Whether in Norwood or at one of ten greater Boston locations of its Skating Academy, The Skating Club of Boston’s programs provide an all-encompassing skating experience for its members, who can explore any competitive or recreational area that interests them.
Members choose to join the Club based on the many ways they participate in the sport, whether through team programs like Team Excel Synchronized Skating and Theatre On Ice, as individuals (juniors and adults), or as whole families skating together. Learn more about membership here – and keep reading to find out how the Club’s programs support skaters of all ages and abilities.
Skaters looking to learn under the direction of accomplished, professional coaches can request one of the Club’s On-Ice Professionals to join them on the ice for private lessons. Selecting a coach for you or your child is an important process – click here to learn more about choosing the right coach.
The Skating Club of Boston also offers practice ice for singles, pairs, and ice dance at all levels and ages, from beginners who have not yet passed a U.S. Figure Skating test to senior athletes. Any skaters with a U.S. Figure Skating membership are welcome to practice during any session that is appropriate to their abilities.
HP1240: High-Performance Free Skating and Pairs Program
The Club’s High Performance Program is open to every member with skating privileges at the Club’s main location – Boston throughout 2019, and Norwood in 2020. The program is designed to enhance the Club’s current training environment for skaters at all test levels, and includes every figure skating discipline, both competitively and recreationally.
HP1240 defines “high performance” by a skater’s attitude and approach, rather than his or her test level, discipline of choice, or placement in competition. HP1240 skaters will benefit greatly from Norwood’s expanded off-ice training opportunities, which will include a large dance center, as well as the substantial Micheli Center at The Skating Club of Boston, designed to the specifications of sports and wellness professionals and supported by all the resources the Micheli Center – For Sports Injury Prevention has to offer.
Simon Shnapir, Director of the HP1240 Program, is a two-time U.S. Pair Champion and a 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist. Simon knows what attitude, dedication and commitment mean to the success of each skater, based on his own experiences as a national, international and Olympic competitor. He brings this full understanding into every aspect of the program.
Known as “Ballet on Ice” in Europe, Theatre On Ice is a form of competitive figure skating for teams of 8-30 skaters that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. With support from U.S. Figure Skating, Theater On Ice is growing in popularity throughout the country.
The Skating Club proudly supports six competitive Theatre On Ice of Boston teams, whose skaters bring together their love of figure skating and on-ice performance through this discipline: Forte of Boston (Senior), Act I of Boston (Junior), Encore of Boston (Novice), Center Stage of Boston (Preliminary), Imagica of Boston (Adult), and Overture of Boston (Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating).
By focusing on skating skills and team building, many Club teams have medaled both internationally and nationally over the years, and several teams hold national titles. In April of 2019, four Theatre On Ice teams will represent The Skating Club of Boston® and the United States at Nations Cup in Epinal, France.
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform together in unison and uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance. This discipline is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.
The Skating Club of Boston is home to Team Excel Synchronized Skating, its affiliated organization. Comprised of twelve competitive teams ranging from beginner through adult levels, the Club supports Team Excel’s mission to promote the emerging discipline of synchronized skating, and to prepare high-quality synchronized skating teams for national and international competition.
Open to both members and general public, the Club offers in-depth instruction several times a year on subjects important to the figure skating community. Classes and seminars are delivered by Club coaches, world-renowned skaters, professional dancers, choreographers and other non-skating professionals, to help each participant grow as a skater and performer. Previous topics have included an exploration of figures, what it means to become the “total package” as a champion both on and off the ice, modern choreography using today’s dance movements, introduction to adaptive skating, and more.
The Club’s Skating Academy is New England’s premier skating school, offering instruction and small group lessons to children and adults at 10 greater Boston campuses. Based on the Learn to Skate USA curriculum endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey, this program emphasizes correct technique, promotes health and wellness, encourages further pursuit of the sport, and fulfills the Academy’s goal of providing a fun, high-quality skating experience.
The Skating Academy is open to the general public, as well as Club members, and is staffed by accredited U.S. Figure Skating instructors, who are supported by teaching assistants in each class. Class techniques provide a foundation for both figure skaters and hockey players.
Managed by the Club’s Skating Academy, the Therapeutic Skating program supports children and young adults with disabilities by providing a specialized skating experience based on U.S. Figure Skating curricula. Open to children over the age of four, this adaptive program enables participants to learn basic skills and experience the joy of the sport.
The program is tailored to each participant’s needs and begins with one-on-one staff introductions. With time, individual lessons may progress to group classes and even to taking part in the Overture of Boston, the Theatre On Ice team designed for this particular program. With increased ice time in Norwood, the Club looks forward to expanding the reach of the Therapeutic Skating program.
Junior Activities Committee
Open to Club members between the ages of 13 and 19, the Junior Activities Committee encourages leadership activities and teaches life skills to young adult skaters. Committee members have developed a skate donation program for the Skating in Schools initiative, as well as a resale program of used skating costumes to benefit Cradles to Crayons, and have developed fun social events that foster camaraderie and friendship within The Skating Club of Boston’s youth community.
Created by the Club’s thriving community of adult skaters, the newly-formed Adult Community Activities Committee gives adult skaters an opportunity to come together around skating, social and fundraising events that appeal specifically to this group. Recent and upcoming events include the Adult Skills Boot Camp, send-off for the U.S. Championship, Adult Eastern Sectionals Competition, Adult U.S. Championships, practice for and performance of the Ice Chips Show, the Club Awards Banquet, and more.
Skating is a beautiful way to raise awareness and funds for organizations that need support. Talented Club skaters at all skill levels have generously donated their time to performances that have benefited The Salvation Army, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Children’s Hospital Boston, Make a Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Treatment, and the Wounded Warriors Program. A portion of revenues from the Club’s annual Ice Chips Show of Champions performance – the longest running club-produced show in the world – goes to support different nonprofit organizations each year.
Club members also raised more than $160,000 at the end of 2017 for the Scott Hamilton Foundation through its Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer Program; the Club’s Sk8 to Elimin8 event raised more for the Foundation than any previous event, to date.
The Skating Club of Boston® remains committed to community service in the coming years, throughout its transition to Norwood and beyond.