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What is a Figure Skating Training Center?

What is a Figure Skating Training Center?
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annabellejoelQuestion: What is a Figure Skating Training Center?

Answer: A figure skating training center is more than just an ordinary ice skating rink. It is a place where many hours are devoted to figure skating. Usually, figure skating training centers have at least two to three sheets of ice, elite ice skating coaches, top figure skaters, off-ice training, and special programs geared towards creating figure skating champions.

The programs at figure skating training centers are designed to meet the needs of first time figure skating competitors, intermediate and advanced figure skaters, and national, world, and Olympic ice skating champions. There may be weight training, fitness rooms, and ballet and dance studios. Figure skaters experience comprehensive training in one place. Prominent and famous ice skating coaches draw skaters to the facility. Sometimes important figure skating events or competitions are held at figure skating training centers.

Most figure skating training centers offer some group ice skating lessons and public skating geared towards beginning and recreational ice skaters, but some ice skating training centers only focus on the experienced athlete. There are usually many hours devoted to freestyle practice sessions, ice dancing, and pair skating. Practice sessions may be divided by figure skating level. Jump harnesses, video and/or Darthfish videographhy may also be available. Power skating classes and off-ice conditioning classes are offered. Sometimes, specialty ice skating classes, programs, seminars, or figure skating workshops, are held.

One of the most famous figure skating training centers in the world is the Colorado Springs World Arena Ice Hall. Some other figure skating training centers include University of Delaware’s Ice Skating Science Development Center, the International Skating Center of Connecticut, and the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Figure skating training centers are not for everyone. Some of the practice sessions at a training center can be very busy and full. Ice time and private lessons may have to be reserved and set up way in advance. Also, the highly intense and competitive atmosphere may not be suitable for recreational skaters, young children, or adults.

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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