Throughout our 20+ years coaching, hundreds of students have passed through our hands. We have graduated classes and started over from scratch many times, and so the cycle keeps going on, forever changing with the new rules and innovations in the world of figure skating.
We have worked with singles skaters, as well as dance and pairs teams. Generally, there are more girls skating in the United States than boys, so creating junior dance and pairs teams is not an easy task, consequently most ice skaters begin as singles skaters and then branch out as their abilities become more apparent.
We insist our students take ballet lessons from the top local instructors who hail from major international ballet schools in order to learn the necessary off-ice skills to be able to adopt choreography easily and develop a world-class level of skating. Strength training and flexibility are also very important and so off-ice training is a must for skaters who aim for higher levels of competitive figure skating.
We strongly feel that it is never too early to start skating and most kids that achieve results by 12, do start around 4 years old in groups. Basic figure skating skills are much easier to pick up as a child before the body changes and fear kicks in for learning jumps. It is also necessary to put in the hours on the ice by both taking lessons in order to learn the correct technique and establish the fundamentals, but also by just skating a lot. Most young ice skaters train in the mornings before school and sometimes after school. As the child's potential becomes more obvious, parents often choose to homeschool their kids so that they can get better ice time, increased rest, more time for their off-ice, as well as recreational activities.
On the other hand, it is never too late to start figure skating. We have worked with adults that were beginners as well as adults that skated as kids and wanted to pick up the sport again later on in life. Some of our adult students skate recreationally, while others skate competitively and travel to adult ice skating competitions around the country. Ice time is available throughout the day, so it is possible to schedule skating lessons in the afternoons and evenings as scheduling permits. We have even worked with a few hockey players on skating techniques.
If you are looking to get serious about figure skating on Long Island, please do not hesitate to contact us.