Miami Skating Academy

“We believe in the power of figure skating to stir the imagination, lift the spirit, and realize human potential.” —World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

The mission of the Miami University Skating Academy is to promote participation in figure skating to all ages and abilities in a positive and safe environment. The Skating Academy is committed to providing quality programs, instruction, and leadership in an atmosphere of mutual respect. As role models we will strive to inspire our skaters with an emphasis on effort, goal setting, and good sportsmanship, celebrating the achievements of our skaters on and off the ice. We hope to instill a passion and connection to skating that will last a life time!

 

Freestyle Sessions

Freestyle sessions are special ice times reserved for figure skaters to practice individually and have private lessons with an instructor. Freestyle sessions are for skaters at USFS Basic 6 and/or ISI Gamma levels and above, unless otherwise arranged with the Skating Director. Goggin offers College Freestyle Sessions (CFS), and General Freestyles (FS) to accommodate all skaters.

Freestyle Calendar

Private Lessons

The Goggin Ice Center offers private lessons for skaters of all levels. Our professional staff provides instruction in a variety of disciplines including: Basic Skills, Freestyle, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Choreography, and Synchronized Skating Skills. Lessons are offered during freestyle sessions. Our coaching staff includes elite and professional coaches with varying rates. To find a coach best suited for your skater's needs contact Cassandra MacDonald.

Memberships

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Registration

Registration opens April 15 - June 30

All skaters who wish to participate in testing or competitions throughout the skating season must hold a current membership with US Figure Skating and a local membership club. Within the Miami Skating Academy, we hold three different levels of skater membership. The difference between each level is outlined below and reflective of the different level of commitments of each skater.

Full Membership

Full Membership is $225 and required for all skaters that have passed into the US Figure Skating Testing structure at the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Level or above. This membership is valid for all test session and competition registrations.

 

Full Membership includes:

  • First Family Member membership to US Figure Skating
  • In-house test fees during annual test sessions (4-5 every season)
  • Eligibility to compete in USFS sanctioned competitions
  • Eligibility to participate in MSA Programming/Ice Shows/Team Events
  • MU Parking Pass
  • Five FS sessions

Jr Membership

Jr Membership is $195.00 and is the introductory level for skaters wishing to participate in skating competitions either locally or at various other competitions. This level means skaters have NOT passed any level of Moves in the Field or Ice Dance, though they are encouraged to test their first level during the season.

 

Jr Membership includes:

  • F rst Family Member membership to US Figure Skating
  • Opportunity to participate in first level of US Figure Skating Test Structure
  • Eligibility to compete in USFS sanctioned competitions
  • Eligibility to participate in MSA Programming/Ice Shows/Team Events
  • MU Parking Pass
  • Five FS sessions

Associate (Basic) Membership

Associate (Basic) Membership is $75.00 and available for adult skaters as well as Learn to Skate members from Basic through ASPIRE levels, and does not hold the same home club benefits as the other membership levels, but does provide skaters opportunities to get involved with skating com petitions in the season.

 

Associate (Basic) Membership includes:

  • Eligibility to compete in Miami Open Competition
  • Eligibility to participate in MSA Programming/ Ice Shows/Team Events
  • MU Parking Pass

MSA Programs

Miami Skating Academy offers group instruction for all levels of skating within our Academy. Classes are divided into JR/High or Skills 1/2 Programs and ASPIRE.
 

High/MSA Skills 2 programming is designed for skaters that have passed Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field and above. Groups will be broken down into smaller groups of like skills during these classes in order to provide the best exercises for skill levels. Skating fundamentals such as field moves, jump and spin techniques, and detailed edge work are covered weekly, with a focus on skater progressions.

 

JR/MSA Skills 1 programming is designed for skaters at the ASPIRE level through Pre-Juvenile MIF, and is designed to develop posture, edge control, and power while performing skating foundations and field moves. This class prepares skaters for the Pre-Preliminary moves in the field test, as well as the skill progression for the first three levels of Moves in the Field Tests.

All classes divide skaters into smaller groups of similar skill level skaters with multiple instructors on the ice for each level.

