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2018 – Year of the Dames!

Hello Derby Dames,

It’s that time again where I try to remember all of the amazing things that CDD accomplished this year!

Your Dames have traveled far and wide this year! The Travel Team and Officials have traveled to Ohio, Philly, and Michigan (again). The Travel Team won the 2nd Place Medal at the first ever North American East Continental Cup! River Styx Phoenix was also chosen as the MVP of the tournament by WFTDA.

We had several members work at WFTDA Playoffs tournaments and Admiral Mayhem reffed her 200th game this year! We have shown the roller derby world that our team from a small town in Virginia is something to be reckoned with and we are stronger together. Our bouts at our beloved Xanadu brought the excitement of derby home to both old and new fans. The season ended with the WFTDA ranking of 35 out of 354 leagues worldwide. Our league grew this year too! We had 24 new skaters from our two Open Recruitment Boot Camps, 20 Junior skaters in the Spring and Fall, and 15 Roller Derby at UVa skaters each semester.

This year, CDD contributed to numerous local charities: Shelter for Help and Emergency (S.H.E.), CLAW and Virginia Organizing. The Dames also participated in local fundraising and awareness events for CLAW, SHE 5k, and PRIDE festival.

As the year comes to a close, we would like you to remember your Dames in your end-of-year charitable donations and holiday gift giving. If you want to participate or encourage your family and friends to help, please follow us on our social media, we are now able to accept donations via Facebook, and share posts to help spread the word. We also have our Network For Good site up until the end of 2018: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CDD and our square store is always online for all of your CDD merch needs: https://squareup.com/market/cville-derby-dames. We would greatly appreciate any amount no matter how great or small.

I would like also to take a moment to thank 2018 Board of Directors for all of their hard work to keep our league running: VP: Christian Wakeman, Secretary: Dutch Blitz, Treasurer: Tammy Maehem, Productions: Sound a Whip Makes, Team Building: Admiral Mayhem, Community Relations: Electrik Slaydee, Development: Chaotic Creole, Training: Midwest Mess, Skater Reps: Maritime Maven and Nacho Baby. I could not have made it through this without you all!

Please feel free to send me any thoughts, concerns, and/or happy derby memories.

Hip Checks and Derby Love,

Crashiopeia

President 2018

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2017 – Once a Dame, Always a Dame

Hello Derby Dames, both Fresh and Seasoned,

It’s hard to believe the 2017 season has drawn to a close! What a year it has been. Pull up a chair, settle in, and enjoy our recap of the Charlottesville Derby Dames’ 2017 season.

We kicked off the year celebrating CDD’s Ten Year Anniversary at Fry’s Spring Beach Club.  It was quite the affair, at which Jugglenaut’s custom CDD pinball machine was unveiled. It features some of your favorite Dames: Apple Clobber, B-one Bomber, Nacho Baby and Christian Wakeman. We are currently looking for a new home for the pinball machine, so keep an eye out on our social media to see where it is going to pop up next (most likely will be Cocoa & Spice). All funds from the pinball, come back to to the Dames.

Fresh Meat has been revamped and we now have a Boot Camp that meets 2-3 times a week for a month. We also have gear available for new skaters to rent to take home, and a brand new officials training program. This year we have had the highest recruited members yet, with 24 new skating members and 3 new non skating members! Our new bouting skaters from 2017 are: Electrick Slaydee, Thor’s Jammer, Sound a Whip Makes, and Jack of all Blades. There were several transfers to the Dames that have made our league stronger: River Strong, Admiral Mayhem, Rae Gunn, Sarah Jean, Thin Mint, Ruby Rottweiler, and Smack & Cheese. We did have several members retire this year, but as this email says, “Once a Dame, Always a Dame”: The Big Bangarang, Miller-Miller, Apple Clobber, Polly Trauma, Rex Knightly, SparKills, Boom Shake the Room, Pinkerbell, and Deadly Sin (currently on a cross country trip in a van with Personal Space Invader).  Our Juniors and Roller Derby at UVa teams have also grown this year to make our league even stronger. Over 15 Juniors skaters in each session and 15 UVa skaters!

