Roller skates are back in popularity
Philadelphia – The night has started wobbly.
But a few laps later, he skated around the lost reels in Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and the classic songs of the fatback band “I Found Lov’n”.
I waited for the first code for the new version of “Candy Girl”, but I had no luck.
No, I wasn’t fantasizing about 1985.
At that time, I was living at the Wells Fargo Center. The Spectacor Events & Entertainment Group, a division of Comcast Spectacor, has partnered with a local skate team, Great on Skates, to host roller skates as part of the Wells Fargo Experience. The ground beneath the Philadelphia Flyers rink turned into a roller rink as roller skates came back to consciousness. It’s fun. It is compatible with TikTok. Thanks to Bruno Mars and the Silk Sonic supergroup from Anderson Park, rollerblading had its own theme song, aptly named “skating”.
But the point is, I miss rollerblading. Strobe lights liven up the party and remind us of the simpler times it took for a few skates to fall in love.
“I learned the popularity has skyrocketed,” said Emily Dunham, senior vice president of Spectacall Events & Entertainment at Wells Fargo, of the one-day event, which drew nearly 1,000 guests for seven consecutive hours. paddy field. Skating session. “We wanted to find a safe new event that could bring the community together. Given the popularity of skating, we knew it would be a winner. “
The roller skating experience at Wells Fargo Center was a one-off deal, but “while not 100% certain” it appears there are plans to do it again. The South Philadelphia site isn’t the only place event planners have chosen to make their flooring suitable for skating. The Dillworth Plaza and the Blue Cross Riverlink in Town Hall along the Delaware River waterfront both have successful skating seasons. RiverRink attendance this year is up 20% from pre-pandemic figures, said Jackie Lai, director of parks and attractions for the Delaware River Waterfront, which operates the link.
But the real winner is Rollerlink all year round. Rollerlink, a popular hangout for tweens and teens in the 1970s, 1980s, and 90s, grew into a childhood in ancient times, and its popularity was replaced by home video games. Many links were closed as inline skating became popular and businesses moved from the city to the suburbs.
However, according to Tracy Medley, managing partner of Camden’s Millennium Skating World, the session was packed before the start this summer. “The resurrection revives the older skaters who made roller skating popular back then,” said Medley.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when quads (classic four-wheelers) first appeared on Nordstrom and Amazon’s waiting lists from underground storage boxes. (Like bikes, there appears to be a shortage of roller skates.) But India Bernardino, founder and co-owner of Great on Skates, said the resurrection was linked to pandemics and social media. ..
“People couldn’t get together, but they could go out and skate,” Bernardino said. Like the perfect pear tree yogi, skaters mastering dance techniques shared their videos. Rotation between high speed skates, high speed rear skates, high speed rear skates and reverse reverse high speed skates. “People posted new skate videos every day, but before they knew it, they loved Day 65 of the 365 Days of Skateboarding.”
This is where Bernadino comes in. Kids (and adults too) wanted to show off their skills, but they were rusty. They wanted to skate like Instagram. The same goes for Tik Toker street skaters like Atlanta-based Kamille Boyd-Gillmore and Los Angeles-based Ana Coto. Bernardino looked up and noticed that she was full of weekly beginner and intermediate skating lessons that she gave with Great On Skates business partner Shemar Cunningham.
“It’s about the tricks and the dances of today, the liveliness of the skating culture. It’s all about art, ”said Bernadino, who teaches students to dance, reverse skate and even divide.
South Philadelphia Roller Skates Clyde “Ice” McCoy (center) skates with Dominique Dunlap (right) at the Roller Skating Link at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with roller skating instructor Cameron King.