The Bridge Program, offered by Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club, is designed to teach skating skills in a group lesson environment and to help skaters transition from Learn to Skate to the next level of skating. In addition, skaters can earn Basic Skills patches in Freeskate and Ice Dance.
Participating skaters should be a member of U.S. Figure Skating, either as a current Basic Skills member or full TCFSC member. A one-year 'introductory' club membership category is available to help families make the transition to club membership. This provides skaters eligibility, when they are ready, to test their first USFS tests.
The Thomas Creek Ice Arena's Learn to Skate programs, offered by the Thomas Creek Ice Arena, provide instruction to skaters from ages 4 to adult, beginner through advanced. All classes are held on ice dedicated to Learn to Skate programs' participants only. As a bonus many figure skaters from TCFSC donate their time to help with this program. Thomas Creek Ice Arena offers the following Learn to Skate programs:
United States Figure Skating Association Basic Skills
The program is designed to lead participants through progressive levels of skating ability to achieve consistently excellent results. Students are grouped by level and ability. Snowplow Sam and Basic 1 - 8 include a 20- minute group lesson and practice time.Testing is on the last day of each session.
Artistry in Motion & Freeskate
The program is designed to educate skaters on the basic principles and philosophy of choreography and style while earning freeskate badges. The program will give them a foundation in basic body alignment, movement and line and the basic principles of how to put together a competitive program to music for competitions. Skaters must pass Basic 4 before enrolling in AIM & FS.
To enroll in one of the Learn to Skate programs, or for more information, please visit www.tcice.com/learntoskate.
Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club has highly qualified coaches. Our approved professional skating coaches are listed on the club’s website on the Coaches' page. Skaters may arrange for private lessons with approved coaches. Fees vary, but are approximately $15 for a 15-minute individual lesson, or around $30 for a half hour.
If you would like to contact one of the coaches to arrange for private lessons, please use the contact information listed on the Coaches' page.
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. In the US, there are 14 different levels of teams, based on age and skills of the team members. This season, Mirror Images has 6 teams - SynchroSkills, Pre-Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Open Collegiate, and Open Masters The teams practice several days a week - Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.
Competitions and ice shows keep the Mirror Images teams busy from December to early April. During the season, the teams participate in 3-5 competitions throughout New York State and travel out-of-state for larger events such as the Colonial Classic in Massachusetts, the Reflections Synchro Invitational in Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships. The team also participates in local exhibitions throughout the season.
Mirror Images welcomes new members, of all ages and abilities. If you missed one of our tryout sessions, please email our general manager Sue Jasie to schedule an alternate time to meet with the Coach. Skaters should have passed USFS Basic 6. We are also looking for collegiate and adult skaters to form competitive teams in the Rochester area. Again, please email the general manager if you are interested in joining a team at one of these levels. We are looking for students at local colleges to assist us in recruiting skaters on campus to form a united Rochester team.
For more information about Mirror Images Synchronized Skating Teams please visit www.mirrorimagessynch.com.