The Pre-Academy Program is designed to prepare jumpers for the Academy. This program is for youth ages 9 & up. Jumpers begin to make connections between music and movement, and musicality is encouraged through simple rhythm and counting exercises. Students accepted into this program are required to take Introduction to Jump Rope Basic Skills & Fundamentals of Performing.
No previous jump rope experience is required to participate in any of the non-competitive classes. Classes are held in Greenbelt, MD and are available for ages nine years and up. Classes run for 2 hours. Participation develops coordination and motor skills, balance, flexibility, strength, concentration, poise, posture, discipline, while learning about jumping rope with the correct technique, proper equipment and progressive programs designed to gain athletic advantages in speed, quickness, agility, muscular endurance, aid in weight loss, and improve cardiovascular health!
Introduction to Jump Rope Basic Skills & Performance Fundamentals
Instructional Training Options:
Monday Evenings: 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday Mornings: 9 am to 12 pm
Duration: 2 hours
** Required for New Jumpers to the Team
Introduction to Jump Rope Basics & Performance Fundamentals will introduce the beginning development of basic skills and concepts of jumping and performing including coordination, spatial awareness, turning and a specific focus on single rope footwork and crossing skills; along with double dutch turning and entering and exiting. Jumpers will explore coordination, single time jumps, short combinations, rope handling and introductory movement vocabulary. Students will be introduced to single rope, long rope, Chinese wheel and double dutch. The goal of this class is to impart the fundamentals of jumping, along with an introduction to the core fundamentals of performing. Class focuses on basic jumping technique, proper body alignment, terminology and musicality. Required for new jumpers to the team ages 9 & up.