You’re invited to U.S. Figure Skating’s Showcase Extravaganza!
U.S. Figure Skating is thrilled to announce the Showcase Extravaganza, a virtual experience that will provide skaters the opportunity to showcase their programs and receive feedback from officials!
The online experience will take place through the submission of a video of your Showcase programs. Skaters will submit their videos by the deadlines outlined below; skaters may submit one video per deadline. Instructions on how to film and submit your video are attached to this email. Videos will be reviewed by a panel of officials, and skaters will receive both a numerical score & protocol and feedback on the program. As part of their submission fee, skaters will also receive a t-shirt. As you prepare for National Showcase 2021, this is a fantastic opportunity to see how your programs score under the new Component Judging System!
A leaderboard by level and event will be posted on the Showcase program page; the leaderboard will be updated after each deadline to incorporate every skater’s participation.
$50 for the first entry (includes t-shirt)
$25 for subsequent entries
We’re excited to announce some updates to our Learn-To-Skate curriculum this season:
New this season:
ASPIRE Academy is a new, fun class with an individualized approach for skaters who have passed Basic 6 who wish to further pursue figure skating. ASPIRE skaters will also have the option to purchase an introductory U.S. Figure Skating club membership with the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club.
The Aspire program marks the transition from skater to figure skater and teaches athletes of all ages the skills they need to make the most out of their figure skating journey. From tips for practicing on your own to a repeatable off-ice warm-up, resources from the Aspire program will help you become the best skater you can be.
Skaters will learn proper skill development and training techniques while sampling different skating opportunities and fine-tuning their fundamental skating skills.
ASPIRE Academy is ideal for skaters who are not yet members of the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club or working with a private coach, who are interested in getting more involved in figure skating.
Read more about ASPIRE HERE.
The Axel curriculum will be incorporated into both the ASPIRE Academy AND the Power, Edges & Technique class.
The Axel is the first skating jump that requires more than one revolution and is the stepping stone to more complicated double jumps.
Achieving your first, fully-rotated Axel, is a big accomplishment!
Read more about the Axel Club HERE.
Power, Edges & Technique
Power, Edges & Technique is an expanded version of our previous Power and Edges class.
The class, which is now one hour in length, will dedicate time each week to speed drills, edge control, proper body alignment, and will also work on perfecting technique on individual free skating elements such as jumps and spins.
This class is ideal for any skaters who have passed Free Skate 1 and above and are working on U.S. Figure Skating tests.
Parents and Skaters,
We hope you are all well, healthy and safe. We have certainly missed seeing your smiling faces over the course of the past few months. We are happy to announce that we will be resuming Learn-To-Skate classes on Friday July 10.
Of course, we are still in the midst of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as a community and as individuals, so we have implemented the following guidelines to help you navigate the policies and procedures that have been set forth by our local health department, state health department, as well as U.S. Figure Skating and Learn-To-Skate USA,
SUMMER LEARN-TO-SKATE CLASS SCHEDULE:
Fridays – July 10 through August 14 (6 week session)
5–5:30pm – Snowplow 2, Snowplow 3, Snowplow 4, Basic 2
5:30–6pm – Basic 3, Basic 4, Basic 5, Basic 6
6-6:30pm – Pre-Free Skate, Free Skate 1/2, Free Skate 3/4, Free Skate 5/6
Saturdays – July 11 – August 15 (6 week session)
10 – 11am – Power + Edge Class (*Skaters must have passed Pre Free-Skate or higher)
Here is what you need to know about our return-to-the-ice policies for July/August:
Effective July 1, 2020 (until further notice)
CLASS REGISTRATION AND GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION:
- All participants must be pre-registered for class (no walk-up registrations on the day of class). Please consider using our online registration, which can be found on our website.
- Unfortunately, we are NOT able to offer beginner classes for the summer session (Snowplow 1 and Basic 1) In order to reduce the need for contact between instructors/skaters, all participants must be able to skate and get up off the ice without assistance.
- Friday classes (Snowplow Basic, and Free Skate) will be limited to 6 skaters per class. Saturday’s class (Power + Edges) will be limited to 15 skaters. Registration will be first-come, first-served.
