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Top 5 Moves to Perform on Your Jam Skates

Posted by Jordan Y on

Jam skating has made a comeback in the world of roller skating and is a hybrid between gymnastics and dance skating. If you frequently visit your roller rink we're sure you have seen the skaters showing off their awesome roller skating moves to the grooves and they make it look so easy. However, they didn’t start out this way and jam skaters invest a lot of time perfecting their balance on jam skates.

First lets discuss the best type of skates to use for jam skating and then we’ll dive into the most popular roller skating tricks to do on jam skates.

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How To Shop For Jam Skates?

  1. When you browse our site you will notice that there is not a category of skates called “jam skates”. The best way to locate our jam skates is to do a quick search in the search bar. On the other hand, most all low-cut speed skates with smaller toe stops are the preferred skate to use and will get the job done but skills and practice are not included*
  2. Jam skating requires you to quickly twist and turn in all directions so you want to look for low top skates that give you the freedom to move. Toe stops also get in the way of performing your tricks and we suggest to replace your toe stops with jam plugs. Some low cut speed skates come with jam plugs but most skates comes standard with large toe stops.
  3. Jam skating is more than a style of skating; it’s a style of its’ own. Like shopping for any other type of skate, choose the colors that match your wardrobe and make you look awesome. Grab a pair of jam skates that are packed with style.

Get Your Moves On!

Here’s a list of the most performed jam skate tricks in order from easiest to hardest. Visual aids always help with the learning process so we included the most viewed video tutorials for ya. Enjoy!

1. The Crab Walk

This is the perfect roller skate trick to start with and it will build up your confidence and balance to move on to more advanced tricks. It’s also a safe trick considering your wheels don’t leave the ground.

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2. The Toe Jam

This is a fairly easy trick to master after the crab walk. The toe jam is performed mainly with pivots and is like tap dancing on roller skates once you get the hang of it. And BTW, another name for this is the crazy leg…watch and learn.

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3. The Traveling Toe Pivot

An experienced jam skater can perform all five of these tricks within about eight seconds but the traveling toe pivot is the most common. It’s a transitional move that you should learn to switch between moves easier.

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4. The Iceberg

Now it’s time to add some roll to your tricks. The iceberg is an advanced trick with some high risk so be sure to stretch out your ankles and legs. You may want to strap up some knee pads for your first couple of tries…

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5. The Snake Walk

This is our favorite swooping motion meets prairie dance trick on jam skates. Once you master this, consider yourself a true jam skater.

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Jam skating is a great way of working out on roller skates if you can’t make it outside due to bad weather. Get your jam on in the garage, basement or any open space with a hard surface that you aren’t afraid of scratching and remember, *practice makes perfect.

What are your favorite tricks on jam skates?