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 recreational 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.   

COVID-19 policies supersede other specific facility or program policies.  Please visit the Slater Family Ice Arena Coronavirus page for specific details.

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.

Curriculum designed to cover Pre-Free Skate/Free Skate levels through advanced figure skating test levels, including USFS ASPIRE programming. Encompasses the fundamentals of learning to jump and spin through doubles and beyond while also focusing on skating skills and elements from Moves in the Field. Skaters practice their skills and develop artistic choreography while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions.

Details:
  • 50-min class held on the Main ice
  • Skill Level: Pre-Free Skate through advanced figure skating test levels. (Must have passed Basic 6.)
    • Must have passed Basic 6
    • Pre-Free Skate
    • Free Skate 1 - 6
    • Pre-Preliminary - Senior
  • Skill levels broken into groups.
  • All skaters must obtain LTS USA Membership or BGSC USFS for the 2020 - 2021 season.
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

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

Skaters ages 14 and older beginning at Basic/Adult 3 up through advanced figure skating test levels.  TEENS AND COLLEGIATE SKATERS WELCOME! A range of disciplines will covered including skills from Moves in the Field, Free Skate, and Ice Dance; as artistic choreographic exercises.  All skills will be put into action while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions (for those who wish).

Details:
  • 50-min class held on the Main ice
  • Skill Level: Basic/Adult 3 through advanced figure skating test levels
    • Skaters must have passed Adult 2 or Basic 2
    • Adult 3 - 6
    • Pre-Preliminary - Senior
    • Introduction to additional disciplines
  • Class for Advanced Teens*, Collegiate, & Adult ages 14+
  • Off-ice class time included
  • All skaters must obtain LTS USA Membership or BGSC USFS for the 2020 - 2021 season.
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

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

On-ice curriculum includes USFS ASPIRE programming and follows a rotating schedule each week incorporating the following disciplines and elements: Jumps, Moves in the Field, Spins, and Dance.  An on-ice conditioning class is also included.  Skaters practice their skills and develop artistic choreography while preparing group programs performed at seasonal exhibitions.

Saturday: Times based on skill groups below

       8:00 – 8:40am      Axels and above
       8:40 – 9:10am      On-Ice Conditioning Class – All levels
       9:10 – 9:50am      B3 – working on Axels

Details:
  • 70-min on-ice lesson including skills & conditioning
    • 40-mintues of class time within their skills group and an additional 30-mintues of on-ice conditioning.
  • Skill Levels: 8:00am | Axels and above, 8:40am | B3 – working on Axels
    • 8:00am | Twizzles: Landing Axel jumps and higher
    • 8:40am | Edges: Pre-Free Skate badge - working on Axel jumps
    • 8:40am | Swizzles: Basic 3 - Basic 6 badges
  • Off-ice class time included
  • All skaters must obtain LTS USA Membership or BGSC USFS for the 2020 - 2021 season.
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

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

This class is part of the Twizzle & Swizzle class OR can be taken as a stand-alone class. Conditioning is an important component to skill development, in addition to the general health and wellness of skaters all ages and skill levels.  Conditioning ON THE ICE is a unique way to incorporate having fun skating while working up a sweat!

Details:
  • 30-min class held on the Main ice
  • Included in Twizzles & Swizzle class registration
  • Skill Level: Must have passed Basic/Adult 3
  • Off-ice class time included
  • All skaters must obtain LTS USA Membership or BGSC USFS for the 2020 - 2021 season.
Sessions:
  • Fall I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Fall II - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter I - 6 weeks, $70.00
  • Winter II - 6 weeks, $70.00

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

A huge thank you goes to two-time National Champion, Alissa Czisny, for joining us a special guest coach for the entire week of camp!  We look forward to seeing you at future camps!

