Dance Roll for Happy Summer

Roller skating has been making a strong comeback for a year. And in the summer, smooth surfaces will be captivated more than ever by wheeled dancers who want only one thing: have fun! We present to you the phenomenon and its roots.

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In front of Lowlife, currently the only one selling the popular Impala, MoXie and Sure Grip skate shoes that catches the eye, the line grows with the arrival of good days.

Used to serve a community Roller DerbyThe, owners, Tracy Mattinson and Laurent Decker have seen legions of skaters on TikTok, COVID, and Instagram (as they are now called among the most experienced!) For exactly a year.

“We weren’t prepared at all last spring!” Lorien says. Usually this is the start of an Coarse rollerY. We were fully stocked up on that. But in the end, people came to buy all of Moxi’s sleigh shoes. It was the beginning of the madness. Luckily we were able to order more, then Impalas. ”

  • Lorriane Dicaire and Tracey Mattinson, owners of the Lowlife store, have adapted well to the demands of new customers looking for skates to dance to the drum, rather than the derby.


    Lowlife store owners Lorriane Dicaire and Tracey Mattinson have adapted well to the demands of new customers looking for skate shoes for Roller dance, instead of Roller Derby.

  • Lowlife store has significantly increased its offer of skateboarding shoes for dancing since the start of the pandemic.  It also holds all kinds of protections, replacement wheels, etc.


    Lowlife store has significantly increased its offer of skateboarding shoes for dancing since the start of the pandemic. It also holds all kinds of protections, replacement wheels, etc.

  • We've been picking up Moxi skate shoes for a year.

    Photo by Bernard Brawlt, press

    We’ve been picking up Moxi skate shoes for a year.

  • A participant of the Deluxe Rollerdaddy puts her on Moxi.

    Photo by Bernard Brawlt, press

    A participant of the Deluxe Rollerdaddy puts her on Moxi.

  • Phillipe Vanhalewyn, also known as Deluxe Rollerdaddy (right), offers roller dancing lessons for small groups in Jarry Park.

    Photo by Bernard Brawlt, press

    Philip Vanalwein, also known as Deluxe Rollerdaddy (right), teaches Roller dance In small groups at Gary Park.

  • The Impala skate shoes are among the most popular skate shoes for beginners and beginners.  They are original, comfortable and very affordable.

    Photo by Kathryn Lefevre, special collaboration

    The Impala skate shoes are among the most popular skate shoes for beginners and beginners. They are original, comfortable and very affordable.

  • Genevieve Corrivault and Delphine Huguet improvise a small train during a class in Cosmic.

    Photo by Kathryn Lefevre, special collaboration

    Genevieve Corrivault and Delphine Huguet improvise a small train during a class in Cosmic.

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In one year, Lowlife sold a thousand pairs of leisure skis for dancers, which they keep for purchase in store. Shortages are spread all over the world and the two traders want to prevent all of their stocks from going to Florida and California. They prefer to participate in the development of the local ski community.

At $ 125 for a pair of Impalas, we’re far from the usual bill of $ 400 to $ 700 for skis. Roller Derby, But Tracy and Lorient are so happy they managed to keep making sales while their favorite sport was off. They also have the premium Riedell brand, for those who will be ready to take it to a more advanced level.

Why did you skate?

Caroline Hamel, who was a young figure skater, has been passionate about it since she bought Moxi black suede this spring.

Photo by Kathryn Lefevre, special collaboration

Caroline Hamel takes a course with Chloe Ceres, better known as Cosmic (read her picture on the next screen).

Ice skating can be a party, therapy, or engagement. “It’s a very personal thing, but at the same time it is community-based,” says Philip Vanhallwyn, who has been riding for 20 years. On skis, you will never get tired. A new tone starts and turns off again. And yes, there may be COVID sliders and antique skaters, but in reality, no one will be turned down. We form society. ”

Skate and Social Networking

Phillipe Vanhalewyn (aka Deluxe Rollerdaddy) knows Roller dance Small groups (limited to seven masked pupils at present). The sessions, accompanied by particularly live music, systematically attract the curious and inquisitive, who want to know where to buy skis, how to access lessons, the title of the Roller Dance Montreal group on Facebook, etc.

Photo by Bernard Brawlt, press

Philip Vanalloyne teaches Roller dance In Montreal.

Whoever made his first roll in two decades, he won’t deny that he sometimes gets upset to see Fashionistas posing on skis on Instagram.

“To see that TikTokers who barely know how to skate receive complete care, this is a bit offensive, especially when you know that there are hardly any real skaters in Skating rink Sponsored. There, major brands like Nike are sniffing the trend. The American Snowboarding Association attracts stylish skiers to capture their moves. This kind of “eagle” culture annoys me a little. ”

Photo from INSTAGRAMOUMI_JANTA account

Instagram users like Umi Ganta from Berlin, who has nearly a million subscribers, are behind this current frenzy Roller dance.

