Virtual Off-Ice Classes for Synchronized Skating

 

Starting Monday July 6th, 2020, OneTeamMVMT will begin offering 4 weeks of Virtual Off-Ice Classes for synchronized skaters around the world! Classes will run from July 6th to July 30th, 2020. Registration for classes will open on Wednesday July 1st at 8am EST! Learn from top athletes and other experts in our sport, who know what it takes to reach the senior level in synchronized skating, and how to train effectively off-ice, to improve on-ice skills.

We recommend reading through this entire page before going to registration. If you have already read through this page, click here to go to registration

Every synchro coach will tell you - there is never enough ice time. Especially in the current pandemic, it is even MORE important to make sure you are using your time off the ice effectively, to make you a stronger skater and athlete on the ice.

Our virtual classes will be small and intimate, to ensure an optimal learning environment, with personalized feedback for each skater. Classes will focus on specific areas that will translate into improved on-ice performance, such as flexibility and field moves, skating skills and turns, synchro-specific fitness, technical seminars for synchro, and mental training. We'll also be offering additional skill-building classes like time management for student-athletes, social media etiquette and safety, and tutorials for performance hair and make-up!

Based on our class calendar for the month of July (below), you will be able to sign up for the specific classes that interest you, starting July 1st! Each class will have 2-3 (or more) instructors monitoring the class, and classes will run for approximately 1.5 hours each. Because of the limited class sizes, we anticipate that classes will fill up FAST. 

Classes are divided by age groups; age 8-12, age 13-17, adult skaters (approximately 18-30), and there will be a few classes specifically for coaches! Classes will be delivered LIVE over zoom, and participants will have access to view the recording, for personal use, for 7 days following their class.

Regular price for classes is $20 USD, or $12 for the coach seminar on July 21st. NEW for regular-priced classes: join 3-5 paid classes and save 10%. Join 6+ classes and save 15%. The link to register is below!

 

For the class calendar below, you can click on it to view/save an enlarged option.

*All class times are listed in EST (which is the timezone in Toronto/NYC).*
**If paid classes reach capacity (20 participants for skater-classes), we may open up the class for additional participants, in view-only mode**
***BONUS classes on weekends are free for anyone to attend! The first 40 participants will be sent the invitation to be IN the class. All others will be able to view at a view-only link we will send you***

 

 

FAQ:
(we will update this section as more questions come in)...

AGE RANGES FOR CLASSES:
Classes are grouped by age ranges; 8-12, 13-17, and 18-30 (adult).
The class age ranges are set to manage expectations and keep people grouped by maturity level and approximate skill-level, while ensuring that all participants have great experiences in their classes! That said, if you have a 7-year old at home who you feel would fit in with an 8-12 class... or if you are an 18 year-old who is willing to join a 13-17 class with 13 year-olds... or if you're 35 years old but can keep up with 20 year-olds in the 18-30 class... you can sign up for classes at your own discretion.
For further clarification: the 13-17 group is for mid-level skaters at the pre-novice, novice, intermediate, and similar levels; skaters at the junior/senior levels can participate in this group, but should be advised that the class is not specifically designed for their elite level.
The 18-30 group is for “adult skaters" which may include collegiate skaters (US), open skaters (Canada), adult skaters, and similar levels. Junior and senior skaters may wish to participate in this group, but should be advised that the class will not be specifically designed for your elite level. Adults over 30 are always welcome to join this group, but should be advised that the class instruction will be tailored to the 18-30 age range.

CLASS DELIVERY:
All classes will be taught live over zoom. That means that all participants must be prepared to have their videos turned ON for all classes, so that the instructors can watch and provide feedback. All class participants will have access to the instructional video, for personal use only, for 7 days after their class. All classes will be capped at approximately 20 skaters, except for the coach seminar on July 21. All participants must accept and consent to their video being recorded in the class.

SAFETY:
It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure they have a large enough space (approx. 3 metres by 3 metres, or more) which is free from tripping hazards and other obstructions, for the off-ice classes. It is also each participant’s responsibility to ensure they have been cleared to participate in exercise by their physician or a medical professional, to inform their instructor of any injury/limitations before class, and to participate within their physical capacities. OneTeamMVMT and its instructors will not be liable for any injuries sustained as a result of your participation in this program, and all participants must sign and accept our liability waiver and release forms prior to admission into the class (this is mandatory).

FEES FOR SIBLINGS:
If you have more than one skater in your household, and they are around the same age, they can attend class together on the same device, for no additional fee. If your skaters fall into different age categories or have very different skill levels, we recommend signing each skater up for their own classes.

REGISTRATION CUT-OFF:
Registration for each session will CLOSE at 8am EST, on the morning BEFORE the scheduled class. At this time, all participants will be sent the ZOOM link for the class, as well as any required materials for their session.

