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Today’s Jumper Spotlight is, Billy Jackson, known also as @billyjumprope on Instagram. Billy is also our guest on the 14th episode of the Jump Rope Jam Podcast. You can listen to Billy Jackson’s episode here, or on your phone through iTunes.
Billy Started jumping when he was 7 years old, and has been jumping for a total of 20 years. He started jumping with the Louisiana Jazzy Jumpers, jump rope team. As a child, Billy’s mother told him he had too much energy, so he was pushed to start jumping as an after school activity. After going to workshops, and after school classes twice a week, Billy soon fell in love with the sport, and then at some point it became his career.
Billy Jackson was Brandon’s first boss in the sport of jump rope. Billy was impressed with Brandon’s speed, and his freestyle skills. So, when he was casting for Cirque Dreams, Billy asked Brandon if he was interested, and, the rest was history.
Billy enjoys the performance and finesse side of the sport. Through Billy’s love of dance he has combined his dance techniques with his jumping techniques. Billy describes his jumping technique as, “full of Pizzazz!”
Billy’s first professional job was the movie “Jump In!” at the age of 16. Long time Jump Rope Jam listeners will recognize the title of the movie as being the same film that our co-host Brandon jumped in too. When Jump Rope Jam streams clips from the movie Jump In!, Billy will be joining us too!
Billy is apart of the famous jump rope team, Flight Crew, which you might have seen on America’s got Talent. Flight Crew is a performance-based jump rope team made up of the greatest jumpers in the world. Their mission is to spread jump rope throughout the world.