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.

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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!