Mission Statement:

The Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team is dedicated to the promotion of the sport of jump rope as a life-long physical fitness activity.  Our purpose is to inspire, motivate and educate people of all ages, while fostering local, regional, national and international jump rope competitions, workshops and performances. 

Coaching Staff:

Coach Amy Canady was one of the original jumpers on the Hot Dog U.S.A. team, and is a former National and World Champion.  Amy has been coaching since 1987, and has been head coach since 1992.  Amy served many years on the board of USA Jump Rope (USAJR), which is the national governing body for the sport of jump rope, and has also served on the board of FISAC, which is the international governing body for the sport of jump rope.  In addition to these duties, Amy has served as chair of the National Competition Committee for USA Jump Rope and as Tournament Director for the USAJR National Competition.

Coach Allison Lord is currently a loan officer for Homestone Mortgage Company.  Allie began jumping at the age of four, and is a past National, Grand National, and World Champion.  Allison also serves as the director of some local pageants including the Miss Seafair Pageant and the Miss Outstanding Teen of Washington pageant.  Allison was herself a member of the Miss Seafair court in 1999, Miss North Seattle in 2000, and Miss Rainier in 2001, and she earned two top-ten placements at the Miss Washington Pageant in 2000 and 2001.

Coach Carla LeRoy is currently a teacher at Margaret Mead Elementary school.  Carla has been jumping with the team since she was in Kindergarten.  Carla has numerous National, Grand National, and World Championship titles, her most recent being 2004 World Octathalon Champion, which she won that summer in Australia.

Coach Christi Hartman is currently a para-educator at Helen Keller Elementary working with special needs children.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Recreation from Seattle Pacific University.  Christi was a competitive gymnast for 12 years in the independent club system and a former All-American on the university level where her career included a national championship win at SPU.  A longtime Jazzerciser, Christi's current athletic activities also include competitive relays, marathons, and triathlons.  Christi is married and has two daughters, both members of Hot Dog USA.

Team History:

The Hot Dog USA team has been performing, competing, and teaching jump rope workshops around the country and around the world since 1980. Based at Helen Keller Elementary School in Kirkland, Washington, the team consists of about 50 boys and girls ranging in age from 6 years old to adults. Hot Dog USA is a proud member of the national jump rope organization USA Jump Rope (USAJR).  Visit their website at

Team Training:

Elite members of the team train six days per week when preparing for national-level competition, working to perfect speed, endurance, technique, strength, and freestyle skills.  Hot Dog USA also has a Junior Team for younger jumpers that encourages fitness and acts as an introduction to competation. 

Performance Groups:

As a non profit orginization Hot Dog USA raises money for travel and team expenses by performing at schools, community groups, and other sports events such as half time entertainment.  To hire the Hot Dogs to come to you please contact Esther. 

Community Service:

Hot Dog U.S.A. is also a demonstration team for the American Heart Association that performs at schools and community events to promote the “Jump Rope For Heart” program.

Fund Raising:

Hot Dog USA is a non profit organization and the majority of the expenses for our jumpers is paid for by their families.  Some funds are raised through school and community performances, individual donors, and corporate matching funds.  We apprecaite your support and interest in donating to Hot Dog USA please click here for donation instructions or donate online with Paypal.