Your Dames have traveled far and wide this year! The All Stars, Bruisers and Officials have traveled to Columbia, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Belmont Bruisers made their first trip to ECDX (and won!) and the WFTDA Charter team (with skaters from All Stars and Bruisers) went to D1 Playoffs in Seattle, WA. Stonewallup (announcing) and Le Corbruiseier (NSOing) worked the D2 playoffs/champs in Pittsburgh, PA,, we have shown the roller derby world that our team from a small town in Virginia is something to be reckoned with. Our bouts at Augusta Expo and our beloved Xanadu, brought the excitement of derby home to both old and new fans. The season ended with the WFTDA ranking of 37 out of 335 leagues worldwide.

This year, CDD contributed to numerous local charities: Shelter for Help and Emergency (S.H.E.), Freeze Bullying for Payton, CHIP, and LEAP. The Dames also participated in local fundraising and awareness events for CLAW, SHE 5k, and Pride festival. In the coming year, we are going to spend more time giving back to our community and helping it heal from all of the turmoil our beloved home went through this year.

As the year comes to a close, we would like you to remember your Dames in your end-of-year charitable donations. We will be having a #GivingTuesday campaign on November 28. If you want to participate or encourage your family and friends to help, please follow us on our social media, we are now able to accept donations via Facebook, and share posts to help spread the word. We also have our Network For Good site up until the end of 2017: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CDD. We would greatly appreciate any amount no matter how great or small. We have created annual giving levels, and I’ve attached them to this email. We actually will have our very first Platinum Level single sponsor this year! I don’t know what I would do without this person too: Maid Carrion! Thank you, Carrion, for your continued support even though you don’t come to all the practices/meetings/CR events/ALL THE THINGS.

Please feel free to send me any thoughts, concerns, and/or happy derby memories.

Hip Checks and Derby Love,

Crashiopeia

President 2017

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#Charlottesville

This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions for the city of Charlottesville and your Dames. We skated two competitive  and fun games with the Carolina Rollergirls in our last home double header of the 2017 season. Yet our hearts were breaking over what had already happened in our city, and over the shock of what was happening while we were competing.

 

WE DO NOT AND WILL NOT STAND FOR THE MESSAGES OR ACTIONS OF BIGOTRY, HATRED AND RACISM ESPOUSED BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS, NEO-NAZIS, THE KKK, OR ANY OTHER GROUP THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ENCOURAGING SEPARATION, DISTRUST, VIOLENCE OR HATE. We are saddened and angered by the events that unfolded this weekend as hate groups invaded our city. We grieve with Charlottesville and mourn the loss of innocent lives.

CDD is currently reaching out to community organizations that may need our help. Our thoughts and emotions are still reeling; yet we remain steadfast even in the face of these tragic events. We have strength, we have numbers, and after WFTDA Playoffs we will have even more time to invest in our community at large. Charlottesville was forced into the news this weekend for heartbreaking reasons. We hope to show you all–in at least one heartwarming way–that this is #OurCharlottesville and that we are #YourCharlottesvilleDerbyDames. We invite anyone searching for a community of strong, courageous people who enjoy good sportsmanship and helping the Charlottesville community to join us.

 

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Roller Derby Family

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2016 CDD Season

The 2016 season with CDD was full of challenging and exciting times.  I was asked to write about our trip to Portland, Oregon for WFTDA D2 Championships, but I think that part is kind of boring.  I, personally, don’t play roller derby so I can fly around the country and win a medal with my team.  I play roller derby so I can be part of a community.  A roller derby league is a big, crazy, family full of character and characters (and you don’t even have to roller skate to be a part of it).

The nurturers.  Every family has one, and every league has at least one as well.  There’s someone who notices when you are sick and tells you what to eat (Maid Carrion), a person who sets up the “Take Them a Meal” calendar when someone is injured (Crashiopeia), and someone who is extra kind to the youngest ones in the family (Stone Wallup with the Fresh Meat skaters).  Of course, you can’t have a nurturer without that relative that is a bit strict.

