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Laura Sunday, 60, is an event coordinator, dance teacher and self-described "Chili Empress" of Petaluma. On Sundays, Sunday drives to the city with her dancing skates.
Why: It combines two activities I love - dancing and skating - and it is the fountain of youth. The music goes from disco to hip-hop. It attracts people from pre-teens to those well into their 70s and crosses all socio-economic lines. I skate all day and barely ever sit down to rest. We share and learn new routines, and there's nothing better than when you have 20 skaters all working in time, rhythm and step with each other.
Greatest accomplishment: I watched the skaters in Golden Gate Park for 20 years just wanting to roller dance. When I was 50, I bought myself some dance skates, started taking lessons and practiced six days a week for a few years. Now I choreograph routines and teach new skaters how to roller dance every Sunday out in the park.
Gear you can't live without: My Riedell 220 Epic quad skates, with the sparkly wheels. I had them in white and had a shop dye them royal blue for me. Some skaters use inlines, but I can't feel my soul in that big rigid boot. My quads feel completely natural, like a dance shoe.
Where you train: Golden Gate Park, at Sixth Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive
Best time to train: Every Sunday from 1 p.m. until dark.
Biggest misperception about your sport: That quad skates are old school.
Advice you'd give a rookie: Learn how to be comfortable on your skates before you try dancing on them. Learn the basic steps and moves, wear protective gear, and take it slow; it's really tricky. And most important: practice, practice, practice.