Congratulations to our MN State Competitors

Congratulations to our Northfield Skating School members who competed at the Minnesota State Championships over the weekend at the Schultz Highland Arena in St. Paul.

Kelly Gulbranson earned second place in the Adult Silver division, and Sofiya Briguene delivered a strong performance in the Pre-Preliminary division landing her first axels in competition. Both skaters train with NSS Director Carey Tinkelenberg and were competing in the State Championships for the first time. Congratulations, skaters!

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Registration NOW OPEN for Fall Skating Lessons!

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Do you want to learn to skate fast, to perform, to jump and spin, or to be a great hockey player? Parents, do you want your children to meet new friends and receive professional instruction in a supportive and challenging environment, with the official curriculum designed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey?

You’ve come to the right place!

Online registration for winter classes is NOW OPEN through September 9th for classes beginning September 20th

Beginner, advanced, adult, and hockey group lessons available, as well as spin and power specialty classes, private lessons, and special events. View class descriptions and calendar to learn more about our classes. Registration deadline Sept 20th.

GO TO REGISTRATION PAGE

Interested in more information about programs? Contact us or attend our Parent Meeting on Thurs, Sept 17th from 7:15-8:15pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield MN.

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Stars on Ice Photos and Video

See our 40 local skaters perform in “Stars on Ice: Dancing for Joy” at the Xcel Center on March 22:

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View more photos in our Flickr album

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Local Skaters to Perform with Stars on Ice

Check out the Northfield News article about our 40 local skaters performing an opening number in this season’s Stars on Ice show at the Xcel Center, under the direction of Northfield Skating School director Carey Tinkelenberg:

Local Skaters Perform in ‘Stars on Ice


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A Skating Poem by Emily Huang

Read coach Emily Huang’s syllabic poem, entitled, “Putting on my figure skates” written for a creative writing class at Carleton College:

 

Putting on my figure skates

 

I stroked the blade width-wise,

splitting my finger and drawing blood only when freshly sharpened.

The thin edges of my shoelaces crisscrossed up my white boot.

I started from the top

crossover, working my way down, by loosening each loop.

Index fingers mechanically collecting the wings

each swizzled outward by

middle fingers pulling them loose. I seized the tip of the

padded tongue, pulled it toward me, flipped it outward to layback

against the bridge of streamers.

I slid my nude stocking-covered pointed toes into the

abyss for bloody blisters and sore toes – keeping secure

swollen, twisted ankles.

I grabbed the butterflied lasso nearest to the toe pick

and tightened upwards, fitting the tongue to my calcified

foot’s navicular bone.

My fingers spun the laces, circling them around the

joints, creating new creases – sections of white, tips of red.

I tugged spread eagle in

opposite directions, fists grabbing any loose string, red

tips pulsating the heartbeat of my blood, swelling vessels.

I spiraled the laces

over my boot by crossing arms, letting go, uncrossing

arms, and quickly capturing the falling strands to tighten

them around metal hooks.

This procedurally done three times on three copper hooks,

finishing up the routine with a simple bowknot like

regular tennis shoes.

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Thanks for a Great Session!

Just in time for the warm weather, our Winter Session 2 is complete! A big thanks to our coaching staff, skating families, arena staff, and Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division for another successful season of Building Skills and Confidence for Skating and for Life. Summer registration will open April 17th. See you at the rink in July!

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Master Class with International Coach/Choreographer Drew Meekins

On Saturday, February, 21, twenty seven skaters from eight local clubs joined us for Northfield Skating School’s Master Class with professional dancer, and international skating coach/choreographer, Drew Meekins. Drew joined us from the World Arena in Colorado Spring, CO.  Skaters of all levels participated and fine-tuned their skills in body movement and jump technique for skating. The event was held at our partner facility, the Eagan Civic Arena. Skaters can look forward to more workshops with Drew in the future!

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Dates Announced for 2015 Summer Skating Session and Open Skate

This summer’s skating lessons will be offered on Tuesday evenings at the Northfield ice arena. Classes will run Tuesday, July 7th through Tuesday, August 18th. Power class and all group lessons will be available: 6:00pm-6:15pm power class, 6:15pm-6:45pm group lessons.
Registration opens April 17th. Public skating will take place Wednesday evenings 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 and 8/19 from 6:00-7:30pm. Public skate is scheduled by the arena manager. Updates are published may be found on the arena website: http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=376
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Congrats to our Duluth Northland Competitors

Last weekend, a team of skaters from the Northfield Skating School and our affiliate clubs in Eagan and St. Paul, MN headed up to Duluth, Minnesota to compete in the 35th Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition. Skaters competed from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon – some with up to 5 events total – and all turned in wonderful performances, winning many medals.  Skaters are coached by Carey Tinkelenberg (NSS Director), Val Matzke, Amanda Truax, and Erica Schletty, with choreography by Amanda Truax and Tara Stamm. Congratulations, girls, we are proud of you!

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Northland Competitors:

Julia Bianchini, Juvenile Test Track – Sofiya Briguene, Preliminary – Alexis Edmundson, Preliminary – Kelly Gulbrandson, Adult Silver – Molly Hennelly, Pre-Preliminary – Veronica Mayfield, Basic 4 – Michelle Kielas, Basic 8 – Milly Reese, Freeskate 4 – Elizabeth Penny, Pre-Juvenile – Sophia Sitko – High Beginner – Ava Thrawl, Preliminary

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Twin Cities Skating Night at the Depot

For the 4th time since the event’s inception, Northfield Skating School teamed up with Carleton College Alumni Affairs to offer Twin Cities Skating Night at the Depot, an evening of skating under the disco ball and Minneapolis skyline at the arena MSNBC ranked one of America’s top 10 places to skate. On Friday, February 6th, our group of over 80 people, including NSS families, local Carleton alumni, staff, and students, and members of the twin cities skating community enjoyed discounted admission and skate rental. Staff and skaters provided skating tips while a group of local skaters dazzled us with their performances. It was a night to remember! We’ll see you back at the Depot for round 5 next winter.

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