The Late Movies: Double Dutch

Erica Palan

Growing up in Philadelphia, lots of girls in my neighborhood jumped rope. The most impressive did double dutch. (I dabbled, but was never really coordinated enough for one rope, let alone two.) The activity has grown in popularity in recent years. In 2009, double dutch became a varsity sport in New York City public schools. Here, a collection of videos featuring the best double dutchers YouTube had to offer (including some vintage Sesame Street!).

Double Dutch on Sesame Street

I clearly remember watching this clip as a kid. Anyone else?

Double Dutch Holiday Classic

In a contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, teams competed to see who could make the most jumps. Some performed choreographed routines to music.

Double Dutch Divas

The Divas used to appear every Sunday in Central Park to show off their jumping skills.

Double Dutch Pairs Freestyle

The Comet Skippers won the gold medal in freestyle at the 2006 US Jump Rope Nationals.

Stan's Jr. Pepper Steppers

These eighth graders make it look easy!

2009 Grand National Jump Rope Championships

These jumpers competed in the pairs freestyle competition.