Chinese-manufactured robots are very popular on the internet for their many impressive and lifelike feats, but one story really took us for a spin. A video of a pair of ballroom dancers went viral, with many claiming that the performers were not real, but were in fact robots created in China that were performing at the Shanghai Disneyland resort.
Snopes readers sent us the same video of the couple dancing, with the woman in a white dress and her partner in coattails. Many asked us to confirm if they were, indeed, robots. You can watch the video, tweeted by the verified account of an Indian politician and actor, below:
Saw this fantastic & unbelievable video ..had to share it for all to enjoy. …..????? This classic dance was made in China and broadcasted in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dancers. But are all robots made in China The show time is about 5 minutes, but the pic.twitter.com/BbivDv3dq9
— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) October 18, 2020
The tweet claims that these dancers were “robots made in China,” and this five minute performance was broadcast at Shanghai Disneyland. The same language has been circulating in others’ tweets when sharing this video.
The origin of this performance was actually a 2013 clip from British television show “Strictly Come Dancing” that aired on BBC One. The performers were Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec, who were dancing the Viennese waltz. You can see the performance shared from the official BBC YouTube account:
This false rumor is similar to another one from 2019 that claimed Chinese classical dancer Qin Xi was actually a robot performing at Shanghai’s Disneyland.
Given that the actual video shows two very real people dancing on a British television show, and not two robots, we rate this claim as “False.”