Check out the Derby Dames tonight!

Posted on March 26, 2011 by


Roller Derby may have changed since the Charlottesville Derby Dames were founded in the early part of the last century, including popularization of the Derby trend by Drew Barrymore’s Whip It; but one thing has remained the same: their loyalty to both supporting and entertaining their community. These girls have been known to draw crowds of up to 800 people to their Fishersville bouts, mostly from the Charlottesville and Waynesboro areas.

Although the Roller Derby used to be a professional sport, the women who take part in it today are not professional athletes. In fact, they maintain regular day jobs ranging from being full-time students to doctors to vineyard owners. Roller Derby has become an entertaining sub-culture hobby, and is popular across the U.S.

Ingrained in the sport is the player naming, and these Derby Dames have everything from Blue Moon Shiner to Little Miss Pissed, or Bruisin’ B. Anthony and Fracking ToastHer. The diverse nature of the team doesn’t end with everyone’s occupation or name. Players range in age from 21 to their late 40s!

Tonight, join the Charlottesville Derby Dames for their first home bout against the HARD-HITTING Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens (seriously, these girls like to HIT!) at the Augusta Expoland, 279 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm.

In order to remain true to their goal of empowering women as well as other local organizations, the Dames donate 10% of the profits from each of their matches, known as bouts, to different community organizations. This weekend, funds will be donated to Women Build, a program of Habitat for Humanity that the women of the Charlottesville
Derby Dames are proud to have built with before.

Keep an eye out for the Dames during the next few months as they enter a highly transitional year. For starters, the team itself will be taking on a new shape, transforming into a two-team structure to better accommodate the ever-growing number of participants. Then, on April 30th, they will host a bout near the Downtown Mall (Main Street Arena, anyone??), the first one in their history, setting precedent for future Charlottesville bouts.

Ticket Prices:
$7 in advance
$10 at the door
Children 5-10 are $5 at the door
Children 5 and under are free

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