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Ice Denettes Synchronized Skating


INTRODUCTION


“As individuals we are strong but together we are unstoppable!”

The Ice Denettes Synchronized Skating program was formed at the Ice Den Chandler in 2018. Our program is currently comprised of five teams – Affinity (Intermediate), Synergy (Open Juvenile), Harmony (Pre-Juvenile), Unity (Pre Preliminary), and Rising Stars (Synchro Skills ). Synchro is a highly competitive sport throughout the world and through our program we drive skaters to be their best while training in a positive team environment. The Ice Denettes pride themselves on being a supportive community that creates friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.


2021-2022 ICE DENETTES SYNCHRO SEASON

The upcoming synchro season is going to be such an exciting year for all of our teams! This year, we will start choreography for all teams in June. This allows our teams to focus on synchro as part of their summer training and gives ample time to perfect programs prior to participating in competitions, shows, and exhibitions throughout the season.

Interested in trying out for a team? Please contact our team manager, Hyeson Busby at ice.denettes.synchro@gmail.com

We are very excited for Affinity and Synergy to work with highly renowned synchro choreographer, Becky Gallion. With over 17 years of synchronized skating coaching experience and multiple national titles earned, Coach Becky brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Ice Denettes. The Affinity, Synergy and Harmony Ice Denettes IJS teams will compete at Pacific Coast Sectionals, with the opportunity to advance to Nationals.

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Why Join the Ice Denettes Synchronized Skating Program?

Figure skating is traditionally an individual sport. Synchro offers the benefit of team unity, builds self-confidence, teaches good sportsmanship, and creates new lifelong friendships, while improving your skating skills at a competitive level. Learning the skills of synchronized skating will enhance your abilities as a figure skater in freestyle, moves in the field and dance!

Many advanced figure skaters and USFS gold medalists participate in synchronized skating.Team skating provides conditioning and additional skills not taught in normal figure skating sessions. Skaters will improve their technique, speed, posture, presentation and style. Synchronized skaters are talented figure skaters who enjoy participating in team sports. They enjoy the many benefits of participating in sport: challenge, hard work, achievement, friendships, fun, fitness and the opportunity to travel. Synchronized skating is popular collegiately with more than 30 colleges offering club or varsity teams.


TEAM REQUIREMENTS

The teams will be determined by the Synchronized coaching team.

All synchro skaters should be working to improve their individual skating skills to be a better skater for their teammates. Suggested guidelines for each team are as follows:

RISING STARS: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and/or on Freestyle sessions.

UNITY: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and/or on freestyles, and work with a private lesson coach of your choosing.

 HARMONY: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and/or on freestyles, and work with a private lesson coach of your choosing.

 SYNERGY: Skate 2 hours per week on Freestyle sessions and obtain 2 private lessons per week, working to test and achieve higher Moves in the Field tests. Preliminary Moves in the Field must be passed by July 1. Ice Dance experience is encouraged.

AFFINITY: Skate 2.25 hours per week on Freestyle and obtain 2 private lessons per week, working to test to higher Moves in the Field tests (unless passed Senior Moves). Juvenile Moves in the Field must be passed by July 1. Ice Dance experience is encouraged.


WHAT IS SYNCHRONIZED SKATING

Synchronized Skating (or “synchro” as is it called) is a fast-growing discipline of figure skating that combines the athleticism and artistry of singles, pairs, and ice dancing. Synchronized skating is a highly technical form of team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and transitions. Teams of 8 to 20 skaters perform side by side on the ice.

Levels

  • There are nine beginner and developmental levels that prepare athletes for competition at the national level.
     
  • The Juvenile through Senior levels are skill-based and all members on a team must pass level-specific Moves in the Field tests to participate in that discipline.
     
  • The Collegiate level is for college teams, while the Masters and Adult levels are for skaters aged 25, and 18 and over, respectively.
     

Season Practice Schedule

TEAM DAY TIME
Affinity Summer Wednesday 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Synergy Summer Tuesday 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Harmony, Unity Summer Wednesday 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Rising Stars Summer Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Affinity & Synergy August - January Tuesday 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Harmony & Unity August - January Friday 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm
Rising Stars August - January Friday 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Important Dates

DATE EVENT
04/27/21 Affinity & Synergy Try-Outs
04/30/21 Synchro Skills Try-Outs
06/09/21 - 06/10/21 Affinity & Synergy Choreography
06/16/21 Harmony & Unity Choreography
06/17/21 Rising Stars Choreography
07/31/21 - 8/1/21 Exhibition at AIC - All teams
10/9-10/10/21 Exhibition at AZ Ice Peoria
11/12/21 - 11/14/21 California Cup Competition - All Teams
12/21/21 Exhibition Holiday Ice Shows
January 26-30, 2022 Sectionals Competition Affinity & Synergy
Nationals 3/2-3/5 2022 Nationals Competition Affinity

Jaime Kalnicky

Director of Synchronized Skating

TEAM COACHES & MANAGERS

Director of Synchronized Skating: Jaime Kalnicky

Coaches: Jacqueline Benson, Felicity Lothrop & Danette Trett

Team Managers: Hyeson Busby & Michelle Clark

Our choreographer this season is highly renowned synchro choreographer, Becky Gallion. With over 17 years of synchronized skating coaching experience and multiple national titles earned, Coach Becky brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Ice Denettes.

Jaime Kalnicky

Director of Synchronized Skating

Jacqueline Benson

Felicity Faucher-Lothrop

Danette Trett