I couldn’t get it together yesterday, so I put off doing this until today. Everything’s fine, just a little trouble getting the lead out…
A blog I follow, and you should, too, is Bluebird of Bitterness. She has a number of regular features on her blog, one of which is the Friday Happy Dance, where she posts a person or persons performing a dance. She doesn’t restrict herself to Western sources, either, and frequently posts things like Bollywood dance routines or other Asian entertainment.
Which brings us to Yaorenmao, whose name translates (roughly) to "Biting Kitty." I found a page about her that tells us
Yaorenmao, an online dance star, escaped online after she felt trapped in her "boring" life as a member of the modern workforce. Her alternative world is a Shanghai-based video-sharing platform, where she prances and preens in cosplay outfits for her more than one million fans.
She evidently spends quite a bit of money making these videos, for the costumes and sets, but gets help from her fans on Bilibili, a video-sharing platform similar to YouTube
The first time I saw one of her videos (she has a channel on YouTube as well as on the Chinese site Bilibili.com), I commented "I don’t know what I just saw, but I didn’t want it to stop." Here, then, are five videos featuring her and her friends doing various dance routines, about which I can only give you the titles as translated by Google Translate. If the names don’t make much sense, blame Google.
- "Dududu": She tells us "This is my first original single music video."
- "New Treasure Island": She’s joined in this by a young woman named LuLu.
- "Hook Finger And Swear" (maybe "Pinky Swear"?): Just a lovely video.
- "Aiaiai": Looks like it might actually star a young woman named Kizuna.
- "Taoyuan Love Song": Yaorenmao is dancing with herself here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Yaorenmao, and if you did, there’s plenty more where that came from. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 19, 2020.