What it takes to roll with the Lansing Derby Vixens

After arriving an hour early to practice, the Lansing Derby Vixens are eager to get on the rink and begin skating. As the women laced up their skates and put on their safety equipment, they leave their everyday life and enter the Vixen world with their own unique derby name. Earning the right to use your derby name is part of the award for completing the Derby 101, a twelve-week training program and right to passage on the rink. The girls spend these weeks training and thinking of their derby name.  Mullicious Intent, Chelsea Chelsea Bang bang, Ida Stroya, and Annie Oxidant, are just a few. This is where beginner derby girls learn advanced skating, proper blocking and safe falling skills.  These skills can make or break a skater.

Lansing Roller Derby Vixen’s First Home Bout

The Lansing Roller Derby Vixen’s took on the Floral City Roller Girls in their first, sold-out, home bout on February 12.  However, their first official home game, dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, was not only a sporting event. The event boasted a live performance by the local band Shelby Twist and the Fetal Fairies and music by DJ Rachael P.

The Lansing Derby Vixens are not only dedicated to entertaining their fans, they also are committed to giving back to their local community. “We love the community, we want to be a part of it, and so we like to give back and be involved,” Ludacrush, a skater for the Vixens, said.