Tuesday is organ night at Moonlight Rollerway on San Fernando Road in Glendale. But before the organ music permeates the building and skaters make their laps around the wood floor, four skating teachers conduct lessons for adults.
Their students are either placed in the beginner’s or intermediate/advanced groups.
Doug Eley began class by teaching his beginning students the safety position, which calls for a slight bend in the knee and a tilt in the hips. A certain determination is also necessary as students overcome initial fears.
“I get a big kick out of starting the class with people grasping the wall with terror on their faces; and by the end of the class, they’re skating around the rink enjoying themselves,” Eley said.
After guiding his class through the fundamentals, such as how to stop, skate backwards or march in place, a practice session follows. When practice time begins and Eley observes the group’s progress, his first concern has nothing to do with technique, balance or experience level.