Figure Skating

Whether your skater is looking to get involved with figure skating or is already an accomplished figure skater there are various options to participate in at the Slater Family Ice Arena.  Figure skating programming is offered beginning at Basic 3 skill levels up through Senior/Gold levels of U.S. Figure Skating testing.

If your skater is new to skating and would like to pursue figure skating, the best place to start is the Learn to Skate (LTS) program to build a foundation of skills first. If your skater wishes to pursue figure skating, joining the Bowling Green Skate Club (BGSC) is a great way to get involved and stay up to date with the latest activities and events offered to figure skaters. There is also a Bowling Green State University Figure Skating Club for college students wishing to continue their skating either recreationaly or competitively.

Drop In Sessions

Drop-in sessions to practice and schedule private lessons are offered on a weekly basis.  It is recommended for skaters to be at the Basic 4 skill level or above.  Private lessons are coordinated directly with the coaches.   

Figure Skating Programming

Figure Skating classes 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, Moves in the Field, and Ice Dance disciplines.  Stroking, edges, turns, jumps, spins, footwork, and patterns are covered at all skill levels from Basic 3 through Senior/Gold test levels. Skaters will also spend time putting their skills together preparing a group program for inclusion in exhibitions held throughout the season during some sessions.

  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.

Pick up after graduating Basic 6 with Pre-Free Skate and Free Skate 1-6 badges.  Great for figure skaters expanding their ability beyond the Basic Badges.  This class covers the fundamentals of learning to jump and spin all the way through axels and combination spins as well as elements from Moves in the Field.

Skill Levels:
  • Must have passed Basic 6
  • Pre-Free Skate
  • Free Skate 1 - 6
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Spring  - 5 weeks, $92.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

For adults wishing to continue after Adult 2 and expand their skating ability and knowledge.  A range of disciplines will be covered including Moves in the Field skills, Free Skate skills, and Ice Dance skills.

Skill level
  • Skaters must have passed Adult 2 or Basic 2
  • Adult 3 - 6
  • Introduction to additional disciplines
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Spring  - 5 weeks, $60.00
    (Note: 30-minute class)

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

A faster paced, comprehensive group lesson setting for the advancing Figure Skater.  The on-ice curriculum follows a rotating schedule including the following disciplines and elements: Jumps, Spins, Footwork, Moves in the Field, Dance,and Artistry.  Each group will receive 40-minutes of class 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!

Skill level
  • Twizzles: Landing Axel jumps and higher
  • Edges: Pre-Free Skate badge - working on Axel jumps
  • Swizzles: Basic 3 - Basic 6 badges
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $150.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $150.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $150.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $150.00
  • Spring  - 5 weeks, $125.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

A specialty class emphasizing quality edge work. Edges, turns, and patterns from Moves in the Field tests will be broken down and isolated to focus on improving key components from the tests and overall quality of skating skills.

Skill level
  • Skaters must be working on the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Test at a minimum.
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $110.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $110.00

*10% off registration fee when signing up for any two or more classes per session, per skater

We are excited to announce that two-time National Champion, Alissa Czisny will be a special guest coach for the entire week of camp!

Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn from a local star!  Alissa has traveled and competed around the world and is now sharing her knowledge, skill, and experience with a new generation of skaters.

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
8:00am - 1:00pm
Cost:
  • $200.00 - Full Week
Skill Levels:
  • Landing Axels and above
  • Pre-Free Skate - Free Skate 6
  • Basic 3 - Basic 6
Including:
  • On-Ice Instruction
  • Off-Ice Instruction
Details:
  • Please drop skaters off at designated time so all participants can start activities together.
  • There will be a designated lunch time.  Skaters are responsible for their own lunch.
  • All skaters must have current LTS USA membership or USFS membership.
Please Remember to Bring:
  • Skates
  • Tennis Shoes & Socks
  • Gym Clothes
  • Jump Rope
  • Yoga Mat
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Snacks or lunch
  • Water
  • Warm layers & gloves

Arts on Ice Programming

Arts on Ice (AOI) is a series of Figure Skating classes comprising of general artistic classes, preparation for Competitions, and Exhibitions.  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 emphasize the creative process and development of expression through body movement on the ice.   

  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 2:00 P.M.

The Slater Family Ice Arena and Bowling Green Skate Club will be presenting the Nutcracker on Ice once again this holiday season.  Skaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate!  You or your skater can take part in the Nutcracker holiday exhibition through signing up for one or more of the Fall II group classes below.  Fall II programming will consist of preparing programs for the Nutcracker in addition to continued instruction.  Two additional classes have also been added during the Fall II session as part of the Nutcracker - Beginner and Advanced Holiday Group classes.

Learn how to participate:

Sign up for one of the classes below to skate in the Nutcracker!
  • Beginner Holiday Exhibition Group Sunday, 1:00 - 1:50pm
    • Snowplow Sam & Basic badges
    • Mice and Soldiers
  • Basic Booster Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    • For skaters working on Basic 2 - 6
    • Marzipan Candies
  • Advanced Holiday Exhibition Group Thursday, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    • Free Skate badges and above
    • Russian Dancers
  • Advanced Figure Skating Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:50pm
    • For all skaters working on all Freestyle levels
    • Arabian, Spanish, and Chinese Dancers
  • Twizzle, Swizzles & Artistry! Saturday, 8:00 - 9:50am
    • For the advancing figure skater from Basic 3 through all Freestyle levels
    • 8:00am class - Snowflakes
    • 8:40am class - Polichinelles (Mother Ginger kids)
  • Advanced Adults Sunday, 5:30 - 6:20pm
    • For adults working on Adult 3/Basic 3 or higher
    • Party guests & Waltz of the Flowers
  • All groups will be in the Waltz of the Flowers Finale

Additional Details:

  • Attendance at each weekly practice and both full cast rehearsals is mandatory in order for the skater(s) to prepare. If a practice must be missed, a coach must be notified in advance.
  • Full Cast Rehearsals:
    • Saturday, December 1 | 12:00pm - 2:50pm
    • Saturday, December 8 | 12:00pm - 2:50pm
  • All participants will be required to provide base layers to costumes.  Additional costume pieces will be provided.
  • All participants must be members of either; Learn to Skate USA or the Bowling Green Skate Club

Exhibition Day:

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 2:00pm
  • Skaters will be asked to arrive early the day of the exhibition.  A detailed timeline will be communicated closer to the event.
  • All admission is free for the Nutcracker on Ice exhibition.
  • There will be a Public Skate after the exhibition from 3:30pm - 5:20pm on the Main ice.  Regular admission fees apply.
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Holiday Exhibition Groups

Additional weekly classes to specifically prepare programs for the Nutcracker Holiday exhibition.

Beginner Skill level
  • Snowplow Sam 2-4 and Basic 1-6
Session:

Sunday, 1:00pm - 1:50pm
October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2

Advanced Skill level
  • For all skaters working on Freestyle levels
Session:

Thursday, 6:00pm - 6:50pm
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 26, December 6

Details:
  • $25.00/6 week session (each class)
  • 6 week sessions, 50-minute classes on the Multi-Purpose Ice
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.

Competition Preparation Clinic

Is your skater interested in competing?

FREE Basic Skills Competition Clinic for skaters working on Snowplow Sam 3-4 or Basic 2-6 with Learn to Skate USA membership! Offered by the Bowling Green Skate Club (BGSC).

Saturday, February 16 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
*Skaters will be broken down by skill level into 1-hour sessions.

REGISTRATION FORM
Turn in to the BGSC directly

Learn what participating in a Basic Skills Competition is all about! Skaters beginning at the Snowplow Sam and Basic badge levels can compete! Local US Figure Skating Judges, Jary and Roselinde Crandall, will be instructing the workshop and introducing how competitions work for the Basic levels. A Parent’s Question and Answer Session will be held in the stands at the same time the skaters are on the ice. Registration required. Once your skater is registered you will be notified which hour to attend.

If your skater decides to compete, take the Competition Preparation class listed below. The class will help walk both skaters and parents through the competition process. It is highly recommended that the skater also practice outside of the class

Competition Preparation Class

The class will help skaters prepare elements and develop programs for the Tuxedo Invitational, a Basic Skills Competition hosted by the Bowling Green Skate Club held at the Slater Family Ice Arena. Parents and skaters will receive guidance through the competition process including registering for events, preparation, and competition day. Competition registration is separate from the class.

CLASS REGISTRATION FORM
        CLASS REGISTRATION ONLINE

Skill levels
  • Snowplow Sam 3-4 and Basic 2-6
Session:

Wednesday, 5:00pm - 5:50pm
February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April3

Class Details:
  • $50.00
  • 6 week session, 50-minute classes on the Main Ice
  • All skaters must have Learn to Skate USA membership to participate.
Competition Details:
Tuxedo Invitational | March 30, 2019
Bowling Green, OH

Spring Exhibition and BGSC End of the Season Party

Saturday, May 11 | 2:00PM

Slater Family Ice Arena program participants and Bowling Green Skate Club members are invited to participate in the Spring Exhibition on May 11.  Skaters can participate in a group program beginning at Basic 2 through Senior level Free Skate.  A limited number of solos are available for skaters who have passed the Pre-Free Skate badge through the Senior Free Skate test.

Register Online                 Registration Form

Solo Information
  • Must have at least passed the Pre-Free Skate badge or Preliminary Free Skate test or higher
  • Registration required - $15.00
  • Limited spots available determined by order of registration
  • Only one performance per skater (excluding group programs)
  • Maximum 2:00 minute program length
Group Information

Spring Exhibition Beginner Group

An additional weekly class to prepare a program for the 2019 Spring exhibition on Saturday, May 11.

Beginner Skill level
  • Basic 2 - 6
Class:

Thursday, 6:00pm - 6:50pm
April 11, 18, 25, 5/2, 9

Details:
  • $25.00/5 week session
  • 5 week session, 50-minute class on the Multi-Purpose Ice
  • Spring 2019 Exhibition - Saturday, May 11
  • All skaters must obtain the appropriate level of membership corresponding to their skill level to participate.

Skaters participating in the Spring session of the Saturday morning Twizzles, Swizzles, and Artistry class will also work on preparing a group program to perform during the Spring Exhibition.

Twizzles Skill Group | 8:40am - 9:50am
For skaters tested at Preliminary Free Skate or above.

Edges & Swizzles Skill Groups | 8:00am - 9:10am
For skaters tested at Basic 3 - Pre Preliminary Free Skate.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 2:00 P.M.

  • Admission is free for the Nutcracker on Ice exhibition.
  • There will be a Public Skate after the exhibition from 3:30pm - 5:20pm on the Main ice.  Regular admission fees apply.
  • Please continue to check back for additional updates.
 

Saturday, February 9, 2018

On-Ice Celebration Exhibition
4:00PM-5:30PM
Slater Family Ice Arena

Visit the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer webpage for more information.

Saturday, May 11 | 2:00 P.M.

  • Admission is free for the Spring exhibition.
  • Please continue to check back for additional updates.
 

BGSU Courses

PEG 2600 Basic Ice Skating classes are offered at BGSU through the School of Human Movement, Sport & Leisure Studies (HMSLS). For more information visit the HMSLS web site or Schedule of Classes.