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Old July 2nd, 2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Where Is There A Rhythm, JB, Dance Like Rink In Pittsburgh Area?

I 'm visiting Pittsburgh over the weekend and wanted to so some Rhythm, JB type skating (the less aggressive type).

Can anyone suggest a rink?
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Old July 4th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #2
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Hello Knezz. Looks like this one is your best bet:

Romp N' Roll
1661 East Sutter RD.
Glenshaw PA, 15116
PH: 412.486.4117

I haven't skated there myself, but I use skategroove.com rink link feature to find the relevant rinks. It's not 100% bullet proof, but I find that usually gives me what I'm looking for in this respect.

Good luck! You'll have to tell us how it goes.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 12:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Your timing is Perfect . I just arrived in Pittsburgh this afternoon. I asked a couple of people and they did mention Romp and Roll. I will find out tomorrows schedule.

Thanks for the tip on the site.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Glad I could be of help Knezz.
Have fun!!
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Old July 10th, 2014, 05:12 PM   #5
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I did go to Romp and Roll. The floor wasn't all that great. It had urethane clumped up in a section on the floor. The floor was a bit rough. There weren't many people there. It was a very short 15 minute ride away.

But, I did get a chance to skate an that is what really matters. I just wanted to give my honest opinion. I'm not a prude so I will probably go back during my September trip if I can't find another rink in the vicinity.

Thanks - so much for the help.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 05:56 PM   #6
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Default Donora and Neville Island

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Late as usual to notes now days, and just taking a break.

I would try out the one over in Neville Island. The male owner is a SLF member and married to Sophie and DocSk8 (Fred) skates there. Another is a bit away down south in Donora that Iggy used to work at and do the floors. It is a bit of trip away yet I would probably go there first.

I don't believe they have JB or Rythmn so much in Pittsburgh. Yet it is over in Cleveland, Ohio. MORE yet will stop

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Old July 12th, 2014, 04:56 AM   #7
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Romp N Roll may not be doing Jam night on Saturdays on the weekends. But also look into Neville Roller Drome in Neville Island.
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Old July 18th, 2014, 07:05 PM   #8
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But also look into Neville Roller Drome in Neville Island.
This rink is excellent, Jim and Sophie make you feel like family.
If I lived anywhere near this rink it would be my go to place.
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Old July 25th, 2014, 01:24 AM   #9
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Now headed to Maryland - near Ft. Meade. There is a late night skate in Baltimore. I read an article a few years back that a retired football player opened the rink. They called him "Shake & Bake" which is the name of the complex. Just asking as I'm not familiar with Baltimore. Some inner-city rinks are a no no.
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Old July 25th, 2014, 06:06 AM   #10
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I visited Neville last year for the Friday warmup before rollerjam and EWNB 2013. Got to talk with the owner, Doc, and other fellow skaters on the same trip, and some from the rink.

What a great place to go skate. No silly games, no lazer tag and nonsense. He runs a SKATING rink, not a daycare center, and hes proud of it. I felt my session cost was more than worth it.

The floor is well kept, and has moderate to good grip. even with grippy wheels on when I was there the floor felt "right" to me. similar to home but a bigger floor with better grip, solid as you want it to be too! A lot of floors are "too hard" like painted concrete, or feel "too soft" like wood laid on carpet... Not this floor. If anyone asked me , its the perfect firmness.

The rink in pretty long compared to most, and one could set up racing there, most of the floor is blocked in by a wall. Which I largely prefer. This keeps on/off traffic to a manageable amount.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 05:03 AM   #11
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I visited Neville last year for the Friday warmup before rollerjam and EWNB 2013. Got to talk with the owner, Doc, and other fellow skaters on the same trip, and some from the rink.

What a great place to go skate. No silly games, no lazer tag and nonsense. He runs a SKATING rink, not a daycare center, and hes proud of it. I felt my session cost was more than worth it.

The floor is well kept, and has moderate to good grip. even with grippy wheels on when I was there the floor felt "right" to me. similar to home but a bigger floor with better grip, solid as you want it to be too! A lot of floors are "too hard" like painted concrete, or feel "too soft" like wood laid on carpet... Not this floor. If anyone asked me , its the perfect firmness.

The rink in pretty long compared to most, and one could set up racing there, most of the floor is blocked in by a wall. Which I largely prefer. This keeps on/off traffic to a manageable amount.
Thanks - I will do Neville in September when I'm back in Pittsburgh.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #12
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Laurel Skating Center is relatively close to Ft. Meade...

http://laurelskating.com/

You might want to check it out.
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Are you in Pittsburgh or Baltimore?
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Old July 28th, 2014, 07:14 AM   #14
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Are you in Pittsburgh or Baltimore?
I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago but was in the Baltimore area this weekend.

An unexpected work issue came up so I was on the phone on Saturday until 10pm so I missed checking out the Laurel rink. My fortune had The Shake & Bake rink open at 12am to 5am So I went there.

The floor was pretty good. The rink size was just a tad small but comfortable. The crowd was eclectic and friendly. My experience in Baltimore was much better than my Pittsburgh experience at Romp & Roll.

One thing I'm finding is that the skating styles I embraced 35 years ago is quite different from today's skating. I need to embrace some of the changes or go home.

Thanks everyone for responding.
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There's Shack N Back and Sportsman Hall both near and around Baltimore area both very nice rinks with wood floors and cleaned.
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I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago but was in the Baltimore area this weekend.

An unexpected work issue came up so I was on the phone on Saturday until 10pm so I missed checking out the Laurel rink. My fortune had The Shake & Bake rink open at 12am to 5am So I went there.

The floor was pretty good. The rink size was just a tad small but comfortable. The crowd was eclectic and friendly. My experience in Baltimore was much better than my Pittsburgh experience at Romp & Roll.

One thing I'm finding is that the skating styles I embraced 35 years ago is quite different from today's skating. I need to embrace some of the changes or go home.

Thanks everyone for responding.
Kewl. I used to go to Shake-N-Bake every Sunday when I lived there. The have other rinks there as well. In the future you may wanna checkout www.skategroove.com. There's information there on rinks in different areas for many different styles of skating.
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Old July 28th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #17
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Yes I did see that website ... Thanks for the tip.
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There's Shack N Back and Sportsman Hall both near and around Baltimore area both very nice rinks with wood floors and cleaned.
Since I hit Shake & Bake this time the next time I'm in the area it will be the Sportsman Hall. Thanks for the help.
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Thank you for sending feedback on the Pittsburg rink Knezz. I think you chose well to attend Shake N Bake. It's probably safe to say that's the flagship rink for dancers in Baltimore city. I think there's a rink in Towson as well...but unsure of the name.
Ah! Found it on skategroove:

Skateland - Orchard
8855 Orchard Tree Lane
Towson, MD 21286
PH: 410.825.3013
Adult Night 21+ Sat. 11pm-2am

That's the other spot that's well talked about AFAIK.
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Thank you for sending feedback on the Pittsburg rink Knezz. I think you chose well to attend Shake N Bake. It's probably safe to say that's the flagship rink for dancers in Baltimore city. I think there's a rink in Towson as well...but unsure of the name.
Ah! Found it on skategroove:

Skateland - Orchard
8855 Orchard Tree Lane
Towson, MD 21286
PH: 410.825.3013
Adult Night 21+ Sat. 11pm-2am

That's the other spot that's well talked about AFAIK.
Hey! What about the rink in Lanham and the one in Temple Hills???

The good part about residing in that area is that you can skate practically every day of the week. All of those rinks have multiple days with multiple specials.
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