TILTON — The Magic Blades Figure Skating Club will open its fall season at the Tilton School Ice Arena on Monday, September 9 with a free skate and registration from 6-7 p.m.
Lessons begin the following Monday and will be held 6-7 p.m.
Magic Blades has served the Lakes Region since 1997, and is one of over 1,000 US Figure Skating Basic Skills clubs across the country. Magic Blades was co-founded by Barbara Adams and Terry Hersh, assisted by a group of six volunteers. Over the past 16 years the club has brought the love of skating to hundreds of families in the area with programs in Laconia, Waterville Valley, and Tilton.
Skating Director, Adams, has 35 years of coaching experience specializing in beginning through intermediate skating, jump, and spin technique. She has completed the USFS 5th level figures, Novice Freestyle, and Silver level Ice Dance. She is a Professional Skaters Association registered coach, ISI Silver level judge, and adjunct faculty for Plymouth State University's HHP beginner skating course.
Magic blades has been at the Tilton School Ice Arena since the fall of 2007, offering lessons for young beginners in Snowplow Sam, through the advanced Freestyle levels including adults. While Magic Blades' focus in the higher levels is on figure skating, hockey skills can still be strengthened with the solid foundation in skating found in the Basic Skills curriculum.
Figure skating is both an individual and group endeavor. While students are allowed to move forward at their own pace, support from coaches and the group, and friendly competition help students achieve their goals. Some students, like Maggie DeVoy of Sanbornton, and Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater, have been with the program over five years and have competed all over New England.