Artistic Roller Skating
Artistic Roller Skating is a demanding and beautiful sport – strength and speed are
combined with grace, poise, precision and agility.
Artistic Roller Skating is a fun, safe sport that is practised worldwide. There are
four disciplines in Artistic Roller Skating.
- The Athleticism of Freeskating
- The Grace of Dance skating
- The Spectacle of Precision skating
- The Poise of Figure skating
What is Freeskating?
Freeskating is individual performance. It involves a choreographed routine to music
that incorporates jumps, spins and intricate footwork. Skaters taking up
Freeskating will be learning coordination, techniques of jumps and spins and also
the creativity of dance and drama in their artistic impression. For couples, this
discipline can extend to Pairs skating where athletic power and strength produces
magic routines involving overhead lifts and breathtaking spins in duets.
What is Dance skating?
Dance is the grace of ballet and the rhythm and precision of ballroom dancing.
Individuals or couples can perform dance. Skaters start by learning compulsory
dances such as Tangos, Waltzes and Marches . As part of their dance training,
skaters taking up Dance learn timing, poise and expression. For couples, this
discipline can progress to Free Dance where skaters perform duets involving a
range of lifts, footwork and imaginative choreography in time to music.
What is Precision Skating?
Precision skating is team skating. The key is unison and precision skating is an
excellent sport to learn and practice teamwork. To begin with, this discipline of the
sport does not require the development of the increasingly high level skating skills
of freeskating and dance. It involves creatively choreographed and presented
routines involving set patterns and manoeuvres performed to music. Precision
teams may include as few as six skaters or as many as 24.
What is Figure Skating?
Figure skating incorporates the most basic and important skills of artistic roller
skating – skating on “edges”. Intricate turns and shapes are tracked on
predetermined circles marked on the floor. Skaters learn balance and the skill of
fine control over their skates as they learn and progress through more than sixty