Do you know how to roller skate? If you’re comfortable gliding, stopping, and doing laps on the skating rink without holding onto anything, congratulations! You’ve graduated from “Skating 101” and are ready to take your skating up a notch. Learn how to do 3 easy skating tricks that you can show off at our Odenton skating rink during your next visit!
How to skate backwards
To start skating backwards, first take stock of your surroundings and make sure you’re not going to run into anyone! Position your feet in a “V” with toes pointed inward. Remember to keep a slight bend in your knees, and keep your weight evenly distributed across both legs.
Apply gentle pressure with the toe of your dominant foot while lifting the other foot. This will push you backwards. Place your other foot down and push with your toe while lifting your dominant foot. By alternating these steps you will start to move backwards.
Remember to keep your core engaged and look over your shoulder every so often so you don’t run into anything or anyone!
How to moonwalk on skates
Once you’re confident in your ability to skate backwards, you can try moonwalking on skates! Start with one skate on the floor and the other pointed down, so your toe stopper is holding you in place. Push off from the toe stop, allowing yourself to glide backwards on the other skate. Alternate sides to continue moonwalking across the skating rink. It’s best to start slow and gradually speed up as you gain more confidence.
How to skate on one foot
Another roller skating trick to try is skating on one foot! You can start with short bursts and work your way up to gliding for a longer amount of time. Remember to shift your weight to stay balanced.
The best way to get better at roller skating tricks is to practice, so join us at Wheels Skate Center whenever you want to hit the rink. Or if you really want to take your roller skating skills to the next level, sign up for our Odenton skating classes!