INSIDE THE RECREATION CENTER:
- ONE parent will be allowed to accompany each skater to the rink. All skaters are encouraged to come to the rink fully dressed to skate. Jackets, long pants, gloves (and helmets for Snowplow skaters). Per facility guidelines, please do not bring other children to the rink if they are not taking part in a class.
- If a skater needs rental skates, please indicate what size skates your child will need at the time of registration. Our staff will have them ready at the skate rental counter with the skater’s name. One you are finished with class, please leave the skates where you picked them up and a member of our staff will be able to clean them and put them back.
- Our instructors and building staff will be wearing masks for your safety. Skaters are not required to wear masks. Parents in the building are not required to wear masks, but are welcome to do so if they choose.
- All parents must be seated in the designated seating areas in the rink (bleachers) while classes are in session. Please do not congregate by the glass, the entry doors, or in the lobby during lesson time.
ON THE ICE:
- Only skaters who are scheduled to be on the ice for their lesson may be on the ice. Due to distancing requirements, we cannot offer practice ice on the end of the rink at this time.
- Skaters will be lined up by class level and instructor before taking the ice. We will be using only one door (the main door) to enter the ice. This door will be marked Enter Only. The door on the west side of the rink will be the Exit Only door and will be marked as such.
- Please be ON TIME! We ask that skaters arrive approximately 15 minutes before the start of class (but not earlier) to get skates on and get ready. Arriving late disrupts the entire class, especially when we have to work within the parameters of the current safety measures.
- Skaters are permitted to exit the ice to use the restrooms, if necessary, during class, but please refrain from congregating in the lobby/socializing, per facility rules.
How can you challenge yourself this week to achieve your goals? Learn to Skate USA is committed to helping you along your skating and wellness journey.
The Fit-25 challenge, a wellness-themed bingo activity, combines balance, strength, cardio, stretching and overall wellness initiatives in a fun 25-segment challenge. Complete five in a row and earn a bingo. Complete all 25 for a bingo blackout!
The Fit-25 challenge is available in three formats:
- Online via the Learn to Skate USA mobile app (a free benefit of membership)
- On your phone/tablet as a shareable Instagram story-sized graphic
- As a printable full-page PDF
Completing the challenge in the Learn to Skate USA mobile app is the ultimate test, as the only way to earn the Fit-25 badge is by completing all 25 initiatives! Be sure to document your efforts and share them with #LearnToSkateUSA!
Registration for Spring Swizzle 2020 is now open!
All skaters who are enrolled in the Brooklyn Blades on Ice Learn-To-Skate program or the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club are invited to participate!
The cost to register is:
- $20 per Learn-To-Skate Member (or $25 for LTS families)
- $25 per Brooklyn FSC member (or $35 per family)
Forms must be turned in, with payment, to the front cashier’s office no later than Saturday February 29!
You can find a registration form HERE or at the rink’s cashier’s office.
This year’s theme is ‘Back to the 90’s’ – Skaters are encouraged to choose their favorite song from the 90’s to skate to!
All Brooklyn FSC skaters are eligible to skate a solo OR duo. Please keep program lengths no longer than your program length for your highest FREE SKATE test passed!
The show will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at 7:00pm.
We hope to see you all there!
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate National Skating Month with us!
We had a great turnout for our event, and were also featured on WKYC’s morning newscast with reporter Austin Love, who did liveshots to preview our event!
You can check out the coverage on WKYC HERE
Winter break is the perfect time to get in some extra time on the ice!
And you can log your practice time on this snowman – share your results by using the hashtag #LearnToSkateUSA and #SkillBasedSnowman
Join us on Saturday February 29 at 1:00pm as our Brooklyn Blades on Ice Performance Ensemble performs during the first intermission of a Cleveland Monsters Game!
To order tickets using our group discounted rate ($16 per ticket) – fill out THIS FORM and return it to GraceAnn or Elizabeth by January 26
Click HERE to download the skate order for this weekend’s Brooklyn Holiday Exhibition.
Admission is FREE! Remember to invite your friend and family!