Quad jam skating is a newer style in the history of quad skates that blends several styles of dance, gymnastics and skating. Although dancing on skates was seen in roller rinks as early as the 1930s, jam skating’s beginnings can be traced to disco roller skating in the 1970s. Then the 1980s, when disco began to die, the elements of breakdancing were introduced to the sport and it began to more closely resemble the jam skating of today. Jam skating has also been influenced by rhythm skating, JB skating, modern dance, artistic roller skating and even break dancing. The more advanced jam skaters usually have one or more of these athletic or dance skills in their background and have learned how to use these skills while roller skating.
Jam Skaters are Expressive
Jam skating gives skaters a chance to express themselves, interpret the pulse of the musical percussion beat, share footwork and rhythm patterns as well as some of the same skating skills that speed and aggressive skaters use, too. Other than time limits imposed at competitive events, there are not many rules in this sport. The free flowing movements of jam skating often include elements from related styles and movements including rexing, crazy legs, shuffle skating, toe jamming' and freestyle rhythm skating. Jam skating athletes can become very competitive, they often skate to provide entertainment and most enjoy social and recreational skating sessions on a regular basis.
Jam Skating Equipment
A rise in the popularity of quad roller skates is one of the good effects that jam skating has had on roller sports. Traditional quad skates have been less popular since the introduction of practical inline skates. But quads are the equipment of choice for jam skating since they provide the maneuverability and solid wheelbase needed for intricate jam skating footwork. Jam skaters prefer to use low cut, speed styled boots with dance toe plugs instead of jumping toe stops.
Who Governs Jam Skating Events?
The Jamskate Association was founded in 1997 to unite several different roller skating clubs in Florida who shared a common style of skating. This Orlando, Florida group, which was founded by Chris Gehret, decided to use the term "Jamskate" to describe this quad roller skating discipline. Since 2002, the World Skating Association (WSA) has been the sanctioning body for jam skating. The WSA was formed to organize and host well organized, skater-oriented jam skating events around the world.
Many wonder whether it is easier to roller skate on quads or inline skate on rollerblades. The kind of skating that really interests you will determine the exact type of training (if any), style of skates and other gear you will need for your chosen roller sports. Take a look at some of the activities that can be done on quad skates:
- Recreational and social quad skating includes a variety of activities for skaters of all ages and skating levels.
- Quad fitness skating combines serious skating for medical, mental or physical benefits with fun skating for pure pleasure.
- Quad speed skating is still a recognized competitive discipline – even though participation has significantly declined.
- Quad figure skating is a type of figure skating that is often called artistic skating.
- Vertical roller skating is just as exciting as aggressive inline.
- Several styles of dance, gymnastics and skating blend to create the jam skating style.
- Rhythm skating is a soul-based skating style that emerged along the same timeline as the Motown sound experience.
- JB skating originated in Chicago with skating to the soul music sounds of the legendary "Godfather of Soul," James Brown.
- Quad roller derby has taken the sports world by storm and appears to be the fastest growing roller sport today.
- Quad rink roller hockey is a popular year-round sport at amateur, scholastic, and professional levels.
Use the information above to see the range of quad roller skating sports, then take a look at the inline sports opportunities. If you are not sure that your interests will be dedicated to a specific skating type, start by building a good foundation in recreational or fitness activities and training. Most rinks allow you to rent traditional or speed quad skates in beginner skating lessons, so you can find out which type of skate you prefer.