Come see coach Andrea Dover’s capstone presentation on Thursday, December 12 at 11:30am in Dittmann Studio 1, St. Olaf College!
For her senior dance capstone project, Andrea Dover has choreographed a figure skating program that is heavily influenced by modern dance. Previous programs have included a mix of dance inspiration including ballet, modern dance and swing dance. This is the first program that Andrea has choreographed using only modern dance as an inspiration. Andrea will give a presentation on her project process, including a video of the completed figure skating program Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:30am in Dittmann Center Studio 1.
Read Andrea’s Bio
An Olympic season is an inspiring time to try skating and hockey!
Online registration for Session 2 winter classes will be open December 20, 2013 – January 8, 2014.
Classes run January 19, 2014 – March 2, 2014 with an expanded range of programs and events. Be on the lookout for Olympics viewing events, a night with Carleton College, and a kick-off exhibition of NSS competitive skaters. See Session 2 schedule
For Practice Before Session 2:
On Sunday, November 17, we welcomed our skaters’ buddies to the Northfield Arena for Northfield Skating School’s annual Bring a Friend Day. Parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends enjoyed a lesson with an NSS coach and some time to learn new skills with their friends. See more photos (and larger versions of these) on the photos page. Thanks for joining us!
Please join us for our Session 1 Parent Meeting, Wed 9/25/13, 7-8pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, room YW 108 (youth wing).
At the parent meeting, you will receive your skater’s class and coach assignment. We will also distribute your open skate passes and Parent Handbooks, review our programs, policies, equipment, Q & A,and more. This is a great chance to have your questions answered and clarify what to expect from lessons and how to help your skater get the most out of our program. It is important to us that parents and skaters have the information they need before lessons begin and we have found this type of communication especially important for new skaters. The meeting is geared toward parents, but skaters are welcome to join us. If you are unable to attend, please contact us for your group and coach assignment and the parent handbook.
Online registration for fall classes is open now through September 17th, 2013!
View class descriptions and calendar to learn about our 2013-14 programs, including group lessons for beginners through advanced skaters and adults, power skating, spin class, private lessons, and our *NEW* Hockey 1 class, sanctioned by USA Hockey. Sunday classes begin Sept 29. Registration deadline Sept 17.
GO TO REGISTRATION PAGE
Interested in more information about programs? Contact Carey or attend our Parent Meeting on Wed, Sept 25 from 7-8pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center!
On August 20th, NSS Skating Instructor Emma Sayner passed her first U.S. Figure Skating test, the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Test, before a panel of judges in Eagan, MN. Emma is a rising senior at Northfield High School and trains with NSS Founder Carey Tinkelenberg at NSS and at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club year-round. U.S. Figure Skating tests are the next step of the U.S. Figure Skating development path beyond the Basic Skills curriculum. Congrats, Emma!
The 5th annual Rising Stars Summer Skating Camp, hosted by the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and directed by NSS Founder Carey Tinkelenberg, took place Mon July 22 – Thurs July 25, 2013. Camp was geared toward beginners through skaters working on their axel jump, and drew over 50 skaters from the surrounding region. Campers were introduced to a wide range of on and off-ice skating activities in a fun environment with experienced coaches.
Highlights included stroking and edge classes, jump and spin workshops, arts and crafts, off-ice training and nutrition, guest seminars, parent info sessions, and a performance of campers. This year the Rising Stars staff included Northfield Skating School staff members Kelly Gulbrandon, Sasha Zerin, Elizabeth Penny, and Emma Sayner, as well as St. Paul FSC staff and guest experts from the region.
The 6th annual Rising Stars camp will take place July 21-24, 2014 at the Pleasant Arena in St. Paul. Contact Carey
for more info.
This past weekend, 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie was the guest coach at the 2013 REACH skating camp at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN. Two of our skaters had the chance to attend and work with Mr. Wylie as well as a star studded staff of local coaches and choreographers. Camp included on and off-ice skill classes, introduction to strength and flexibility training, dance classes, and a final performance of campers. One of the highlights of camp was an inspiring talk about “Training Your Brain” by Mr. Wylie himself, where he recounted his personal story of overcoming obstacles that led him to his Olympic medal. This event was particularly meaningful for NSS director Carey Tinkelenberg, as Mr. Wylie was one of her childhood role models when they trained at the same skating club in Massachusetts!
Photo Top Row: Carey Tinkelenberg, Peter Biver, Paul Wylie. Bottom: Lily Scott, Molly Hennelly
This June, Skating Instructor Anna Sheehan was part of the graduating class of 2013 of Arcadia High School in Northfield. Anna has been involved with NSS since its inaugural year in 2005. As a young skater she took group lessons and passed through her Basic Skills badges. She began taking private lessons with NSS Founder Carey Tinkelenberg and performed in local ice shows and competitions. In 2010, Anna became the first NSS skater to train for, and to pass, U.S. Figure Skating tests, which are the next step of the U.S. Figure Skating development path beyond the basic skills. Anna spent two years as an assistant coach with NSS before assuming a formal coaching role as a Skating Instructor in 2012.
Anna plans to begin college courses this fall while continuing her role as an NSS Skating Instructor. Congratulations, Anna, for graduating and for embodying the spirit and mission of NSS – Building Skills and Confidence for Skating and for Life.
Photo (L to R): Carey Tinkelenberg, Anna Sheehan, Patty Sheehan