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Bouncing Bulldogs shine at the Apollo Threater

The Bouncing Bulldogs Performance Team, based in Chapel Hill, dominated the Double Dutch awards ceremonies at the Apollo Theater on Dec. 7 in Harlem.
The Bouncing Bulldogs Performance Team, based in Chapel Hill, dominated the Double Dutch awards ceremonies at the Apollo Theater on Dec. 7 in Harlem. Courtesy of the Bouncing Bulldogs

The Bouncing Bulldogs Demonstration Jump Rope Team dominated the awards ceremonies in the 23rd Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic held at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater.

Based in Chapel Hill and Durham, the team earned a total of 48 awards: 14 gold, 24 silver and 10 bronze.

Competitors from France, Japan and seven states within the U.S. participated in two Double Dutch Speed events followed by “Fusion”, a form of double-dutch combining jump rope, dance and acrobatics in a routine choreographed to music.

In the 8th grade and over division, the Bulldogs took home the top three titles in the Classic Double Dutch Singles Speed and Compulsory event as well as the Pairs Speed and Compulsory event.

Judges for these events count the number of times a competitor’s left foot touches the floor as two other teammates turn the ropes in the allotted time.

A clean sweep in both speed events has never before been achieved by a team on the Apollo’s legendary stage, creating an exceptional experience for the Bouncing Bulldogs program, said team officials.

“I am so proud of my teammates,” said Ilana Fried, this year’s senior captain for the Bulldogs. “We worked hard, pushed each other and were honored to represent the team at the historic Apollo Theater. We are grateful for the support from our coach, families, teammates, and the entire community who all helped us succeed.”

The Bouncing Bulldogs hope to carry their momentum into 2015, when they continue their community outreach programs, and as they train for upcoming World Jump Rope competitions in Orlando, Fla. and Paris, France.

For 23 years the National Double Dutch League has hosted the Annual National Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo. An arts and cultural landmark in Harlem, performances at the Apollo Theater helped jumpstart the careers of African-American musical legends such as Billie Holiday, the Jackson Five and Stevie Wonder.

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