The disciplinarians.  There is a time for silliness and a time for seriousness.  These types will always let you know which time it is (Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang’s Bang).  The disciplinarians can also be tiger moms, questioning why your A- isn’t an A+ (Luna Impact and skating form).  A part of this group is also the one who is always trying to toughen up the younger ones in the family, like the uncle who will throw the kids in the pool knowing they don’t know how to swim yet (admittedly, this was probably me as a Fresh Meat trainer).

Everyone else.  CDD is a big family with a lot of oddballs.  There’s the brother with the cool dance moves, the pessimistic sister, the sister you tell your secrets to, the hyper little brother, the grumpy grandma, the dirty grandpa, the goofy grandpa, the belching grandma, the gaseous uncle, the creepy uncle, the overly positive aunt, the drunk aunt, the kissing cousin, the cat lady and the hypochondriac, just to name a few.  I’m not going to tell you who these people are in CDD.  I’m hoping you’ll visit this crazy family and find them for yourself.


This large group of relatives has helped me become a better athlete and a better person.  We work hard to keep the family together and sometimes cool things happen, like when that aunt gets a pool (or like winning a 3rd place WFTDA championship medal in your division).  Even though people grow up and sometimes have to move away, they’ll always be related and connected somehow.  In other words, 2016 was full of roller derby but, most importantly, it was full of family.  

-Love, Revenga d’Nerd

Derby love at first sight

Have you ever heard the phrase “love at first sight?” I always thought that phrase was hilariously untrue. How would you know if you loved someone without knowing them?

 

And then I joined derby (love at first skate) and met my derby wife (love at first sight). For those of who might not know: a derby wife is your derby best friend. It’s more than just a normal best friend relationship though; being derby married means that you’ve made the decision to support each other through anything and everything: through good practices and lost bouts, through bad relationships and silly work drama, through not making a roster or finally making the All Star team; your derby wife will pick up the phone when you call and will be there for you, no matter what.

 

My derby wife, HooliGunz or Gunz, and I look alike, which is why we first started talking during my very first Fresh Meat practice back in November of 2013. We’re both short and solid, with light brownish hair, and rather large assets (which is a good thing in derby). It was like it was meant to be! We even still get confused by our teammates (or at least, I still get called Gunz fairly often). Shank and Gunz just has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? We started hanging out during Fresh Meat practice and both leveled up to L1 around the same time, so we even got to start practicing our hits on each other and learning how to transition (turn around on your skates) together.

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The night I proposed to Gunz

I proposed to her with a plastic straw in the middle of South Street on January 19, 2014 (we just celebrated our two year derbyversary about a month ago!). Now if you asked me when my current boyfriend and I made it official, I have no clue (he doesn’t either so don’t worry) but my calendar dings every year when my derbyversary with Gunz occurs.

 

 

I leveled up to a L2 before she did and started bouting before she did. It sucked to not have my first bout with her, especially since I had so many other firsts with her on the track, although she was my biggest fan on the sidelines. We did finally bout together against Southern Delaware at the end of the 2014 season (we lost to them again!!). It was awesome to be part of her first bout and I remember when I pulled my first track cut on the opposing jammer as a blocker, she totally saw it and hugged me hard when I skated back to the bench after the jam was whistled done. I remember yelling at her “did you see it?!?” and she said “YES!” PS we did finally beat SoDel in 2015 with Gunz and myself on the roster!

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Our first home bout together! Plus she made me that awesome button.

Gunz is still my biggest supporter on the team, although I now have many close friends in derby. She always emails me my good action pics after bouts since she knows I don’t get to see them as I don’t have Facebook. She always texts me these long novels about her life and gives me good advice when I’m not sure what to do in my personal or work life. She’s the second person I called after I totalled my car last December (after I called my boyfriend to pick me up). She offered to drop EVERYTHING to come get me, which I appreciated, even if I didn’t end up needing it. And while she hasn’t been on the track as much recently as she has been in the past (due to personal reasons), she’s always there to cheer me on and give me a hug after each bout!  

I have the BEST DERBY WIFE EVER and I love her very much. She is the blocker to my jammer, she is the bearings on my wheels, she pushes me to be a better person and a better teammate, and she can tease me out of any bad mood or help re-focus me when I’m in my head out on the track.

