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Jam Skating

Robust Black skating cultures emerged during the 20th century, with different skating styles being attributed to different cities and regions throughout the country.

Although rinks are continuously closed due to economic hardship, Black skaters continue to fight for their skating community’s access to rinks and keep their skating cultures alive. Jam Skating’s disputed origins point to the Great Lakes region, New York, Florida, and California, with an exact location still unknown. The style has roots in traditional roller disco, breakdancing, artistic skating, gymnastics, and modern dance.

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