We’ve been dancing, making music to dance to, exercising and doing sports for thousands of years. We like to express ourselves with dancing or challenge our bodies by exercising until we can lift those heavy weights. In short, people love to move and love to watch other people performing a dance or accomplishing some great sporting achievement.
Show Your Muscles
It may have started with stone-lifting traditions that were practised in ancient Greece and Egypt. The tradition of showing your muscles and letting everybody know how strong you are has been around for many, many years. The first Western weight lifting in Europe developed around 1880 to 1953. Strong men would display feats of strength for the public and challenge each other. The focus however was not on the make up of their physique, these strongmen often had a large stomach and fatty limbs.
Cheerful Dance Moves
Through the years we have learned that people love to dance. Dancing is a form of art, a way of expressing yourself, or of social interaction or even exercise. We love to move our bodies to rhythm and music. It’s impossible to say when dance became part of our culture. Archeological evidence however, indicates dance has been an important part of ceremonies, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since the earliest human civilisations.
Getting into Shape
New year’s resolutions - the promise to yourself that you are really going to do it this time, resulting in the unused gym pass that begs to be used again. We have all been there, maybe it did not work out the last time or maybe even the time before that. Many people want to stay in shape and improve their health but may have a difficult time maintaining a regimen that works for them long term.
It might be inspiring to start working out with a small group of people. Working out with a purpose may also be a good motivation, like going to a ski class before you go on your winter adventure . Or maybe you would like to participate in a gymnastics competition? Executing the human pyramid might definitely get you in the top three.
Dancing at TopPop
David Bowie, The Golden Earing or Brian Eno, they have all performed on the Dutch TV show, TopPop. The popular Dutch television show was aired from 1970 until 1988. The programme was a Dutch version of the British Top of the Pops, presented by Ad Visser.
During the show, famous music artists performed their hits. Sometimes it was impossible for an artist to come to the studio. Then a camera team would just go and visit them where the artist could perform - they filmed David Cassidy performing at Schiphol Airport and Barry White in his home in LA.