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Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Campus News and News

Flashback Friday | SUA roller skating event

After a decadeslong hiatus—We miss Fantasyland!—roller skating finally returns to Lawrence, thanks to Student Union Activities’ first-ever skate-night party, 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

“Flashback Friday”—a retro-themed evening with a DJ spinning disco music, snacks and prizes, and of course the requisite dazzling disco ball—will help introduce a younger generation to the four-wheeling thrills that fueled their parents’ long-ago Friday night with friends.

The event is free to current KU students, and SUA special-events coordinator Taylor Burke emphasizes that everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The $10 admission for the general public includes skates, provided by Neon Entertainment, which will set up its portable rink in the Ballroom.

“This is completely new for us, and people are really amped about it,” Burke says. “It’s so easy and fun just to come to the Union and skate. We don’t have a roller rink [in Lawrence], so I think people are going to be really excited.”

Indeed we are. Bring on the disco duck (one foot only!). And a snowball (girls lined up on side, boys on the other), a couples-only moonlight skate, and, a limbo or two, with prizes for those who can really get down.

The only thing not authentically retro: Anyone skating will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

—Chris Lazzarino

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