You may not know that there are several different types of roller skating that have risen and fallen in popularity over the years. Different styles of roller skating include artistic roller skating, freestyle roller skating, precision teams, speed skating, group skating, and jam skating. Most are pretty self-explanatory, but we want to dive a little deeper into jam skating.
What is jam skating? Well, it’s a combination of roller skating, gymnastics, and dancing. Jam skating really began gaining popularity in the 90’s. It originated in the tradition of roller disco, but the breakdancing and music of the 1990’s had a major influence on jam skating as a style. Eventually, jam skate events formed so skaters could get together, socialize, exchange moves, and battle one another, just like a breakdance competition. The jam skate battles pushed skaters to try risky, innovative, and unexpected moves just to win a battle.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Check out this YouTube video to see a jam skating competition in action.
There are several different styles, moves, and dances associated with jam skating, but there are four styles that rule the rink.
- Footwork. This is pretty self-explanatory; it focuses on different moves using mainly your feet and the skates/brakes.
- Power. This jam skate style is the most like break dancing, with head stands, spins, and other gravity defying tricks.
- Ground breaking. Instead of moving around the rink, this skating style features small, intricate moves that push off the floor like toe-dancing, spot-skating, and crazy leg.
- Rexing/Shuffle skating. This is moving forward or backwards to the beat around the rink.
Jam skating events still happen today throughout the United States in places like Carrollton, Georgia and Sandy, Utah. Want to join in the fun? Dance over to Chester to practice your jam skating moves. We have Old School Night every Sunday and a Cosmic Storm Glow Party to benefit the Red Cross scheduled for April. Check out our website for our full skating schedule with open skate times and themed nights.