The Skating Club of Boston's rink in Brighton, Massachusetts
The Skating Club of Boston is a not-for-profit figure skating club based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1912, it is one of the oldest skating clubs in the United States, and a founding member of U.S. Figure Skating, the governing body for the sport in the United States. The Club's mission is to advance participation, education and excellence in skating for people of all ages, abilities and means. The Club has over 800 active members and offers a variety of programs for the public, reaching another 2,000 children and adults. The club owns its own rink in Brighton, Massachusetts, built in 1938. In addition, in a public private partnership with the City of Boston's Parks & Recreation Department, the Club manages the programming and facilities for The Frog Pond located at Boston Common on a year-round basis.
Like many other skating clubs in North America, The Skating Club of Boston includes many social and volunteer activities along with skater development and athlete training. These include special dinners acknowledging volunteers, awards banquets celebrating skater achievements and competitions, and special exhibitions supporting community programs and athlete development. The Club supports a junior activities program encouraging leadership and community activities with its junior members.
The Boston Open is held annually in September and attracts skaters from across New England. Every spring the club showcases its many talented skaters in Ice Chips, the longest continuous run of any skating carnival in the world. In addition to the skaters training for local, national, and world competitions, the Club programming includes several of its own Theatre On Ice teams and provides a high performance skating program for youth interested in accelerated training, both on and off the ice. The club is affiliated with Team Excel, a synchronized skating organization.
The Club has hosted the United States Figure Skating Championships seven times, most recently in January 2014. In 2016, the Club hosted the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, a first for the city of Boston. The Club also hosted the 2011 U.S. U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and the 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.
A partial list of notable skaters who have trained at or represented The Skating Club of Boston include:
- Tenley Albright
- Sherwin Badger
- Theresa Weld Blanchard
- Dick Button
- Juliana Cannarozzo
- Stephen Carriere
- Marissa Castelli
- Shepherd Clark
- Louann Donovan
- Christina Gao
- Katrina Hacker
- Lorraine Hanlon
- Emily Hughes
- Nancy Kerrigan
- Jennifer Kirk
- Bradley Lord
- Gretchen Merrill
- Mark Mitchell
- Suna Murray
- Ross Miner
- Nathaniel Niles
- Albertina Noyes
- John Misha Petkevich
- Simon Shnapir
- Scott Smith
- Joan Tozzer
- Roger F. Turner
- Laurence Owen
- Maribel Owen
- Maribel Vinson
- Paul Wylie
Theatre On Ice of Boston
The Skating Club of Boston's Theatre On Ice program proudly supports five full competitive teams. Theatre On Ice is a discipline of skating focusing on originality, costuming, artistry, musicality, and choreography. It promotes the team as a whole and is a great way to learn artistic and performance skating.
The adult ice theatre team, Imagica of Boston, swept the gold medals (in the National Freeskate, International Choreographic Exercise, and International Freeskate events) at the 2008 and 2009 International/National Theatre on Ice competitions, and are the 2013 Nation's Cup Gold Medalists. Imagica of Boston is directed by Tasney Mazzarino. ACT I of Boston, is The Skating Club of Boston's Senior Theatre On Ice team. They are the 2013 U.S. National Theatre on Ice Gold Medal Champions. They have been selected to be one of three U.S. Senior Theatre On Ice teams to represent the U.S in Paris, France at the Nations Cup, International Interclub Ballet On Ice Competition in April 2015. ACT I of Boston is made up of a strong variety of skaters many of which have toured with Disney On Ice. The Ovation of Boston team consists of skaters 9 years or older, preliminary free skate level and above. Encore of Boston competes across the country, developing their theatrical and performance skating. The Center Stage of Boston team is the 2015 United States National Champions.
The Skating Academy
The Skating Academy is the learn-to-skate school operated by The Skating Club of Boston, offering group lessons to children and adults with programs in several locations, including Brighton, Boston, Beverly, Brookline, Dedham, Foxboro, the Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston’s North End, Somerville and West Roxbury. The Academy has over 2,000 students, and utilizes the Basic Skills curriculum of U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.
- Junior Activities Committee
- Ice Chips
- Team Excel Synchronized Skating
- Boston Selected to Host 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
- A Summary History of The Skating Club of Boston Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
- 2008 National and International Theatre on Ice Competition
- 2009 National and International Theatre on Ice Competition
- The Skating Academy
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- The Boston Common Frog Pond Official Web Site