San Francisco Skaters Showcase – Rhythm Nation 30th Anniversary Roller Tribute

Prologue: For this years San Francisco Skaters showcase, I knew that I wanted to do something for the 30th Anniversary of the Rhythm Nation album. Let me tell you something, when you put on that Rhythm Nation uniform, it literally changes your DNA, molecules SHIFTED. I pulled on the final glove and immediately felt different; stronger, focused, determined.

As a bit of background, I first got into roller skating after a life changing injury to my hand. Over the years, I’ve developed additional cervical spine damage related to the ways my body has compensated for not having the full use of my hand. It’s been about 12 years since I’ve “danced with my arms” and I while I was preparing for this performance, I quickly discovered just how much mobility I had lost during that time. Only with the help of a physical therapist, and personal trainer I was able to pull this off in any capacity.
(There’s some real pain in those goofy faces, and I still can’t lift my arms right. lol)

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means, but I love any chance I get to remind people of Janet’s timeless legacy and her messages of positivity and love. I hope you enjoy it too. 

CREDITS:
6th Avenue Skatin’ Place – Skaters’ Showcase 2019 – 7/14/2019
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.
Video: Kenny Hoff
Music: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (Jack Roeby’s 20th Anniversary Megamix) (edited)
Original Choreography: Anthony Thomas, Terry Bixler
Special Thanks:
Junior Hubbard / JanFam: The Movement
Pacific THERx Physical Therapy
Kevin Monroy
Janet Jackson
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If you’d like to see the rest of the performances from the show, the amazing Kenny Hoff has professionally recorded them for all to enjoy!!
Visit the full playlist below:

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April/May Skating Lessons

Our group skate lessons at the Church of 8 Wheels are great for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. Includes proper skating form, falling, stopping and turning.

We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.
I will be teaching on the following dates

  • April 20
  • May 4

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

Click here for for lesson rates and additional details


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

Motown Skate Night – March 2, 2019

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We had so much fun doing the Janet Jackson Roller Disco tribute a few years ago, the folks at The Church of 8 Wheels have graciously let me take over the booth for another great theme night! MOTOWN.
Just on the tail of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’ll be celebrating the 60 year anniversary of the Motown sound – on wheels!

Detroit is one of the original birthplaces of modern “dance skating” and is also the home of “Soul Skate,” one of the biggest, national adult skate jams.

Early Detroit skaters had to fight segregation during the civil-rights era, but once they were allowed in, they changed the game! Thanks to pioneering skaters like Bill Butler, who brought their jazz records to the rink, we have the modern flavor and styles that we all enjoy today!

Come down and enjoy 4 hours of great Motown hits plus lots of classic R&B, Soul & Funk to skate to!

Click to go to Facebook Event page

United Skates premieres on HBO February 18, 2019

Tune in to HBO February 18th at 8 p.m. ET/PT and immerse yourself in an incredible skating world many never knew existed!!

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United Skates spotlights a community of thousands who fight in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating. It’s a world that has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations while giving rise to great musical talents.

Directed and produced by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown, United Skates received the Documentary Audience Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival among dozens of other awards.

Rolling Stone online just shared an intriguing new trailer for the film!
WATCH HERE

February Skating Lessons

Skating in February 2019 means a shiny, new, refinished floor at the Church of 8 Wheels!

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Our group skate lessons are great for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.

*UPDATED* I will be teaching on the following dates

  • February 9
  • February 16 – CANCELLED DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT
  • February 23

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

For lesson rates and additional details, please visit: www.cora.org/skatelessons.html


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

December 2018 Skating Lessons

San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels hosts skate lessons for those who want to learn the basics, and private sessions for those looking to learn additional skills!

BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturday 1-2pm

This class covers the fundamentals of skating technique. We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week.

UPDATE! Due to a private event, the schedule has shifted out a week. I’ll be teaching on the following dates:

  • December 22
  • December 29

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

PRIVATE LESSONS – Saturday 2-3pm

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

For lesson rates and additional details, please visit: www.cora.org/skatelessons.html


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!

United Skates Documentary – San Francisco Event!

FILM SCREENING
The United Skates Documentary is finally coming to the Bay Area! SF Doc Stories 2018 has chosen to showcase the film at this year’s film festival!
Come and see the film, and bring friends and family so they too can learn about this amazing art form and community!

November 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m
SFMOMA – Wattis Theater
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

PURCHASE MOVIE TICKETS
https://www.sffilm.org/screenings-and-events/united-skates


POP UP ROLLER SKATING AFTER PARTY

Lace up and join us for a pop-up roller skating party to celebrate the SF premiere of UNITED SKATES and the last day of Doc Stories!

Skate rentals will be available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.

November 4, 2018, 7-11 p.m.
Dogpatch Dance & Yoga
435 23rd Street
Suite 18-19
San Francisco, CA 94107

PLEASE RSVP FOR ADMISSION
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reels-on-wheels-doc-stories-united-skates-after-party-tickets-51300595462?discount=RollerSkateFriends