The Electrick Jumpers (EJ) are a jump rope group based out of Seattle who are simply the best at their trade. Members of the group performed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and appeared on the latest edition of “America’s Got Talent”. They have also won numerous World Championships as individuals and as a team.
Nick Woodard, a former Houston Rockets Launch Crew member and 2013 World Champion, created Electrick Jumpers. We caught up with Nick to learn more about what drives him to perform.
What is it like to take a simple act like jump rope and turn it into a spectacular act?
Jump Rope is of course a very simple thing that many people have been doing since they were in Elementary school. What we have done is taken jump rope off of the playground and put the “wow” factor in it. So by performing and transforming jump rope into an innovative and spectacular act, we are able to show others that no matter what your skill set is, if you put in the hard work, it can turn into something huge one day.
What inspired you to start performing?
I started doing shows at an early age with my jump rope team in Houston. Throughout the years of performing with my team, I found a love for being in front of crowds and entertaining them. I started to work for the Houston Rockets and got a chance to perform in front of huge crowds on a regular basis, and the energy that I felt when I touched the floor each night was what sparked my current passion for performing.
How do fan reactions affect your performance?
The fan reaction is the most important part of a performance for Electrick. We feed off of their energy throughout the show, and we try to make sure we connect with audiences through exciting tricks and facial expressions. We do tons of shows all around the world, and we always say one thing - "The louder you cheer, the higher we jump!"
Where is the favorite place you have performed and why?
Our favorite place that we have performed so far is the Kansas Jayhawks game. The crowd had so much energy throughout the games and during halftime, instead of leaving to get concessions, they all stayed in their seats to watch us perform. When the announcers introduced us, they went crazy as if they knew us already! Then, as we performed they got louder and louder to the point where we could barely hear the music. The great reaction from the crowd made that show extremely exciting for us.
What was it like performing at the 2012 Olympics?
It was an amazing experience. We have always wanted to put jump rope on a big stage, and the Olympics were a huge stage. To be able to perform in front of so many different countries during the basketball games was fantastic. We got enthusiastic ovations and multiple compliments after each performance. That response reassured us that jump rope is something people love to see.
What steps have you taken to continually improve your performance?
We have seen that improving crowd interaction is one major key to improving our performances. We are always working on ways to engage the crowd so they feel like they are part of our show. We don't just want to perform for them; we want them to be involved as much as possible. We are always looking for new tricks and moves that will really wow the crowd.
What are your goals for the upcoming years?
Our goal as a group is to become a well-known entertainment group in this industry for years to come. We want to give high-energy performances each time we take the floor. When people see our performances we want to inspire them, excite them, and show them that jump rope is much more than a school activity...It is truly a lifestyle, a passion, and an art form.