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Learn to Skate


​Washington FSC does not run its own Learn to Skate. Instead, we have seven rinks in our jurisdiction that each run their own Learn to Skate Program. To get more info about group classes, visit each rink's website.


What comes after Learn to Skate?


As you continue on your skating journey, you have the opportunity to explore many thriving disciplines! They include but are not limited to:


Freestyle

In solo freestyle skating, an athlete performs a program that is made up of jumps, spins, and choreography set to music. Pairs teams consist of a woman and a man skating in coordination during a program including side by side jumps, throw jumps, spins and overhead lifts set to music.


Ice Dance

Ice dance couples consist of a man and a woman skating to music and includes lifts and spins, but not overhead lifts because of the demanding footwork in dancing to music. Historically, it had drawn inspiration from ballroom dance, but in the modern era it has grown to more modern styles including hip-hop. The emphasis in ice dance is on rhythm, interpretation of the music, and precision in steps, partnering and technicality of skating skills.


Solo Dance

Solo Dance allows skaters to ice dance on their own without a partner. Solo Dance events include Solo Pattern Dance, Shadow Dance (two skaters performing a pattern dance side by side), and Combined Dance (one solo pattern dance and one solo free dance).


Synchronized Skating

Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and ice dance, and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. WFSC is currently represented by two synchronized skating teams: Team Ashburn (based in NOVA), and DC EDGE (based in MD).


Theatre on Ice

Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that is popular in Europe, where it is known as Ballet on Ice. It combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. Teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. WFSC is represented in TOI by Capital Theater on Ice.



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