However, Philip still wanted to take advantage of the current craze to bring as many skaters as possible to his dance. “People come to the park wearing skis and don’t really know what to do. That’s why I started school, so people learn and then we can have parties where there will be more and more people who can dance and follow the beat of the music.”

How about a safe indoor space for entertaining and snowboarding? If more and more people participated, maybe it would be possible to ski all year round and anywhere other than underground parking? The little Montreal community dreams about it. In the meantime, she can return on the Roller Disco Montreal evenings, which will resume at Mont-Royal at the earliest.

> Visit Roller Disco Montreal (in English)

Undermined culture

Archive press photos

match Roller Derby In New York in 2005

Unfortunately, since the disco era, the trend has been towards closing the ice rinks. Even in the United States, Rinks, A bastion of an entire section of African American culture, being suppressed one by one. This is what the documentary shows United SkisIt broadcasts on crave.

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Documentary United SkisIt broadcasts on crave.

Because before it was a good excuse to “flash” in social networks, the Roller dance And the Disco roller It has always had a societal, cultural, and even political aspect.

Historically, ice rinks have also been the scene of African-American rights claims. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, these recreational spaces, like many others, were reserved for whites.

Many early sit-ins In America denouncing racial inequality it was, in fact, just ice skating, “one might read in River’s article titled Ice skating, civil rights, and the wheels behind dance music.

> Read the article

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Civil disobedience made it possible to organize “black” evenings (also called adult nights, to mitigate racial discrimination) at the ice rinks owned by nearly all whites. The hip hop scene has also evolved into these Rinks. Dr. Dre was the first DJ in Skateland, Los Angeles. Latifa and Ice Cube also threw their first party there.

Image from the SKATELAND USA Facebook page – Compton, California

Skateland, Los Angeles

Over the decades, a large number of styles were developed in major American cities. Chicago Has JB (influenced by groove By James Brown). why Obfuscation From New York they are followers of the legendary Bill Butler, himself from Detroit and still active at 87. San Francisco owes a lot to Richard Humphrey. In Los Angeles, it’s all about foot traffic and sliding. Venice Beach has its very own open-air Roller Skate Dance Plaza, which is lined with palm trees and full of The skaters are smooth. Atlanta, Houston, and St. Louis are also some of the snowboarding capitals.

> Regardez «Dance in Chicago: James Brown Skateboarding»

What will the new wave, or even the current tsunami of sledging dance, bring to the table, playing new music, such as the 1940’s and 1950’s, as nostalgic as the “affected” youth? We follow the progress … on Instagram and TikTok!

PHOTO PIERRE MCCANN, press archive

Roller skating at the Paladium de Brossard

In 1976

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Ski Happiness, 1967

Pictures on skis

Four ice dancing enthusiasts tell us about their passion and show us some moves.

Pessimist Dan (Danielle Senegal)


Danielle Senegal began learning to dance on skis in New York City 20 years ago.

During a trip to New York, twenty years ago, the hostess discovered (re) roller skating. “In Central Park, I saw dancers roll. They were part of a group called Central Park Dance Skaters, which was founded in the 1980s. I sat there for two hours to watch them and immediately knew they were right for me,” Danielle says.

“I am 57 years old, so I lived the Montreal years at Roulathèque, Paladium, and Cezar Palace. Seeing people in Central Park reminded me of when I was 20. Skiing makes you happy. I find it really is for everyone, regardless of age.”

Il y a 20 ans, les patins à roulettes n’avaient plus la cote. Danielle a dû magasiner sur eBay pour trouver sa première paire, d’occasion, qu’elle a tout de même payée 200 $. Aujourd’hui, les Riedell que portent la majorité des danseurs sur patins sérieux coûtent facilement entre 600 et 800 $.

Rapidement, le roller dance est devenu sa grande passion. Pendant un an, elle a fait l’aller-retour entre la métropole et la Grosse Pomme tous les week-ends.

Et pendant 10 ans, tous les voyages que j’ai faits étaient pour apprendre à patiner. Chaque fois que je rencontrais une nouvelle personne du milieu, c’était une occasion d’apprendre de nouvelles choses.

Danielle Senecal

« Le plus important, c’est d’être sur le beat, de fusionner avec la musique, ajoute-t-elle. Après ça, tout est possible. »

La doyenne des patineurs du parc La Fontaine aime redonner, elle aussi. « Je partage par amour. J’aime tellement ça. La minute que je vois quelqu’un avec des patins, je lui offre mon aide. Je n’ai jamais payé pour apprendre et, comme j’ai un autre travail pour vivre, je n’enseigne pas pour l’argent. »

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Bien qu’elle n’hésite pas à intégrer des mouvements glanés un peu partout au fil de ses voyages, Danielle reste fidèle à l’école new-yorkaise. « Une centaine de personnes qui patinent sur le même beat, ça génère une énergie incroyable. Je le fais aussi juste pour moi, avec ma musique dans les oreilles. Je vais sortir pendant trois heures pour travailler un move. C’est ma liberté, mon exercice, mon art et ma méditation. »

Kozmic (Chloé Seyrès)


Chloé Seyrès a d’abord pratiqué le slalom freestyle en patins à roues alignées avant de découvrir les patins à roulettes.

Les patins de Chloé sont une extension de sa personne ! D’abord championne du monde de slalom freestyle (pas moins de quatre fois), elle est passée des roues alignées aux « quads » pour faire du roller derby dans l’équipe de France et à Montréal. Quand son corps rudement mis à l’épreuve en a eu assez des plaquages, elle s’est mise à la danse, pour son plus grand plaisir, mais aussi celui de ses spectateurs.

Kozmic hypnotise avec son style rapide, précis, athlétique. Les gens s’arrêtent dans les parcs pour la regarder. Déjà très solide et habile sur ses patins, elle dit avoir surtout appris dans la rue.

Je n’ai jamais suivi de cours. On s’échange des tricks et on s’aide les uns les autres pour tous grandir.

Chloé Seyrès

Sur sa chaîne YouTube, Chloé présente de plus en plus de « tutoriels » depuis un an, pour permettre aux patineurs et patineuses de progresser à leur rythme et d’ajouter à leur répertoire de mouvements : shuffle, guillotine, downtown, transitions, etc. Pédagogue hors pair, elle décortique les mouvements pour les rendre accessibles au plus grand nombre. Elle vient aussi de lancer son cours de groupe, le jeudi soir, au parc La Fontaine.

« Le patin, c’est la liberté, la liberté de mouvement, la liberté de créer, la liberté d’être moi, déclare celle qui gagne sa vie comme traductrice. Je suis reconnaissante d’avoir été happée par cette passion, qui m’a aidée dans toute ma construction et qui m’aide toujours à évoluer en tant que personne. »

Deluxe Rollerdaddy (Philippe Vanhalewyn)


Philippe Vanhalewyn adore transmettre sa passion aux débutants.

Nous avons d’abord rencontré Philippe au parc Jarry. Son désir de transmettre sa passion à la petite bande de débutantes qui s’exerçaient sur la surface bien lisse de la patinoire de roller hockey était manifeste. Il n’était pas avare de conseils.

Depuis qu’il a lancé ses cours du mercredi soir et du dimanche après-midi, il y a un mois, il doit parfois refuser des gens, les restrictions limitant la pratique à huit personnes.

Philippe, alias Deluxe Rollerdaddy, fait de la danse sur patins depuis une vingtaine d’années. « Un jour, j’ai croisé une petite bande qui roulait au bord du canal de Lachine. Ça m’a tout de suite donné envie d’essayer. Puis j’ai rejoint la gang du parc La Fontaine, dont faisait partie Danielle, qui a ramené la danse de style new-yorkais à Montréal. »

Il n’y avait rien à l’époque sur le patin. Pas d’Instagram ni de TikTok. On se passait des vidéos. Je regardais Richard Humphrey montrer des moves, par exemple.

Philippe Vanhalewyn

Le designer graphique de métier, qui a récemment troqué son écran pour un boulot dans une maison de retraite, constate que les gens qui s’accrochent au patin ont souvent un côté excentrique. « Les gens qui passent dans le parc et voient cette liberté s’exprimer, surtout par les temps qui courent, sont forcément curieux. »

Fairy Floss (Joanie Darveau)


Joanie Darveau pratique le roller dance, mais aussi le burlesque sur patins.

En 2014, Joanie a trouvé une paire de patins à roulettes dans un placard de son nouvel appartement. Comme les anciens locataires ne les ont jamais réclamés, elle s’est décidée à les essayer. Depuis, elle a fait d’innombrables voyages pour se perfectionner.

Son passé de patineuse artistique (de 6 à 16 ans) et un amour de la danse ont donné une longueur d’avance à la femme de 36 ans.

Je commençais aussi le burlesque à ce moment-là et j’ai fait mon premier numéro en patins à roulettes. Je ne savais même pas que le roller dance existait !

Joanie Darveau

« C’est Philippe [Vanhalewyn]I passed by on rue de Mont-Royal while I was putting my skis on my shoulders, and she invited me to La Fontaine Park to meet other skiers. “

Then Danielle Sincale took her under her wing. “I went to New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​and San Francisco to take lessons with Richard Humphrey. My next goal would be to meet Bill Butler, in Atlanta, and he is really legendary. My character, Fairy Floss, is really focused on the fifties, so I’d like to know how people danced in those years. ”

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