BY SHALWAH EVANS
Dorothy “D-Nicety” Santos was a little partied out on a recent Sunday but still had loads of energy for her double dutch class at Cell Space in the Mission District. It was the last of a six-week long first level double dutch class taught by for Sucka Free City Double Dutch instructors. D-Nicety (as she’s called in class) was graduating, ending her beginner’s level with a trick—speed.
“I always wanted to do something that was an outlet and I kind of felt like it suited my personality,” she said of double dutch.
The instructors, Jill “Switchblade” Herrera, Erin “Venomiss” Dougherty, and Val “Death Valley” Hurysz decided to teach double dutch after a one year hiatus from performing as The Double Dutchess.
“We didn’t have anybody to teach us,” said Venomiss. “So to teach other people and build a community is a dream that we’re starting to realize and it’s amazing.”
The level one and level two classes are six weeks long, and once students finish and graduate to the VIP level they can continue for as long as they desire. Levels ones and two cost $120 each, and students learn the basics from how to turn to simple tricks. Students pay a monthly fee of $65 for their VIP classes.
The current classes are already in full swing but another level one class will begin July 15th at Studio Gracia and July 26th at Cell Space on Bryant Street in the Mission District. Not sure if you’re ready to jump right into it? Take the first class for a $10 drop in fee with no pressure to return. Registration is available online at http://sfcdoubledutch.com/classes.php.