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Calgarians dress up for the first-ever roller skate festival

By on June 12, 2019 0

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The local roller skating community is not a thing of the past and they are having a festival this weekend to prove it.

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Calgary Roller Skate kept roller skating alive in the city after Lloyd’s Roller Rink closed over a year ago. Group co-founder Theresa Tucci said the Roll Out Roller Skate Festival is designed to show people the different sides of roller skating, including roller dancing, figure skating, pair dancing and skate park.

“We’re trying to show the Calgary community that you can still roller skate and that there is always a place to go to skate. We have a fleet of skates and we always have roller skating parties, we have classes and we want people to know that it is still there and that it is not a dying sport, ”said Tucci.

The festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Village Square Leisure Center, 2623 56th St. NE, with workshops, free skating times and a skating show on Saturday night. Tucci said the festival should bring back positive memories for people who hosted birthday parties, date nights and celebrations at Lloyd’s when it was still a gathering place for friends and families.

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“We want to keep those memories,” Tucci said. “Lloyd’s was still busy when it closed. It was like home for so many people. … I started skating when I was two, so for me it’s my life and I couldn’t stand the thought of never being able to skate again.

Tucci was delighted to announce the international guests who will be encouraging participants to find their skating style. London, England, skate legend Lisa Skate and founder of Moxi Skate brand Michelle Steilen, known as Estro Jen, will be at the festival to dance and mentor budding skate enthusiasts.

“Rollerblading is not just going in circles… Moxi Skates are so colorful and accessible to reach the general public. Even if you don’t really like skating, you want a pair of his skates. It has helped bring skating back to the mainstream internationally, ”said Tucci.

“Roller skating is here to stay. “

Four wheel skates and inline skates will be available for hire for the weekend and a full list of events and prizes is available at calgaryrollerskate.com.

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