What is Jam Skating and why does it look so fun?
Jam skating is a combination of different dance styles while on skates. It involves elements from break dancing, ice skating, modern dance, and gymnastics performed to music. Jam Skating actually involves a different kind of skate as well (pictured above). Typically, jam skates have a lower cut ankle boot for more flexibility. They are also made out of lighter materials so that skaters can perform tricks with greater ease.
Jam skating was actually believed to have gotten it’s start in the Great Lakes region and Florida. Becoming popular in the 1990’s and still going strong today, there are huge jam skate competitions in Carrollton (GA), Sandy (UT), Anderson (SC), and Franklin (IN).
There are a few different styles of jam skating that have evolved throughout the years.
- Shuffle Skating/Rexing. This is skating forward or backwards while moving to the beat of the music.
- Footwork. Just like it sounds, this style shows off fancy foot moves.
- Power. This is what we associate most closely with breakdancing. This style focuses on power moves (headspins, backspins, full body spins, elbow spins, hand glides and many more).
- Ground breaking. A freeform style of skating also referred to as toe-dancing, trucking, shuffle skating, hexing, crazy leg, boogie bouncing, disco skating, and many other names.
Jam skating is also a competitive sport where skaters can perform their own routine, solo or in groups. In jam skating competitions, there is little criteria in judging and gives the skater maximum creative freedom. Skaters are judged on tricks and the overall performance.
Jam skating is not aggressive in any way. It is supposed to be a fun, exhilarating form of dancing on roller skates. Come down to Lanham Skate Center and try out some new jam skate moves. Check our schedule for fun theme nights and open skates.