This Week in SCNV

In this issue …

  • 2019-2020 Club Ice Session Spots Available
  • Cardinal Classic
  • Skate Clinic With Alissa Czisny
  • Did you know?!
  • SCNV Important Dates and Reminders

2019-2020 Club Ice Spots Available
On Mondays, our Off-Ice with Joe Griffin and Solo Pattern Dance Series with Jonathon Hodgkinson are in full swing including evening Freestyle at FIA. On Sundays, there is an Olympic sized sheet of ice available for one hour for club skaters to practice their programs and moves at PWIC. All Drop-ins are $18.00 for all club ice program options. Questions? Please contact the Club Ice Sessions Chair at

Cardinal Classic – Next LOC Saturday, November 16th
Interested in learning how competitions are run? Want to be part of a fun group shaping the next club competition? Volunteer to join the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2020 Cardinal Classic. The upcoming LOC meeting is planned for Saturday, November 16th at Einstein’s Bagels – 9490 Main St. Fairfax, 22031. Contact Melissa at

Skate Clinic With Alissa Czisny
Registration is now open for our Friday, November 2 Clinic with Alissa Czisny. Whether you saw her in Stars on Ice, while she was winning the 2010 Grand Prix, US Nationals twice, or Skate Canada twice, you know she is an incredibly artistic skater, known for her phenomenal spins and spirals.
We’ve made this clinic affordable ($60 for non-Hershey members) and appropriate to three skating levels to allow your skaters to benefit. Register at Levels are based on Free Style tests (not Moves)

  • Level 1 – Pre-Freeskate to No Test – 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Level 2 – Pre-Preliminary to Pre-Juvenile – 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Level 3 – Juvenile to Senior – 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM

Note: this is an all-ages clinic. Adults are welcome if they have comparable testing levels.
Level 1 is a great opportunity for newer and younger skaters to get a taste of a clinic.
All three levels will work on skills appropriate to the testing level.
Alissa will be working primarily on spins with some additional skills as time allows.
Coaches are welcome to attend ice-side.
See a great compilation of Alissa’s spins from competition here:

Did you know?!
Ice skating probably developed in Scandinavia as early as 1000 BCE, the first skates being made from shank or rib bones of elk, oxen, reindeer, and other animals. It is not known when the metal runner was introduced, but early Dutch prints depict skates with metal blades. Until the middle of the 19th century the metal portion of the skate was fastened to a wooden base or footplate and the whole of the skate was fastened to the foot with leather thongs or straps. A major improvement came from the United States in 1850 when E.W. Bushnell of Philadelphia introduced the all-steel skate, which replaced the cumbersome wooden footplate. The main developments in the figure skate after 1900 were the addition of the toe pick, a group of saw-like teeth located at the toe of the blade, which enabled skaters to obtain better purchase in the ice when doing certain jumps, and the innovation of the “closed-toe” blade of one-piece steel, which added strength to the skate and permitted a much lighter-weight blade.

SCNV Important Dates/Reminders
November 17: Moves/Free Skate Test Session @ FIA 6:45-11:50am
December 8: Dance Test Session @ ION International Training Center 7:00-12:00pm
January 12: Dance Test Session @ FIA 6:45-11:50am
February 23: Moves/Free Skate Test Session @ PWIC 9:00-5:00pm
March 15: Moves/Free Skate Test Session @ FIA 6:45-11:50am
April 17-19: Cardinal Classic with Test Session @ PWIC
May 17: Moves/Free Skate Test Session @ FIA 6:45-11:50am
June 14: Moves/Free Skate Test Session @ FIA 6:45-11:50am

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