2006-12-08 / Sports

Pepper Steppers Repeat As Holiday Classic Champions

Team members who performed at the Apollo Theater: First row left to right: Nadine Harrison, Kyana Bartow, Quianna Brown and Linda Brown. Second row left to right: Cherise Bartow, Laa'Neisha Jones, Katherine Rocha, Jessica Berrios, Shamecca McCoy and Carol Walker. Third row left to right: Muniyra Moore, Peter Alvarez, Jasmine Jennings, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard, Destiny Alvarez, Stan Brown and Yatte Brown.Team members who performed at the Apollo Theater: First row left to right: Nadine Harrison, Kyana Bartow, Quianna Brown and Linda Brown. Second row left to right: Cherise Bartow, Laa'Neisha Jones, Katherine Rocha, Jessica Berrios, Shamecca McCoy and Carol Walker. Third row left to right: Muniyra Moore, Peter Alvarez, Jasmine Jennings, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard, Destiny Alvarez, Stan Brown and Yatte Brown. At the World Famous Apollo Theater, Far Rockaway's own Stan's Pepper Steppers once again took many top honors at the 15th Annual Double-Dutch Holiday Classic on Sunday, December 3.

An event that attracts teams from around the world, the Pepper Steppers, coached by Stan Brown held more than their own by winning awards in the single/double, speed, and fusion categories. Basically, Double-Dutch is a rope skipping exercise game sport played when the ropes are turned in an eggbeater fashion. While the ropes are turned a third person jumps within them.

This tournament makes it possible

a standard competitive and music fusion event for some of the best Double-Dutch teams in the world. Teams represented in this tournament came from Mas- sachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, California, Japan, Belgium and Denmark.

These teams' skills are tested and appreciate by both the judges and the audience. During the course of the tournament, you see Double-Dutch in its standard form, which is determined by how fast you can jump.

Stan's Pepper's Steppers once again held the record for speed at 422 jumps in the required two-minute test in which only the left foot is counted, averaging 3.5 steps per second.

In the athletic competition, the teams are judged on compulsory format and speed test. Teams duel each other for 1st thru 5th place awards. The Pepper Steppers out of Sorrentino Recreation Center coached by Stan Brown along with his daughter Yatte Brown, are one of the world fastest teams in the sport of Double-Dutch and proved to be the best for the 8th year in a row in the speed category. The other part of this classic tournament is called fusion.

Fusion routines are performed by different teams in dance and tricks within and out of the Double-Dutch ropes. Upon the decision of the fusion judges, one of the advanced teams will be designated "Best of Show".

Team members who performed at the Apollo Theater were as follows: Shamecca McCoy, Kyana Bartow, Jasmine Jennings, Wendy Cherry, Laa'Neisha Jones, Peter Alvarez, Katherine Rocha, Muniyra Moore, Monet Davis, Alaisyia Woodard, Cherise Bartow, Nadine Harrison, Jessica Berrios and Destiny Alvarez. Coaches, Officials and Chaperones: Stan Brown, Linda Brown, Yatte Brown, Carol Walker and Ruby Mejia.

We the Pepper Steppers would like to thank Bernard Robinson, Center Manager and the Staff of the Sorrentino Recreation Center, a part of the City of New York Parks & Recreation.

We would also like to thank; the team members, coaches, chaperones, officials, parents and friends of the team members and the Far Rockaway community. Without your support and contributions, these accomplishments wouldn't be possible. Thanks.

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