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The Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic™ To Host Tournament At The World Famous Apollo
By: Olivia Almagro
Double Dutch is a rope-skipping exercise played when two ropes are formed into an eggbeater. While the ropes are turning, a third person jumps in the oval shape.
Originated by Dutch settlers, Double Dutch would later evolve in the 1970s from a street activity into an organized global sport, thanks to the late NYPD officer David A. Walker and founder of the National Double Dutch League.
"Double Dutch has been a staple in our community for over five decades, and I am truly honored to continue its tradition and keep my dad's legacy alive," said Lauren Walker, president and daughter of David A. Walker.
The competition consists of teams performing singles with three participants, doubles with four people along with Fusion Freestyle with six participants.
This year's teams are from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, California, Hong Kong, Japan, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago and France.
● Speed & Compulsory (fastest team)
●Fusion Freestyle (double dutch choreographed with music) - participating Fusion Freestyle teams compete for "Best of Show," the Championship Title of the Holiday Classic.
● Best in Show - the Championship title for the best Fusion Freestyle team.
The 2022 Double Dutch Holiday Classic™ is sponsored by the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, Eastsport, andCon Edison. The Double Dutch Holiday Classic™ is supported by Apollo Community Programs, with funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
This event is appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $30 general admissions | $25 (for groups of 10+ Rates are available at the Apollo Theater box office: 212-531-5305. For more info, visit www.nddl.org.
FOR PRESS INQUIRIES:
National Double Dutch League (http://nddl.org/
In 1973, David A. Walker, then a New York City Police Community Affairs Detective, developed the street game of Double Dutch into the World Class Sport that it is today. Since that initial tournament in 1974, competitive Double Dutch has expanded with citywide and national championships.
Nearly 100,000 girls and boys representing schools and community centers throughout the United States and the world compete for team positions at national and international events.
Olivia Dazelle Almagro
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