Roller-Skating Culture in USA

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Roller skaters dance to the music under a banner of U.S. President Barack Obama at “The Rink” during an evening session in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. A handful of decades-old skating venues put Chicago at the center of a vibrant African-American subculture of urban roller skate dancing that stretches from Atlanta to Detroit and from Los Angeles to New York. While mainstream roller skating has been on a long decline, a new generation of skaters travel a circuit of rinks around the country to compete and show off their moves. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A woman wears roller skates with lights on the bottom at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A woman sits along a wall as others roller skate past at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A man adjusts the wheels on his roller skates at “Rich City Skate” in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A man is reflected in the floor at “Rich City Skate” as he roller skates in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A pile of roller skates are seen at “Rich City Skate” in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A woman practices her dancing on roller skates at “The Rink” roller skating rink in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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Roller skaters at “The Rink” are seen during an evening session in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A couple is reflected in a mirror as they skate together at “The Rink” roller skating rink in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A man roller skates at “Rich City Skate” in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A woman dances on roller skates at “The Rink” during an evening session in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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Roller skaters cast shadows on the floor during an evening session at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A man skates at “The Rink” roller skating rink in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A couple skates together at “The Rink” roller skating rink in Chicago, Illinois, January 15, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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A man roller skates at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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Roller skates are reflected in the floor at “Rich City Skate” in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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