Derby Lite brings women and skates together

Derby Lite, the edgy new roller skating fitness class that uses the skills and drills of traditional women’s roller derby in a non-impact, non-competitive workout environment, recently hosted a “Get In Gear” Day where women from all over the Chicago area had an opportunity to see if Derby Lite was right for them.

Participants brought helmets and tested out gear including knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and roller skates. After lacing up, skaters participated in a 90-minute session that included a demo by current members and a mini-lesson where they learned to get comfortable on skates and safely maneuver stopping and falling.

Franny Bottger of Oak Park heard about Derby Lite through a friend and knew it was time to give it a try.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Bottger said. “But it was awesome and a great workout.”

Derby Lite offers classes through park districts in Oak Park, Forest Park, Wheaton, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Norridge, Prospect Heights and the City of Chicago, and will continue to expand locally and nationally in the New Year.

“We now have 12 classes scheduled a week,” said President and Founder of Derby Lite, Barbara “Queen B” Dolan. “I'd likes there to be twice that many in 2012. I want Derby Lite to be as well known as Zumba, Pilates, Jazzercise and other "brand name" exercise classes that have reached folks from coast-to-coast with their fun and effective fitness programs led by certified instructors.”

For more information or to register for the winter session, go to

The Wheaton/ Carol Stream Park District winter session will run Mondays, 1/9 to 3/19 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The classes will be held at Central Athletic Center, 302 S. Main St., Wheaton.

To register, go to or call 630-665-4710.

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