Company: Dazzler Roller Dance
My name is Dazzler (aka Noelle). In 2015, I had a milestone birthday that had me asking myself, “What would bring me the feeling of innocent joy that I used to have as a kid?”. The answer that came to me? Roller Skating.
The answer surprised me because I had not spent a lot of time on skates as a kid. In fact, my some of my most severe injuries were on skates between the ages of 9-12 years old. I had not been in a pair of skates since the I was 14.
But trusting that inner voice, I decided to go to a local rink one night. I bought myself a pair of skates online and started my journey. The first night, I fell and scraped and bruised my knee, but there was something about that feeling that was so special… I went back. After a chat with the pro-desk, they set me up with a set of new wheels and bearings. I started skating almost every night. I would sing at the top of my lungs and skate as fast as I could… and it was exhilarating.
I became a ‘regular’ and made friends at the rink. I learned some dance moves in the middle. Then I found Roller Derby. I spent 2 years with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, where they taught me strategy, discipline and skating skills. I got my skate name, Disco Dazzler. I joined Fresh Meat and got a Derby Wife. However, I realized (after several injuries) that my love of skating was not about the game, it was about the feeling I get on wheels. Wheels are my wings.
I think I am built more like a badass derby girl, than a delicate dancer, but I never let that hold me back. I love the way music moves me. I am proof it doesn’t matter what you look like or how you’re shaped if you love what you’re doing. Dance welcomes all types!
I have traveled all over the world taking classes from some of the best roller dance teachers in the UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, Dubai and the US. I have skated at National Skate Parties, Central Park, Venice Beach, Golden Gate Park, and at every rink I can find.
Teaching adults has been my corporate career for the last 15 years, so it only makes sense that I would begin teaching roller dance. I have taken the skills I’ve learned and taught everyone from derby girls (juniors and adults) to random people who stop me on the beach.
I became Level 1 Skate IA certified in Aug 2019. I am qualified to teach any beginner, taking them from the first time they put on quads to their first dance steps on wheels. I also carry Skate IA insurance.
Roller skating, and specifically roller dance, is joy personified. I am excited that you may give me the chance to help you feel that same freedom and find your own happy place on wheels.