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STARSkate Off-Ice Classes

SMSC offers a number of off-ice classes that supplement and enhance on-ice learning. Each class has been specifically designed for the specialized needs of figure skaters.

When designing our schedule, we coordinate our off-ice classed with our on-ice sessions, to allow our skaters to benefit from the learning opportunities offered by our experienced off-ice instructors.

This year, for health and safety reason, all off-ice classes will be online.

Core Balance with Rachel

Rachel Cates is a fitness professional working in the industry for the past 25 years. She has been running programs for competitive athletes specializing in off-ice for over 15 years. Rachel has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and has managed several fitness centers and taught many early childhood fitness programs. She is a Canfitpro certified personal trainer and a former instructor of the canfitpro personal training course at Georgian College. This course includes training in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, and nutrition.

Being a former competitive gymnast has helped Rachel to design programs that will improve athletic performance by developing core strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.

This class combines deep core strengthening with stretching, coordination, control, and balance to help the athlete improve in all aspects of their skating.

The key to injury prevention is proper strengthening and stretching of the muscles associated with on-ice training. Core Balance includes proper strengthening of the core and balance techniques specific to figure skaters as well as a 10 minute full body stretch at the end of each session. This combination of strength training, stretching, and balance will lead to improved posture both on and off ice.

Skaters will need to have an exercise mat with them for this class.

Dance and Body Movement with Jenny

Jenny is a performer, teacher and choreographer from the UK where she trained at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. After graduating, she took her first professional contracts dancing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines before making the move to Canada in 2010.

Select credits include: Iris Kelly in Fame, Amy March in Little Women (First Act Pro.) and Ensemble/Dance Captain in The Wedding Singer (Curtain Call Players). Choreography credits include: Beauty and The Beast and Dick Wittington (The Nags), Anne of Green Gables (ACTCO Winner – Best Choreography) and Footloose (Oshawa Little Theatre). And most recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Theatre Unlimited which will hopefully make it to the stage in 2021.

Jenny is the proud owner of First Position Dance Academy which has recently moved locations to Mississauga. @fpdance.portcredit | www.fpdance.ca

Using the quality of movement from Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary, students will explore how to use their bodies for better musicality, body strength, flexibility and dance expression.

Wear form fitting clothes suitable for movement e.g. tights, leggings, leotards, tank tops. Dance shoes such as ballet or jazz shoes are preferred OR bare feet on hard floors/socks for carpet.

Have a chair/table close by to use as a ballet barre (needed for balance), a yoga block (Or cushion if you don’t have one). Notebook and pen (Senior Students only).

Active Flexibilty with Ally

Ally Hornsby skated with SMFSC from the start of CanSkate up to her Competitive Skating years. She then went on to become a professional show skater and was lucky enough to tour the world and see more than 40 countries. On tour, she found a new love for the aerial and circus arts. Since then, she's become a professional aerialist performing internationally and currently trains part time in Montreal with international circus coaches. She coaches aerial hoop and flying trapeze as well as performing them and contortion type floor acts.

Please also follow Ally @allyhornsby73 on her way flexibility training.

This class will focus on active flexibility for skaters. Active flexibility will help skaters with their field moves and spin positions. This is important for skaters because it is the difference between holding a spiral in a full split position with the assistance of your hand and holding the same spiral with no assistance of the hand. With proper strengthening and stretching, skaters flexibility will improve to ensure optimum on ice performance and aid in injury prevention. Areas of the body we will concentrate on are core/back, hips and legs.

Strength and Conditioning with Stephanie

Stephanie Hansuld has her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching Physical Education for the Peel District School Board for more than 25 years. She has her Fitness Instructor Specialist through CanFitPro and is certified in Zumba, Zumba Step and Strong by Zumba. Stephanie has completed both the Respect in Sport and Risk Management courses. She has her level one artistic gymnastics coaching certification, NCCP certification, as well as both first aid and CPR qualifications. Stephanie has been involved with coaching and teaching young athletes for more than 20 years. She was a member of the 1988 Canadian Olympic Field Hockey squad and in 2012 was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.

Core strength and plyometric strength requirements for figure skating are significant, and at some point, a skater needs to build strength beyond what he or she naturally has. By participating in this off-ice training program, skaters will progress their on-ice skills at a faster pace and be able to handle the strength demands of jumping, spinning and longer programs. Strength also creates power and can improve endurance, and is the number one necessity for a skater to improve and become consistent.

The equipment used will consist of: Hand weights (5-8 lbs. recommended senior level, 3-5 lbs. intermediate/junior level), exercise bands or tubing, a stability ball and a yoga matt.

Jump with Susan

Susan has been with SMSC for three years now as a base coach and prior to this was a competitive coach in Kitcheber Waterloo, the Kingston Area and in B.C. She graduated from the Figure Skating Coaching Techniques program at Seneca College where she developed a love for not only training athletes on ice, but off ice. Susan continually upgrades her knowledge of energy systems, strength training, jump techniques, athlete nutrition and the Long Term Athlete Development Module (LTAD), but her favourite off ice classes to teach are strength training and off ice jump.

Jump classes are a fun combination of exercises that train jump height, rotation and air and landing positions.  Age and level appropriate strength training will add to a skaters' technique and help prevent injuries. 

Adding mental training to off ice jump will also help skaters attain jumps faster, increase consistency, reduce falls on the ice and create a more confident jumper.

Fall/Winter 2020-2021 Off-Ice Schedule - revised September 30, 2020

Core Balance with Rachel
Mondays - October 19, 2020 to May 31, 2021 (28 sessions)
  • 5:15 PM - 5:45 PMPre-Star - Star 4$128
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMStar 5 - Gold$202
  • Exception Days:Dec 21 - Winter Break
    Dec 28 - Winter Break
    Feb 15 - Family Day
    Mar 15 - March Break
    May 24 - Victoria Day
Dance and Body Movement with Jenny
Tuesdays - October 13, 2020 to June 1, 2021 (30 sessions)
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMStar 5 - Gold$174
  • 7:20 PM - 8:05 PMPreStar - Star 4$131
  • Exception Days:Dec 22 - Winter Break
    Dec 29 - Winter Break
    Mar 9 - Test Day
    Mar 16 - March Break
Active Flexibility with Ally
Wednesdays - October 14, 2020 to June 2, 2021 (30 sessions)
  • 5:30 PM - 6:15 PMPreStar - Star 4$147
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMStar 5 - Gold$195
  • Exception Days:Dec 23 - Winter Break
    Dec 30 - Winter Break
    Mar 10 - Simulation Day
    Mar 17 - March Break
Strength and Conditioning with Stephanie
Thursdays - October 15, 2020 to May 27, 2021 (29 sessions)
  • 5:00 PM - 5:45 PMStar 1 - Star 4$182
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMSTAR 5 - Gold$242
  • Exception Days: Dec 17 - Test Day
    Dec 24 - Winter Break
    Dec 31 - Winter Break
    Mar 18 - March Break
Jump with Susan
Saturdays - October 17, 2020 to May 29, 2021 (29 sessions)
  • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PMStar 6 - Gold$236
  • 4:00 PM - 4:45 PMStar 1 - Star 5$178
  • Exception Days: Dec 19 - Simulation Day
    Dec 26 - Winter Break
    Jan 2 - Winter Break
    Mar 20 - March Break

Schedules and prices subject to change due to scheduling updates, errors & omissions.

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