Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show

A sweet, interesting, and enjoyable documentary about a double dutch championship for junior high age kids in New York. The tape featured mainly local kids from Manhattan and the boroughs, but the event drew an international crowd to the Lincoln Center on 6/13/81. We spend time with the teams as they practice and compete and hear about how they train and how they feel about their sport. The tape manages to simultaneously capture all of the tension of the competition and give a personal look at a number of the teams. Blumberg manages to catch the participants at their most raw and emotional moments, like when a 10 (?) year old girl is sobbing uncontrollably like she had just lost a family member. Blumberg asks her what place her team got. They were #1.


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  1. isonprize says:

    This is FANTASTIC!! Thank you for capturing a slice of my childhood! In Philadelphia, we jumped double dutch all the time. It was more fun than competitive, but we knew who could jump and who couldn’t; who was ‘double-handed’ and who would be a ‘steady ender.’ Thanks for the memories.

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