Health and Wellness – is Dancing the Answer??

SKIP MARTIN, Grammy Award Winner, a former lead singer of Kool & the Gang and lead singer of the Dazz Band and Dr. BRUCE TOPPER, a practicing radiologist have created an alter ego named Dr. Dance that produces danceable music. This musical crusade is to bring awareness to obesity and childhood diabetes through dancing.

The first single, “Can You Whine” is a reggaeton style song. The full CD entitled SKIP MARTIN presents DR. DANCE “The Dr. Dance Project” will be released in late September 2014.

To support the cause, please download “Can You Whine” available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Buy the Can you Whine single on Itunes here

A Chance Meeting for a Good Cause 

For Dr. Bruce Topper a chance meeting with Kool & The Gang/Dazz Band vocalist Skip Martin turned a hobby into an accidental music career. Dr. Topper has worked as a successful radiologist for over twenty years. He always complimented the rigors of the medical profession with music as an activity of leisure. But a year and a half ago, at a star-studded Las Vegas party, he had a fateful moment. “At the party, we were all asked to give intros. When it got to me, I was spontaneous and said: ‘I know there are a lot of musicians here, if there is anyone out there that could help me fulfil my dream of creating original music, I would love to meet you.’ Skip made a beeline for me,” Dr. Topper says.

“Music was always my favorite hobby, but when I started hearing fresh, original music in my head and writing the songs down, it seemed like there was a calling,” the Las Vegas-based Dr. says. “I want to get my message out which is to get people off the couch and on their feet dancing. It’s good for the heart; it helps people live longer and feel better,” he says.

Dr. Topper records with Skip Martin under the name Dr. Dance. The two have currently recorded 3 songs with Martin and Spiro Gyra keyboardist Tom Schuman producing, and have shot two videos. Skip Martin is a funk and R&B icon best known for his work as a vocalist with Kool & The Gang and the Dazz Band. Martin has previously recorded 27 albums, won a Grammy with Dazz Band for “Let It Whip” (1982), and earned numerous Platinum and Gold records. Skip Martin and Dr. Topper blend Martin’s heritage as a dance-pop master with Dr. Topper’s sophisticated-but-accessible pop-rock aesthetic.

“The way we often work is that I come up with a musical idea with lyrics,” Dr. Topper reveals.

“Then we get together in the studio and the creative forces come together. Skip is all about improvisation and creating vibes, he calls it ‘The God force.’” One such inspired session resulted in the invigoratingly funky “Took So Long,” one of the duo’s strongest collaborations.  “Initially, my concept for the song was as a sad song. The narrator knew long ago that a certain girl was ‘the one,’ but just never knew how to approach her. After Skip and I worked on it, it became this joyful song where the guy gets the girl and he’s exploding with happiness, he’s so grateful,” Dr. Topper says. The track is a sleek slice of modern R&B with smart hooks and an imaginative arrangement. The accompanying video is a playfully euphoric celebration of the virtues of dancing; after all, it is good for your heart.

The Dr. Dance track “This Life” is an uplifting pop-rock song featuring the Doctor’s warm and pristinely melodic vocals. “That song is about a troubled person that finds peace and joy and wants to pass these gifts on,” Dr. Topper says. Dr. Topper and Skip Martin recently completed a revelatory tropical track called “Can You Wind” which features Martin and Prince Ama on vocals. The festive track vibes the islands, reggaeton, and the Doctor’s refined pop songcraft.

Dr. Topper always had an uncanny ability to effortlessly replicate music off the radio. Though from 9 to 17 he formally studied piano and received a grounding in classical music, he always performed music from an intuitive place. In high school, he memorized all the music to the two-hour Cole Porter musical Anything Goes, and adapted the entire orchestral score to just piano. During college at Columbia University, he was pre-med, a music major, and frequently regaled his classmates with his off-the-top-of-his-head-but-accurate versions of pop songs. While at Cornell Medical School, he performed in all the warm and witty holiday shows. When he moved to his current residence, Las Vegas, and joined the Desert Radiologist Group, he expanded his profile, performing classical music for Nathan Adelson Hospice’s “doctors in concert” fundraiser “Serenades Of Life.” Those gigs led to many garage rock bands with other doctors taken by Dr. Topper’s piano prowess at the fundraiser. From here the pop songwriting bug bit.

“What got me interested in putting together original music was that I was curious if my facility to play by ear meant an understanding of music where I could create something that moved other people,” Dr. Topper says.

Assessing his careers he says: “”I’ve noticed radiologists to be logical, methodical and analytical. It’s like detective work: You look at an ultrasound or an MRI, figure out what’s going on, and come up with a logical conclusion. It’s a lot of thinking. In music, it’s a lot of feeling. Radiology is left brain; music is right brain. Together they fulfil both sides of my being and I feel complete.”

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22 thoughts on “Health and Wellness – is Dancing the Answer??

  1. I am in love with this song and what you guys are trying to do. Dr Dance rocks! Anyways, the song is catchy and I can totally see myself dancing to this. Also the video is quite fun to watch! A cause like this to help curb obesity is a good cause to me.


