Happy Holidays!!!!!!
December 2008
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Double Dutch at the Apollo!
Fashion: Pastry
Music 2 Download: Holiday Music
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More Photos from the Apollo Double Dutch Classic in Harlem
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Photo by Mike Brown

Japanese team members give the universal peace sign.

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Photo by Mike Brown

Japanese team member stretching before performance.

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Photo by Mike Brown

Teams in deep focus during the singles speed competition.

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Photo by Mike Brown

Team in step in during the doubles competition.

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Advanced fusion teams give it their all for the honor of winning the trophy.

Happy Holidays !

We hope you enjoyed our November newsletter! In this newsletter, we've included articles on The Apollo Double Dutch Holiday Classic in Harlem, holiday songs and the fashion line, Pastry.

Stay tuned in 2009 for new things from Double Dutch Magazine like blogs, events and t-shirts. We look forward to creating features to keep our readers excited about the magazine.

Enjoy the holidays! See you next year!

Double Dutch at the Apollo!

The Sport, double dutch, Takes Center Stage in Harlem, NY at the "World Famous" Apollo Theater
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Photo by Mike Brown

By Jen Threat

The sport of double dutch has attracted jumpers of different backgrounds. All these groups come together in Harlem, NY to celebrate their passion and skills at the National Double Dutch League's Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo Theater.

As photographer, Mike "Breezy" Brown and I stepped on the scene of the double dutch competition, the fashions varied on each team. Many hairstyles were represented from braids to perms to dreads. Teams wore gold and silver, while others wore Nike Air Force 1s, sweats and hoodies. Some showed legs with short-shorts and others simply rocked shorts and t-shirts. The music favorites for routines were of course, Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and throwback favorites like Andre 3000s "Hey Ya," and Missy's "Work It." One team gave the crowd a retro-80s flashback by playing Michael Jackson's, "Beat It." Some of the creative team names included Bit of Jazz, Stan's Pepper Steppers, Peek-A-Boo, and Bouncing Bull Dogs.

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Photo by Mike Brown

Team decked out in silver and doing flips in the ropes!

The National Double Dutch League, founded by the late, David Walker, has organized the Apollo Double Dutch Holiday Classic each year. Walker helped to spread double dutch to an international audience. David Walker's daughter, Lauren, continues his legacy. The sport of double dutch began in Harlem in the 1950s and contrary to popular belief, is still alive and well today. It has evolved from jumping between ropes to teams performing advanced techniques in the ropes like splits, flips, and dribbling basketballs. It has crossed state lines, countries and continents. The sport is now performed in the countries of Japan, Belgium, and African countries like, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia. In fact, Japanese teams have won 10 of the last 12 double dutch competitions at the Apollo Theater.
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Photo by Mike Brown

Member of Japanese team, Peek-A-Boo, practices before a performance.

It was amazing to see different US regions, racial groups and genders represented (yes, boys double dutch, too.) Black. White. Asian. There were groups from the Dirty South, Midwest and East Coast. Plus, there were veteran double dutchers, who continue to perform across the world.

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Photo by Mike Brown

Veteran of double dutch, Cita Wise and Double Dutch Forces teammates, Tia Rankin and Krystal Jackson.

I spoke with Cita Wise, who began the sport at age 12. He's a member of the team, "Double Dutch Forces" of Columbia, South Carolina. Other team members include Tia Rankin and Krystal Jackson, who are veterans at age 15. They've performed double dutch for over nine years. Cita was attracted to the sport for "the girls." Later, he says, "I developed a passion for it because of the exposure to other cultures while traveling around the world." Cita Wise, who also appeared in the double dutch documentary, "Rhythm in the Ropes," believes that double dutch should be an Olympic sport. According to Wise, "Dirt bikes are there (in the Olympics), so double dutch should be there, too."
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Photo by Mike Brown

Maarten Goedemé (far right) with teammates of Belgian team, DDF.

Maarten Goedemé, of the team DDF, is from Belgium and believes double dutch is not ready for the Olympics. He explains, "There are not enough teams participating and the sport needs to be more developed. We also need to build more awareness, so there are more countries participating."

Maarten says his team does have Olympic aspirations. DDF would like to participate in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. DDF placed 2nd in the advanced fusion (double dutch with music) of the Apollo competition.  DDF is well on its way to gain international recognition.
There is a misconception that most teens are involved in negative activity. The Apollo Double Dutch Classic demonstrates that there are talented teens helping to spread love through double dutch.

Novice (Beginner) Fusion Winners
1st Place Bouncing Bull Dogs Carolina (Carborro, NC)
2nd Place Lil Bit of Jazz (Brooklyn, NY)
3rd Place The Bouncing Bull Dogs Blue (Carborro, NC)

Advanced Fusion "Best of Show" Winners
1st Place Chrom (Kanagawa, Japan)
2nd Place DDF (Denize, Belgium)
3rd Place Supica (Kanagawa, Japan)

For a full list of winners and participants, visit the National Double Dutch League's website at

Special thanks to the Apollo Theater for giving Double Dutch magazine the opportunity to be press members at this exciting event!

Fashion: Pastry
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Photo Courtesy; Blueberry Glam Pie boots

Simmons Sisters Create a 'Sweet' Fashion Empire

By Nasia James

I'm sure you remember the stylish sisters, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, from the MTV reality show, "Run's House." Due to its success, the duo will premier its new MTV reality show, "Daddy's Girls" on January 5, 2009 at 10:30 PM EST.

The two young ladies launched their business with the sneaker company, "Pastry." It was launched through the parent company, Run Atletics. The first collection was named "Cake" which was soon followed by "Fab Cookie". Fab Cookie was a huge success and is now offered in a fashionable hi-top design. The girls have introduced a third line called, "Glam Pie".

Not only, have they been a success with sneakers, they began their own Pastry boots, clothing line and a handbag collection. Angela and Vanessa Simmons are entrepreneurs, as well as, trendsetters.

The idea of the cake collection came from a cake that Angela would bake called confetti cake. They decided to make a sneaker that looks like the cake and that's how this idea for their fashion line began!

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Photos courtesy of; L-R Mixed-Berry Glam Pies, Jungle Life tee, Silver-Berry bowler bag

View more of their line at the Pastry website

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Rock the Holidays!

By Ashley Ferguson

This Christmas, celebrate the holidays with a taste of the old school and new school holiday tunes.

Sing along to Donny Hathaway's silky version -- everybody knows it -- of "This Christmas" or check out Chris Brown's soulful rendition:
  • "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway
  • "This Christmas" by Chris Brown

Decorate the tree, or serenade the fam with these:
  • "Silent Night" by Boyz II Men
  • "Silent Night" by Keyshia Cole

At a holiday party, you can't go wrong with these up-beat classics:
  • "Have a Very Merry Christmas" by TLC
  • "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey
  • "Christmas In Hollis" by Run DMC
  • "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child

More new school flavor:
  • "I'll be home for Christmas" by Jordin Sparks
  • "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Musiq Soulchild
  • "Coming Home for Christmas" by Usher
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Jennifer Threat
Editor & Publisher
Double Dutch Magazine