Figure Skating Programs

2017 Holiday Exhibition: The Nutcracker!

Scroll below to the Arts on Ice Classes: Fall II 2017 session to learn about participating in the The Nutcracker.

Figure Skating

Figure Skating programs consist of on-ice and off-ice instructional classes focused on developing and refining a well rounded figure skater.  Classes are focused on teaching the technical skills sets of figure skating emphasizing the Freestyle and Moves in the Field disciplines.  Stroking, edges, turns, jumps, spins, and footwork are covered at all skill levels from Basic 3 through Senior/Gold test levels. 

Twizzles, Swizzles, and Fun!

Saturday mornings, Main ice
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A faster paced, comprehensive group lesson setting for the advancing Figure Skater beginning at Basic 3.  The on-ice curriculum follows a rotating schedule each week including the following disciplines and elements: Jumps, Moves in the Field, Spins, and Dance.  Each group will receive 40-minutes of lesson time within their skills groups and an additional 30-minutes of programming with all skill levels covering a range of activities including: stroking, program development, choreography and interpretation, games and more!

Fall I

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 17, 14

Fall II*

October 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2

Winter I

January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10

Winter II

February 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24

* Skaters participating in the Fall II session will also prepare and participate in the 2017 Holiday Exhibition: The Nutcracker during the Combined Activities ice time (8:40 - 9:10 a.m.)

Class Schedule:
Saturday mornings

Twizzles Skill Group
8:00am - 9:10am
  • 8:00am - 8:40am   Lesson (2-20 minute rotations)
  • 8:40am- 9:10am    Combined Activities (all groups)
Swizzles & Edges Skill Groups
8:40am - 9:50am
  • 8:40am- 9:10am    Combined Activities (all groups)
  • 9:10am - 9:50am    Lesson (2-20 minute rotations)
Rotating Curriculum:
  • Moves in the Field
  • Jumps
  • Spins

Skill Groups

  • Please note groups may vary depending on enrollment for each session.
  • If your skater is working on Basic 3 or another level between groups, please consult an instructor for appropriate group placement.
Twizzles:

Preliminary - Senior tests

Edges:

Pre-Free Skate & Free Skate 1 - 6 badges
Pre-Preliminary test

Swizzles:

Basic 3 - 6 badges

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $150.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session per skater
  • *Fall II participants will prepare a group number to be performed in the Holiday Exhibition during the Combined Activity ice time.
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Off-Ice Conditioning

Saturday mornings, Lounge
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This 60-minute off-ice class is designed to introduce and reinforce skill sets that are essential to on-ice skill acquisition.  Consisting of the following skating specific activities, the class will focus on how the activities relate back to on-ice elements and how practicing off-ice impacts improvements on-ice.

  • Strength, Conditioning, and Agility/Coordination
  • Flexibility and Balance
  • Jump, Spin, and Positioning Technique

Fall I

September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 17, 14

Fall II

October 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2

Winter I

January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10

Winter II

February 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24

Class Schedule:
Saturday mornings

Twizzles Skill Group
9:20am - 10:20am
  • 9:20am - 10:00am    Conditioning & Skating Technique
  • 10:00am- 10:20am    Stretching & Flexibility (all groups)
Swizzles & Edges Skill Groups
10:00am - 11:00am
  • 10:00am- 10:20am    Stretching & Flexibility (all groups)
  • 10:20am - 11:00am    Conditioning & Skating Technique
Please always bring:
  • Tennis shoes
  • Water
  • Jump Rope

Skill Groups

  • Please note groups may vary depending on enrollment for each session.
  • If your skater is working on Basic 3 or another level between groups, please consult an instructor for appropriate group placement.
Twizzles:

Preliminary - Senior tests

Edges:

Pre-Free Skate & Free Skate 1 - 6 badges
Pre-Preliminary test

Swizzles:

Basic 3 - 6 badges

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $60.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session per skater
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Arts on Ice

Arts on Ice (AOI) is a series of programs including preparation for Competitions, Exhibitions, and general classes.  Focused on the performance, Arts on Ice is designed to bring the artistic aspect of figure skating out within the skater and for the public.  The common theme between all AOI programs is the focus on performing regardless of skill level.  Programs within Arts on Ice are focused on the creative process and development of expression through body movement on the ice.  All skaters with skill levels from swizzles to double jumps and beyond have the ability to turn their skating into an artistic form of movement and expression.  Skaters participating will expand their current skills, continue to learn more advanced skills, and perform their artistic creations in both group and solo settings such as exhibitions or competitions.

Choreography & Creativity

Sunday evenings, Main ice
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For skaters beginning at Basic 3 up through freestyle levels to introduce, develop and refine musical expression/timing, body movement/line, and creativity on the ice through performance focus.  Ice Dance, Artistry, and Synchronized Skating will be covered.  Learning how to interpret music and relate to other skaters adds another dimension to the developing skater.  Skating “synchronized” with other skaters, whether connected or solo, refines and sharpens skating elements and ability.  Skaters of all levels will skate, both, together and in groups based on skill level (Swizzles, Edges, Twizzles).  Each six week session has the potential to create something different from group programs to theatrical exercises.

Off-ice is held in the Ice Arena Lounge directly after the on-ice class to introduce and train different types of dance and theatrical presentation important to developing the artistic side of figure skating.   

Fall I

September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15

Fall II*

October 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3

Winter I

January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11

Winter II

February 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25

* Skaters participating in the Fall II session will also prepare and participate in the 2017 Holiday Exhibition: The Nutcracker.

Class Schedule:

Sunday evenings

On-Ice:   5:30pm - 6:20pm
Off-Ice:  6:30pm - 7:00pm
 
Curriculum:

The following will be incorporated through choreographic exercises, ice dance, and synchronized skating while working on current skating skills and introducing new skating skills.

  • Artistic expression
  • Body movement
  • Timing
  • Presentation
  • Group programs
Please always bring ballet and tennis shoes to off-ice.

Skill Groups

  • Please note groups may vary depending on enrollment for each session.
  • If your skater is working on Basic 3 or another level between groups, please consult an instructor for appropriate group placement.
Twizzles:

Preliminary - Senior tests

Edges:

Pre-Free Skate & Free Skate 1 - 6 badges
Pre-Preliminary test

Swizzles:

Basic 3 - 6 badges

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $110.00 per person (6 week session).
    • 10% off registration fee when signing up for two or more classes per session per skater
  • Programs created while participating in the Choreography and Creativity Team Skating class may be performed during special events and exhibitions.
    • *Fall II participants will prepare a group number to be performed in the Holiday Exhibition.
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Fall 2017 Competition Preparation Lessons

Plymouth Spooktacular | Saturday, October 21, 2017

Online Registration

Lessons to introduce and prepare beginning level skaters for an introductory level skating competition.  The Plymouth Spooktacular held at the Plymouth Cultural Center Ice Arena hosted by the Plymouth Figure Skating Club is an opportunity for introductory level skaters to experience traveling to a competition at a basic level of skating.  Depending on the skating level, coaches work on preparing elements and developing programs for the skaters to perform and compete.  Parents and skaters will receive guidance through the competition process from registering for the correct event, preparation, and day of competition details.

Skill Levels:

  • Basic 1-6
  • Pre-Free skate and Free skate 1-6
  • Skaters typically compete at the last badge level passed or one level higher.

Competition Events:

> Elements

A series of elements at the skater's level performed in front of the judges and other skaters at the same level.

> Program with music

A program choreographed to music with elements from the skater's level.

Class Schedule

Wednesday: Main Ice
 >  5:00pm - 5:50pm

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $50.00 per person (6 week session).
  • Class Includes:
    • 6 weeks of lessons and preparation on the Main Ice
    • Program music & choreography
    • Skill instruction on elements
    • Competition simulation
    • Guidance on how to sign up for the competition
    • Guidance to prepare for the day of competition
    • Coaching at the competition
  • Additional Competition costs (not included in class registration fee):
    • Competition Registration/Event fee(s)
    • Travel and aaccommodations(if desired)
    • Competition attire and accessories
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate and compete.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

2017 Holiday Exhibition: The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:00pm

Participation in the annual Holiday Exhibition is encouraged for all members of the skating community, at all levels. Be a part of the holiday season on ice! The Holiday Exhibition is a great opportunity for skaters to show off their hard work to family and friends during the holiday season.

This year The Nutcracker is being introduced to the ice! Skaters of all skill levels, beginner through advanced, have the opportunity to participate in the Nutcracker through participating in one or more of the groups listed below during the Fall II lesson session.

Participation

Registration Form   Online Registration

Groups

Skaters of all skill levels, beginner through advanced, have the opportunity to participate in the Nutcracker through participating in one or more of the groups listed below during the Fall II lesson session.

  1. AOI Holiday Exhibition Lessons
    Additional classes offered during the Fall II session only to specifically prepare for the Holiday Exhibition.  $25.00 per class, per skater.
    • Sunday: 1:00pm – 1:50pm
      10/22, 29, 11/5, 12, 19, 12/3
      • Snowplow Sam – Basic 2 skill levels
      •  Basic 3 – Basic 6 skill levels
    • Thursday: 6:00pm – 6:50pm
      10/26, 12/2, 9, 16, 30, 12/7
      • Pre-Free Skate – Free Skate 6
      • Preliminary – Senior Freestyle
  2. Fall II classes included in the Holiday Exhibition
    1. Twizzles, Swizzles & Fun! (Sat morning)
    2. AOI Choreography & Creativity (Sun evening)

By participating in the above Fall II classes skaters are automatically included in the Holiday Exhibition for no additional charge.  Skaters are encouraged but not required to participate in the Holiday Exhibition.  If a skater cannot attend the Holiday Exhibition please inform an instructor.  The skater will still learn and benefit from the instruction and skating during the exhibition preparation.

Features and Solos

The few features and solos that are a part of the Nutcracker storyline will be determined from the skaters participating in one groups listed to the left.

Additional Practices: All Exhibition participants

Two Main Ice practices are included in the registration and mandatory for all Holiday Exhibition participants.

Please note the significance for all skaters to be present for both of the full cast rehearsals.  It is important for the skaters to have the opportunity to put the various groups together and run the exhibition through thoroughly for them to be comfortable and confident for the day of the exhibition.

  • Saturday, December 2 | 12:00pm - 2:50pm
  • Saturday, December 9 | 12:00pm - 2:50pm
    • Dress Rehearsal
Costume Details:

Skaters will be asked to provide base layers such as specific color pants, tights, shirts, leotards, etc. for costume purposes.  Additional accessories will be provided to complete the full costume.

U.S. Figure Skating Test Session Preparation Lessons

Test Session | Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration Form            Online Registration

Lessons to help prepare skaters who are at a skill level ready to begin or are currently in the U. S. Figure Skating test structure, the national standard of evaluating skating skill levels.  If you are unsure if your skater is ready please consult a coach.  The Test Preparation Lessons, alone, will not fully prepare the skater to test, but are designed to offer an opportunity for more instruction and ice time to better prepare for the test.  Additional practice time and private coaching is highly recommended for a successful test.  The Test Preparation lessons will cover the Moves in the Field and Freestyle disciplines.

Skaters typically begin taking U.S. Figure Skating tests once they have moved further along in their Learn to Skate USA (LTS) badges.  However, it is important to keep in mind that all skaters progress at a different rate, so there is no set time or level to begin testing.  Coaches can help identify when the skater should start considering testing.

Additional information from U.S. Figure Skating:

Class Schedule

Sunday: Multi-Purpose Ice
 >  1:00pm - 1:50pm

January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11

Thursday: Multi-Purpse Ice
 >  6:00pm - 6:50pm

January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15

Test Simulation Days (part of the Test Prep Lessons)

Test patterns and programs are set to fill out the size of a full sheet of ice. It is extremely important for skaters to have ice time on the Main Ice to learn, practice, and perform their tests.  Simulation Days will also help the skater prepare for the test day environment.

  • Saturday, January 13
  • Saturday, February 10

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $75.00 per person (6 week session).
  • Class Includes:
    • 6 weeks of lessons and preparation on the Multi-Purpose Ice twice a week
    • Instruction on the test elements and test patterns
    • Test Day Simulation practices
    • Guidance on how and what to sign up for the test
    • Guidance to prepare for the day of the test
    • Coaching on the day of the test
  • Additional Testing costs (not included in class registration fee):
    • Test Registration fee(s)
    • Test attire and accessories
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • In order to test, the skater must be a Full Member of U.S. Figure Skating.  Please see the membership page for additional information.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio to prepare properly for the test.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Winter II Competition Preparation Lessons

BGSC Tuxedo Invitational | Saturday, March 24, 2018

Registration Form            Online Registration

Lessons to introduce and prepare beginning level skaters for an introductory level skating competition.  The Tuxedo Invitational held locally at the Slater Family Ice Arena hosted by the Bowling Green Skate Club is an opportunity for introductory level skaters to experience a competition at a basic level of skating.  Depending on the skating level, coaches work on preparing elements and developing programs for the skaters to perform and compete.  Parents and skaters will receive guidance through the competition process from registering for the correct event, preparation, and day of competition details.

Skill Levels:

  • Basic 1-6
  • Pre-Free skate and Free skate 1-6
  • Skaters typically compete at the last badge level passed or one level higher.

Competition Events:

> Elements

A series of elements at the skater's level performed in front of the judges and other skaters at the same level.

> Program with music

A program choreographed to music with elements from the skater's level.

Class Schedule

Wednesday: Main Ice
 >  5:00pm - 5:50pm

February 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28 (review day)

Additional Program Details

  • Cost - $50.00 per person (6 week session).
  • Class Includes:
    • 6 weeks of lessons and preparation on the Main Ice
    • Program music & choreography
    • Skill instruction on elements
    • Competition simulation
    • Guidance on how to sign up for the competition
    • Guidance to prepare for the day of competition
    • Coaching at the competition
  • Additional Competition costs (not included in class registration fee):
    • Competition Registration/Event fee(s)
    • Competition attire and accessories
  • A sport helmet is required of all skaters ages 3-7 and strongly recommended for skaters of any age learning new skills.
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate and compete.
  • Registrations accepted on a first come, first serve basis until classes are full in order to keep an appropriate student/instructor ratio.
  • Parents are welcome to watch lessons, but please see that your presence is not distracting to your child's participation or anyone else on the ice.  Parents are not allowed on the ice.

Multiple types of performance opportunities are scheduled for the 2017-2018 season for skaters of varying skill level and interest.  See below for the list of events.  If your skater is interested but not sure about participating, yet, we encourage you to come to the event as a spectator.

Event
 - All events held at the Slater Family Ice Arena unless otherwise noted
Date Time
KidsX on Ice Demonstration
Saturday, September 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Regional Send-Off Exhibition
October 15, 2017
1:00pm - 1:50pm
Plymouth Spooktacular Basic Skills Competition (Plymoth, MI)
Saturday, October 21, 2017 All day
2017 Holiday Exhibition: The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
USFS Test Session
Monday, February 19, 2018
1:30pm - 5:50pm
Tuxedo Invitational Basic Skills Competition Saturday, March 24, 2018 All day