set to techno pop or dreamy electro Chinese pop music. This familiar sight is so ordinary in China that sightings of ‘dancing aunties’ are pretty much guaranteed in all towns and cities.

Suitable for all ages and abilities, be warned, guangchang wu may be addictive!

Presented in partnership with China Exchange

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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Age recommendation
For all ages and abilities

Event information
This is a free, drop-in event. Visitors are invited to join in or watch this event and leave at any time while the event is running.

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Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked