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"This is the demo," said Wright, standing on skates at the edge of the school playground where the instructors were leading the campers in drills. "Next year, I plan to expand this to eight to ten cities nationwide."

The camp was run by Liz Miller, a Level 2 certified inline instructor and author of Get Rolling and Advanced Inline Skating. Assisting her were fellow instructors Wright and Philip M. Lenihan of Cupertino, Calif.

Miller said the class included two "virtual beginners;" eight people who had tried skating in the past and quit; and a few who dragged their friends to the class so they "would have someone to skate with."

"A lot of people came because they just didn't know how to stop," she added.

The instructors taught the campers the basics -- striding, turning and stopping -- and led them in drills and later games and relays. They also took the skaters on a trail skate, during which they gave them more tips on stride technique and trail etiquette.

"We saw dramatic improvements in each skater according to his or her level," Miller said. "They were quite proud of their accomplishments."

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