One of the best things about skating is how it brings together all different kinds of people who might not have had the opportunity to befriend each other otherwise. It totally helps to expand your worldview and your circle of friends.
Since I started skating, I’ve been fortunate to find a home among several skate communities. Each one inspires me in different ways. I also learn different skills from each one.
There’s nothing better when different types of skaters get together and exchange ideas. For example, I often talk to derby skaters who tell me that they wish they could skate dance, but everything they learn in derby is the opposite of what you would do when you skate-dance. To loosen the girls up during one session, I asked them to show me some of their drills and I showed them a way to add a little funk and make it a dance “move.”
Pretty sure “Derby Dance” is going to be a ‘thing’ one day. We’ll keep working on it. 😉
Recently the SF Roller Girls were invited to entertain during the B.A.D. Girls Derby halftime show. The result had the crowd roaring!!
Special thanks to D. Miles and Jane Hammer (B.A.D. Girls), for mixing up the chocolate and the peanut butter.
Video: Ralph Boethling