Understanding Danza: Tech, Components, and Complete Skates
Approaches, Characteristics, Components & Tech
Use this ProGuide to get a play-by-play of all components—boots, frames, wheels, bearings, cushions—used for solo, couples, quartet, show, precision, jam, and rhythm. You can also jump to options like Combos and Complete Skate Packages with other references and helpful resources along the way.
Unlike Obbligatorio, dance-specific tech can be attractive to—and used by—hobbyists and jam/rhythm athletes, and therefore widely worn by coaches and non-athletes, rolling around during public sessions, online, and used indoors. To keep things concise, we'll use Danza to encompass all the aforementioned audiences. When compared to other disciplines, our ProShop tech used for Danza, or Dance, is also quite distinct and backed by decades of ongoing research and development (R&D).
Boots & Accessories
Risport boots and accessories are some of the most versatile boots we can choose for training, testing, and competing in Danza without needing a custom boot—yet, additional customization is possible. For experienced hobbyists and athletes in Danza who are exploring boot options, we suggest starting with the following:
Risport® was founded in the 1970s and continues today in Montebelluna, Italy, home of the Fondazione Sportsystem. Since 1995 has been part of France's Groupe Rossignol, a leader in winter sports technology.
ICE, ROLLER, DANCE & ACCESSORIES
Risport specializes in skating boots and associated accessories for both ice and roller sports with tech specializations for all of both sports' disciplines—from figures to dance and freeskating—and even today continues to produce handmade options for hobbyists and non-athletes looking for quality and longevity.
STIFFNESS = LONGEVITY, SUPPORT
Have you ever noticed that we use a name and number when referring to boots? This number indicated rigidity on a scale of 25 to 65, with the lower numbers indicating softer boots and boots with higher numbers indicating more rigidity, support, and advanced technology. Generally speaking, you'll want to start with the stiffer of any number of options at the earliest chance you have—even if you're a non-athlete.
Check out how Risport tests its creations and substantiates its decision-making:
The legacy of Risport:
Turchese (35) is the softer of the two options and comes in perla (pearl) or nero (black). In perla, Turchese is available in sizes ranging from 210 to 280. In nero, Turchese is available in sizes ranging from 220 to 290. Risport boots are sized using millimeters in increments of 10. To determine your boot size, you'll need to do your tracings and use this ProGuide to calculate your boot size.
Turchese is Risport’s entry-level model for dance, made with natural materials that can guarantee excellent performance in this discipline. It is designed for dance and group athletes who are beginning to approach the specialty professionally. Its distinctive features include the following characteristics and technology:
TECH & SPECS
Turchese is designed with a lower cuff to ensure the right mobility of the ankle and an upper made of very high-quality leather. It has a leather sole with special angled processing that enables skaters to reach very high lateral inclinations and obtain an unparalleled shock-absorbing effect, proven by years of skating history. Turchese comes standard with a soft collar and comfort designed specifically for younger athletes and uses a special 3D lining to maintain the proper foot temperature and prevent bacteria from forming. Turchese can be thermoformed to achieve the perfect fit to the foot. If used for other disciplines, support from the lateral reinforcements is specially designed for single- to double-rotation jumps.
DANCE PRIME (65)
Dance Prime (65) is the more supportive of the two options and comes in bianco (white) and nero (black). In bianco, RF3 Pro is available in sizes ranging from 200 to 280. In nero, RF3 Pro is available in sizes ranging from 230 to 305. Risport boots are sized using millimeters in increments of 10. To determine your boot size, you'll need to do your tracings and use this ProGuide to calculate your boot size.
Dance Prime is Risport’s brand-new dance-centric model for high-level and elite athletes. Dance Prime is made with light materials and a high-tech microfiber that make it the lightest skate on the market today, it proudly reflects the aesthetic lines of the Dance model that has graced the winners’ podiums at the World Championships and the Olympics.
TECH & SPECS
Dance Prime introduces two major innovations, both aimed at ensuring maximum performance.
• Crystallization // Processing for stability, durability, and longevity of materials
• EVA Tongue Insert // Provides flexibility, elasticity, and maximum rebound
Dance Prime is designed with an exceptional lining that guarantees maximum stability and control of the skate while providing aloe-treated antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties before, during, and after use. It has a leather sole with special angled processing that enables skaters to reach very high lateral inclinations and obtain an unparalleled shock-absorbing effect, proven by years of skating history, research, and development. Dance Prime provides athletes with maximum comfort and performance with its innovative rear profile designed specifically to meet dance needs, allowing maximum extension of the ankle and better comfort. Its special lacing system, made with reinforced eyelets, holes, and hooks, allows multi-adjustable lacing at different points of the foot and ankle.
LEGACY: 50+ YEARS
Risport® was founded in the 1970s and continues today in Montebelluna, Italy, home of the Fondazione Sportsystem, and since 1995 has been part of France's Groupe Rossignol, a leader in winter sports technology.
