Time to Skate

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.

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

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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