REGISTRATION SPONSORS:
Along with your registration, you have the option to put your name into a draw to win 1 of 3 sponsored prizes; a piece of digital custom artwork from @KathleenDrawing, a Jackson Ultima & Guardogs prize pack (ft a Jackson t-shirt and skate towel, a pair of ZIGZAGZ hard guards and terry soft guards), or a piece of digital custom artwork from @designs_by_ava!

FUTURE PLANS:
As we test out this new initiative as a pilot program, we know it won’t be perfect, but we will adjust and make improvements over time. Here are some of the considerations that we already have in the pipeline, and will explore if our initial launch is successful:

  1. Offering more classes in different time-zones so that everyone can participate. For the time being, most of the classes are in the mornings (suitable for North America and Europe; the majority of our audience), with a few classes held in the early mornings & evenings (to cater to Australasia participants, as well as skaters in North America).
  2. Offering some sort of financial relief, for individuals who are dedicated to their development in synchro, and wanting to attend our virtual off-ice classes but unable to afford the fees in addition to their regular season fees.
  3. Offering off-ice classes to full teams, at a reduced price. If you are a coach that is interested in this, please contact lisa.carriere@oneteammvmt.org
  4. Offering more classes for different levels/groups of people, and on more diverse topics.
  5. Offering a “view-later” option for people wanting to participate in a certain class but unable to, due to time zones
  6. Offering unlimited monthly access to classes, with more financially-accessible pricing
  7. Hosting all off-ice classes on a membership-based website, so that everything can be accessed in 1 place.

 

GET TO KNOW OUR INSTRUCTORS:

We are very excited to bring you classes taught by our enthusiastic and energetic team of instructors, who have been busy during COVID-19, training skaters and teams over zoom. In this section, you will find promotional videos and class descriptions for classes taught by our July instructor team, including: Dominic Barthe, Lisa Carriere, Stephanie Girvan, Lindsay Grajek, Maxime Hanssens, Elizabeth Hume & Tara Tahil, Makena Leik, Theresa Marka & Sally-Anne Schmick, Sarah Moss, Alessia Polletta, Christine Reeves, Inka Sirkiä, and Victoria Smith! You'll also see some other familiar guest faces in classes, including current/former senior skaters: Ashlee Wright, Jordan Alexander, Denika E.D, Eliana Roth, Emma Daigle, Jenni Lehtonen, Élodie Achéron, Kata Junninen, and Jocelyn Kalkman!

 

 Meet Dominic Barthe!

Class Name: Skating Skills for Synchro
Available Classes: Wednesday July 8 at 9:00am EST (adults), Wednesday July 22 at 10:00am EST (age 13-17), and Thursday July 23 at 11:00am EST (age 8-12)
Class Description: In this class, skaters will work on the knee action and positions required for basic turns, twizzles and common steps used in synchronized skating! The more familiar you are with these positions off the ice, the easier they will be to attain with control, on the ice.
Dominic's Nickname(s): Dom
Current/Former Team: Former skater on Nova Senior
Interesting Fact: "I have done Ice dancing for 8 years before doing Synchronized skating, and placed 7th at my last national championships in Canada."
For questions, email dominic.barthe@oneteammvmt.org 

 Meet Lisa Carriere!

Class Name: Strength, Stability, and Style
Available Classes: Thursday July 16 at 4:00pm EST (adults 18-30), Monday July 27 at 9:00am EST (age 13-17)
Class Description: Get physically prepared for your return to ice, with this synchro-inspired session! The majority of this class will be spent building lower body strength through skating-specific movements. Additional core exercises will focus on building stability for injury prevention and optimal on-ice power. After the workout, a simple piece of choreography will be taught in order to encourage creativity and the exploration of performance quality, by all skaters.
Lisa's Current/Former Team: Former skater on Nexxice Senior, black ice Senior, Fusion Senior, Gold Ice Junior
Interesting Fact: My first year skating senior was 2004, and my last year skating senior was 2016! 
For questions, email lisa.carriere@oneteammvmt.org 

 Meet Stephanie Girvan!

Class Name: Juvenile/Novice Synchro Rules and Education
Available Classes: Wednesday July 22 at 12:00pm EST (JUVENILE), and Thursday July 30 at 11:00am EST (NOVICE)
Class Description: Each class will provide an opportunity for skaters to learn about current elements in the Juvenile or Novice categories, as well as what the technical panel is looking for - and what skaters should be focused on - in order to attain their element levels!
Stephanie's Current/Former Team: Skated with Oakville, Streetsville, Barrie, Source, Nexxice, Elora
Interesting Fact: "I’ve often been an official, coach, and skater at the same competition!"
For questions, email stephanie.girvan@oneteammvmt.org 

 Meet Lindsay Grajek!

