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A bit about Howard Jenkings from Seattle, WA:

Howard started skating seriously in junior high in 1969 in San Diego, CA. At that time, he became fascinated with the Rhythmic Roller Skate Dance Style of “Rexing,” and soon joined a local rexing club called the “Nomads” where he placed second in the singles men’s junior division in California. After graduation he attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where every Friday and Saturday in the IMG there was roller skating. Not long after Howard became the Student Coordinator he took over the skating activities and turned it into a skating program. He also created skating classes to teach students, faculty and staff how to skate.
Howard’s passion has been passing on his knowledge and love of skate for others to enjoy. Through the years, he has been a warrior in helping to make the ‘Northwest Skating Community’ a fun, safe, and learning atmosphere for all to enjoy.
He has continued to create and develop many adult skating programs related to skate classes for the past 50 years throughout the Greater Seattle area. His philosophy towards skating has always been therapeutic in nature. It is his hope in all of his skate classes that students experience the therapeutic effect that comes from the music and lyrics being played that will help them to become sound skaters.

Check out Howard’s Facebook page: @hrappsskateschool

Learn some new moves for our Pop Up Roller Rink at the JVC on April 23!

Must register in advance to attend.

April 22 Workshop: Learn to Rhythm Dance Skate 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 22: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  / Montgomery Community Center / 5003 16 Avenue NW 

Learn to Rhythm Dance Skate

(you do not need a partner to attend this workshop)

This two-hour workshop is designed for the intermediate to advanced skater who wants to learn to rhythm dance skate while skating in either  singles, couples, pairs, trios and trains to the beat of the music. You will learn dance skating movements for self-expression and music interpretation.

The workshop will emphasize couples (opposite sex), pairs (same sex), trios (3 skaters of any sex), and trains (4 or more skaters). Skaters will also learn rhythmic roller skate dance routines from the steps and movements learned.

SPECIAL NOTE:  There will be an additional hour after the workshop that skaters can practice socially what they’ve learned. 

To take this class you will need intermediate to advanced roller skate skills. If you are new to rhythm skate you can take this class. Howard will be breaking out groups according to levels. Everyone welcome.

April 24 Workshop: Freestyle Rexing 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24 / 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  / Vecova Recreation Center / 3304 – 33 St. NW

Freestyle Rexing

(you do not need a partner to attend this workshop)

Rexing is backwards skating with style that started in California in the 1950’s. The rhythmic form of freestyle “Rexing” is a style of skating done either in singles, couples or trios. Freestyle rexing entails skaters doing the basic rexing technique while forming an hour-glass figure which is the basics of rexing technique.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of freestyle rexing and then building on the basics over the course of 2 hours. There will be a third hour at the end of the workshops you can continue to practice what you’ve been learning socially.

SPECIAL NOTE:  There will be an additional hour after the workshop that skaters can practice socially what they’ve learned. 

To take this class you will strong backwards skating skills.



1 Workshop (3 hours):  $60+ gst
Both Workshops (6 hours): $100+ gst
Rental Skates/Safety Gear at Workshop: $10 + gst per workshop (24 hours notice needed for skate rentals – Cut off Friday at noon. Please email us your skate or shoe size)
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note purchases are non-refundable, non-transferrable and cannot be used for future classes. No exceptions.