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Roller Dance/Artistic Training

If you’ve ever wanted to have a go, why not come to our “Family/Social” session on a Friday at the Pier Pavilion, Herne Bay from 7pm to 9pm.  The cost of this session is only £1 per hour.  First two sessions are free.

We offer a “Basic Skills” training program to develop the skills that skaters have already and give them the tools to build on their confidence throughout the various levels.


As of the Tuesday 8th November the following sessions will be held:

Tuesday – Arena – 6pm – 7pm

This session is for complete beginners to learn basic skills and to gain confidence in their skating

Tuesday – Arena – 7pm – 8pm

This session is for senior skaters only. Elementary standard and above

Wednesday – School Hall – 6pm – 7.30pm

This session is for intermediates. Working towards Elementary and Prelim tests

Saturday – Arena – 8.30am – 10am

This session is open to all skaters grade 3 and above


Friday Night – Club/Social Night

Every week we offer an opportunity to members to come to the Pier Pavilion, Herne Bay to skate on a Friday evening from 7pm to 9pm.

Due to such a wide range in ages of membership (under 5’s to 45 years and above) we split the session into two hours.

The first hour offers general skating encouraging members to relax and chat, gives skaters the time to play and let off steam, but also provides the opportunity for everyone to improve their skills via our very successful “Basic Skills” program should skaters wish to take part throughout the session.

To encourage all of our members and guests to come together we hold a small raffle between the two hour sessions.  Any skaters who have taken part in the “Basic Skills” program and achieved a pass are presented with a certificate at this time.

The second hour continues (minus the “little ones”) with an enthusiasm for the creative aspect of our sport.

Everyone is encouraged to take part in the two dance sessions with help from skaters who already know the dances.  General skating continues and the higher levels of the “Basic Skills” program are offered.

The last 15 minutes of the second hour transforms into a Roller Disco which is very popular with the younger members.

Artistic Roller Skating

Artistic Roller Skating is a sport similar to figure skating on ice.  Artistic Roller skaters use either quads or inline skates.  Generally quad and inline skaters compete in separate events and not against each other.

Within Artistic Roller Skating there are several disciplines:

  • Figure Skating            Skaters skate around a series of circles drawn on the

skating surface showing control and accuracy

  • Dance                        Skaters either solo or a team of two or three dance

with standardised choreography to music known as

compulsory dances.

There are 3 main sub disciplines – compulsory dances, original dance and free dance.

Compulsory dances contain prescribed compulsory dances and steps that must be performed according to the number of beats per step and the pattern of the dance.

They are judged on their adherence to the choreography, skill and style.  Skaters are judged by the accuracy of the steps that they skate when performing a particular dance.

Original Dance consists of a dance constructed from a choice of rhythms that are either chosen or set for a competition. Eg Paso Doble, Waltz, Jive

Free Dance is constructed using dance steps, turns intricate steps and basic free skating elements to a skaters own choice of music.  Vocals are allowed in this category.

In addition skaters must carry themselves in an elegant manner whilst paying careful attention to the rhythm and the music.

Dance skating can also be skated in a couple.

  • Freestyle                    An individual event where creativity is emphasised.

This discipline includes jumps, spins and choreographed movements to music.

  • Precision Teams         A team of skaters (usually multiples of 4) creating

patterns and movements to music.  Elements include skating in lines, boxes, circles.  The team is judged on its choreography and the ability to skate precisely.  These routines are usually very fast.