Jam skating

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Jam skating (or Jamskating) is a skating style consisting of a combination of dance, gymnastics, and roller skating, performed on roller skates.[1][2][3] The origins of jam skating are disputed, but it is often traced to the Great Lakes region, Florida and California. The style has its roots in traditional roller disco, but has been greatly influenced by breakdancing, artistic skating, gymnastics, and modern dance.[4] Successful jam skaters are well practiced in these different forms and must have the ability to translate these movements while on skates. Jam skating first became popular in the early 1990s[dubious ] and is still practiced.[5][6]


Styles of Jam Skating:

  1. Shuffle skating/Rexing: shuffle skating to be skating with all 8 wheels down (or at times on just 1 wheel down), forward or backward, moving to the beat of the music usually in counter clockwise rink motion.
  2. Footwork
  3. Power: Power: This style of b-boying is what most members of the general public associate with the term "breakdancing". Power moves comprise full-body spins and rotations that give the illusion of defying gravity. Examples of power moves include head spins, back spins, windmills, flares, air tracks/air flares, 1990s, 2000s, jackhammers, crickets, turtles, hand glides, halos, and elbow spins. These Power moves are acrobatic moves that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength, and control to execute. The breaker is generally supported by his upper body while the rest of his body creates circular momentum. Some examples are the windmill, swipe, back spin, and head spin. Some power moves are borrowed from gymnastics and martial arts.
  4. Ground breaking
  5. Floorwork

Jam skating 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.


Jam Skating, like breakdancing in its early evolution, was an almost underground movement fueled by teenagers and skaters in their early 20s. Events were created to allow Jam Skaters to meet, trade moves, and, most importantly, "battle". Battling and performing remain a very important aspect of Jam Skating. This element pushes the boundaries of what is possible to perform while on skates; moreover, it ignites evolution within the skate culture.

Competitions, such as Heartbreak Skating Competition (Carrollton, GA), Pajama Jam (Franklin, IN), Southern Slam (Anderson, SC), Social Skate (Dallas, TX), The Championship (Cookeville, TN) and Classic Summer Jam (Sandy, UT) are examples of existing competitions happening.


Traditionally, roller disco skaters wore an artistic high-cut boot with toe stop. In the early 1980s, 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.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]


  • The 2005 film Roll Bounce prominently featured jam skating, along with some well-known skaters within the jam skating community.[9]
  • The 2006 film ATL was centered around a skating rink in Atlanta, GA called Cascade.[10]


Jam skating was featured in multiple music videos.


  • Jam skating 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).[11]
  • The Apple iPod commercial, featuring the song "Feel Good, Inc." by Gorillaz.[12]
  • The short-running TV show Melyssa's Place (found on satellite TV) featured Melyssa Fernandez teaching skating to a young audience.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smight, Tim (2009-10-16). "10 great places to let good times roll on skates". ABC News. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  2. ^ Rinehart, Robert E. (2013). Inline Skating in Contemporary Sport: An Examination of Its Growth and Development. Paul Cowan. ISBN 978-0-473-24989-2.
  3. ^ "StackPath". www.citybeat.com. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  4. ^ Jones, Vanessa E. (2005-07-06). "Rolling around again". Boston.com. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  5. ^ "Three sports we'd love to see at the Olympics". INQUIRER.net. 2021-07-22. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  6. ^ Company, Tampa Publishing. "Dancing on wheels: Meet Tampa roller skater Diamond Walker". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  7. ^ "Understanding the Difference Kinds of Quad Skates". rainbowskateland.com. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  8. ^ "Different Types of Rollerskates". www.inlineskates.com/. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  9. ^ Tanasychuk, John (2007-07-09). "Jam On A Roll". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  10. ^ Sutter, John (2006-09-10). "Entertainers compete for Hornets sideshow". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  11. ^ Barnhill, Meredith (2008-02-25). "Jam skating on MTV". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  12. ^ Lovato, Todd Eric (2006-01-09). "Roller Fever: It's Back and Hotter Than Ever, So Pull Out Your Old Wheels, and Hit the Rinks". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-08.

External links[edit]

  • [1], A YouTube page dedicated to jam skating
  • [2], a jam skating sanctioning body, member association, and event organization
  • [3], Jamskate Association
  • [4], There are multiple jam skating moves. Read on to learn everything about jam skating moves.