Skate-a-thon 2015 – Class is in Session

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!

Skate-a-thon 2015 – Celebrating the Ladies in the Middle

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!

California: Tiffany

California: Michelle

Illinois: Natasha

California: K-Fancy

Atlanta: CeCe

Gurl Power! #sk8athon20

GUEST DJ: Church of 8 Wheels – August 27, 28 & 29


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!

Roller Skate Class – April 4, 2015

We had a great time at The Church of 8 Wheels skate class this weekend!

These great students quickly learned the duck walk, basic stride, and stopping, so we set up a slalom course to introduce a bit of turning. I challenged skaters to make sure to keep their heads up, looking ahead so that I could get a photo of them as an everlasting skate memory.

Needless to say, they did great! But my photo skills needs a bit of work. The skaters went so fast!
We’ll call these photos “avant garde speed blur,” Artsy right?? ;-)
(Click the thumbnails for the large version)

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Big thanks to the students for coming out and letting us get them started on their new skating adventures and all the fun and joy that skating brings!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and you’d like more information on taking our class, click this link: The Church of 8 Wheels skate class

Legends of Skating – Part 1

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
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!



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!