16 days ago
You are looking at a video of my “dancing ladies.” I met them in a park in Daqing (Taching), a city in Heilongjiang Province. I was immediately intrigued by them, they wore military style costumes and I learned they practice in Tai Hong King Garden Park Plaza every night. Most of these women are in their 40’s to their 60’s and many of them retired. The dance troop is a way to remain active and experience new things. They are from a generation that grew up and had families under China’s one child policy. As I observed them over my months in Daqing. I wondered if their commitment to their dance stems from the fact they have only one child or no child, like Elisa in Steinbeck’s “The Crysanthemums.” The two main characters I met Colonel Kong and her sister. (Women with red glasses) They both seemed to me they have discovered the fountain of youth. Eternal teenagers dancing the night away. Even though I left China over two years ago I remain friends with these ladies through WeChat. My dream is to return and do a documentary on these fascinating “Dancing Ladies of Daqing.” I feel they symbolize a unique generation in China and tell the history of China’s one child policy in a personal way.
Happy Chinese New Year 🧧
中國農曆新年快樂🎆🍾️🎉🎉 You can copy t the link below to watch the full video @youtube for those who have not seen the video yet. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zqhPmTqHr_o
#chinadance at Daqing, China