This Week in SCNV

In this issue …

  • Picken Dance Classic Deadline – 4/20
  • Commonwealth Games Deadline – 5/1
  • Blades of Summer 2022 Compete USA Deadline – 5/6
  • Join Our National Blades Synchro Team!
  • SafeSport Minor Athlete and Parent Courses Available
  • Club Ice News
  • Did you know?!

Picken Dance Classic Deadline – 4/20
Picken Dance Classic returns this year June 4-5th, 2022 to SkateQuest in Reston, VA! Picken is the 4th stop on the Solo Dance Series tour for the East Coast. In addition to solo dance, we (WFSC) are offering partnered dance, adult solo and partnered free dance events. Registration closes April 20th on EMS. We hope to see you there!

Commonwealth Games Deadline – 5/1
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia U.S. Figure Skating Competition is open for registration. The Competition will be held June 18-19 at Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex, 416 Stephanie Way, Chesapeake, Va 23320 (there will be a USFS Test Session on Friday, June 17th – test session information available on EntryEeze under Tidewater Figure Skating Club).

This competition, sanctioned by US Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA, is open to residents of Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and West Virginia. Events for Compete USA, Excel, Well-Balanced and Adults will be offered! IJS Events will be held for Excel Pre-Preliminary and above and No-Test and above. Registration deadline May 1, 2022.

To register and for more information, please use the link below.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Hannah Gubanc, Competition Director, at or Jill Stewart, Skating Director at We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Commonwealth Games!

Blades of Summer 2022 Compete USA Deadline – 5/6
Prince William Ice Center (PWIC) is happy to announce our annual Blades of Summer 2022 Compete USA Competition at PWICr in Woodbridge, Virginia to be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 – 9:00am – 6:00pm.

Registration is online only:

Blades Of Summer 2022 registration deadline: May 6, 2022.

Skaters can also access information/ competition announcement on PWIC website:

If you have any question please email:

Join our National Blades Synchro team!
Would you like to be in a team and travel to competitions with your friends? If so then National Blades would like to have you on one of their Amazing teams. We have openings in our intermediate and Open Juvenile and Pre Juvenile teams. We are offering spring training synchro skills sessions for all of our team levels. Please contact head coach Teresa Yuengert at for information on how to become a National Blade!

SafeSport Minor Athlete and Parent Courses Available
You may have previously received communication from us or U.S. Figure Skating regarding the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s migration to a new Learning Management System (LMS). Now that the platform is fully set up, we would like to encourage all Minor Athletes and their parents to take their corresponding SafeSportTM Training Course. These elective courses have been designed to provide age-appropriate education on topics like identifying trusted adults, positive sportsmanship, bullying, hazing, misconduct and abuse. The available courses are:

  • SafeSport for Kids (ages 5-12) – 15 minutes
  • SafeSport for Youth Athletes (ages 13-17) – 15 minutes

Instructions to Access Minor Athlete Courses

  • Parents Guide to Misconduct in Sport, U.S. Figure Skating – 30 minutes

Instructions to Access Parent Course

We do want to emphasize that you should be logged into the appropriate profile when taking your training (i.e., parents are logged into their account when taking the parent course, minors are logged into their account when taking the athlete course).

Questions? Please contact for details.

Club Ice News
Please join us on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings for discounted Freestyle and coach led Solo Pattern Dance class at FIA. Our club ice schedule is posted on our live club calendar (see here).

Questions? Please contact

Did You Know?!
“Kiss and Cry” was coined by Finnish figure skating official Jane Erkko, who was on the organizing committee for the 1983 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland. According to a 2004 book by former Italian skating judge Sonia Bianchetti Garbato called “Cracked Ice: Figure Skating’s Inner World,” Erkko referred to the scoring area as “the kiss and cry corner” to a television producer mapping out camera placements.

The technician wrote KISS AND CRY on the map, according to Garbato. The term stuck and is now an official figure-skating term, mentioned twice in the International Skating Union’s Constitution and General Regulations.
(USA Today, 2/10/2022)