Playing Double Dutch involves at least three people total: one or more jumping and two turning the ropes. A person jumping usually does tricks that may involve gymnastics or breakdancing, it can also have fancy foot movements incorporated. Young people do this for fitness and it is competed at world level. Competitions in double-dutch were often seen at block parties.
During the very early years of the hip hop music genre, double-dutch was an element of the culture (popularized in the song Double Dutch Bus). After hip hop began moving towards the mainstream in the early 1980s, double-dutch fell out of favor as a recognized element of hip hop, although it remains popular with athletes to this day.
Lately, the sport has seen a resurgence in popularity. The National Double Dutch League holds yearly camps and a Holiday Classic, in which teams from all over the world compete. Double Dutch is still a prominent part of the hip hop culture in some areas, and is becoming more and more prevalent in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle.
The 2007 Disney Channel original movie Jump In! features Double Dutch as the central element of its plot. Jump In! features the Dutch Dragons, based on a real Double Dutch team from 1997 in Harlem, NY.
On January 15, 2007, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Google homepage featured a Double Dutch logo with black children playing with white children, emblematic of the realization of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963.
Beginning spring of 2009, Double Dutch will become a varsity sport in New York City public high schools.