 

ASPIRE programming is designed for the skaters that have completed the Basic 5/6 Learn to Skate Group Lesson class, and are working towards private lessons and beginning jump and spin techniques. This class is offered during Wednesday evening Learn to Skate and many skaters will participate in a weekly private lesson throughout the week as well to support skill progression and development.

 

POWER CLASS is designed to help build skater endurance through interval training and power generating drills.

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Registration opens June 1 – August 15

Yearly MSA Program Packages are designed to bundle multiple skater class registrations into one registration and payment option. Exact prices and level availability will vary from year to year. The Skating Staff will provide a season packet with dates, levels, and fees in the summer before registration begins. Payment plans will be available during registration and will assist with the automatic withdrawal of monthly dues. 

All High Programs, Skating Skills and Power Skating is designed for the skater working on the Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field Test and above, and those actively competing throughout the season. Curriculum includes jump technique and axel/double foundations, spin basics and variations, and field move sequences. Our team of instructors will challenge our skaters with drills and patterns that focus on creating an effortless generation of power. Highly recommended for any skater working towards completion of their moves in the field tests. Power skating is focused on building endurance through interval training.

The season runs September through March, breaking for holidays throughout the year. Exact class dates and times will be released during the summer.

All Jr Programs, Skating Skills and Power Skating, are designed for the skater who has completed the ASPIRE curriculum and is bridging into the Miami Skating Academy. Our instructors will challenge your skater to advance individual skills while also incorporating combination skills, new freestyle elements, and beginning program layouts. We will cover jumps and spins, edges and footwork, flexibility and body control. Power classes will focus on building skating endurance and stamina while in motion. Your skater will have fun while learning new and challenging skills that might be outside of their normal practice or weekly lessons.

The season runs September through March, breaking for holidays throughout the year. Exact class dates and times will be released during the summer. Many skaters will join throughout the year as they progress from the ASPIRE class into the Jr/MSA Skills 1 levels.

Miami Skating Academy

Miami Skating Academy offers group instruction for all levels of skating within our Academy. Classes are divided into JR/High or Skills 1/2 Programs and ASPIRE.
 

High/MSA Skills 2 programming is designed for skaters that have passed Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field and above. Groups will be broken down into smaller groups of like skills during these classes in order to provide the best exercises for skill levels. Skating fundamentals such as field moves, jump and spin techniques, and detailed edge work are covered weekly, with a focus on skater progressions.

 

JR/MSA Skills 1 programming is designed for skaters at the ASPIRE level through Pre-Juvenile MIF, and is designed to develop posture, edge control, and power while performing skating foundations and field moves. This class prepares skaters for the Pre-Preliminary moves in the field test, as well as the skill progression for the first three levels of Moves in the Field Tests.

All classes divide skaters into smaller groups of similar skill level skaters with multiple instructors on the ice for each level.

 

ASPIRE programming is designed for the skaters that have completed the Basic 5/6 Learn to Skate Group Lesson class, and are working towards private lessons and beginning jump and spin techniques. This class is offered during Wednesday evening Learn to Skate and many skaters will participate in a weekly private lesson throughout the week as well to support skill progression and development.

 

POWER CLASS is designed to help build skater endurance through interval training and power generating drills.

Register Here

Program Packages

Registration opens June 1 – August 15

Yearly MSA Program Packages are designed to bundle multiple skater class registrations into one registration and payment option. Exact prices and level availability will vary from year to year. The Skating Staff will provide a season packet with dates, levels, and fees in the summer before registration begins. Payment plans will be available during registration and will assist with the automatic withdrawal of monthly dues. 

HIGH/MSA SKILLS 2 PROGRAMS

All High Programs, Skating Skills and Power Skating is designed for the skater working on the Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field Test and above, and those actively competing throughout the season. Curriculum includes jump technique and axel/double foundations, spin basics and variations, and field move sequences. Our team of instructors will challenge our skaters with drills and patterns that focus on creating an effortless generation of power. Highly recommended for any skater working towards completion of their moves in the field tests. Power skating is focused on building endurance through interval training.

The season runs September through March, breaking for holidays throughout the year. Exact class dates and times will be released during the summer.

