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Dancing on 'Top of the Pops'
Now that Top of the Pops (TOTP), one of Britain's oldest music programmes, has entered its middle aged stage, it should be pointed out that there are a few problems with it. Nothing to do with the presenters1, it has everything to do with the dance steps.
While watching TOTP22, it became clear the over the ages of TOTP, with different dancers every week, they all appear to dance the same steps. These steps are just used in different beats, no matter what the song is: there are quick steps to slow songs and slow steps to quick songs, with freestyle kicks added randomly3 and a few hand claps thrown in when steps are forgotten.
Watch an old TOTP and look at any dancer in the crowd. Now play last week's TOTP and you will see the same dance and, in some cases, the same clothes.
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