TILTON & PLYMOUTH — US Figure Skating programs, Plymouth State Skating Academy (PSSA) at Plymouth State University and the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club (MBFSC) at the Tilton School Ice Arena, are offering lessons this fall.
The Plymouth State Skating Academy begins fall lessons in September with four successive six-week sessions beginning on Sunday September 7th at 5 p.m. The season in Tilton with MBFSC will begin on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. with two eight-week sessions.
MBFSC has served the Lakes Region since 1997 and PSSA since the opening of the PSU Ice Arena in 2010. These programs are two of over 1,000 US Figure Skating Basic Skills clubs across the country. Both programs offer lessons for skaters as young as three-years-old with the Snowplow Sam levels through the advanced freestyle levels of the basic skills program. Parents are encouraged to participate in practice time with their tots or are welcome to register and participate in the adult group lessons.
Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS basic skill badges to reward skaters for skill levels that they have mastered. Classes are comprised of a 30 minute lessons and 30 minutes of free, practice ice.
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.
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 six years and have competed all over New England.