Meet Adrienn Banhegyi.
She’s not your average performer.
This Hungarian-born jump roper has skipped rope for almost half her life. She first got into the sport through her father -- who always strengthened the importance of physical fitness. She’s won three world championships and five European championships during her time with the National Skipping Team.
After seeing Cirque Du Soleil on TV, Adrienn knew right away that was meant for her. So, she sent a video demo in 2005, and ended up auditioning in France. A few years later, she began training in Montreal and joined Cirque Du Soleil’s Wintuk in November 2010 in New York City.
Adrienn is now skipping rope in Cirque’s Quidam across North America -- and she actually skipped for us! (See pics, below.)
Want to know why she jumps rope? She recently caught up with Glittarazzi to tell us how she developed this talent. Check out our Q&A with her -- and then catch her solo act in Quidam at a city near you. (If you are in Washington, D.C., the show begins Nov. 16.)
How did you first get involved with skipping rope?
“I started 18 year ago. My dad saw a movie on TV with some girls learning double dutch and some cool tricks. He thought it would be a great sport for us to improve our coordination and conditioning at the same time, so we started to participate in different competitions.”
“We have world and European championships in jump rope. Six years ago, I did an audition for Cirque Du Soleil. I still want to keep going with jump rope but I want to do more performances.”
Was skipping rope part of the performance or did your talent get incorporated into Quidam?
“Jump rope was originally in the show. Its almost a 15-year-old show. Jump rope was part of it from the beginning and, of course, in every single act by having a new performer involved, we bring out our own individuality into the show so there are always changes.”
“The Cirque is a company that is supporting individuality, also looking for it, to bring a new color and a new flavor into the show. I have a solo act in the show and have the freedom to show the tricks that I would like to use and put into my routine but majority of the show is a group act. “
Have you visited Washington, D.C.? What are you looking forward to seeing?
“It’s my first time here. I’d like to see The White House, Capitol, and the Pentagon, the big tourist attractions. And as for my other background, I studied literature and history so this is definitely the city where I’d like to explore as much as I can.”
If you could teach any celebrity to skip rope, who would it be and why?
“I’d like to teach Bryan Adams -- because he has such good songs that would work well.”
Are there any other talents you would like to showcase?
“I’m working on that right now. Id like to incorporate soccer and skipping rope somehow. It's not ready yet!”
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