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Roller skating culture thrives in the Pacific Northwest

By on May 13, 2019 0

The 70s, 80s and 90s never die on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at the West Skating Center in Pattison.

FEDERAL WAY, Washington – Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Pattison’s West Skating Center are adults-only. Beginner and expert skaters alike come together to celebrate and skate to hits from the ’70s and’ 80s. But for many participants, skate nights are about more than just skating to music.

“These skate parties mean so much to so many different people,” Tiffany Mason said. “When you are in your zone, it is happiness.”

Mason has been skating for over 30 years and says it is his passion. She travels to skate parties across the country.

“I would do it forever if I could,” she said.

Other participants seek to bring skate culture back to its heyday as in the 70s and 80s.

“For me, it’s about bringing it back up,” said Chris Nixon. “I want to bring him back to this.”

Seattleite Marcus Graham skates to escape.

“If I have any kind of drama, I come here and it’s out the window,” he said. “We’ve been driving for three hours and that’s it!”

Many people may not be aware that different regions of the country have unique styles of skating. In St. Louis, they focus on ballroom dancing. Chicago has JB skating. Skaters in California are sliders. But in the Pacific Northwest, we do a bit of everything.

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Having a good DJ is also a crucial part of a skate night. There is a certain rhythm called “skate beat” which makes skating even more enjoyable.

“It’s about you and the music,” Mason said.

The most frequent participants also show their own unique styles through the skates they choose to wear.

“Your skates are kind of like an extension of you,” Mason explained.

Ice rinks are closing en masse across the country, but not in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Pattison’s is now hosting a three-day national event to celebrate the world of skating. It’s also a great way to give back to the community.

“It’s getting bigger and bigger every year, and it’s going to keep getting bigger,” Mason said.

West Pattison Skating Center | (253) 838-7442 | 34222 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003

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