Saturday, 10 January 2015

MY LIFE | A Hobby I Really Really Miss


Hello lovelies!

Today's post is one of those 'nosy' ones, which myself, I personally love. I love getting to know more about people, peoples lives really interest me! So I thought I would share a previous hobby with you all, and I don't know, it may even inspire you to find a club near you and join! It is truly a fabulous hobby. Okay, so my previous hobby (If you hadn't already guessed with the image above) was Artistic Roller Skating. Some of you may know what this entails but some of you may not, so I will try and do my best to explain!

When I went home for Christmas, and got back into my bedroom, I saw these looking at me. I REALLY miss skating as it is, but these starring at me didn't help! I decided to photograph them for this post, and here we are! Apologies if they are dusty etc, I really haven't used them in like 5 years :( (that figure really saddens me) They were my BABIES.

Okay, so basically.. Artistic Roller Skating, is typically split into 3 types - Dance, Free and Figures. I was 'a dancer' As a dancer you learn the routines such as different types of Waltz's, Tango's, Foxtrot's etc, skating them as perfectly as you can. Obviously there are different standards, with some really really incredibly hard dances, with lots of frightening moves, such as scary turns, I was never the best at dancing backwards, I won't lie! I always went into people opps! Free Skating is often a routine that you choreograph yourself, including jumps and things. The club in my home town only really typically did dance skating, which was lucky because I was actually too scared to do jumps! But some people prefer this type. I don't know an awful lot about figures sorry :(

A really fun hobby, you meet so so many lovely people across the country when you compete, as well as it keeping you fit, because it is extremely tiring! (This is the UK, but some compete nationally, so I am sure there are skating clubs for you to join all around the world!) I LOVED, the getting ready for the competitions. Wearing such a beautiful dress, and being covered in glitter and having my hair and make up done. LOVED IT. Although the competition part it self is really daunting, because it is usually just 2 people skating at a time and you are being judged by 3/4 judges. But I guess it is a good way to build confidence, but always the fear of I'M GOING TO FALL OVER because of a bobby pin. They were so deadly.


(I have blocked my team mates face in case they didn't want to be seen)

Coming first was an AMAZING feeling. I always seemed to come 4th place, which was annoying but also still an achievement because there were often about 18 of you. 


Awwww. Wow my hair was SO long. 

It upsets me that these were the only photos I could find since the rest are on my old broken laptop, and I didn't back it up :( opps! The above I am only wearing my clubs colours dresses, whereas for my events I wore really pretty sparkly dresses. My favourite was like BRIGHT cyan blue and so so gorgeous. There are also events where you dress up in couples and dance together, they were really fun. Me and my friend dressed up as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. I am SO disappointed that I cannot find this photo for you to see. We were in HUGE costumes, incredibly hard to skate in, but SO much fun. 

I would love love love to continue this hobby because I MISS it soooo much. But unfortunately, the nearest club to my University is Bolton, and Bolton really isn't that close to Leeds in all honesty. (I think the Leeds one has shut down booo) 

Plus it is really quite an expensive hobby :( I have been thinking of creating a society at my uni, but never been too sure if people would be interested in it. I WILL skate again in the future.

You can find more about UK artistic roller skating here: http://www.fars.co.uk/ They have a list of the clubs around the country!

Hope you enjoyed being nosy and learning something about me!

Kayleigh,


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  1. I didnt even know you could compete in artistic roller skating! such a shame theres nowhere that does it nearby you but hopefully when it gets warmer at least you can zip around the park! Great post!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! Although, it hurt me a little bit ahahah because you can't use these wheels outside, they would get ruined! xx

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  2. Wow this seems so cool! I really wanted to get into figure skating when I was younger and this seems like a slightly more accessible version considering there's no ice rinks near me haha shame I have no sense of balance or co-ordination so I would probably be terrible...
    Megan x meguana.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You should do it! :) I have no balance either but on skates it is just so different because of the four wheels you kind of have some balance, however I can't skate on ice skates or blades at all! xx

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  3. Om gosh i would love to go roller blading how did you get to link your twitter and social media links on your blog ??? x molliemacsween123456.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. This sounds so cool. I've never really heard of anyone doing it before. At least not where I live. For me it sounds like one of those hobbies they only have in movies. Hope you get to go back to it in some way soon! xx

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    1. I guess so! It is nice to be in the movies sometime :D :) :) so fun! Thanks hun xoxox

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  5. oh my gosh i would LOVE to do something like this - i haven't rollerskated or 'bladed' in like 15 years haha - i think i would break my ankles trying this - would love to give it a go though x

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    1. Aww you should do it, it is serious fun :) I luckily haven't injured myself too much during my 5 or so skating years! xx

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  6. Oh my goodness! I have never even heard of this :) Sounds like so much fun!!!
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    1. haha, I guess it is something that not many people know about! Miss it so much! xx

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  7. This is such an interesting hobby! I'd love to roller skate, this made me think of that skating film with Ellen Page in it, can't remember what its called, but that made me want to skate! You should get back into this if you can, its obvious you really enjoyed it. :)
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