Going rouge: Ice rink hosting burlesque disco party

Birds of a feather: A feather boa (and possibly a coat) will keep skaters warm at the Moulin Rouge ice dance party in Prospect Park on March 31.
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Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center will get a glamorous makeover into a decadent Parisian nightclub for a Moulin Rouge–themed ice disco on March 31. The Dreamland Roller Disco will put a saucy spin on its weekly summer shindigs during Prospect Park’s “150th Opening Weekend Celebration,” and the risqué revue will be as bodacious as its bodice-flaunting French counterpart, said its host.

“There’s a lot more entertainment going on than skating in a circle,” said Coney Island skate queen Lola Star. “Everyone will come in Moulin Rouge–inspired burlesque — leather, fishnets, feathers, glitter. There will be a costume contest, skate-off — it’s going to be a whole new world.”

Professional skaters will hike up their can-can skirts and lutz across the rink, while corset-clad hula hoop performers spin in the rink’s inner circle. The extravagant event will also feature costume and skating contests, and a red carpet where revelers can strut their stuff pre-skate.

And the 1890s aesthetic works well for partiers worried about exposing too much skin during the nippy weather, said Star.

“I put a lot of thought into how warm people will be, and Moulin Rouge is something you can layer — you can throw on a cute coat and feather boa to keep you warm,” she said.

The theme also fits the historical festivities of the park’s birthday bash, said Star — although the soundtrack will reach back to more recent decades.

“It just seemed appropriate for the anniversary because we’re celebrating all these different elements of dance music throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s,” said Star.

The roller skating Star may be less than stellar on the ice, but feels that a few falls are worth bringing her party to the colder months.

“The honest truth is that I’m not a great ice skater, but I’ve created these magical discos and it’s hard not to have that magic in the winter,” said Star. “I hope it’s a huge hit and then we’ll turn this into a full-fledged ice disco next winter.”

“Lola Star’s Ice Disco” at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside [171 East Dr. in Prospect Park, (718) 462–0040,] March 31, 7–10 pm. $20.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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