When you think of jumping rope you may think of schoolyard fun, or perhaps a schoolyard fall after getting your feet tangled up.
But if you were to take the basic skill of jumping rope and mix it in with some dance, apparently you get quite the show! Who knew?
We found a video that showcases the incredible talents of a Russian girls’ group of jump rope dancers.
Yes, “jump rope dancers.”
To begin, they prance out in a line, elegantly, on their toes. In their hands are their ropes.
When you first watch this video, or when you hear about a troupe of dancing jump-ropers, you may be wondering why someone would choreograph such a thing.
BUT just wait till you see this incredible routine.
It begins of course, with ballet-level grace.
Then, the ropes come out…and we were charmed at the result.
The girls start off small with just one dancer and her rope, rhythmically skipping to traditional Russian dance music.
And true to ballet form, she’s not just skipping, but she has perfect form, pointing her toes and sustaining a perfectly straight posture.
Then the whole group begins with their ropes.
It’s incredible, not only to coordinate such a large group to dance so gracefully with jump ropes, but to do so with immaculate timing.
Every dancer (…or skipper?) moves perfectly in time not only with the music, but with each other. They’re in complete synchronicity, and it’s mesmerizing.
They infuse the performance with some acting too!
While three girls move skillfully across the stage in a short line, the others mock whispering to each other.
It’s so fun to see not only the dancing, not only the rope-jumping, but a bit of storytelling to boot!
These ropes aren’t just made for skipping! They are used as props too!
The way these girls can incorporate their ropes into inventive choreographic sequences is incredible.
We ought to salute the choreographer of this wonderful performance, for creating such an engaging routine that takes something that usually just gets skipped over to a dynamic and versatile prop.
Of course, the rope-jumping still blows your mind!
First one girl steps out from the rest and skips with her rope, before moving back into the group. Then two girls step forward, and skip with the same rope.
Then there’s a third – that takes some serious coordination!
And just when it seems like they’re reaching their peak, they step up the pace and go faster.
The audience, sensing the rhythm steadily speeding up, begin clapping along.
Inevitably, a few smiles creep onto some of the girls’ faces, as they realize how spectacular they must look.
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