NEWS & EVENTS
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WHAT IS DERBY LITE?
Based on the premise that skating a la roller derby is great exercise that’s never boring and tends to attract interesting women, Derby Lite was founded by a retired roller derby player as a Fitness Skating program that provides “Roller Skating for Fun & Fitness.”
Derby Lite held its first practice in November 2007 with 13 ladies in attendance; only two of whom had skated at all since middle school. Within three months, we’d grown to 42 skaters and needed to find a bigger place to skate than the elementary school gym. In November of 2009 we became a company and were able to offer more classes to more women at different skating and fitness levels.
Derby Lite currently offers classes coast-to-coast for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skaters, where we become better skaters and healthier humans (physically and mentally). Each 90-120 minute workout includes off-skates dynamic warm-ups, on-skates skills and drills, upper body strength exercises and cool-down stretching. It's a balanced, whole body workout that's never boring and shows progress week after week.
In addition to our challenging weekly practices, Derby Lite members also participate in extracurricular activities every year: We skate in parades, in the American Cancer Society’s Walk & Roll (we've raised almost $160,000), and throw one helluva Birthday Party on our anniversary every year. D'Lite'rs enjoy regular social outings and find that the friendships formed at class often grow and last far beyond skating.
Derby Lite doesn't put on bouts. We don't elbow each other in the face or try to knock each other down. We fall-but usually on purpose; and get right back up again, because we learn the correct way to fall, so we don’t get hurt. Derby Lite is the newest, edgiest, most fun way to get fit and be part of an amazing community. It's way more than your typical exercise class.
WHAT IS ROLLER DERBY?
Lovingly referred to as “derby regular” around here, Roller Derby was started right here in Chicago in 1935 as the first sport to give equal playing time to men and women. With crowds in the tens of thousands, roller derby gained more fans nationally than football, baseball and basketball combined with live games, and then in the 1960’s and ‘70’s with televised matches (that sometimes included theatrics along with their athletics).
The latest iteration of roller derby launched in Austin, Texas in 2002, with the first all-female flat track game, and has since spread to over 400 leagues in 18 countries. A fast-moving, hard-hitting, strategy-minded game, today’s roller derby is all real and extremely athletic, with ladies committing huge amounts of time to training and volunteering.
One of the largest organizations in today’s derby regular world is the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (www.WFTDA.com). You can learn a lot about today’s roller derby there, and about the game itself, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2W2b1WBmm4.
FOUNDER & SECRETARY OF SKATE
Barbara “Queen B” Dolan founded Derby Lite in November 2007 and gained a partner in
Trina “New York Doll” Bockus in June of 2009. Together (and with lots of help) they run
practices and run the business of bringing Roller Skating for Fun & Fitness to Women Old
Enough to Know Better.
Derby Lite is not camera shy. Take a look at some of our lovely ladies-in-skating during some of our most fun events... and that includes our regular ol' practices, too.