How to Do a Heel Toe on Roller Skates

Learn how to do a heel toe on roller skates from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

Hey guys, Gypsy from the Skate Truck NYC. Today we’re going to talk about how to do a heel toe on roller skates. So what you need to do is keep your knees bent, and we’re going to try to keep our center of weight right straight down to the ground while our feet are staggered. So all of our weight should be equally proportioned between two skates, one heel, and one toe, so that’s where our balance is, right there. So it’s good to practice while you’re standing still. So stagger first, knees bent, and then lift, and then as you’re rolling, you’re going to use those edges for your skates. So if you start leaning to the inside, you’re going to turn to the right, if you lean to the outside, you’re going to turn to the left. So always keep your knees bent, chest up, and your core tight.

So this is a really good thing to do for dance skating as well, because you can turn it into a lot of different moves, as long as you keep your balance centered. So this is what it looks like when you’re rolling. So if you have on toe stops, you need to make sure that your back foot is not pointed all the way down to the ground because you will hit your toe stops. So if you have on toe plugs, which are the smaller stoppers, you can actually get a lot more edge in there with your front two wheels. So again, knees bent, inside your powerbox is where all your weight is, stagger your feet, arms up for balance if you need it, and then lift your front toe and point your back toe. And that is how you do a heel toe.