Ever watch the movie from 2005 called Roll Bounce? We didn’t know Bow Wow was so good on jam skates but we do know since the release of this movie, jam skating has gained momentum across the globe. Also known as rhythm, dance and jive skating, jam skating is a combination of dance, gymnastics and skating and is heavily influenced by break dancing and modern dance.
The fundamentals of jam skating are important to understand since jam skating is more complex than standard roller skating. There are certain wheels to use, special ways to mount your plates and more.
Read on, take some notes and you will be performing top jam skate moves in no time.
1. The Preferred Type of Boot
Ankle movement is a must when jam skating and almost every jam skater I see used speed boots to allow for extra ankle movement.
- If you prefer using high tops, then only lace up the bottom part so you have room to move around. By doing this, the upper part of the boot is only useful for “Looks”. It doesn’t serve an actual purpose.
- A lower boot such as the Riedell Quest Jam is a perfect choice.
- The Riedell 120 boot is an alternative packed with a lot of support and comfort right out of the box.
- If you’re serious about finding that perfect jam skate then don’t hesitate to create you own custom skate. We’ll walk your hand through every step!
- High top or low top is a preference choice that only you can make.