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History of Northland Roller Rink
Northland Roller Rink is one of Detroit's largest roller rinks with a rich history in the art of roller skating. Northland in the early days was noted for it's championships in artistic roller skating and the live organ music. This family rink was home for people from all around the Michigan area as a place to practice, learn and compete in the sport that many have come to love and respect.
Northland is located on the border of the city and was integrated in the late 50's and early 60's when the culture of roller skating was changing from artistic to a street style called "Rockin". The name Rockin' came from the hardness of the whells that were required to be able to slide with distance across the skating floor. This style of skating had fast moving turns and routines that would be done in singles, couples and trios. The skates had hard wheels and a toe stop that was lowered close to the floor for dancing routines and spinning.
Northland Roller Rink has inspired and been the meeting place of many great skaters and skate clubs that the Detroit and surrounding area have created. The competition that the rink is noted for still exists to this day and the Roller Rink is still the place to come for learning and purchasing hard to find items of Roller Skating products in the well stocked skate shop.