"I like to roller skate. I have been roller skating since I was eight." - Mackenzie Foy

Mackenzie Foy was the child star who made her first appearance in the 2012 hit film, Twilight. Mackenzie was born in the year 2000 so that means that she is a millennial who still takes a keen interest in roller skating - a fad from the 80s.  Roller skating, despite being most popular in the '80s, is still a sport (more like a pastime) that is well-liked today. Yet, for many, roller skating is no longer as enjoyable as it was in the olden days.

Picture this: skating freely in such a way that it seems like you are almost flying. Your hair is permed, you are wearing a biker jacket and ripped jeans. Life was much easier in the '80s! Life also seemed to be more fulfilling back then.

Chevy Lane was one such restaurant in the heart of Bedfordview that tried to recreate past memories and take diners back to times when life was less stressful. The retro diner focused more on the 1950s but still introduced a sense of nostalgia to South Africans who desperately needed to go back to an easier time period. While Covid-19 took a toll on this diner, causing the blast from the past to close down, Superprof has decided to give you something to be nostalgic about as well.

Let us focus on what roller skating was like in the 80s. Are you ready to skate back to a time that was freer?

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Roller Skating in the 80s: Outfits

How can we explore the '80s without gaining a sense of the roller skating fashion of that time? Women were looking for equality during the 1980s and they started expressing how they could make an impact in the board room through their dressing.

Fashion was, just like women, also finding itself. Oversized printed T-shirts and blazers were worn and roller skating fans were rocking a carefree dress sense. Streetwear, as we now call it, was coming to the fore.

From shoulder pads to power suits, people of the '80s wore it all. Not forgetting the ripped jeans.

Neon was the designated colour palette and everyone acted as bright as the colours of the clothes they were wearing.

However, are ripped jeans and oversized blazers not making a fashionable comeback?

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Ripped jeans and roller skates, a common sight in the 1980s. - Source: Pexels

Fun nights meant much to the people in the '80s! To sparkle up a night out, rhinestone-studded shirts were worn by the males.

On Friday and Saturday nights, youngsters made their way down to the roller rinks.

Bling and metallic pants swayed across the roller rinks. Imagine how footloose people were in those days ...

It was a time where movies like Footloose and Dirty Dancing made quite the statement by introducing new fashion items onto the roller skating scene. Leg warmers completed outfits with the help of fingerless gloves and huge hair bows.

Would you consider bringing back the 80s in the way that you dress when you choose to go skating either indoors or outdoors?

Roller Skating Dancing

"I jog and I roller-skate. I dance - that's the best exercise." - Diana Ross

"Roller skating dancing?" you ask. Well, yes! In the past, roller discos were a thing so the vibes at these roller discos were much like that of the vibes at our modern-day clubs.

Picture this: Everyone was dancing with their skates on and everyone was dancing in sync.

Can't imagine this scene! Time to watch a movie from yesteryear, Xanadu.

The movie features the most astonishing rollerskating dancing scene with the legendary dancer, Gene Kelley.

There is nothing stopping you from busting a move in roller skates too.  While no one expects you to be perfect as a roller-skating dancer from the movie Xanadu, you can start practicing by trying the signature scissor position. You can eventually try out positions like the Heel Roll and the Toe Roll where all your weight gets placed on one skate only. To learn how to skate dance you can watch videos on how to roller dance so that if you ever make it to the roller disco you are as prepared as Xanadu star, Oliva Newton John.

Quad skates have been mentioned as the best type of skates for freestyle dancing. Busting a move on skates could mean performing moves like steering on quad skates and even doing the cross tap dance moves.

With hit songs from the 1980s coming back, should we be questioning whether it means that rollerskating will be making a comeback, too?

Roller Skating Party

"A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star." Xanadu

You too can be a shooting star in the roller skating park. If you are looking to relive memories from the '80s and recreate disco-like vibes, perhaps you should visit RollEgoli.

RollEgoli is an open-air skate park in the heart of Brynston that caters for roller skating parties as well. Why should you throw a roller skating party?

Well, back in the '80s, many skating rinks promoted disco nights. Disco nights were a way to get people who would not normally come to roller skating rinks interested in roller skating events.

Imagine recreating these not-to-be-missed disco parties for your own birthday. Throwing a roller skating party is something that not many of your friends would have thought of.  You could open the roller skating dance floor with tunes like, "I Will Survive".

There are many party packages on offer at RollEgoli and almost everyone can have their needs catered for should they choose a venue like this to host a roller skating party.

Speaking of the jam, "I Will Survive," the official video for the song featured a skate dancer.

Dancing the night away on skates with the right company is surely a way to rekindle the carefree spirit of the '80s while learning to balance on skates at the same time.

Remember to follow all the roller skating rules once you visit a roller-skating park or roller skating rink.

Do you want to recreate the perfect disco while being on the roller skating rink? Well, let's visit a roller disco from the past.

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Could you see yourself at a roller skating rink on a Friday night? - Source: Pexels

Roller Disco

You must remember that in the '80s, there was no such thing as Netflix or smartphones. People couldn't spend hours playing PlayStation games. This meant that they had to spend much time finding ways to create entertainment for themselves.

What kind of entertainment would you have without the internet? It seems almost impossible to imagine how people from the '80s entertained themselves.

Along with visiting the local pubs and cinemas, people found pleasure in roller skating. They would find entertainment by hosting and attending parties. Then people would also put their love for roller-skating with their love for parties and attend roller skating parties.

In the midst of the economic crises, people frequented roller skating rinks so that they could find utmost joy by roller skating.

The truth is that skating brought much joy to the people in the 80s era simply because skating was fun.

Then the roller disco was born - a lively combination of discotheque music and roller skating. It was, in fact, towards the time when disco music began making a statement that roller discos emerged. People came to the dance floor with their four-wheel skates, big hair, and bright coloured clothing. People skated and swayed simultaneously to hits like, "We Are Family".

Can you even imagine how cool it will be to wear bright clothes and prepare for a night of skating on the dance floor? Sounds like the party enthusiast's dream!

Yip, you may be keen to see how the roller skating trend emerged and continued over the years, and to be honest watching films from the past will allow you to learn quite a few roller skating facts.

The '80s documentary directed by J. Terrance Mitchell is a great starting point should you wish to skate back to the past.  This documentary was called, "Get Rollin'," and documented much about the roller disco.

If those movies are too old to get your hands on, watch some of the newer films that featured roller discos or had roller skating as part of the plot.

The 2002 movie, Van Wilder, saw the main character throwing a roller disco party.  Later than that, in 2005, a movie came out called, "Roll Bounce."

Roll Bounce featured hip-hop artist, Lil Bow Wow, in the lead and dealt with the lives of a roller skating crew. The movie revolved around a roller skating rink closing down and a roller-skating competition being held.

All this talk about roller skating and roller discos has certainly whet your appetite to wear a pair of quad or inline skates and skate around the roller rink. Perhaps you should see if you too can be an '80s child by skating around a roller skating park nearest to you.

Don't forget to revisit the rules for rollerskating before you rollerskate the night away!

If you enjoy roller skating, perhaps you too will be rooting for roller skating to make a comeback.

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Laila

Laila is an enthusiastic English educator and a fun-filled freelance writer. She has accomplished her dream of getting her first book published and has managed to write over 1 000 000 words since beginning her freelance career. In her free time, she is a travel blogger who explores all South Africa has to offer.