Local Skating Programs Combine Forces


TILTON — Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) and Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) have joined together to enhance their skating programs in the Lakes Region.

Magic Blades was founded in 1997 by Barbara Adams, and it operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia  is the current skating director for PSSA program which is experiencing a recent growth in membership.

Dave Guyger, the PSU arena manager, stated, "I've worked with Magic Blades since their days at Waterville. Magic Blades is synonymous with quality skating instruction in the area. It makes sense to acknowledge the close connection and work together for the benefit of skaters in the region."

This year the two clubs will not only be sharing its talented staff, but promoting skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.

PSSA has opportunity for beginner hockey players to learn skating skills along with some stick and puck training. MBFSC accepts beginner hockey skaters to learn skating skills but does not incorporate stick and puck use; skaters are directed to local hockey programs when they are ready for advanced training.

MBFSC and PSSA programs are finishing their fall lesson program soon, and are currently accepting registration for the November/December classes. Lessons at Plymouth State are on Sunday evenings from 5-6. Session II begins on Sunday, October 27 and runs through December 8 with a skills exhibition on Sunday December 15.

Magic Blades will host a free skate and registration on Monday, November 4, at the Tilton School Ice Arena 6-7 p.m. Session II at Magic Blades will begin on Monday November 11 with a skills exhibition on Monday December 16.

For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena .