Beginning Synchronized Skating
Synchronized Skating has partnered with the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program to expand the Basic Skills Synchronized Skating competitive level. Basic Skills Synchronized teams may compete at synchronized skating non-qualifying competitions as well as Basic Skills competitions.
This class will introduce the beginning skater to the basics of synchronized team skating. Skaters will learn holds and basic formations such as circles, lines, block, and wheel. The importance of guiding and basic technique and principles will be enforced.
Advanced Synchronized Skating
Synchronized skating is a popular discipline both within U.S. Figure Skating and around the world. U.S. Figure Skating held the first U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in 1984 and also hosted the first World Synchronized Skating Championships in 2000. There are approximately 525 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the synchronized skating sectional championships.
Advanced synchronized Skating is for the skater with prior synchronized skating experience and or a more advanced skater. In this class, more challenging formations, wheels, transitions, and step sequences will be taught. Continued emphasis on correct technique and guiding.
This course includes instruction in:
- Maximum power efficiency with edge use
- Specialty movements
- Stroking principles
- Transitional movements
Enhancement of body carriage and postural awareness with every movement will be emphasized. Requirements are Basic 8 and above. The class will separate into high and low if necessary.
Off-Ice Class Strength Training Class
Focusing on dynamic movements, plyometrics, agility and cardiorespiratory training for figure skating. Formatted as a warm-up or post skating workout (not to interfere with on-ice training). This is a high-intensity class which combines strength and power development along with balance, cardiorespiratory, and flexibility training.
All basic spin positions will be taught and improved upon during spin class. The focus will be on centering, gaining speed, and maximizing rotations. Skaters will have the opportunity to learn new and unique positions to maximize their International Judging System (IJS) score. This class is open to Basic 8 and above and will divide into a high and low if necessary.
Theatre on Ice
Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that is popular in Europe, where it is known as Ballet on Ice. It combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. Teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. Solo skating is discouraged but is permitted in limited amounts if it enhances the overall telling of the program’s story. The programs are judged by regular U.S. Figure Skating judges and are evaluated on technical merit and presentation with emphasis on originality, costuming, artistry and musicality.
Theatre on Ice is new to the Pelham Skating program. Skaters and parents will learn the basics of what a theatre on-ice performance will entail. Choreography and music interpretation, as well as expression, will be emphasized.