 

I do want to give a shout-out to my derby mistress*, Swift Jesstice, who constantly pushes me to try harder and skate better on the track. She has also been a great friend and teammate over the past year and I am VERY glad she is on MY team because I hate trying to get past her hips in scrimmage!

Gunz, Shank and Swift at the 2014 SoDel bout

Gunz, Shank and Swift at the 2014 SoDel bout

*A derby mistress is not your official wife/best friend/everything but she’s one of your biggest supports on the track. She’s still one of your closest friends but she might be someone you got to know later in derby or someone you really enjoy skating with on a regular basis. Fortunately, my derby wife approves of my derby mistress!

2015 CDD Year in Review

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It may seem a little late for a “Year in Review” type post, but as today is the first day of Charlottesville Derby Dames’ 2016 season, I think it is an appropriate time to reflect on last year while  looking forward to the upcoming season. 2015 was a great year for the Dames! Both teams, the All Stars and the Belmont Bruisers, had winning seasons and while they each lost some games, those were catalysts for working harder, adjusting strategies, and overall improving our game.

 

The All Stars started the season ranked #73 and ended ranked #34. They ended the season with a 12-6 record. 4 of those games were at CDD’s first ever post-season tournament, the 2015 D1 Playoffs in Jacksonville, FL. CDD went in as the 10 seed and, after winning their first game, finished as the #8 seed. The Belmont Bruisers also had a winning year going 7-3, with many of their opponents being the WFTDA charter team for their leagues.

 

While roller derby requires hard work and practices on the track, that is only part of the effort that goes into making us a successful league. In 2015 we had an estimated 109 meetings lasting for around 144 hours. To contrast that, there were about 364 practices totalling 936 hours. (That doesn’t include our Junior Derby program either! Those young Dames have just begun their derby journey, and thus far have had 22 practices for 44 hours, with 4 meetings totaling 6 hours. I’m so excited for them in this fresh stage of derby love!)

 

In 2015, 75 people tried Fresh Meat at CDD, and so far we have gained 12 new members from that number. We have one of the smaller population centers for leagues with a D1 WFTDA team, but we are still adding new members every year! (With Open Recruitment periods in February, May, August, and November, 2016 could be the year that you join!)

 

With the games already scheduled for both the All Stars and the Belmont Bruisers, it is shaping up to be another exciting season of roller derby for CDD! As always, 2016 will hold so many practices, scrimmages, FUNdraisers, volunteering opportunities, and of course social opportunities (both parties and meetings), and we are looking forward to every minute of it! Check out our schedule of events to make plans to come watch some great derby, support your local roller derby league at one of our awesome FUNdraisers, or to get more details about Fresh Meat Open Recruitment!

 

Oh, one last thing! Wherever you go and whatever you do, remember my most important rule: if you aren’t having fun, then you aren’t doing it right.

 

Derby love,

Maid Carrion and the Charlottesville Derby Dames

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Charlottesville Junior Roller Derby Summer Program

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Hello, I am Stonewallup. I coordinated and ran the Junior Roller Derby program through Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, was the Head Coach of the Charlottesville Derby Dames (CDD) for three years, and I skate for the CDD All-Stars. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of training up-and-coming Junior skaters, from as young as 7 up to skaters who graduated out of our program as they left for college, through the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Junior Derby class. Due to the restrictions of the Parks and Rec program, we were not able to do contact. We were able to skate, work on agility, fall safely, positionally block, wall, and begin to learn the rules of roller derby. This summer we are teaming up with the Charlottesville Derby Dames to offer a Junior Roller Derby program to bring roller derby to the wider community of Charlottesville and surrounding area. Moving forward in our new space with CDD, we will be able to begin to work on techniques such as hip and shoulder checks, how not to hit people in the head, back, or below the knees and advanced blocking techniques, such as hip checks.

