Skating and Hockey Classes Make a Great Holiday Gift! REGISTRATION OPEN until Dec 30th for Winter Session.

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 Dec 30 for winter classes beginning Jan 11th

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 Winter Session 2. Registration deadlineDec 30th.

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

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Registration Open for Winter Workshop with Drew Meekins & Kate McSwain

Northfield Skating School is thrilled to announce our two-day Winter Guest Workshop with two superb coaches and choreographers! Drew Meekins, International Coach and World Junior Champion, will join us from the World Arena and Ice Hall in Colorado Springs. Kate McSwain, AIT-Certified National Level Choreographer of the reigning Senior-level National Champion Theater on Ice Team will join us from The Skating Club of Boston. Drew and Kate will team up to present an intensive master class in movement to help skaters develop their fullest performance potential. See flyer for details. Early bird registration ends 11/24.

Register until Dec 1st or until workshop is full! Early bird discount for registrations postmarked by 11/24/14.

Download Registration Form   Download Printable Flyer

 View Drew’s Bio    View Kate’s Bio View Kate’s website

 

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Local Skaters to Perform Alongside Olympians in Stars on Ice Tour

Come support 30 local skaters this weekend alongside the Olympic cast of Stars on Ice! This Sunday’s show at the Xcel center will be the first to feature a new partnership between U.S. Figure Skating and Stars On Ice to include local skaters in an opening number. Skaters from 11 clubs in MN and WI will perform at the beginning of the second act. We are thrilled at the chance to have local skaters from so many clubs come together for this professional project to promote local figure skating and skate with the stars. This program is under the direction of U.S. Figure Skating, with the local coaching and coordinating team of Carey Tinkelenberg, Peter Biver, and Amanda Truax.

   

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Stay Cool This Summer with Skating and Hockey Classes! REGISTER BEFORE MAY 28!

Inspired by the Olympics? Summer is the perfect time to improve your skating skills! NEW this season, Northfield Skating School is offering a 7-week summer skating session. We are thrilled at the opportunity for skaters to continue to improve their skills without driving to other arenas during what has historically been an “off-season” for Northfield skaters. Skating is finally a year-round sport in town!

Online registration for summer classes is NOW OPEN through May 28th for classes beginning June 9th.

Beginner, advanced, adult, and NEW 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 summer session. Registration deadline May 28th.

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Interested in more information about programs? Contact us or attend our Parent Meeting on Wed, June 4th from 7:15-8:15pm at the Northfield Community Resource Center!

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Stars On Ice Discount Ticket Opportunity – May 4, Excel Center

What: STARS ON ICE, the country’s premier figure skating production

When: SUNDAY, MAY 4, 4 PM

Where: XCEL ENERGY CENTER, St. Paul, MN

 The country’s premier figure skating production, Stars on Ice, is proud to announce that America’s top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will headline this year’s nationwide tour. Witness some of the America’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Stars on Ice will crisscross the United States this coming year, as the only figure skating tour in America, bringing you the greatest performances and competitors from the 2014 Winter Games.

Northfield Skating School has teamed up with our friends at the River Blades Skating School in Hastings to offer discounted group tickets to our students, families, and friends!

Ticket Info & Order Form

Postmark deadline for ticket orders: 3/10/14

Please note: This event is being organized by NSS and the River Blades Skating School. Please use address on the ticket order form. Orders sent to the Northfield Ice Arena or Community Services will not be processed.

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Bring on Sochi!

Olympic RingsThe moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived – let the Olympics begin! Figure skating kicks off the 2014 games with the new team skating event. Coverage and results can be found here:

NBC’s Coverage of Figure Skating at the Sochi Games

 

Click the links below to learn more about skating and what it takes to be an Olympian. GO TEAM USA!

   Understanding the IJS: Figure Skating’s Judging System          Olympic Skating History

    The 5 Rings of Mental Toughness          Why Sportsmanship? 

How Olympians Stay Motivated            Photo Breakdown of Throw Quad Salchow

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Brighton Living Magazine Cover Story Features Skating School and Director

Check out our feature in the February Olympic issue of Brighton Living Magazine, complete with photos and video footage!

“Rink of Dreams: Figure Skater Carey Tinkelenberg Proves That if You Build it, They Will Come”

A very special thank you to all who helped contribute to this feature and to the establishment, success, and ongoing development of NSS. I am so pleased with Brighton’s focus on the values-driven nature of our school and the immense impact that coaches and role models have on young and developing athletes.

See more press coverage on our In the News page

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Session 2 Schedule Posted – Registration Coming Dec 20th!

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:
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Don’t Miss Our Session 1 Parent Meeting!

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.

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Emily North Becomes First NSS Skater to Progress to Highest Skills Level

2013-03-10_13-19-51_563Congratulations to Emily North, the first Northfield skater to pass into Freeskate 6, the most advanced skill level of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills curriculum. At her March evaluation, Emily demonstrated mastery of all of the Freeskate 5 elements to earn her badge and progress to NSS’s top level. Emily is currently a 7th grader at the Northfield Middle School and began skating with the Northfield Skating School’s Sunday group lesson program in 2006. Her consistent effort and practice paid off as she advanced through the Snowplow Sam 1-3, Basic 1-6, and Freeskate 1-5 levels during NSS’s fall and winter sessions.

Emily skates year-round takes privates lessons with NSS Founder Carey Tinkelenberg. She has performed in competitions and shows throughout the state, including the annual Shattuck St. Mary spring ice show and the Duluth Northland Invitational competition. She has been a faithful participant of NSS’s spin classes, power classes, off-ice classes, and camps, and she trains both in Northfield and at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club. Emily is currently working on her axel and USFS Preliminary Moves in the Field test. She looks forward to more performances this season and to progressing into U.S. Figure Skating test levels beyond the basic skills with NSS!

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