Live performance on roller skates: "This was a bit of a challenge!"
Kája Procházková skating in the live charity cultural event. (Credits: Kája Procházková - 2020)
A synchro skater from the Czech team Olympia, Kája Procházková, took part in a live charity cultural event organised by the Police Symphony Orchestra [Police is a town in north-eastern Bohemia, ed.]. As a part of the event, she skated a solo performance on roller skates accompanied by the orchestra.
The concert took place in the beautiful 14th century Broumov Monastery which has been a Czech national cultural heritage site since 1995. The monastery and its gardens were renovated in 2014 and nowadays house an educational and cultural centre, which organises concerts, science talks, or art exhibitions. “It was a great experience, skating in such a gorgeous a place that you can’t usually access” says Kája about performing in the monastery. “We have often thought during rehearsals that the monastery has probably never had someone roller skate in it before.”
”When asked about her preparations, she says it took her about a week to get ready to perform. “The biggest issue was getting the figure skating style roller blades. Viktoria Fischer, a skater on the new team Melodia luckily owned a pair that was my size and lent it to me. I would like to extend a huge thank you to her this way, because it was only thanks to her skates that I could do many of the elements!”
Kája says she had to get used to the roller skates and adopt the different skating style at first but that she quickly got used to it. The choreography you can see in the video was largely an improvisation with some pre-determined elements in between, but due to the small manoeuvring space and the slippery floors, Kája had to make adjustments in the routine every time she skated it. “The floor was so slippery that any sharp turn meant a certain fall. But I think that the final live skate turned out really well and I will remember it fondly.”
Team Olympia: "A great team"
”When she’s not practicing and competing with Olympia, Kája works as a coach for solo skaters and ice dancers. “Sometimes it’s a little difficult, spending my whole day on the ice, knowing that when the other coaches go home, I have to go to the gym and then back on the ice with Olympia. But thanks to the amazing team of skaters and coaches, I forget about all that in the first 5 minutes of practice.” During spring she creates choreographies and her summers are packed with skating camps.
The remaining teams of Prague Synchro are a Mixed Age team, Euphoria, and a Juvenile team, Minnies. “Our coaches have created a great synchro base,” says Kája about the club. “Olympia members frequently help train the youngest skaters, and we are trying to encourage them to keep skating all the way to the seniors.”