I am looking forward to helping to coach this new, energetic collaboration with the Charlottesville Derby Dames, the little team that started in 2007 and launched themselves to now be ranked 61st out of 228 international leagues. CDD has more than 40 active bouting skaters and a host of volunteer support. I have confidence that the Junior Derby league, with CDD’s sponsorship and guidance, will see just as much energy, enthusiasm, organization, and enjoyment as the adult league. I’m looking forward to encouraging the juniors to learn to take up leadership positions within the league to build their confidence, organization, and social skills, and to help them to feel ownership over what I want them to see as Their league. Just as the adult league takes players who range from having never skated a day in their lives (yours truly was once one of those sadly skateless newbies) to soccer/track/hockey/rugby/insert-sport-here superstars, and, with patience, humor, and a lot of hard work, transform them into confident, agile derby superheros, so too will the Charlottesville Juniors take anyone who is willing to learn, regardless of dearth or sufficiency of prior experience or skill, and create a team that will happily and assertively take the track against regional (and some day, international) derby teams who don’t even know what’s about to hit them.

For more information, please visit http://www.charlottesvillederbydames.com/get-involved/junior-roller-derby/, sign up today here: http://bit.ly/1wlfp7a or email us at contact@charlottesvillederbydames.com if you have any questions!

Dames and Juniors unite!

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Space: The Final Derby Dames Frontier

10,000 square feet is a lot of space. Picture the gym in your elementary school: most likely that is not big enough. How about a tennis court or an indoor soccer field? Nope and nope. Think about your high school or college gym, especially if there were multiple basketball courts. It’s possible that’s big enough. One of the first questions people ask about our team is, “Where do you practice?” And the answer is… I can’t tell you. Actually, it’s a warehouse, but it’s not open to the public and it’s about to be demolished. And sometimes we suck water off the floor with a shop vac after it rains. We’ve had some creative solutions over the years.

Our space history

Our very first practice was at the National Guard Armory in November 2007. We have skated in a variety of places—some of them not quite the right size or not completely safe. We have skated a paved local trail or run steps at UVA instead of skating on a track. Once we had a larger space that was generously shared by The Event Company, we started to improve into the serious, competitive team we are today. They worked around us and stored carpets in the center of the track. We put corks on the nails in the outside wall and blocked the sharp steel shelving with couches. It was a skinny track with no ref lane, so we learned derby, but we had much farther to go.

When we found our current warehouse for an amazing deal, our skills went up another notch as a team, but our days there are numbered. Some outdoor track options could be a possibility in the near future, but an indoor space would be ideal because of concerns about weather and time slots. We email and call places every day, and we appreciate leads that people can share. It’s a long process, but we have hope: derby players are a determined bunch.

What do we need, exactly?

  • Size and dimensions: space with limited columns to accommodate a track that is about 100 feet long by about 75 feet wide (about 10,000 square feet total). The dimensions are often a challenge, because a very long, narrow space won’t work. Space for spectators is ideal but not essential—a smaller space (even 7,500 in the right dimensions) could work for practices but not games.
  • Long-term lease options (6 mos+) with at least a 60-day notice to vacate
  • Affordability (we’re an all-volunteer, non-profit organization)

Are you picturing the banked track from long-ago derby on Saturday mornings or even the movie Whip-It? Good news! Some teams still do skate on a banked track, but we are a part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and we skate on a flat track. Teams skate on lots of floor surfaces—concrete, plastic sport court, rubber, wood—we can make different situations work, but what matters most is that it’s smooth and flat. Brushed concrete is rough on our gear, and bumps add some challenge, but our current track has some small bumps and we make it work.

While our very own space would be amazing, the good news is that we are flexible, and sharing space would definitely work. We aim for at least 12 hours of practice time weekly for the league, but with a very large space, two of our teams could practice simultaneously. Often our practices are in evening or weekend hours, which means that we should share with a company that needs the space during business hours. Our league is made up of seasoned All-Stars, a B-team called the Belmont Bruisers, brand new “Fresh Meat” skaters, and refs and volunteers who help our bouts and practices go smoothly. We know of leagues that skate in high school or community college gyms, National Guard armories, skating rinks, warehouses, and multi-sport sportsplexes.

 

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Roller Derby Track

What might be holding you back?

Misunderstanding about what derby is: It’s not an act—it is a real sport. We don’t throw elbows or fists (those would earn penalties). There are over 1200 teams in the world today; millions of people are involved in the sport now. Come watch our double header bout against Charlotte on Saturday, June 7th or against Hard Knox on Saturday July 12th, and see for yourself.

