Caixin
Apr 02, 2017 09:20 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Video: Livestream Dancing Makes Minor Celebrites of the Unabashed

The dancers that attract big crowds at the People’s Square in Zhengzhou, capital of China’s Henan Province, are not professionally trained.

They simply shake, swing, or punch in the air at their own will. Regardless if viewers laugh or applaud, they continue with their moves.

As their daring, sometimes bizarre, performances have become increasingly broadcast online, and their followings have grown, they say they enjoy being watched by thousands of fans across the nation.

Many have won popularity and garnered nicknames on the internet, some even making money out of the livestreaming businesses, as fans send them gifts or money via virtual broadcast rooms.

Wang Lingzhi, known as Grandma Two Pistols because of her gun-like hand movements, said if she does not broadcast her dancing every day, she feels lonely. “If I don’t go there, I feel like I’m letting down my fans,” she told Caixin.

Wang Fuyuan, known as Brother Electric Shock, said he wanted to set up his own dancing troupe and go on a national tour.

Contact writer Wu Gang at (gangwu@caixin.com)

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Wang Lingzhi (left), known as Grandma Two Pistols, said she “has to dress up whenever going out – some fans may take photo of me at any time.” Yan Fenfen (right), known as Smoky Eyes, started to dance at the People’s Square in the winter of 2015. Photos: Caixin


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Zhang Erqiang (left), known as Erqiang, gave up his former job as a clothes wholesaler to work as live broadcaster full-time. Li Ping (right), known as Long Hair of People’s Park, live streams her dancing for a living. In the past she made 2,000 yuan a month from selling women’s handbags. Now she makes up to 500 yuan a day. Photos: Caixin


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Although Zhang Jianli (left), known as Brother Numb, cannot hear music because of his hearing disability, he can keep up with the rhythm by watching other people’s movements. He often plays the one being “beaten” in the so-called “fight dance,” where the two pretend to take turns hitting each other, with the other exaggerating their reaction. Li Guoyi (right), known as Wu Dalang, is as humble and shy as the fictional figure his nickname suggests. But once he starts dancing, he has the most daring movements, spiced up by his eye-catching hairstyle. Photos: Caixin


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Zhang Haigang (left), known as the King of Dance, said, “Dancing is not a normal job. I’m almost 40, I can’t go further, unless someone wants to invest in me.” Gu Donglin (right), known as Emperor Red Hair, describes his dance as “noble and cool, gentle and hard.” A military veteran, he is energetic and sometimes dances for three hours non-stop. Photos: Caixin


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Shi Yongjun (left) earned his nickname of Brother Fertilizer because he dances as if he is spreading fertilizer powder. Wang Fuyuan (center), known as Brother Electric Shock, said, “Even if I don't earn any money, I’ll still dance.” Fan Yong (right), known as True Love, started to dance at the People’s Square in October 2016. Photos: Caixin


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Wang Fuyuan (left), known as Brother Electric Shock, said, “Even if I don't earn any money, I’ll still dance.” Wei Haitao (right), known as the Swing Brother, “I didn’t mean to become a star. I just want to share my happiness with everyone.” Photos: Caixin


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