Since the early 2000s, a new pastime has skyrocketed in popularity among China's elderly, becoming a social phenomenon. Known there as "plaza dancing," those who gather in town squares for social dancing do so for various reasons, whether to gain a brief respite from caring for infirm parents, or to reclaim the dreams of their youth. Indeed, the square dance has put a new spring in the step of senior citizens across China.
Plaza dance has gained high popularity with the middle-aged and elderly, thanks to its promotion of health and stress relief
Some of the dancers grapple with issues such as caring for older relatives
For senior citizens who have lived through turbulent chapters in China's past, the dance fulfills long-held dreams