Jam skating (or Jamskating) is a combination of dance, gymnastics, and skating, performed on roller skates. The style of skating has its roots in traditional roller disco, but has been influenced by breakdancing, artistic skating, gymnastics, and modern dance. Successful jamskaters are well practiced in these different forms and must have the ability to translate these movements while on skates.
Jamskating is neither aggressive nor speed skating. This form of freestyle skating is referred to by many different names: toe-dancing, spot-skating, shuffle skating, hexing, rexxing, trucking, shadow skating, crazy leg, boogie bouncing, and disco skating. These names strictly describe the style of skating, not the moves.
Traditionally, roller disco skaters wore an artistic high-cut boot with toe stop. In the early 80s, this transitioned into a trend of wearing low-cut speed skate boots with jam plugs in place of the toe stops. This trend continues today, as the low-cut boot allows for more agility with feet while skating.
- The 2005 film Roll Bounce prominently featured jamskating, along with some well-known skaters within the jamskating community.
- The 2006 film ATL was centered around a skating rink in Atlanta, GA called Cascade. The movie didn't feature much jamskating. The type of skating demonstrated in ATL was JB Skating (James Brown Skating).
Jamskating was featured in multiple music videos.
- 1, 2 Step by Ciara ft. Missy Elliott
- "Disease" by Matchbox 20.
- "My Shoes" by Murphy Lee.
- "I Heart You" by Toni Braxton
- "Ladies Of The World" by Flight of the Conchords
- Jamskating gained some mainstream popularity when Shannon Anthony, Diamond Walker, Tony Zane, Jessy Nice, and Jordan McQuiston of Team Breaksk8 made it to the top 4 on America's Best Dance Crew (Season 1).
- The Apple iPod commercial, featuring the song "Feel Good, Inc." by Gorillaz.
- Smight, Tim (2009-10-16). "10 great places to let good times roll on skates". ABC News. Retrieved 2009-05-16.