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Jen and Phat Sk8trax Provide Musical Inline Skating Instruction


Jen and Phat Sk8trax Provide Musical Inline Skating Instruction
Photo ©2005 Courtney Beaupre

Jenny Jen Goldstein - Lyricist, Rapper and Inline Skating Instructor:

Jenny Jen Goldstein is a versatile skating expert. Her marketing thesis on the development of inline skates, written at the Wharton School of Business, helped roll her right into a position as one of the first certified in-line skate instructors in history. Now a well-known skating instructor around the world, she has written rap lyrics to teach people how to skate. Her band, Phat Sk8trax, released the first instructional skate music CDs, and their debut track, "Boogie Back Rap," became a top ten single of the year in the Village Voice. Their songs are played on the radio, in clubs and skating rinks around the world.

Jen Helps Everyone Who Wants to Inline Skate:

The thousands of skaters that Jen has shared her techniques with since 1991 include celebrities such as basketball legend, Julius Erving, and actor, John Cusack. She has also worked with 5 time Olympic Gold Medal speedskating champion Bonnie Blair. Charles Barkley, Rick Mahorn, Scotty Brooks, Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records and Phat Farm), George Clinton, Mike Hampton, Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Deborah Harry (Blondie), Go Go's and Joan Jett enjoy her approach, too.

Jen is an Inline Skating Media Darling:

Jenny Jen Goldstein’s television appearances include Discovery’s “The Learning Channel,” Comcast SportsNet, NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX news affiliates. She was featured in XXL Magazine as well as Health Magazine, Metro Newspaper, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Working Woman, Inside Magazine, Rinksider, Citypaper, USA Roller Sports, Art Museum News, Girard Home News, Philadelphia Magazine, Jewish Exponent, Business Philadelphia, Philadelphia Business Journal, Daily Pennsylvanian, Gazette Magazine, Connecting in Philadelphia, by Ruth Harvey, PhD and In-Line Skating: The Ultimate How-to Guide, by Albert Fried-Cassorla.

Partner TAKi76 is the Producer and Composer Behind Jen's Skating Music:

Peter Panagakos, TAKi76, works with Jen as the music producer and composer. He also performs on many of the CDs. Heavily influenced by Prince, Parliament Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel and other soul/jazz/funk artists, TAKi76 is a self-taught musician, composer and producer. He plays all guitar, bass, keyboards and drum machine instruments for Phat Sk8trax and his own solo albums.

Jenny Jen Goldstein and her musical approach to inline skating instruction help make learning to inline skate fun. After new skaters have endured many years of “hokey-pokey,” “YMCA” and “chicken dance” in classes, learn-to-skate sessions and at parties, Jen has opened up the door to musical “phat sk8 tracks” with an old school flavor that beginner and intermediate lesson skaters of all ages can love.

First, Jen and partner TAKi76 produced “Boogie Back Rap,” the first how to inline skate instructional hip hop rap CD. Next, they developed “Phat Sk8trax - You Can Stop.” Now, they have a whole collection of funky, hip-hop music that somehow manages to include clearly-spoken, technically correct instructional skating lyrics. Jen raps about how to stop, maneuver, do skate maintenance, avoid mistakes and more. The songs each have a beat that is appropriate for the technique that is being explained. And each song gives the skaters long instrumental segments, so they can actually try the technique that was described while the music is playing.

Jen’s instructional lyrics were developed by using her own experiences as a skater and then a skating instructor. She has shared her techniques with thousands of students including Julius Erving, John Cusack and Bonnie Blair. The CDs are suitable as a supplement to any inline, quad or ice beginner skating program and can be used by individuals for self-directed training, too. For more information on the Phat Sk8trax collection, email Jen or visit the Phat Sk8trax site.

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