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National African American Roller Skating Archive Project

Roller Skating Archives is collecting a list of rinks that have closed as far back as you can remember. If you have one that you can contribute, some place you use to enjoy skating, please feel free to submit it to Please include the name of the rink, the city and state, and when you recall it closing. Here is a list of what we have so far.

New Party Announcement

Adult Skate Party
POSTED 8.30.15

CINCINNATI, OH – Friday, September 18, roll in the ‘Nati at the Adult Skate Jam featuring national DJ, DJ Narsistic of Columbus.  The party starts at 11:00 PM and goes until 3:00 AM at Beechmont Rollarena.  Admission is $10 per person and guests must be 18 or older to enter the building.
Adult Skate Party

Sunrise Skate Weekend
POSTED 8.27.15

CAMDEN, NJ – Test your endurance at the 15th Annual Sunrise Weekend, October 9-10 at Millennium Skate World.  Friday, party with the skate family starting at 7:30 PM at the Meet and Greet hosted by the Philly Bombshells.  Bring your cowboy duds and take a chance on riding that bull.  Then head to the rink for the warm up skate featuring the DJ Jammin Fashion Show.  Saturday afternoon take in some sightseeing or prepare yourself for a long skate night.  Starting at 11:00 PM at Millennium Skate World, roll with DJ Jammin and DJ Arson all the way until 6:00 AM at the Sunrise Session.  Admission is $15 with Skates.
Sunrise Skate Session

Kickin' It In The 'Ville 2015
POSTED 8.25.15

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Louisville Rail Ridaz invite you to come ride the rails September 18-20, 2015.  Friday, meet and greet at Fern Valley Bowling Alley followed by the warm up with nothing but skating all night.  Saturday, enjoy free food, flag football and more at George Rogers Clark Park.  Saturday night, kick it with Chicago’s own, DJ Joe Bowen along with DJ JayBiz at Robben’s Roost.   Stay in town and cool down at the skate finale on Sunday from 9:30 PM until 2:00 AM.  Hotel accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn for $99/night plus tax.
Kicking it in the ville

Rolling on the Bluff 2015
POSTED 8.23.15

MEMPHIS, TN – The Rolling Wheels of Memphis would like to invite you to a weekend of fun while “Rolling on the Bluff, October 16th – 18th , 2015.  Friday is the Pre Skate Jam event.  Saturday enjoy the RWOM Skate Workshop for all ages, followed by the Get Acquainted Cook In.  Then Saturday night, it’s the main event, the “Rolling on the Bluff” Skate Jam from midnight until 5:00 AM.  Please keep in mind, there will be no roll call but other skate specials will be included at the jam.  Check out the RWOM website for more details.
Rolling on the Bluff

VSC Sweet 16 Anniversary Dance and Skate Weekend
POSTED 8.18.15

RICHMOND, VA – Get ready to dance, step and skate all weekend long with the Virginia Skate Connection as they celebrate their 16th anniversary.  Friday, September 25, wear your favorite Chucks to the Chuck Baby Dance Party at Dorey Park Recreation Center featuring DJ Boss Lady of Richmond.  Saturday is the main event, the Sweet 16 Anniversary Skate Party at the Rollerdome Skating Rink with DJ Brian of Atlanta.  Admission is $15.  Sunday put on your Steppin’ shoes and get some Chicago Style Steppin’ in with the Virginia Skate Connection and Smooth Groove at Elliott’s Restaurant and Lounge.  Don’t forget, spend some time this weekend at the Virginia State Fair at the Meadow.
VSC Sweet 16 Anniversary Dance and Skate Weekend

Pretty in Pink Skate Jam
POSTED 8.12.15

SEABROOK, MD – Join Butterflyz –n-Unity as they celebrate their 12th anniversary at the Pretty in Pink Skate Jam.  Saturday, November 7 it will be a DC/MD/Philly mashup of DJs featuring DJ Double A and DJ Jammin at Lanham Skate Center in Seabrook, MD.  Roll from midnight until 4 AM and enjoy a special performance by the Butterflyz.  Admission is $10 in advance, more at the door.
Pretty in Pink

