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René Bibaud

The Story - Becoming a Professional Rope Jumper


Like most of us, Rene Bibaud was exposed to the fun activity of rope jumping at a very early age. Rene still vividly recalls the day in her driveway when her father taught her proper form – one jump, one spin of the rope. She was five years old.

Today, decades after that first lesson from her dad, Rene completes her tax return by writing “Professional Rope Jumper” in the space requesting “occupation.”


So how does someone become a professional rope jumper?

“My elementary school physical education teacher was starting a jump rope team called The Hot Dogs,” says Rene. “Well, I really wanted to be a member, but I wasn't one of the kids invited to be on the team that year.

There’s another contemporary athlete who was cut from his first team – Michael Jordan. And just like Mr. Jordan, Rene turned the experience from defeat into determination.

“I had a wonderful coach named Bob Melson,” says Rene. “Coach told everyone to focus on three things : 1) Don’t compare yourself to others – just work at your own level; 2) Don’t worry about mistakes : 3) Always give it your best. The next year, I made the team. And Coach Melson’s lessons have lasted a lifetime.”

Rene’s Hot Dog Team became one of the premiere performance jump rope teams in the country. They toured the United States on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Jump For Heart Program. Rene also traveled to many foreign countries, appeared on countless television programs and performed at many high-profile events. Rene recalls shaking hands with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show when she was junior high.

Rope jumping championships came next. Rene won five world titles in total. She became a well-respected teacher and her peers recognized that she could explain and teach rope jumping to a broader audience. ESPN invited Rene to provide color commentary as they covered the rope jumping world championships. Rene agreed. She also did something else quite remarkable: Rene entered the competitions and won her age divisions freestyle championship!

It happened that representatives of Cirque du Soleil were watching Rene’s performance as both a competitor and articulate broadcaster. They were impressed. "Cirque du Soleil is one of the world’s most successful athletic and entertainment groups. Normally, Cirque du Soleil holds rigorous tryouts before anyone can join their elite troupes of Olympic-caliber athletes. But in Rene’s case, they offered her a joint position as coach and one of the performers with the Quidam Act of Cirque. For more than four years, Rene toured the United States and Europe, performing before overflowing crowds and on television. A feature film was even made of the Quidam show.

After years of living outside the United States, Rene decided to leave Cirque du Soleil but continues to consult with them on a routine basis. Today, Rene calls Seattle, Washington her home and has created her own exciting company, Ropeworks.

Through Ropeworks, Rene continues her mission of sharing fitness and positive life messages with people across the country. Her hugely popular jump rope school assembly program is a unique blend of performance, athleticism and pertinent messages, generating tremendous praise from kids and school officials alike. Rene entertains with her rope jumping skills and invites kids to participate. Then, while the adrenaline is still pumping in the children, she anchors the three positive messages her coach shared with her many years ago. The children view Rene as a role model and leave cheering. The adults are touched and inspired. Rene’s jump rope sports clinics are also drawing rave reviews. She teaches athletes how to employ the old-school favorite of rope jumping in challenging and innovative ways. Rene’s drills demand agility and conditioning like no other training tool available while working both the upper and lower body.

Rene uses her experience as an entertainer, educator and motivational speaker in a variety of other ways: corporate and special event performances, workplace wellness events, fitness masters classes, as well as jump rope camps and classes. Various jump rope products, such as videos and ropes, are available.

So…that’s how someone becomes a “Professional Rope Jumper.”

Articles on Rene Bibaud and the advantages of jumping rope:

Learning the Ropes
Jump Like A Girl....
West Seattle Blog - Rene Bibaud
Seattle Woman Magazine
AHPERD Article on Jump Rope for Heart
Speaker Motivates Youth to Get Fit
Video Blog of Rene Bibaud


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