How The Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm | Kyra Gaunt

How The Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm | Kyra Gaunt

The while it is not clear just who invented the jump rope, information suggests has a long history, going back as far as the ancient Egyptians. It probably made it’s way to North America through the Dutch, but didn’t really catch on until the pantaloons came around. Once women wore more fitted clothing and didn’t have to worry about their dresses catching on the rope, young girls everywhere took up the jump rope. It became a sort of symbol for women who, at the time, were neither expected nor permitted to participate in sports or physical activity, so when the jump rope became big in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens in the 50’s, the girls took it as their own. They made up rhymes to the rhythmic ticking of the rope slapping the pavement and these rhymes and songs because intertwined with the jump rope itself. The jump rope became a symbol for the girls on the playground, who made that item something that was theirs and theirs alone and made sure that the boys were not included, and it has truly traveled through time. It became so ingrained in the culture that it even made it into Nelly’s music. The jump rope has carried memories.

 

 

Key Points:

  • 1Jump rope in form double dutch was and is important cultural expression for black girls in the black urban community.
  • 2The game has not only physical moves. but also rhyming cadences that have passed through the generations.
  • 3Hip-hop artists have been heavily influenced by the lyrics in the rhyming songs of the girls in their jump rope play.


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  1. Tom Linda Reply

    As a physical education teacher of 30+ years, jump rope has been a go to activity, especially for out daily warm-up activities. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s I always share my personal stories with my classes concerning our physical activities during recess, lunchtime and after school (no formal PE in those days).

    Girts were always at one end of the playground jumping rope while singing and playing hop scotch. Boys were at the other end playing tetherball and kickball.

    I fast forward to todays culture of fitness and recognize that the girls of my era were so much further ahead of the boys in training. Probably why it took until the 6th grade to finally beat the fastest girls in the 50 yard dash. Today when young athletes seek out personal trainers or join into training sessions at the local gym they are introduce to many “new training concepts; plyometrics and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Right, jumping rope and playing hop scotch!

    There is really nothing new, only fancy ways of packaging the same old activities.

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