“Either you skate or you sit at home,” Emanuel Beatty says after a few dazzling moves on the hardwood roller rink at Winnwood Skate Center, 4426 N.E. Winn Road in Kansas City, North. “It’s cheaper and easier than being in the streets,” he adds.
The Kansas City skate center’s two adult skate nights, Thursday and Sunday, are as much about the social scene as they are about skating. But the skating matters too — a lot. It is fast, smooth and flashy. “Skating gives you an opportunity to release your mind from stress, from anything. You can skate it away,” Jasmin Williams says.
After Hours is Christopher Smith’s photo column exploring Kansas City at night. Send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.