Today we’d like to introduce you to Quise Jones.
Hi Quise, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My grandma would always take me to the rink when I was young, and so I grew up around and within a skate team culture. It was only natural that I began my own team in 2018, called the Royal Wheels. We are based out of Grand Rapids, MI, but skate all across the country. We are comprised of 23 diverse individuals to make one family. Royal Wheels originally had 4 members, all 4 are still on the team today.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Besides being a Black, gay business owner, I have struggled with incorporating the different attitudes and styles of my team members, especially as the team grows bigger. We have run into respect issues from our local rinks and it has forced us 45 minutes out of town, to the next closest rink. And, since the skating industry has boomed since the pandemic, it has been difficult to update our moves and stay fresh while we deal with the lack of space to skate, especially since we can only skate outside a couple of months of the year.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are a roller skate organization that specializes in performance and choreography. What sets us apart is the extreme diversity amongst the folks who participate in our team. Our team’s ages range from 18 to 42, and we all come from very different backgrounds, but still come together like a family. We also host a podcast called The Royal Touch and it explores all different topics revolving around the rink. It is available for listening to on Spotify and Sound Cloud.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Never be afraid to fall or ask for help. And remember to skate royal.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://linktr.ee/royalwheels
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/royal_wheelsgr/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesquadRW/?show_switched_toast=1&show_invite_to_follow=0&show_switched_tooltip=0&show_podcast_settings=0&show_community_transition=0&show_community_review_changes=0
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-647911990-748465958
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/show/6wxYKNa7Ioqe4nfa7378JG?si=347f1d78940b4f4e