The Hot Dog USA team began at Helen Keller Elementary School in Kirkland, Washington in 1980. Since that time, we have performed for schools and civic organizations and at college and professional sporting events. We are a demonstration team for the American Heart Association, and we perform at schools and community events to promote the “Jump Rope for Heart” program. The team has been featured on dozens of local, national, and international television shows, including Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show, Sesame Street, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Young Universe, Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out,” ESPN’s coverage of the National Championship, Evening Magazine, Sabado Gigante, and Good Morning Australia. Our jumpers have traveled worldwide to promote the sport of jump rope, including to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, China, Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, South Africa, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Kenya, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, Spain, and Israel. Members of our group have performed several times with the world-renowned “Cirque du Soleil” and “Cirque Dreams” performing groups, and a group of our jumpers even performed several times at the 2012 Olympic Games in London! We are also recognized as one of the top competitive teams in the world, and each year we participate in local, regional, national and international competitions. We have taken home numerous National, Grand National, and World Championship titles.
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.
We have two levels of participation on our team, “Junior Team” and “Elite Team.”
Junior Team is for jumpers who are new to the sport but are interested in learning jump rope performance and competition skills in a fun, supportive environment. Junior Team jumpers participate in 3 to 4 local events each year. Junior team is geared for jumpers in 1st through 4th grade, although we have had jumpers in Kindergarten and also jumpers in 5th and 6th grade on the Junior Team.
Elite Team is for jumpers who have taken jump rope classes and/or taken part in the Junior Team and are interested in becoming more serious about the sport of jump rope. The Elite Team participates in many performances, camps, and workshops. As jumpers gain skill and maturity, they will also have the chance to represent the team at events nationally and internationally. Elite team jumpers are generally 4th grade and older, although we have had 3rd graders successfully participate on the Elite Team.
We divide the Elite team into smaller groups for administrative purposes, usually based on age groups. We have Senior A, Junior A, B, and C teams. Each team group has a group representative who attends team board meetings, collects fees and paperwork, and facilitates communications for the group.
Additionally, we are a 501c3 non-profit organization, and we have an official Board of Directors who helps to manage the business affairs of the team.
All team members are required to take specially designed “jump rope gymnastics” classes. Among our staff, we have two directors, Christi Hartman and Robbie Csontos, who are qualified to teach, spot, and develop our jumpers through gymnastics training.
Head Coach Carla LeRoy has been involved with the sport of jump rope, and Hot Dog USA, for 29 years. She started competing at the age of 5 and continued for 18 years. While competing, she earned 18 national trophies, 2 world championships, and 2 world silver medals. Carla is grateful for the travel opportunities this sport has offered her. Her travels took her all around the U.S., as well as to Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her favorites include Sydney, Australia; Seoul, Korea; and Nome, Alaska. Coach Carla is grateful for her time as a competitive athlete but loves coaching just as much. She started mentoring younger jumpers as early as the age of 12 and transitioned to full-time coaching in the fall of 2004. She also spent many years training judges and judging in regional and national competitions. Carla graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in dance in 2004. After graduating, she spent seven years as a teacher at Margaret Mead Elementary School before becoming a stay-at-home mom to daughters Emma (6) and Olivia (3).
Coach Brian Hsu started jumping rope in 2000 at an elementary school jump rope club in Federal Way, Washington. He went on to break the school double under record with an earth-shattering 77 double unders and quickly joined the Leaping Leopards, a local competitive team from Lake Grove Elementary. In 2007, the coach of the Leaping Leopards retired, and Brian was invited to join Hot Dog USA, an invitation he gladly accepted. After enjoying competitive success under the training of the Hot Dog team, Brian became an assistant coach for the B Team in 2010. Since then, he has transitioned to Fusion Director and an assistant coach for the Junior and Senior A Teams. As an administrator, Brian is a tournament director, technical director, and a member of the World Jump Rope Federation Technology Team. In 2013 he created the WJRF Registration Service, an online tool that has been used to run jump rope events around the world, including the annual World Jump Rope Championship and Camp. Brian has won multiple national and world championships, jumped for Cirque du Soleil, entertained crowds at NBA games, and performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Outside of jump rope, Brian is a UI/UX Web Developer at Wicket Labs, enjoys playing the piano, and showing people picture of his dog, Clarence.
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 (SPU). Christi was a competitive gymnast for 12 years in the independent club system and a former All-American at the university level where her career included a National Championship win at SPU. Christi's current athletic activities include trail running, competitive relays, and marathons. Christi and her husband ran and completed the Boston Marathon in recent years, and Christi also has completed a 50-mile ultra-marathon! Christi is married and has two daughters, both of whom are alumni of the Hot Dog team.
Coach Robbie Csontos has been jumping rope since 1999. He started jumping on a team in his hometown of Richfield, Ohio called the Heartbeats. In 2009 Robbie moved to Seattle to continue his jumping career with Hot Dog USA. During that time he started working at Eastside Gymnastics Academy. He has taught and coached tumbling for the past 8 years doing many gymnastics camps and workshops. Throughout his 18-year career, Robbie has won multiple national and world titles. He has jumped for Cirque du Soleil, entertained crowds at NBA games, and performed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. When Robbie isn't performing or coaching, he works at Redmond Roofing as a lead repair technician.
Hot Dog USA
6601 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Hot Dog USA
6513 132nd Ave NE #169
Kirkland, WA 98033
Bring the whole family for a day of festive fun and frivolity at the Seattle Center’s Winterfest 2017. For five weeks each Winter, the Center offers family friendly activities like Ice Skating, Train Rides, Ice Sculpting and more! Let’s not forget Jump Rope! We will be performing on the Seattle Center Armory Stage on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2 pm. See the video below for further information.
When: November 26, 2017
Where: Seattle Center Armory Stage
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