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Jump Roping Crew Saltare at ABDC Season 5

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Look out everyone! Jump Rope is in the spotlight on the national stage thanks to a group of USA Jump Rope All Stars. A crew called Saltare has made it on season 5 of America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV. If you follow jump rope, you already know their names… Chaz Robinson, Tyler Perez, Lee Reisig, Billy Jackson, Lisa Brown, & Brittany Fortier. What an amazing collection of talent!

I just watched the east regionals in which Saltare debuted on national TV. Saltare absolutely killed it! They nailed their routine without a flaw, got the entire audience on their feet, and left the judges in awe. The judges were unanimous in their praise of the crew’s talent. When it was time to select which crews would advance, Saltare was the first crew to be chosen to advance to the next round.

Follow Saltare on their website saltarecrew.com and on Facebook.

Here is an in interview with the crew backstage during the taping of the season 5 regional.

Good luck Saltare! The entire Jump Rope community is behind you. We hope you go all the way!

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Jump Rope Music Video - Port O’Brian

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This is the video for “My Will is Good” by indy rock band Port O’Brian. The video features 11 members of the Foothill Force Jump Rope Team from La Canada Flintridge, CA. Great job guys! Thanks to Sharon Perlstein for sharing this with us.

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Behind The Scenes of Rise Up by Yves Larock

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Here’s a video for the making of the Rise Up music video by Yves Larock. It’s a great video with an uplifting message that just so happens to feature jump rope very prominently. I also really like the song. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the video.

Happy Jumping!

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Crazy Rope Skipping Team From Japan

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Here is another “Crazy Rope Skipping Team” from Japan! This is a cool video. The use of punk rock for the soundtrack is a nice change of pace for a sport that is largely dominated by hip-hop and dance music. It gives the video more of an X-Games feel. I’ve always thought that due to the extreme nature of some of the more advanced tricks that Jump Rope could easily fit in alongside the Skateboard and BMX competitions of the X-Games. Some of our biggest and baddest tricks are every bit as insane and dangerous as some of the stunts done by those guys. Unfortunately, Jump Rope has spent a long time overcoming the image that it is just a game that girls play at recess. It is finally breaking out of those outdated stereotypes and people are beginning to take notice of just how cool and diverse this sport really is.

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Jump Rope Music Video - Rise Up by Yves Larock

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Here’s another giant leap forward for the mainstream acceptance of Jump Rope… the Planet Jump Rope crew recently went to Corsica to film a music video. The video is for the song “Rise Up” by Yves Larock. The song is really cool and the video turned out great! In the video they do both double dutch and single rope. Let’s hope this song becomes really popular and helps propel our sport even further into the mainstream! Great work guys!

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DDCB - Welcome To The Jungle

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Here is a great video of the action from the DDCB. This is some of the best double dutch we’ve seen yet! The folks from Planet Jump Rope did a great job putting this together. I can’t wait to get my hands on the DVD!

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Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch - Music Video

Monday, April 16th, 2007

In 1983, British artist Malcolm McLaren released the album Duck Rock. “Double Dutch” was one of the singles from Duck Rock. This video is a great bit of history. It is sort of like a “jump rope time-capsule”. It’s fun to look at all of the things that have changed in the 24 years since this was released.

In this video, there are no guys jumping rope. It is 100% girls. Compare that to today where it is no longer a girls only activity. The USA Jump Rope All Star team has 12 boys and 12 girls. Overall USA Jump Rope has about 60% girls and 40% boys1.

Also, almost everyone in this video is African American. Today the sport is very ethnically diverse. There are jumpers from all backgrounds. Jump Rope is also now a truly global sport. FISAC/IRSF is the governing body for the World Championships. On their website they list membership numbers from at least 31 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

References:
1 - The Denver Post - Disney film spurs jump-rope sales

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Jump Rope with OK Go

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

This is at least the second run in jump rope has had with rock band OK Go. Recently I reported on Bouncing Bulldog and USA Jump Rope All Star Tim Martin jumping on stage with OK Go at SxSW. In their latest video for “Do What You Want” OK Go features an eclectic mix of performers. Among the performers are a group doing double dutch and a jumper doing some single rope freestyle. You have to watch for it since each is only on screen briefly.

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