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The skip they do’s the double dutch. That’s them dancing. Double dutch will become a varsity sport at New York City high schools this fall. Gimme a “ho” if you got your funky bus fare.

Double dutch, an urban street staple that dates back centuries and, come next spring, will become the newest of 35 varsity sports played in New York City schools. As part of an effort to increase the number of students — particularly girls — participating in competitive athletics, the city will create coed double-dutch teams at 10 high schools, many in predominantly black neighborhoods like Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem where the ropes have long swung on asphalt playgrounds.

Here’s Malcolm McClaren’s 1982 classic, Double Dutch. I don’t have the heart to inflict The Double Dutch Bus on you. The title of this post is painful enough.