From the National Blades Synchronized Skating Team:
The National Blades Synchronized Skating Team is holding its Summer Boot Camp at the the week of Aug. 13 through 17.
The camp will culminate with a skating exhibition and preview of their 2012 / 2013 season routines. The skating exhibition is free and the public is welcome to attend. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Synchronized skating is the newest and fastest growing segment in the sport of figure skating. It began at the University of Michigan in the late 1950‘s and has grown to become an international sport. Synchronized teams range in level from beginner to advanced senior teams. Teams consist of 8 to 24 members, skating in unison to a program choreographed to music. Programs are performed in front of judges at competitions, or at exhibitions such as ice shows.
The National Blades were established in 1997 and are entering their 15th year of earning medals and making memories! Skaters interested in joining at the beginning level must be actively taking lessons at the Basic 4-5 level in a Learn To Skate program. Experienced skaters may come to one of our team workshops or if they believe they have the skills, can try out any time for the team that fits their age and skating level. All skaters who are National Blades Members are required to also be actively taking lessons to improve their skills.
The National Blades hosted try outs and workshops throughout February, March, and April of 2012. The organization will be sponsoring a total of four teams this season at the Beginner, Pre-Juvenile, and Intermediate levels. For additional information on synchronized skating, go to the U.S. Figure Skating website. For additional information on the National Blades teams, our web address is http://www.nationalblades.org/.