Long Islander empowers women to stay healthy by jumping Double Dutch

There's a fitness mission happening on Long Island having to do with the art of Double Dutch.

News 12 Staff

Dec 12, 2019, 1:29 PM

Updated 1,623 days ago

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There's a fitness mission happening on Long Island having to do with the art of Double Dutch.
Yocana Orange is the founder and mother Dutchess of the Dutchess of Ropes, which empowers women of all ages to stay healthy while learning how to jump.
She says Double Dutch started in New York City in the 70s.
"Being a New Yorker, if you don't know how to jump Double Dutch, you're not a real New Yorker," says Orange.
She started the 40-and-over Double Dutch program in hopes of inspiring women of a certain age to know that they still can move, they still have it.
Orange says everyone's equal, whether you know how to jump or you haven't jumped in a long time.
"I tell everyone it's like riding a bike. You just get in and do it," says Orange.
They use cable wires and telephone rope, which was the original rope they used when they were younger.
"It's heavy. It's something we are able to connect with, because you can hear the rhythm of the rope," says Orange.
She says the women are just excited about each other getting out and having a good time.


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