Class Name: Perfect Balance (skating skills)
Available Classes: Wednesday July 8 at 11:00am (ages 13-17), and Wednesday July 15 at 10:00am (ages 8-12)
Class Description: This class will focus on how strength and stillness in our skating can lead to beautiful lines. With an understanding of where the weight should be balanced on the blade and how our core should be stacked, we can gain speed with ease, and create movements which appear effortless! We all know this is a lot easier said than done, so this class will also include discussion on the skater thought process in order to nail technique! While skating skills are not always the most exciting, this class will incorporate a combination of modern music and movements, to make it A LOT of fun. 
Lindsay's Current/Former Team: Former skater on Hockettes & Haydenettes. Current Head Coach of the Hockettes Junior Team
Interesting Fact: "I was a 7 time National Champion, 4 time World Medalist and the girl who did the front flip in the 2013 Cha Cha Haydenette long program! I was also one of the skaters who helped develop the Dynasty Blade."
For questions, email lindsay.grajek@oneteammvmt.org 

 

 Meet Maxime Hanssens!

Class Name: Fitness & Flexibility
Available Classes: Wednesday July 29 at 9:00am EST (age 13-17)
Class Description: During this well-rounded class you will learn rhythmic exercise routines on specific songs - perfect for skaters who love music! These routines are a fun way to practice some skating specific elements, body control, strength, balance, rhythm and flexibility – all at the same time. 
Maxime's Nickname(s): Maxje, Xim, Bimi
Current/Former Team: Team Phoenix Belgium (Senior) 2016-2019, one of the captains in season 2018-2019
Interesting Fact: "I was a single skater for 10 years and a dancer for 8 years before I started synchronized skating. Now I am assistant coach for the synchronized skating teams in Ghent (Team Ice Mikkies – juvenile, Team Ice Cubes – novice basic, Team Ice Fever – junior, Team Crystallice – mixed age, Team Iceclusif – adult)"
For questions, email maxime.hanssens@oneteammvmt.org 

 

 Meet Elizabeth Hume & Tara Tahil!

Class Name: Time Management Tools for Student Athletes - BONUS SESSION
Available Classes: Saturday July 11 at 12:00pm EST
Class Description: During this class, participants will create the ultimate organizational masterpiece of colorful checklists, pristine schedules, and tips for how to spice up your planner or agenda. Get ready to de-stress by painting a rainbow of color-coded activities that will prepare you to be the best student-athlete that you can be. At the end of the class, your knowledge will be put to the test by playing a Kahoot game. You'll leave this class equipped with valuable and life-long tools to succeed even in busy or overwhelming situations!
Current/Former Team Affiliation: Adrian College Varsity Synchronized Skating Team (senior)
Interesting Facts: Elizabeth - "Within my three years representing Team USA at both the junior and senior level, I have competed internationally in six different countries!" / Tara - "I have earned every medal color on the U.S. Synchro Championship podium at least once and the 2021 U.S. Synchro Championships will be my 10th one!"
For questions, email elizabeth.hume@oneteammvmt.org or tara.tahil@oneteammvmt.org 

 

 Meet Makenna Leik!

Class Name: Stretching & Strengthening for Field Moves
Available Classes: Monday July 6 at 5:00pm EST (age 13-17), and Wednesday July 29 at 5:00pm EST (age 8-12)
Class Description: In this class skaters will focus on several different exercises to help them achieve stronger field moves. We will start class with a dynamic warmup targeting the muscles used during the field moves elements. Moving on to focusing on each move (spirals, biellmanns, 175, etc.), then ending with some fun gliding maneuvers (like hydroblades). 
Makenna's Nickname(s): Kenna, Mak
Current/Former Team: Miami Senior, USA (this season will be my second season on the team). Prior to Miami, I skated for the Northernettes in Minneapolis, MN for two seasons on a Junior level team.
Interesting Fact: "I have competed in four different discipline of figure skating (freestyle, ice dance, solo dance, and synchro). Also, my home rink in Minnesota is one of the largest sports complexes in the world, we have eight full sheets of ice under one roof!"
For questions, email makenna.leik@oneteammvmt.org 

 

 Meet Theresa Marka & Sally-Anne Kaminski!

Class Name: Social Media Etiquette and Safety for Skaters - BONUS CLASS
Available Classes: Saturday July 25 at 12:00pm EST
Class Description: Keeping up with the latest and greatest social media sites and guidelines can be challenging and confusing. Learn what you need to know about protecting yourself online and becoming a great ambassador for the sport of synchronized skating. 
Current/Former Teams: Theresa: Sweet Mozart Senior (Austria) / Sally-Anne: 
Alumni of Team USA (2001-2002, Starlets Senior team), Miami University Varsity Synchronized Skating (2002-2006), Starlights Synchronized Skating (skater 2011-2014, coach 2018-2019)
Interesting Fact(s): Theresa: / Sally-Anne: "I
n my time with Starlights, I held nearly every role possible except parent: skater, team manager, VP on Board of Directors, and coach. (#starpower) I am currently retired from synchro but actively competing solo ice dance."
For questions, email sally-anne.schmick@oneteammvmt.org or theresa.marka@oneteammvmt.org 

 Meet Sarah Moss!

