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Search Is To Find Britains Best Double Dutchers

Wednesday, 09 February 2011

Forget street dancing, skipping is officially the new trend of 2011 and people across the UK are being given the chance to strut their stuff the Double Dutch way in a nationwide search to find Britain's best skipping team.

easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has teamed up with  The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions to launch the ultimate skipping challenge and is hosting regional heats* around the country in March and April.  Teams from towns and cities across the UK will be given the chance to be crowned their region's best 'Double Dutchers' and hop, skip and jump their way to the grand final in London with the chance to win the ultimate prize of  a city break to Amsterdam, including accommodation and return easyJet flights.

Whether it's sports teams, dance schools or simply a group of friends who want to 'bust some moves', everyone is invited to submit a clip of their team 'Double Dutching' for the chance to make it through to a regional final.  

Paul Simmons, easyJet's  UK general manager comments: "We're really excited to be teaming up with The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions to offer people across the UK the chance to represent their region at the national final and be crowned Britain's best Double Dutchers in the latest craze sweeping the country.

"We're challenging people of all ages to grab a skipping rope and a group of friends to learn how to Double Dutch. Whether it's a routine made up from scratch or a take on your favourite artist's dance moves, we're asking people to add a splash of their own 'orange spirited' style that will really make their town or city stand out from the rest."

Entrants are being challenged to record a 30-second video clip of their team' Double Dutching' and upload onto blog.easyjet.com/double-dutch  to face the public vote. The top team from each of the five regions will make it through to the grand final in London to face the live audience and judging panel vote for the chance to be crowned Britain's best Double Dutchers.

The winning team will win a city break to Amsterdam with accommodation and return easyJet flights along with iPod nanos and all regional finalists will win return easyJet flights to Amsterdam. Deadline for entries is midday on Wednesday 2nd March. Visit blog.easyjet.com/double-dutch for full terms and conditions.

easyJet flies to Amsterdam from various UK airports including Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Manchester to Amsterdam. Prices one-way start from £27.99 and include all taxes. Visit http://www.easyjet.com/ to book.

For more information about city breaks in Holland visit www.holland.com




Notes to Editors

- *The Double Dutch Challenge launches on 2nd February 2011 and is open to all ages across the UK with regional heats taking place in the following regions:

    • Manchester (Saturday 12th March)
    • Edinburgh (Saturday 19th March)
    • Bristol (Saturday 26th March)
    • South East TBC (Saturday 2nd April)
    • Central London (Saturday 16th April)  

NB. Please note that all dates are provisional and may be subject to change.

  • - Professional skippers from the British Rope Skipping Association will also be performing at each regional event.


The history of Double Dutch

- The Dutch settlers brought the game to the Hudson River trading town of New Amsterdam (now New York City). When the English arrived and saw the children playing their game, they called it Double Dutch. It became a favourite pastime to sing rhymes while turning and jumping. During World War II, the game was often played on the sidewalks of New York. The game has since grown over the years, becoming popular in the UK as a form of dancing.