The women of the Denver Roller Dolls suit up tonight for the opening bout of roller derby season, a Saturday-night double-header pitting the Electrocuties against Bruising Altitude and the Orange Crushers against the Shotgun Betties. Once a drama-driven, choreographed show, roller derby has transformed into a full-fledged sport, and year after year, Denver’s teams are among the best in the nation.
“It’s not like it was in the ’70s; it’s a full-contact sport, and we have to remain composed on the track,” says Electrocutie team member Lexie White, aka Faye Tall Blonde. White says that the women train several times a week in preparation for both local and national bouts, at the Roller Dolls’ home facility — affectionately known as the Glitter Dome. Tryouts are held three times a year, and women of all ages and athletic abilities are encouraged to show what they’ve got in a competitive but supportive athletic environment.
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The skating gets rough, but roller derby bouts are still family-friendly. Tonight’s matches start at 7 p.m. at 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. Tickets are $17 to $32, and parking is included. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit denverrollerdolls.org.
Sat., March 23, 7 p.m., 2013