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DANCE FOR SKATERS See off ice conditioning tab on the left panel of the home page.  Scroll to bottom for classes with Susan.

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A dance class tailored specifically to Figure Skaters! Figure skating and dance both deal with movement, artistry and  balance. They both require graceful precision and seamless choreography, limb articulation and strong legs for leaps. Ice skaters need to focus more on power and athleticism then a traditional ballet class.Traditional Ballet classes are helpful, however as figure skaters we don't need all the positions and specifics of a traditional class. This Ballet class is designed specifically for us as skaters. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity so we can continue to offer this class. Join your friends and other skaters.



Figure skating is often compared to dance. In dance the piece is paramount not the performer but in figure skating competitions the performer is most important. A well balanced free skating program is achieved through the use of body movements as they relate to a specific musical score. In order to do this, the program components (jumps, spins, and step/spiral sequences) must undergo an organizational process referred to as choreography. In an effort to support your skater in pulling together a program that elicits artistry and confidence, we have partnered with a dance instructor, Susan Soukaseume Neely.  Her teaching and dance experience include Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Three Lakes, Goodman Community Center, along with a degree in dance and choreography. 


Ballet for ice skaters will focus on Port de bras and Épaulement. The literal translation of Port de bras is “carriage of the arms”. The term port de bras has two meanings: (1) A movement or series of movements made by passing the arm or arms through various positions. The passage of the arms from one position to another constitutes a port de bras. (2) A term for a group of exercises designed to make the arms move gracefully and harmoniously. The literal translation of Épaulement is shouldering, a term used to indicate a movement of the torso from the waist upward. This includes the use of the head and shoulders.

In case you're not convinced of the similarities, check out the images of SWFSC skaters vs. professional dancers
      Allison's Charlotte & Kick, Isabel's Spiral, Rosalyn's Bielmann and Maddie's Split Jump
Dance vs Skating