11th Annual Icy Hot Skate Jam
POSTED 8.11.15

COLUMBUS, OH – This winter, get warm at the 11th Annual Icy Hot Skate Jam.  Skateology presents three nights of skating and fun with a lineup of Columbus DJs: DJ Narsistic, DJ Keifer B, DJ Hop and DJ Derrick along with DJ Big Bert straight outta LA.  Warm up the wheels Thursday, February 4 from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM.  Friday, bowl before the roll at Capri Lanes.  Prizes will be awarded for high score.  Friday night, come to the Bounce Mixer with your skate club for a chance to win a $100 cash prize.  Saturday, it’s the always jumpin “Hot Spot” party at the Crowne Plaza from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Round off the weekend with the main event, Icy Hot from 11:30 PM until 5:00 AM.  Admission is $13 in advance, $16 at the door and $35 for those arriving AFTER 2:00 AM.
Icy Hot Skate Jam

5th Annual Texas Sk8Fair Classic
POSTED 8.9.15

DALLAS, TX – O.D. Rowlett presents, the 5th Annual Texas Sk8 Fair Classic!  October 2-4, 2015 join O.D. and a DJ line up with DJ Slave, DJ Tone, DJ Wildchild, DJ Joe Bowen, DJ G Brown and DJ Soultrain for three nights of skating in the Big D.  Friday, meet at Happy Hour at the host hotel and then it’s PinkAPalooza at the rink.  Wear pink in support of Breast Cancer research.  Saturday, more fun with the family at the Music Factory.  Come and enjoy a fashion show, games, prizes, free food, an open cash bar and great music.  Saturday night, roll to the hits with DJ Joe Bowen at Southern Skates.  Admission is $13 in advance, $15 at the door.  Hang around for a Sunday night roll at the Forum from 9:30 PM until 1:00 AM.  For those staying at the host hotel, be on the lookout for a surprise! 
Texas Skate Fair Classic

9th Annual Creep and Roll
POSTED 8.7.15

CLEVELAND, OH – Calling all skaters!  The time to get your creep and roll on is coming soon to the Pla Mor Skating Rink, Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 PM until 3:00 AM.  Roll to the sounds of Ohio’s own DJ Keifer B. while enjoying a FREE food buffet and as always, the infamous fruit trays!  Admission is $10 at the door.  Skaters must be 18 or older to attend.
Creep and Roll

Ohio Roll Call 2015
POSTED 8.3.15

CINCINNATI, OH – Come one, come all to the  Ohio Roll Call!.  Saturday, September 19, join Pepper and Lady Luck at the Skatin’ Place. DJ Rob “Showtime” Hunter will be providing the music from 11:30 PM until 4:00 AM.  All skaters and skate clubs are invited to attend.  Discount admission for Ohio skate clubs with 12 or more members and skate clubs outside of Ohio with 7 or more members attending wearing the same shirts.  Admission for all others is $13.
Ohio Roll Call 2015

The Pink Debut I & II
POSTED 7.31.15

CLEVELAND, OH – Two Events – One Day – One Great Cause!  Saturday, September 19, Think Pink!  Come and raise funds for Breast Cancer research while you enjoy Brunch and Bubbly with The Trendsettas, Skate for Life and the RollinBuckeyez, from noon until 2:00 PM at the Tinkham Veale University Center on the Campus of Case Western Reserve University.  An RSVP is required by September 1, 2015.  Then, later that evening, follow up with the sounds of DJ Kiefer B at The Pink Debut Skate Party, at the Pla-Mor Roller Rink.  Admission is $12 when you wear pink, $15 for all other and FREE for all who attended Brunch and Bubbly.
The Pink Debut I & II

William and Kim's 5th Anniversary Skate Party
POSTED 7.27.15

CANTON, MI – Show some skate love and celebrate with William and Kim on their 5th Anniversary!  Saturday, September 12, join the Skate Ambassador and a Diva at the Skatin Station II from midnight to 4:00 AM.  Admission is $14 in advance and slightly higher at the door. 
William and Kim's 5th Anniversary Skate Party

Coming Soon

Shigeki's 2015 USA Soul Skate Tour
POSTED 7.25.15

TOKYO, JAPAN – One of our favorite international skate family members is coming to the USA to pay us a visit.  Mr. Shigeki Oki, aka “The Japanese Soul Skater”, is on a mission to get his roll on with us over the next few weeks.  If you find him in your area, at your local rink, or at a national skate jam (i.e. Sk8-A-Thon), please give him a big welcome and a big skate family hug.

