MOVE IT [MEETS]: Roller Rink 2018

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At this years MOVE IT 2018 we are introducing our brand new feature The Super Funk Roller Disco!! 

We will be offering open skate sessions throughout the three days of MOVE IT, incredible performances and exciting dance classes, not to be missed!

Leanne Groutage

Leanne is one of our Face of MOVE IT team members and has had plenty experience on her skates!

She first learnt to roller skate when she got the role of Joule in Starlight Express, Bochum. She underwent an intensive skate school of 6 days a week for 3 months before the rehearsals began. She was taught by the legendary Michael Fraley who has been teaching dancers  to skate at Starlight Express for 30 years!!

When Leanne first started skating It was not easy, in fact, she fell off the chair when she first tried them on! But eventually after a lot of hard work and tears she got there and now Leanne is a professional!! She finds skating is great exercise and as a dancer is a very useful and unusual skill to have.

Being able to skate has given Leanne some exciting opportunities, she has recently filmed a commercial for Asics, how exciting!

Some of her best skating tricks are her spins, she had to do gymnastics on skates too in the show which is pretty impressive


Here are some of her top tips for first time skaters…        

  • Safety first make sure you have knee pads and wrist supports on
  • Bend your knees
  • Push into the floor stroking your feet outwards
  • Just enjoy yourself!

Leanne is now currently performing in Top hat the musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse. A SOLD OUT 5 star performance that has been reviewd as ‘Heavenly’! To check out more from Leanne follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

How can I get involved? 

There are classes and freestyle skate sessions for the MOVE IT Roller Rink for you to join in on, to book head onto our class timetable to check out what’s on and book your place here!






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