Worry about surfaces: Some facilities fear that our wheels or pads will scratch the floor. Rest assured that we have not had this problem and will gladly work with places in case we need to add cloth to our pads for an added level of protection.

Lack of funds: Maybe you or your company just doesn’t have the funds to invest in a space. We feel your pain! But together we are stronger. We are creative thinkers and problem solvers and want to work together with you and your organization to find a solution (Reading this in a hurry? Scroll to “Where Can I Learn More?”).

Fears about liability: As I write this I can see my crutches and the air cast on my ankle, which I broke a few weeks ago. Injuries happen occasionally. However, we require every single skater to wear safety equipment, have individual insurance coverage, and sign a liability form. We take this VERY seriously. We have several members of the team who are trained in first aid and CPR who can provide immediate attention if necessary.

Why should you help?

Help us represent Charlottesville on a national stage: Did you know that Charlottesville is currently ranked 94 of 234 WFTDA member leagues? As a point of comparison, the top 150 teams are ranked, and in 2012, our team was not yet ranked. We are ranked 48th on Flat Track Stats, which is generally considered a better predictive tool. We are on an exciting upswing (http://flattrackstats.com/teams/8140/ rankings/wftda); we compete successfully with teams from much larger cities; we will go far with the right space.

Support an all-volunteer organization: Officers. Coaches. Committee heads. Trainers. Volunteers. Skaters. Refs. None of these people are paid. We pay dues, and we have very limited funds. We travel to places like Cape Fear, NC, and the Philadelphia area to play teams at our current level. We work to help the community as well, by partnering with local charities to help them raise funds at each of our bouts.

Have fun: Have you been to a bout or seen us at an event? We not only know how to skate, we know how to have fun. Roller derby attracts strong, interesting, talented, dedicated people. More on this in a moment…

Reach our fans: So many amazing fans. So many programs in their hands and space on the wall for your ads to reach them right in the eyeballs (or ears, if mentioned by our lovely announcers). A sportsplex in Greensboro was funded by the city in part because of the revenue that hosting tournaments and games (roller derby among them) brings to the town.

Where can I learn more?

I thought you might ask that, and guess what? We are having a party. A networking party. Thursday, July 17, 6-7 PM, at Main Street Arena. If you own a space, are considering being a part of an effort (financial or time) to fund a space, or are part of an organization that would like to share a space with similar dimensions, then we want to meet you. We will have appetizers and the Main Street Arena bar will be open! Come out after work and bring your ideas. Stay to watch our practice after the meeting. We will see you there! Email us at space@charlottesvillederbydames.com if you are interested in attending!

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Open Skate: Charlottesville Key Center

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Charlottesville may not have its own roller skating rink but we do have a place where you can skate – for free – on the weekends.  Charlottesville Parks and Recreation has opened the downtown Key Center (800 E. Market St.) to skaters on Saturdays from 1-3pm and Sundays from 1-6pm for a free Open Skate!  They supply the skates (if you want protective gear you’ll need to bring that yourself), the music and even some snacks!  This is a great program and it’s open to everyone so we encourage all of our fans, Fresh Meat and followers to go get their skate on at the Key Center.

WHAT:  Free Open Skate

WHERE:  Charlottesville Key Center, 800 E. Market St.   (Map)

WHEN:  Saturdays, 1-3pm; Sundays, 1-6pm*

*These days/times can sometimes change if the Key Center is closed for other events.  We recommend you call the Key Center at (434) 293-8273 to verify they will be open on the day you’d like to skate.

Dames will roll in the Charlottesville Holiday Heritage Parade

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–November 19, 2010

Check us out as we roll (on skates and with a float!) in the 2010 Charlottesville Holiday Heritage Parade on the Downtown Mall. The Dames will join marching bands, dancers and SANTA CLAUS! Think Santa will mind if we hip check him to show him some derby love?

The parade starts at 10am on the Downtown Mall. Please come out and give us a shout as we roll by.

For more information about the parade, visit: http://www.holidaytradition.org/