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Learn To Skate Newsletter - December 2022



With the Holiday Season well underway, we are counting our blessings! This month we celebrate the successes from the most recent learn to skate session!! We are looking forward to the Holiday Show, the next Learn to Skate session, and all the time shared on the ice with all of YOU!

 

Test Corner


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR YOUR HARD WORK!!







Chenyue Katina Hui passed Snowplow Sam 2


















Martin & Matthew Li passed Basic 1











Nora Landry, Lily Landry, Lilith Murphy, & ling Fei passed Basic 2













Delaney Sonnier & Jenna Nussbaumer passed Basic 4












Marissa Penn & Evelyn Mason passed Basic 5










Eleanora Carriker passed Basic 6













 

News


Holiday Show




The annual Holiday Show is almost here!!!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 18 at 3:30 pm. Please come enjoy an incredible day of fun at the rink, and support your fellow skaters!

We hope to see you all in attendance!!








Next Learn to Skate Session


The next Learn To Skate Session will begin Monday January 9, 2023

The session will span 12 weeks and the last day of the session is Monday April 3, 2023.

The sessions begin promptly at 6 pm and end each night at 7 pm.

For more information or to sign up, use the following link:






 

Parent Connection


The Benefits of Ice Skating for Kids


They extend beyond physical fitness.


Whether it’s winter or summer, ice skating is a fun sport that children can do year-round. It’s also a sport they can enjoy throughout their lives. The stability, control, strength and endurance involved in ice skating, either competitively or recreationally, gives kids a way to be physically fit and appreciate an active lifestyle while having fun. It improves posture, balance, flexibility and coordination and enhances muscle strength and endurance. Overlooked Benefits But the benefits of ice skating extend beyond physical fitness. It teaches kids goal setting and the pursuit of excellence, and it gives children a higher level of self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life. Children learn to manage stress and perform under pressure, and they learn how to manage failure and how it feels to be successful. They also learn good sportsmanship while developing social skills and make bonding friendships. And all of these things can help them perform better in school. Whether your child is interested in skating recreationally or pursuing competitive skating, ice skating classes will teach your child the correct techniques to make sure they are skating correctly, which will help them avoid forming bad habits that could lead to injury. Many rinks have group, private and semi-private lessons for children of all ages, abilities and goals. Even toddlers can start skating, usually with double-bladed skates for better balance. Options Once skaters learn the basics, they can move on to figure, pair or synchronized skating or ice dancing if they are interested in formal competition. Figure skating involves short or long choreographed programs where skaters are judged on appearance, showmanship and ability; pairs skating has two skaters perform choreographed programs that include lifts and throws; synchronized skating has teams of multiple skaters perform a synchronized routine; and ice dancing is the interpretation of dance and theater on the ice. Skating skills can also extend to speed skating and ice hockey.



 



In Skating This Month


‘Her eyes would obliterate you’: Bold Isabeau Levito faces skating idol at Grand Prix Final



The highlight of Isabeau Levito’s season so far came at Skate America in October.

It wasn’t the silver medal Levito won there, in her debut on figure skating’s senior Grand Prix circuit.

It was meeting the reigning world champion – and 2022 Skate America winner – Kaori Sakamoto of Japan.

“She is one of my idols,” Levito said of Sakamoto, who is also the 2022 Olympic bronze medalist. “Right before her long program at worlds, you could see she was determined and strong and fierce. Her eyes would obliterate you.

“That look and that fierceness and determination. . .I admire it so much, and I hope to have it someday.”

At only 15, Levito already belies her delicacy of movement on the ice with such powerful determination to reach her aspirations that she gets to meet Sakamoto again this week at the Grand Prix Final in Torino, Italy, where the senior women’s event begins Friday.



 

Quote



“I just try to touch people’s hearts in a way through skating, so they’re not just witnessing a performance, they’re feeling a performance and they’re a part of it.”

– Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist.


 

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