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Dixie Dash

250270_3685115648608_983695800_nWhat is your skate name?         

Dixie Dash

What is the significance of your skate name and number?        

I have to admit that coming up with an ORIGNAL derby name was one of the hardest parts of becoming a derby girl. So, my name is based on two things: Dixie because it sounds cute, and Dash because it means to move quickly or move with haste which is what I like to do when I am jamming through a pack. My number is a reference to The Doors song “Five to One.”

How did you get started playing roller derby?       

I had seen the Derby reality shows, movies and been to a few live bouts, and I thought to myself, “I want to do that!”  I kept wanting to tryout, but was missing the sign ups or the timing was just not right.  And then, on one boring day at work, I stumbled upon the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls website and noticed that the tryouts were two weeks away.  So, I rush-ordered my gear and practiced as much as I could in those two weeks.  I tried out, made it and now the rest is history.  It was truly all about timing, and Derby came at a perfect time in my life in which I could fully dedicate myself to this awesome sport.

How long have you been skating?      

A little over six months, and I still have a looooooong way to go.

What is your favorite derby position?           

I really like the jammer position even though it is exhausting.  The rush of maneuvering through a pack, getting a grand slam, or out-skating a determined blocker trying to knock the will out of me is a feeling and adrenaline rush like no other. Blocking is also fun even though I am not very good at it...yet. But one of my goals is to be a master blocker someday…<sigh> Someday…

What is your greatest derby achievement so far?

It would have to be making it onto the Black Spade Betties (Travel Team B).  I tried out with no expectations of making it, but I did! That was truly an awesome feeling of accomplishment. It also meant a lot to me that my fellow skaters saw potential in me enough to choose me for Travel Team, and encourage me along the way.

What is your favorite part of skating with Sin City Rollergirls?                       

I love that I found a sport that I can constantly improve at.  I came into the sport like a new born baby, not knowing anything and not having skated before, and I found myself wanting to keep learning, practicing, growing and striving to be a better player for myself and my teammates.  This sport is addicting.  I love to go to practice, I love scrimmage days, and I love the playing in bouts. Getting to know 50+ awesomely inspiring and encouraging ladies in the process is just icing on the cake!

Do you have a derby crush? Who is it?         

It’s definitely Suzy Hotrod.  I don’t know if it is a crush, rather than that I have a great deal of admiration for her. She had no skating experience prior to derby but has become dominant as a jammer and overall player.  She practices and trains all the time in order to improve her skills and stay at the top of her game, and she is ultra-competitive but still always appears to be a super-positive person. She is proof of the adage that if you practice hard enough, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

What is your day job?     

I wish it was more exciting but I am a traffic coordinator for the luxury publications at Greenspun Media Group.   No I don’t direct traffic, rather, it is just a fancy (or maybe a confusing) title for an advertising coordinator.

Who is the biggest influence in your life?    

My wonderfully amazing husband!  He is my biggest fan.  He always encourages me and tells me how proud he is of me.  He knows that derby is a big part of my life and a BIG commitment, and he fully supports and encourages me no matter how many nights a week I am MIA at a derby something.

What is the strangest thing in your purse or wallet right now?

I don’t know if it’s strange but it is definitely the most awesome thing in my purse:  my Kindle!

Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn't expect...       

I may appear shy and timid when you first meet me, but there is a whole other side to me once I get to know you.  When out with friends I tend to be the entertainment for the evening, be it impersonating people and SNL characters, or putting on mini dance performances to the sounds of the 80s, just to name a few examples. I suddenly become that hyperactive yet amusing little sister you may or may not have always wanted.