Showcasing some of the great skaters I captured during Atlanta’s 20th Annual Skate-a-thon.
Take notes, class is in session!!
Chapter 1: The Spin
Dan “Kno Limitz” – Seattle
“T-Stacks” – Tennessee
Chapter 2: Floorwork
“Sensai” – Kansas City
“Bee1ne” Anthony – Ohio
Chapter 3: Footwork
Hezekiah – North Carolina
“Batman” Smith – Chicago
Unknown Skater – Chicago
Amazing skating fellas, thank you for the inspiration!
It can be super intimidating to get out in front of a group of people and show them your best moves. It can especially intimidating to push through a crowd of amped-up guys just to get a piece of the floor for a few precious seconds.
I’m proud of these ladies who got out there and held their own!
Gurl Power! #sk8athon20
In addition to being an Official Skate Instructor, I’m also your friendly neighborhood Roller Disco DJ.
I LOVE skate music, (Just look at those pants!) and I’ve been invited to play some music for YOU!
Here are the details for the sessions:
- Thursday – LGBT Night (All Welcome) 7pm-10pm
- Friday – Roller Disco – 7pm-11pm
- Saturday – Roller Disco (+18 up only) – 7pm-11pm
$10 to enter, $5 skate rental
The Church of 8 Wheels – 554 Fillmore St. (At Fell) San Francisco, CA 94117
If you’re in the Bay Area, hope to see you there!
The Peninsula Roller Girls invited me out to perform at halftime during their home team exhibition bout.
Here’s a clip from the show!
I have a few upcoming performances and I would love to hear your ideas of some classic, funky, crowd-pleasing songs to dance to. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
As different forms of roller skating become popular in various parts of the country, it’s important to acknowledge and honor it’s cultural origins and the unsung pioneers that have given roller skating it’s modern flavor and style.
Bill Butler – Video Bio
If you’ve ever seen these images pop up on the internet, please know that this is NO ordinary “ol skool” skater. When people were rolling to organ music in the 40’s, Bill Butler is the man that brought the funk and jazz to skating in Detroit and then most famously in New York. His artistry, skill and style inspired many of the popular incarnations of roller skating that exist today.
David Miles Jr. – www.churchof8wheels.com
While rinks are closing down across America, San Francisco’s Godfather of Skate, David Miles Jr. finds new ways to bring skating to the people. Whether indoors or outdoors, David has worked tirelessly with local community leaders for over 30 years to make sure skaters have a place to skate and a funky good time doing it!
Richard Humphrey – www.rollerdance.com
Known as the “Father of Roller Dance.” Richard is a renowned instructor, performer and inventor, featured on TV and in print. Richard choreographed many of the classic line dance steps that are still popular today. He has also partnered with Riedell to create the innovative “No Strings Attached” skate boot. He continues to teach weekly classes and hosts his own skating session at Cheryl Burke Dance.
Joi Stafford – Skate-a-Thon
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Skate-a-thon in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s the largest annual skate party in the country and perhaps the world. Joi and her team work tirelessly each year to throw this amazing 3 day event.
There will be more to come! Please leave a comment if you know of someone with significant historical influence and contribution to the development and growth of roller skating!