After you've chosen your boot and tackled your tracings to determine your boot size, you have to choose a frame and select any components needed for your next steps. Explore frames, standard components, and alternative components to complete your skate; then, reference this boot-to-frame chart to locate the frame's size.
Dance by Roll-Line®
Overview & Sizing Resources
Roll-Line's R&D team devised a single solution—Dance—comprised of the most advanced frame technology for this discipline. Dance's base is made of Ergal using Computer Numerical Control (CNC). Dance is designed with Roll-Line's left/right differentiation (reduced wheelbase) for generating more speed with each push. Its 13 MM kingpins are inclined at 18º for greater accuracy on edges, excellent maneuverability, and stability in the execution of dance movements such as clusters and traveling sequences.
Dance's aluminum trucks and 7 MM steel axles are supported by elastomer cushions and its actions are adjusted with just a few clicks using Roll-Line's beloved Click-Action adjustment feature, providing an added layer of personalization, heightened precision, and maintaining their orientation even during more complex movements and skating. Dance comes standard with Roll-Line's best-selling Ambra toe stops and arrives with this frame's standard tool kit is included.
Learn more using the expandable sections below.
Manufacturer's Info: View Sport(s): High-Level Dance, Jam/Rhythm, Experienced Hobbyists Sizes: 130 • 140 • 150 • 160 • 170 • 180 • 190 Frame's Base Material: Ergal with a reduced wheelbase (left; 5 MM) Kingpins: 13 MM inclined at 18º Trucks: Aluminum with 7 MM steel axles (requires Speed Max 7 MM bearings) Standard Toe Stops*: Ambra with 4º internal inclination Standard Cushions*: Elastomers with click action Other Cushions: Compatible with Mistral elastomers and Energy elastomers Includes: Tool Kit
Whether you purchase a new Dance frame separately or in a Complete Skate Package—such as Hans or Andrea—your Dance frame arrives ready for use with both standard toe stops (Ambra) already inserted for you and all cushions mounted with your trucks and actions configured for standard use. You also receive Roll-Line's tool kit for additional personalization. Standard Cushions Dance comes standard with elastomer cushions in one of five (1/5) colors (hardnesses) based on the frame's size. If Dance's Standard Cushions do not correspond to the athlete's body weight, you're not out of luck: You can purchase Mistral's cushions separately and use them in your Dance frame. Don't forget about Roll-Line's tutorial on swapping and replacing cushions, and all their other helpful videos on their YouTube Channel.
Mini is a dance plug—therefore merely a placeholder—and as such, Minis are not designed to function as a normal toe stop. If you plan on spinning or stopping (Jam/Rhythm), you should not use Mini because doing so will damage your boot and the skating surface of any indoor rink wherein you use Mini.
BEARINGS & WHEELS
Bearings and wheels are not included with the purchase of any frame unless you purchase one of our Complete Skate Packages (CSPs). For Danza CSPs, see Hans and Andrea. For all quad artistic frames by Roll-Line, your frame's steel axles are 7 MM in width—so, for bearings, you have to use Roll-Line's Speed Max (7 MM). For wheels, you only need Ice by Roll-Line, which comes in 5 variations based on the skater's surface or floor type. It's important to note that you can use any Roll-Line wheel, once you match your bearings to your frame's axel's width but Ice is made for Danza. Combos If you are purchasing things separately, replacing wheels and bearings over time, or just want a solution, you can also consider Combo Danza to have us insert your bearings for you without needing a bearing press.
WEAR & TEAR
The rougher the surface and/or the harder you train, the faster the wear-and-tear on any wheel. Over time, training and surface types can cause wheels to "cone" or round off, thereby losing their profile width (Ice, 24 MM) and ultimately requiring you to replace them and even keep a spare set handy for testing and competing. Use the following graphic to learn more about worn-out wheels and please consult our ProGuide on Bearings and Wheels for complete information.
Combos & CSPs
turnkey solutions for all
Bearing-in-Wheel Combinations (Combos) and Complete Skate Packages (CSPs) are turnkey Solutions designed by Roller Louisiane's ProShop that allow you to take fewer steps when placing your order, save a little bit, and don't require extra tools. Before you purchase a Solution, you should know that neither the complete Solution nor any component thereof is eligible for returns, exchanges, or refunds.
With Combos, you're purchasing wheels and bearings together. You'll get your bearings inserted into your wheels for you and shipped to you without having to borrow or purchase a bearing press ($90). For figures and loops, you should choose Combo Danza.
Complete Skate Packages (CSPs)
With CSPs, you get a turnkey solution without needing extra tools or wondering if you've forgotten anything. CSPs are used by hobbyists and athletes alike because they combine the best practices of the industry and experienced professionals. Plus, no bearing press is required. You can browse all Complete Skate Packages here but since this ProGuide covers Danza, check out these CSPs using Danza-specific tech: Hans & Andrea.
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