Ballet for Figure Skaters:
Classes no longer
Barre and center work is done stressing body alignment, correct use of
muscles, flexibility, balance, extension and coordination of arms and legs
through movement. Specific exercises are geared toward strengthening the
core as well as ankles, inner thighs and hip flexors.
These classes help teach skaters the importance of posture, technique and
expression in their skating and assists them with small things like breaking
the habit of looking at your feet, and bigger things like teaching you how to
"find your center" (shoulders, hips, and feet in a vertical line) - one of these
most important aspects to skating.
Ballet is not only used to create graceful skaters, but also to avoid
injuries, e.g. Improving turn-out: Turnout, the ability to point your feet
in opposite directions (spread eagles), has to come from the hips joints, *not*
the knees. You can tell if you're doing it right by turning your feet out as
much as you can and then doing a knee-bend (ballet "pliť"). Your knees should
bend along the same direction your feet are pointed. If they're further in, you
need to stretch more. Forcing turnout by twisting your knees is dangerous
because they can be permanently injured!
SAFSA and The Ice Station, as well as most skating clubs and ice rinks around
the world, have created an opportunity for our skaters to attend skater specific
ballet classes in the pursuit of achieving the highest quality of ice skating.
Please take advantage of this.
We are committed to providing quality dance training for ice skaters of all ages
and levels. So that we may do this, please read the following carefully.
Synchro practice outfit
OR stretch dance pants with fitting shirt, socks
instead of ballet shoes are acceptable.
- No baggy sweat shirts or pants -
Please bring a towel for floor exercises.
Students will benefit the most through consistent attendance. There will be no
make-up classes and we will not pro-rate tuition for missed classes.
Classes will begin on time, and you are expected to be ready. Tardiness is
disruptive to both the teacher and the other skaters.
Tiana Stanton via for more information.
Reminder: these classes are for our Synchronized Team Skaters only.
Skaters around the world: