Most of you have heard of or, at least, seen the poster of Dancing Scott. He has been a permanent fixture at Rose City Rollers events since the very beginning of the league. And with the recent celebration of RCR’s 10-year anniversary, it seems only fitting to also honor RCR’s original super-fan, Scott Erickson, better known as “Dancing Scott.”
RCR’s OG Super-Fan
Scott has been a fan of RCR right from the start. He has been around long enough to remember watching roller derby when it was played on the bank track. So when his friend Paradise Kitty of Guns N’ Rollers introduced him to the newly evolved flat track roller derby, he quickly became enthralled by the sport. And RCR’s most enthusiastic fan has missed very few bouts over the years. Over the last 10 years, he claims to have attended 98% of all games. Now that’s commitment!
Fan vs. Superfan
Dancing Scott has no qualms about being labeled a super-fan. In fact, he has specified his own qualifications for what makes him a super-fan instead of just-a-fan of RCR:
#1 – He has a well-known reputation with the league and RCR members will introduce him to others, sometimes without ever having officially met him.
#2 – He is often able to tell derby girls stuff about the league that they don’t know.
#3 – The derby girls started sending him friend requests on Facebook.
#4 – He has an absolute love for the sport before anything else.
Other than his big curly head of hair and his friendly demeanor, you can always spot Scott at an event by his sparkly silver hat. Scott originally wore it as a joke after receiving it at a white elephant party, but now it is his identifying trademark.
Most Prized Possessions
Scott has a plethora of RCR paraphernalia, most of which is featured on his “derby wall.” He has thank you cards from various derby girls, autographed pictures, and trading cards (including one of Belle Starr when she played for Texas), one of Rita Riot, and a complete set of 2nd generation Heartless Heathers.
His most prized possession, however, is a framed ticket from RCR’s very first bout, dated Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 at the Expo Center. In addition, he has the original program from this momentous occasion.
Scott never had any desire to play derby, but he does remember when he actually learned how to skate because of RCR. It was a GlamSkate party to benefit the High Rollers at the Fez Ballroom. The party was organized by Stella Stardust with music by DJ Gregarious. Scott borrowed a pair of skates from Cindy Structable and remembers that he could barely stand up at the time. However, he had a most enjoyable night, fell in love with skating, and now goes twice a week to Oaks Park where you can see him practicing his moves.
The Best Parts of RCR & Roller Derby
Like the derby girls he supports and admires, Dancing Scott absolutely loves the sport of roller derby and appreciates being accepted into such an amazing community of women. His favorite thing to do is to give back to the league and all the wonderful ladies who are a part of it. Whenever there is a bout outside of the Hangar, Scott takes time off of work to organize floor moving parties, to which he always brings popcorn and beer. He also makes an effort to support the businesses and endeavors of RCR skaters.
A few of his contributions include:
Scott bought a pair of glasses from Visage, a company managed by Mess-O-Potamia, a former High Roller
He gave a ride to Roller Eclipse on her way to hike the Pacific Crest Trail
Shaolin Spocker designed a website for him
He purchased incredible art from Venus de Mileage
He discovered his favorite wine thanks to French Tickler: Elk Cove Pinot Noir
Domesticated Violence helped him purchase a condo
Scott states that the best part of roller derby is about giving and getting back by supporting the RCR community.
Scott’s proudest moments include:
Buying Brawn Swanson her first derby beer before she was drafted
Giving gardening lessons to Mortar N’ Pistol
Convincing Rhea Derange to bring back her fire makeup
Little Known Facts
Many people would not guess that Scott is an introvert and does not like being the center of attention. However, let’s just take a moment to celebrate Scott and recognize his amazing commitment to RCR.
Scott completed a 5-1/2 month backpack trip around the biggest lake in the world, Lake Superior.
And lastly, how did he get his nickname “Dancing Scott?” Well, you’ll just have to come to an after party and find out!
Written by Carrie Go Round
Carrie a big fan of roller derby and Dancing Scott.