your faves are problematic
Just came back from the rink in South Windsor, CT where Ashley Wagner gave two adult skater classes. Those who took it were sweating bullets although she promised that she wouldn't kill them. Even in relatively simple moves (for her). it was great to see how beautifully she moved across the ice as well as the control. My friend who is an adult skater and I were surprised that Ashley was not at Simsbury. Even though the staff at Simsbury is really trying to bring the center back to its old glory, they were not fast enough to get Ashley first. Some the skater drove more than 2 hours to get there.
Elin Schram, who I think is Tenley Albright's daughter (someone please confirm yes or no) gave a similar class in Simsbury last evening. Again, there were adult skaters who traveled 2 hours or more to take the class.
Since this was mentioned in the US Women's thread, I figured it might be helpful to start a new discussion over here for clinics, camps, and other opportunities for adult skaters. Here are, off the top of my head, some of the current ones—this is not a complete list:
- Skate & Sculpt is Ashley Wagner's power skating clinic and it is a total workout. The class is not leveled like some, and she is GREAT at providing modifications for various skill levels.
- Elin Schran's IceFlow takes a different approach. Whereas S&S is more cardio-driven, this derives a lot of movement from yoga and other mindfulness practices. Haven't taken one yet (keep trying!), but I have a couple of friends who skate in shows who rave about it.
- JoJo Starbuck's classes, held mostly at Codey/South Mountain Arena and Rockefeller, are more ballet- and figures-based. Also great.
- Ice Theatre of NY's Edge Class. The mother of all edge classes, developed by the late John Curry. IMHO they are geared more towards stronger/advanced skaters but if you feel moved, give it a shot. (I'm a little biased since Mr. Curry used to make his students participate, but when people ask me why my skating is so good all these years later, I usually tell people it's a combination of figures + ITNY Edge Class.)
I'm keeping this to adult opportunities only. Anyone interested in starting a thread for kids/youth programming, go right ahead.