Welcome to Rotorua Roller Skating Club. We have compiled this page to help you understand some aspects of the sport of Artistic Roller Skating and what we offer in our Badge & Advanced Classes. It also outlines what the role of the Rotorua Roller Skating Club is and how it supports skaters in their skating journey.
Your Child’s Skating Journey
Your child’s skating journey will begin in learn to skate class. Classes are designed to take skating skills from basic skating across the rink to being able to skate forwards & backwards proficiently as well as perform basic jumps, spins and foot work.
In most lessons students will break into groups for 15-20 minutes.
Classes comprises of some basic freestyle jumps and spins, dance skating steps and techniques, basic figure work, and foot work suitable for routines, and of course lots and lots of laps around the rink.
We also hold a fun skate every term, and in term four skaters learn routines and a show piece for our annual Christmas Show.
While roller skates are initially available for children to use for badge class, it is expected that if your child wishes to continue through to Intermediate classes and further they will need to purchase there own skates. Good quality artistic skates are needed to perform most jumps and spins and our hire skates are not of that standard. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding the type of skates you will need for artistic skating.
We offer skaters as many opportunities as possible by running small mini squads during the year, which work on specific elements of skating such as Dance, Figures, Freestyle routines etc. At times we bring in other teachers who specialize in particular areas of the Artistic roller skating sport. The more skaters that can attend the better as they will learn valuable new skills.
To become a good skater you need to have great basics. This means lots and lots of skating, and attending the club practices.
Some students will decide during class that they would like to go on further with there skating and carry on into advanced classes, medal tests and possibly into federated competition, while others will be happy to just enjoy learning the basics of skating and the camaraderie that class brings.
Either way, we hope to be able to provide a happy and supportive learning environment for all skaters.
www.skatenz.org.nz – Official NZ Federation of Roller Sports website, look under artistic.
www.skatewell.co.nz – information and skating accessories.
www.iceandrollerskates.com – Skating equipment and skates from the UK.
What is Artistic Skating?
Artistic skating is performed on quad (4 wheel skates) and comprises of different disciplines as set out below.
Free Skating ( freestyle)
In free skating skaters incorporate different components such as jumps, spins and foot work into a single routine to music. This is similar to ice skating.
Skaters follow set patterns of circles ( of varying sizes) marked on the floor. The basic skills of skating begin here. For figure skating you need specialized figure skates.
Dance incorporates the execution of compulsory and creative dance movements to music such as waltz. It can be preformed singularly or as a pair.
Precision comprises of teams of skaters performing various group formations and movements choreographed to a music theme.
Show skates are at present in three categories, Quartets (4 skaters), Small show group (8 to 12 skaters) and Large show group (16 to 30 skaters), these are group items which perform to a theme, using freestyle footwork and with a emphasis on telling a story.
Creative Solo Dance
Creative solo dance is a mix of dance steps and some freestyle 1/2 jumps and spins set to a theme appointed by the NZFRS.
Skating as a Sport
If you child decides that they would like to make skating their sport and are proficient then they can compete Regionally and Nationally in NZ Skating Federation competitions, but there are a few things you need to know, consider and do.
- Skaters will need their own Good Artistic skates.
- Individual lessons are needed to prepare routines and content.
- Decide the section or sections of Artistic Skating they would like to specialize in. This would need to be discussed with your coach.
- Be a member of the Rotorua Roller Skating Club.
- Be a Federated member with NZFRS and pay annual Federation Fees.
- Purchase an Artistic number from NZ Artistic committee, you will keep this number for as long as you compete but you do need to renew it annually.
- Have an appropriate costumes to skate and compete in ie…Leotards, stockings, or for boys skating trousers and shirts, club leotard and club jackets.
- Attend Master Classes and extra Practices.
Competitions can mean travelling to other Areas and sometime overseas.