Jam skating: it is a term that you may have heard in passing while rolling around the rink. If you are new to skating, you may not know what this terms means. Well, Southwestern Skate, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has an answer for you!
A specific place and time that jam skating originated is a debatable topic, but its influence can be traced back to traditional roller disco. Jam skating skating has since evolved into its current form, where its influences range from figure skating, gymnastics, traditional dance and breakdancing. The purpose of jam skating is not speed or well executed turns like a typical night at the rink, but rather a well personalized dance routine or display of coordination on a pair of roller skates.
Within jam skating, there are several different styles and ways to approach it. Many jam skaters have a background in some type of dance, and have adapted their styles for a pair of skates. This is the beauty of jam skating, for the most part, regulations don’t confine the skater to a particular style. Each individual can bring their own interpretation to the table, and it makes for some really exciting and diverse displays!