  2. Awesome video, song and cause. Obesity is a huge deal in America today and we need to fight it anyway we can. I sure am glad to see some people making it fun like you guys are doing and I appreciate that. I used to be an overweight individual and it was a pain to deal with. Thankfully my life has gotten a whole lot better these years and it’s thanks to people like you’s who make working out and being healthy fun!


  3. Haha awesome song! I can’t stop listening to it. Anyways, it’s great the work you’re doing to help people who live unhealthy lives when it comes to eating and working out. I know people who’re overweight and even obese and it’s hard for them to get into the groove of things. Thankfully they got Dr Dance and company to help out. 😀


  4. I am very thankful for people like you all who are trying to help those who suffer from health problems and obesity by helping them get up and dance. I am for sure going to buy this CD and I will tell as many people about the album as I can. Anyone who tries to helps others live a healthier life and have fun doing it is a good person in my book.


  5. To me I truly believe dancing is a helful way of losing weight and getting started. And you don’t even have to be some kind of pro. You could flail your arms in the air and go crazy with it, essentially have fun with it. Life is short and we don’t need to learn to dance when we can just dance the way we like. If you want to learn to dance, that’s cool too.


  6. This is truly an album I can get into and buy for my family. I am not much of a dancer, but does that matter? Probably not. I say we dance until we tire ourselves out. I’m up for it. 😉


  7. Now this Dr Dance Project is something I’m happy to see. Something fun, entertaining, catchy and can help get kids and adults alike to get up and dance. Anyways, I really am liking the video guys, you did a wonderful job on it and I truly hope it helps get kids and adults in the mood to dance a little.


  8. Anything that will drive some people to workout more is something I’m happy to promote. I shared this with my sister-in-law for her son to try it out. He’s into this type of music and he needs to start thinking about his weight as it’s gotten worse over the years. We try to help, but he very rarely listens to us. Maybe Dr Dance can get through to him.


  9. I believe doing something to get fit is the answer and dancing can be one of those things. I have been dancing for the past five years or so and I will say it truly helps a lot. It’s a great workout and it builds muscle (in the legs for me). I truly hope your album can help people to lose some weight. It’s not easy to do so, but if it can inspire and incite enough interest, I can see a lot of people losing a significant amount of weight following your music.


  10. I absolutely love what you guys are doing, the Dr. Dance idea is very cool and I love seeing it implemented in music like this. I wish I thought of something like this myself. Anyways, I am really enjoying the song and I hope it helps people to work out and get off the couch. Let’s dance baby! 😀


  11. Wow you guys are awesome! Seriously, anyone who goes out of their way to make something to help others is a good group of people in my mind. I’ve never been one to dance myself, but I remember a time in high school were I did dance a lot, but I looked like a total fool, but then again, I doubt that matters as long as we get active.


  12. Anything that can help me get my move on is something I will always consider trying. I would say I’m not really a dancer, but I’ll try anything at least once. If it’s something I can truly get into, I suppose I’d give it a solid shot. Thanks for sharing your music and the way of life you’re promoting.


  13. The answer could very well be dancing, but we all know the best way is to just get active. I’m not knocking dancing of course, because if it works for you I say go for it. But just being active is one of the best ways of losing weight. There is many people out there who could use dancing, and maybe even I.


  14. Dancing is one of the best workouts today. It helps people move a lot more, get their whole body moving. When we do certain workouts, we tend to just move one part of our bodies, but with dancing, we have a choice of moving our whole body. It’s one of the best workouts around and I’m glad to see someone trying to push it on people to live a healthier and happier life.


  15. Dance, Dance, Dance and everyone gets better. In all seriousness I took dancing as a kid and always enjoyed it. I like to think I’m pretty fit and happy and I thank that to dancing my whole life. People don’t even need to get crazy into it right away either, just get your body moving to a jam and you’ll be very thankful you did.


  16. The best thing about dancing for me is that dancing is kind of a stress reliever. I could wake up one day, dance like crazy and feel an uprising of joy. Some days I don’t dance and I end up feeling like a lame duck. But once I get on that dancing train I feel so much better. It’s wonderful.


  17. Can You Whine is going to be a massive hit. I’m predicting it right now everyone. Anyways getting ones body to move is a great way of losing weight and getting on track to continuing that process. Trust me I know. I took up dancing to lose weight and it’s worked wonders for me.

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  18. This is something I will gladly buy right now. I know some people who could use dance music like this. I’ll recommend it and see what they say, they’re both quite stubborn and at times don’t want to try anything new. I’ll try though.


  19. So is this an album of all kinds of variations of dancing music? If so I will be picking this album up. I am in love with dance music and what they put out today isn’t always right for me. So I hope this is the kind of music I can get into.


  20. I appreciate everything ya’ll are doing when it comes to helping those who aren’t healthy. I’ve suffered from obesity and health problems and it’s not easy to get through, especially when I always wanted to just sit around, watch TV and not worry much else about life. But losing weight was the best thing I ever did and I am happier because of it. Dancing helps, in my case I played Dance Dance Revolution, but this can help out too I suppose.


  21. I will say that I am hesitant to dance these days because I look like a fool on the dance floor, but I enjoy to get moving every once in a while and I need to get moving more often. Anyways, I appreciate the things you guys are doing with this and I hope it helps people big time. We are living in a country where obesity is a huge problem and we need all the help we can get.


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