Last week we mentioned that a current Covid wave in Hong Kong is thought to have started in semi-secret ballroom classes where the mature socialite wives of HK’s 1% pay strapping young male dance instructors to give them some rather intimate tuition.
The most recent gossip on the ground there suggests the coronavirus probably arrived with some young dancers who were smuggled into the city from across the border in the dead of night on speedboats to evade quarantine.
If that’s not enough to convince you to option the film rights, the underground Asian cougar dance scene has been a rampant hotbed of drama for years. We first got a glimpse of how mad it can be back in 2006, when the 60-something Monica Wong (the important banker daughter of a shipping tycoon) ended up in court trying to claw back a £6 million advance she’d shelled out for lessons with a prized 30 year-old Italian dance pro.
Sadly, their cozy relationship went up in flames after the couple ended up getting less applause in a dance contest than one of the pro’s former love rivals. His Italian passions raged and he ended up trying to lay the blame on his wealthy benefactor, publicly yelling at her “If you don’t get it fucking right, I’ll throw you out the fucking window!”
A mistake that cost him about £12 million in lost earnings.