Shigeki’s Soul Skate Tour Itinerary:

Soul USA Tour Map

Jul 27 Leave Japan for the US
Jul 27 Los Angeles (1 night) 
Jul 28 Seattle
Aug 04 Las Vegas
Aug 11 Minneapolis

Helena, Shigeki, Margaret

Aug 18 Chicago, Helena, Shigeki and Margaret, Minneapolis and Chicago Skate Family (above)

Aug 26 Columbia
Sep 03 Atlanta
Sep 15 Kansas City
Sep 22 Los Angeles
Sep 29 Leave USA
Sep 30 Arrive back in Japan

SkateGroove would like to extend a very special thank you to all of the US skate family members who will be hosting Shigeki during his tour.


September 3-7, Atlanta, GA
Joi's Sk8-A-Thon

September 4-6, Roseville, CA
5th Annual ColLABORation Skate Jam

September 12, Detroit, MI
William and Kim's 5th Anniversary Skate Party

September 18, Cincinnati, OH
Adult Skate Party

September 18-20, Louisville, KY
Kickin' It In Da 'Ville

September 19, Cleveland, OH
The Pink Debut I and II

September 19, Cincinnati, OH
Ohio Roll Call Skate Jam

September 26-27, Richmond, VA
VSC Sweet 16 Dance and Skate Weekend

Weekly & Monthly Jamz

Weekly Jamz
FL: 1st, 3rd, 5th Sat
GA: Sparkles, Skatetowne
Monthly Jamz
NY: Super Saturdays

Joi's 20th Annual Sk8-A-Thon

ATLANTA, GA – It’s the skate phenomenon that everyone has been talking about.  The 20th Annual Joi’s Sk8-A-Thon!  September 3-7, 2015, come to the ATL to roll until you drop.  This year you have a pick of twelve different and talented DJ’s to roll with.  The lineup includes DJs Fly Ty, Jammin, Whildchild, Brian, Wiz, Arson, Narsistic, Big Bob, Spin, Tone, Soulnificent and Joe Bowen.  Friday’s agenda includes a Welcome dance, Saturday, have fun at the Metro Fun Center and Sunday, enjoy a cookout at the YMCA followed by Steppin/Line Dance Fever at the host hotel. Of course, top off the weekend with 5 nights of skating from Thursday until Monday.  Will you survive?  Put in for your sick leave now for Tuesday, September 8. 

5th Annual ColLABORation Sk8 Jam

SACRAMENTO, CA –  Labor Day Weekend 2015 it’s the 5th Annual ColLABORATION Sk8 Jam at Roller King in Sacramento.  Two nights of skating, Saturday and Sunday with the main event on Saturday night from Midnight until 4:30 AM..  Advance tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.  Sunday, roll from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM.  These events are for adults only

Contest Announcement

Celebration of Stars Talent Show
POSTED 8.23.15

STEVENSVILLE, MI – "Please Note:  The Celebration Of Stars Talent Show that was scheduled for Friday, 9.4.2015 has been cancelled.  We have receive some interest, but not enough to continue at this time.

We apologize for any disappointment to those that were planning to attend and/or participate.

We will continue to bring ideas to the table in an effort to offer entertainment that is interesting and relevant.

We welcome your suggestions.  Thank you."

Skate Session

Throwback Thursdays at Skatetowne
POSTED 3.10.15

ATLANTA, GA – Get your weekend started on Thursday night!  DJ Sugar Ray would like to invite the Grown and Sexy out for a night of rollerskating while he provides musical enjoyment with some of the best ATL Ole Skool sprinkled with a touch of Nu Skool.  Show up and show out each and every Thursday from 8:00 PM until 12:00 AM at Skatetowne in College Park.  Admission is only $5.
Throwback Thursdays

Rinks for Sale

Successful Rink for Sale
POSTED 6.6.15

For those who have dreamed about owning a rink, here is an opportunity for you.

The rink, located in Wisconsin, has been in business since the 1960's and draws  from a 35 mile radius.  Good report with local community, churches and schools.  Over 12,000 sq ft solid steel open span building on almost 10 acres with unbelievably low property taxes.  2 bathrooms, concessions stand and just under 10,000 sq ft skating surface.  Close to freeway, easy access with visibility from freeway and frontage on major highway.  All inventory, sound system, furniture, equipment, fixtures and business included in cost. $459,900.

For more information, send and email to

Monique "SkateVixen" Williams
New York, NY

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Aug 26 – Latisha Brown, Detroit, MI
Aug 29 - Howard L. Jenkins – Avid Roller Skater and Skate Instructor since 1969, San Diego, CA
Aug 30 - SaWanus "Lady Swan" LeGrand-Fleming, Forest Park, GA (The Big 4-Oh)
Aug 30 - Tunisia Nichols, Virginia Skate Connection, Hampton, VA
Aug 31 - Cevelyne "Short Fuze" McCaulley, Dogg Pound Skate Crew, Huntsville, AL
Aug 31 - Gregory Allen, Midwest All-Stars, Milwaukee, WI

Sep 1 - Twiggy Skater - Skate 22, BBP - NY/NJ
Sep 1 - Jojo, Universal Madness Skate Team, Washington, DC
Sep 6 - Rita and Gwen, Northwest Rollers, Baltimore, MD
Sep 8 - Tracey aka Ms. Sexy, Da Unpredictablez, Washington, D.C.
Sep 10 – Ron, DC/MD
Sep 12 – Pooh, JB Elite, Flint, MI
Sep 13 – Babycakes, Butterflys-N-Unity, DC/MD
Sep 14 - Stan “Middle Man” Ferguson, Atl, GA
Sep 15 - Derrick "Turtle" Eason, Empire Refugee
Sep 15 - Ben Blume AKA 'Boo Boo', 50th, Baltimore, MD
Sep 15 - Tina Aka Lady T, Kitty Kat Ladies, Skate 22 Fam, Union, NJ
Sep 15 - Moxie!, Indianapolis, IN
Sep 17 - Trendsetta Rico Hill, TSC
Sep 18 - Nikki Bowens, Adrenalin Awards and Style Skaters TV Network, Washington, DC
Sep 18 - Rob Lynch, DC
Sep 19 - Latoyah aka Jonesy, Kitty Kat Ladies, Skate 22 Fam, Union, NJ
Sep 22 - Doarian aka French Vanilla, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 22 – MoCa, Butterflys-N-Unity, DC/MD
Sep 22 - Lady Lee, Pearlers of Distinction Skating Club, Columbus, OH
Sep 23 - Mike "Groove" Blackwell,, Columbus, OH
Sep 23 - Cathy Hawkins, “The Glam Squad” CA
Sep 26 - Ms Netta "The Whistle blower", Philly/S. Jersey
Sep 27 - Hosea, Northwest Rollers, Baltimore, MD
Sep 27 - Debra Mitchell, "Ms. St. Louis", Atlanta, GA
Sep 27 - Theresa (Ms. Tee) Jones, Detroit Rhythmic Rollers, Detroit, MI
Sep 27 - Hosea, Northwest Rollers, Baltimore, MD
Sep 29 - Michelle Wilson (Slim-Tall Drink)
Sep 29 - Kent A.K. Fresh, 704 Flyy Boyz, Charlotte, NC
Sep 29 - Tiffany aka "Sista Souljah", Fam Affair, Orlando, FL
Sep 30 - Andre "Drizzy" Poe, Columbus, OH
Sep 30 - Slyvella "Sly" Davis, Ohio Originators, Columbus, OH
Sep 30 - Mr. G, FunkySkatesProductions, ATL/NY

Oct 6 - Crystal "Chill" Kirk, Dayton, OH
Oct 6 - Angela Price, Atlanta, GA
Oct 7 - Medina Jones, Flint, MI
Oct 8 - Latoya "jazzy tee" Mason from Memphis, TN
Oct 9 - Michael Stokes aka Slide, ATL bwo Glass City Toledo
Oct 10 – CoCoa, Butterflys-N-Unity, DC/MD
Oct 11 - Cheron Henderson, Detroit, MI
Oct 16 - Eugene, Temple Hills Skating Center
Oct 17 - Jules DeShazor Thomas, Philly, PA (Big 3-0!)
Oct 17 – “Pretty Nikki”, Jacksonville, FL
Oct 18 - Everett Mims, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 21 - Cedrick "Ceddy Bear" Harrell - Detroit, MI

Oct 9 - Stacey "Mrs. RollinDiva" & Neal "Freaky Deaky" Artis

Oct 21 - Angela Simmons- Hill (Pooh) and Luther (YounggunLou) Hill of Louisville, KY will be celebrating 10 years of marriage.

Do you know a skater who has a birthday, graduation or anniversary in September or October? Show your love by sending e-mail letting SkateGroove know the name, city, state, and birthday/anniversary and we will post it.

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All submissions will be reviewed by the SkateGroove crew prior to posting. SkateGroove reserves the right to accept or reject submissions.

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