Tuesday, September 2, 2008

gibberish? i think not.

In the spirit of the new school year, the smell of fresh white sneakers and aged library books, a fun post on a classic and thrilling playground pastime. Newly honored in the varsity sports world, double dutch has revived itself internationally. No doubt honed in Harlem making its appearance over a century ago, the 'egg-beater' style rope jumping has come to represent an urban dialog. Double dutch is thought to be rooted in ancient culture where rope-makers found a bit of time for leisure activities. The term itself, meaning 'gibberish', stems from English-Dutch relations boasting major language gaps and understanding. Making its way to the Hudson River trading town of New Amsterdam double dutch has saturated the urban landscape and established itself as a competitive sport. No more of the 'cinderella' dressed in yella'' of my elementary days but high-energy, rapid rhythm, a bit of funk and a lot of athleticism. Welcome back, kids.


lotta said...

Oh my goodness. I used to play this when I was in school, which was ages ago in Sweden. How much fun!

Mrs.French said...

Yay! as a youngster I wanted nothing more than to master this wonderful sport...but failed miserably...maybe now?

Julia said...

I had no idea that it had such a history! I'm learning heaps today!