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19, 2019
8:00am - 1:00pm
Cost:
  • $250.00 - Full Week
Skill Levels:
  • Landing Axels and above
  • Pre-Free Skate - Free Skate 6
  • Basic 3 - Basic 6
Schedule:
Time Activity
8:00am Skater drop off
8:15am - 8:45am Off ice warm up (all groups)
9:00am - 9:50am On-ice or off-ice session - based on group rotation
10:00am - 10:50am On-ice or off-ice session - based on group rotation
11:00am - 11:50am On-ice or off-ice session - based on group rotation
11:50am- 12:20pm Lunch break for all skaters
12:20pm - 12:50pm Full group activity
1:00pm Skater pick up
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
  • Notebook

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 8, 2019 | 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.  An additional Beginner Group class has also been added during the Fall II session as part of the Nutcracker.

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
    • Group TBD
  • Advanced Figure Skating Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:50pm
    • For all skaters working on all Freestyle levels
    • Group TBD
  • 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, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    • For adults working on Adult 3/Basic 3 or higher
    • Party guests
  • Teen Night Sunday, 5:30 - 6:20pm
    • For age 13+ working on Basic 3 and higher
    • Group TBD
  • 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.
  • Participants will not be added to any classes after Week 2 of the Fall II session classes.
  • Full Cast Rehearsals:
    • Saturday, November 23 | 12:00pm - 2:50pm
    • Saturday, December 7 | 12:00pm - 3:50pm
  • 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 8, 2019 | 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.
  • Please continue to check back for additional updates.
 

Holiday Exhibition Group

Additional weekly class 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 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24

Details:
  • $25.00/6 week session
  • 6 week sessions, 50-minute classes on the Multi-Purpose Ice
  • Additional full cast rehearsals held:
    • Saturdays: November 23 and December 7
  • 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 15, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:50pm
*Skaters will be broken down by skill level into 1-hour sessions.

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 ONLINE

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

Wednesday, 5:00pm - 5:50pm
February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

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 28, 2020
Bowling Green, OH

Saturday, April 18, 2020 

The Slater Family Ice Arena and Bowling Green Skate Club are teaming up with Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer and the Scott Hamiltons CARES Foundation once again.  Skaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate!  You or your skater can take part in the On-Ice Celebration exhibition through signing up for one or more of the Winter II group classes below.  Winter II programming will consist of preparing programs for the On-Ice Celebration in addition to continued instruction.  An additional Beginner Group class has also been added during the Winter II session as part of Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer programming.

Learn how to participate:

Sign up for one of the classes below to skate in the On-Ice Celebration for Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer!

See additional Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer participation information.  Each group member is asked to register with Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer BG and work towards fundraising $100.00.

  • Beginner Exhibition Group Sunday, 1:00 - 1:50pm
    • Snowplow Sam & Basic badges
  • Basic Booster Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    • For skaters working on Basic 2 - 6
  • Advanced Figure Skating Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:50pm
    • For all skaters working on all Freestyle levels
  • Twizzle, Swizzles & Artistry! Saturday, 8:00 - 9:50am
    • For the advancing figure skater from Basic 3 through all Freestyle levels
    • 8:00am class
    • 8:40am class 
  • Advanced Adults Sunday, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    • For adults working on Adult 3/Basic 3 or higher
  • Teen Night Sunday, 5:30 - 6:20pm
    • For ages 13+ working on Basic 3 and higher

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.
  • Participants will not be added to any classes after Week 2 of the Winter II session classes.
  • 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:

Saturday, April 18, 2020
  • Skaters will be asked to arrive early the day of the exhibition.  A detailed timeline will be communicated closer to the event.
  • Please continue to check back for additional updates.
 

Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer Beginner Exhibition Group

An additional weekly class to prepare a group program included in the S8 to Elimin8 Cancer On-Ice Celebration Exhibition on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

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

Sunday, 1:00pm - 1:50pm
February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Details:
  • $25.00/6 week session
  • 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.

Spring Exhibition and BGSC End of the Season Party

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 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 8, 2019 | 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, April 18, 2020

On-Ice Celebration Exhibition
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.