Class Name: Skating Skill, Strength, & Flexibility
Available Classes: Thursday July 9 at 8:30am EST (ages 8-12), Monday July 20 at 12:00pm EST (ages 13-17), and Thursday July 30 at 9:00am EST (adults)
Class Description: This class will focus on improving important aspects of your skating skills such as posture, extensions, and undercuts by doing specific off-ice drills for cross-overs, which are sure to build strength! Once our legs are warm, we'll move into stretching and working on field moves!
Sarah's Nickname(s): Moss
Current/Former Team: Miami University Senior
Interesting Facts: "This is my 4th year on Miami Senior USA, and 2nd year as a US Figure Skating DREAM Program Member. I've competed at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Sweden for 3 seasons in a row, and have lived in Japan, Germany & USA!"
For questions, email sarah.moss@oneteammvmt.org

 

 Meet Alessia Polletta!

Class Name: Performance Hair & Make Up for Synchro - BONUS CLASS
Available Classes: Saturday July 18 at 12:00pm EST
Class Description: This fun class will provide some tutorials for hair & makeup that senior skaters use for practices and competitions! Ashlee Wright will also be in the class, for Skaters of Colour who are seeking guidance on synchro hair and make up.
Alessia's nickname(s): Polletta, Popo
Current/Former Team: 
5th year on Les Suprêmes Senior 
Interesting Fact: "This is my 14th year skating for the big Suprêmes family!"
For questions, email alessia.polletta@oneteammvmt.org

 Meet Christine Reeves-Beleznay!

Class Name: Building Mental Resiliency to Thrive not just Survive
Available Classes: Monday July 6 at 9am (COACHES), Thursday July 9 at 10:30am (ages 13-17)
Class Description (coaches class): Learn the importance of getting your athletes mentally ready (not just physically!), and proven techniques to get your athletes' minds focused and ready to perform under pressure, when it counts.
Class Description (skater class): Learn how to harness the power of your mind, to work through any challenging situation with resilience and confidence.
Interesting Fact: "I toured as a professional show skater for many years, which is where I met my husband. I won the title of 'Miss Toronto Fitness & Figure Championships' and was a stunt actor on a TV show, 'Sue Thomas, FBI.' I was also in the movie Blades of Glory, and was a technical and creative coach for Battle of the Blades. I now work as a mental training coach with athletes across Canada, to help them perform their best when it counts."
For questions, email christine.reevesbeleznay@oneteammvmt.org 

 

 Meet Inka Sirkiä!

Class Name: Fitness & Famous Dances
Available Classes: Monday July 13 at 8:30am EST (ages 8-12), and Wednesday July 15 at 8:00am, EST (ages 13-17)
Class Description: Get ready for a full body workout mixed with some dance elements. If you’re looking for a fun and active class that gets your heart rate up, then this is the one for you! After a warm-up set to fun tunes, prepare for an effective HIIT-workout and some basic exercises that will help you engage those deep muscles you need in skating. As a bonus, the class cool down will include the opportunity to learn dance choreography from Team Unique’s short programs in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. All you need is your water bottle, perhaps a mat, and an open mind to learn new things.
Inka's Nickname(s): Inky
Current/Former Team: Team Unique since 2016!
Interesting Fact: "I
skated for Nexxice Junior for the 2014-2015 season"
For questions, email inka.sirkia@oneteammvmt.org

 

 Meet Victoria Smith!

Class Name: Power, Performance, and Skating Skills
Available Classes: Monday July 13 at 10:30am EST (ages 13-17), Monday July 20 at 10:00am EST (adult class), Monday July 27 at 11:00am EST (ages 8-12)
Class Description: This class will focus on three pillars of performance: power, edge control, and theatre.  Skaters will leave with strategies and techniques designed to augment their realm of control.  Skaters who perform within their realm of control produce consistent performances, capture audiences, and ENJOY themselves on the ice!
Victoria's Nickname(s): VS
Current/Former Team: NEXXICE Senior Alumni, Gold Ice Junior Alumni
Interesting Fact: "I am a 2015 world synchronized skating champion"
For questions, email victoria.smith@oneteammvmt.org 

 

Are you as excited as we are?! We sure hope so. With only 20 spaces per class, classes are going to fill up FAST. Head over to registration to secure your spot now!