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Metro can’t step on dancers’ toes

THE Metro operator has said that there is little it can do about dancers who gather near the entrance of a station.

Shanghai Shentong Group has received complaints from residents near Line 8’s Siping Road station that a group of dancers who meet near the No. 3 entrance every evening block commuters’ paths to the Metro.

However, the operator can only call for support from the urban management department, saying it has no administrative authority over the area which is away from the Metro entrance.

The Metro entrance on Dalian Road faces the Junfeng International Fortune Plaza, in front of which is an open space. Despite a notice put up by the plaza banning dancing, a group meets at around 7pm to practice their steps to the accompaniment of loud music.

One dancer, who declined to give her name, said they were dancing in a public open space, not the plaza, which was not against the notice.

And an onlooker told Shanghai Daily that the notice was only recently posted by the plaza. She said she would watch the dancing sometimes, but also raised concerns that the loud music might disturb nearby residents.

Group dancing has long been a contentious activity. While the dancers — usually nearby residents — find it fun and good exercise, some neighbors complain about the noise.

Urban management team and police are sometimes involved. However, there is no management regulation covering group dancing.


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