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In a world of fast food, smartphones, and massive multiplayer online games, health and fitness tend to sit sadly on the sidelines. Fortunately, there are groups who recognize the importance of keeping our world physically active, and who strive to educate our youth; one such group is the National Danish Performance Team (NDPT).

The NDPT, who will be performing their new show Zoom at the Memorial Auditorium this Saturday, is a dance & gymnastics team from Denmark who tour the world every other year to enourage young people to live active, cheerful, and healthy lifestyles.

In order to better understand the mission of the NDPT, I rendezvoused with the team at Hiram Johnson High School this morning where they were putting on an exercise workshop for the students. Although the energy in the room was that of a nightclub—with pop remixes blasting through the school gymnasium’s speaker system—the dance moves were hardly what you would expect to accompany the bass-driven tunes. The NDPT had somehow tricked an entire gym full of high-schoolers into exercising with smiles on their faces, doing jumping jacks, sit-ups, and at one point, push-ups! It was inspiring to say the least.

Intrigued, I sat down with team-member Mads Maretty (pronounced “mez”), to learn even more about what these beautiful people were up to. According to Mads, Gymnastics is huge in Denmark—think American Football huge. "The difference between American Football and Danish Gymnastics," Mads says, "Is that in Danish Gymnastics we don’t compete. We…show people our skills and perform. It’s more of a performance." 

Mads Maretty

 

 

 

The NDPT, he told me, is a group for only the highest level of Gymnastics performers. They change their roster every two years, spending the first year on recruiting and training, and the second year touring the world. Mads, who has been training for 12 years, was fortunate enough to make the team last year and has spent the last three months traveling the world. What I found to be truly uplifting is that, even with some federal and private funding, the members of the NDPT still end up paying a hefty sum out of their own pockets to pay for the tour—all to inspire change around the world.

If you too believe that a healthy and active lifestyle is important to people of all nations and walks of life, you can support the National Danish Performance Team this Saturday, January 12 at the Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $12 general, $6 for students and seniors, and free for children ages four and under. Family Packets, which include tickets for two students and two adults, can be purchased for $30. Buy your tickets online here.

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