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Yes, This PE Teacher Really Danced Through The Coup In Myanmar

The viral video looked too absurd to be real, but online sleuths were able to quickly verify its location.

Posted on February 1, 2021, at 4:44 p.m. ET

Una mujer hizo su clase de aerobic sin darse cuenta de que estaban dando el golpe de Estado en Myanmar. Y pues puede verse como el convoy de militares llega al parlamento.


The military coup in Myanmar took an absurd turn on Monday as a video spread across social media of a woman dancing in front of armored vehicles.

The aerobics video appears to have been filmed Monday morning as the coup was underway, capturing a surreal scene of a military takeover set to a lively electronic beat. The woman, named Khing Hnin Wai, dances for three minutes, seemingly oblivious to what is unfolding behind her. According to her Facebook profile, she is a physical education teacher employed by the country's Ministry of Education.

@heyitschili @mitchabbott21 @RandomlyBob @TCBurrus Yeah it's the same. The metal barrier things were probably added in the last couple of years.


Online, people called the video "the first great art of the 21st century" and an "insane 2021 vibe."

The video was so unbelievable that viewers began to wonder whether she was dancing in front of a green screen. They pointed to the shadow behind the woman, part of which disappears in the video.

But it's unlikely the video is fake. A search of the location shows she was dancing on the stairs of a roundabout not far from the Myanmar Parliament, which is why the shadow appears to be cut off. Images from the street posted by Bellingcat researcher Aric Toler also confirm the location.

Later in the day, the PE teacher herself posted other exercise videos filmed at the same location. She did not immediately respond to a request for an interview from BuzzFeed News.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.