JR/MSA Skills 1 PROGRAMS

All Jr Programs, Skating Skills and Power Skating, are designed for the skater who has completed the ASPIRE curriculum and is bridging into the Miami Skating Academy. Our instructors will challenge your skater to advance individual skills while also incorporating combination skills, new freestyle elements, and beginning program layouts. We will cover jumps and spins, edges and footwork, flexibility and body control. Power classes will focus on building skating endurance and stamina while in motion. Your skater will have fun while learning new and challenging skills that might be outside of their normal practice or weekly lessons.

The season runs September through March, breaking for holidays throughout the year. Exact class dates and times will be released during the summer. Many skaters will join throughout the year as they progress from the ASPIRE class into the Jr/MSA Skills 1 levels.

MSA Synchro Teams

The Miami Skating Academy is the proud home of synchronized skating teams. Every year we are able to field two to four teams at the Open Juvenile, Preliminary, and Synchro Skills level, depending on skater availability. All teams have level requirements and are selected during the Spring Tryout process.

Skaters are expected to participate in weekly practices, and individual skater development opportunities through our MSA programs, freestyle sessions, and private lessons.

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field Test and above prior to the start date of the season. 

Skaters participating on the Open Juvenile team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including brackets, rockers, counters, twizzles, and more to combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Test and/or above prior to the start date of the season. 

Skaters participating on the Preliminary team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including three turns, cross rolls, power skating, and more and will combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Basic 5 and above skating curriculum.

Skaters participating on the Synchro Skills division team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including three turns, cross rolls, power skating, and more and will combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during summer and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

The Intro to Synchro team is designed to introduce skaters to the synchronized skating experience from our Learn to Skate Group Lesson and ASPIRE levels. All skaters must be at the Basic 3 level or above to participate. Skaters will receive a costume to keep and three performances for their registration. They will perform at the MSA Holiday Exhibition on, Miami Open Competition, and the Annual Spring Ice Show.

Open houses will be in Augst and team practices will begin in September and run congruent with Learn to Skate yearly sessions.. Monthly payment plans are available. 

Open Juvenile

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field Test and above prior to the start date of the season. 

Skaters participating on the Open Juvenile team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including brackets, rockers, counters, twizzles, and more to combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Preliminary

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Test and/or above prior to the start date of the season. 

Skaters participating on the Preliminary team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including three turns, cross rolls, power skating, and more and will combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Synchro Skills

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during try-outs and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

Skaters will be eligible for this team if they have completed the Basic 5 and above skating curriculum.

Skaters participating on the Synchro Skills division team will challenge themselves to learn artistry in motion and connection to fellow skaters while performing elements in unison. Program components will focus on advanced skill progression including three turns, cross rolls, power skating, and more and will combine with intricate synchro elements such as circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. An emphasis will be placed on speed, correct timing, rhythm and unison at this level. Skaters should look to this advanced program as an extra practice that combines their hard work in ice dance and moves in the field to their overall skating development.

The team will compete at three competitions throughout the season, perform at event exhibitions for Miami Athletics, as well as the MSA Holiday Exhibition and the Annual Spring Ice Show, and exhibit at the Miami Open Competition. 

Skaters are notified of team placement following team tryouts and will be required to sign a team contract before the season begins.

Intro to synchro

Practice Days/Time; Schedule; Cost are all announced during summer and the informational parent meeting before the start of the season.

The Intro to Synchro team is designed to introduce skaters to the synchronized skating experience from our Learn to Skate Group Lesson and ASPIRE levels. All skaters must be at the Basic 3 level or above to participate. Skaters will receive a costume to keep and three performances for their registration. They will perform at the MSA Holiday Exhibition on, Miami Open Competition, and the Annual Spring Ice Show.

Open houses will be in Augst and team practices will begin in September and run congruent with Learn to Skate yearly sessions.. Monthly payment plans are available. 

Special Skating Events

Every season our MSA skaters host a Winter Wonderland Holiday Exhibition for our friends and family. We open performances to members of our club and offer individual and group performances, as well as synchro team exhibitions. Registration and practices begin in November, and our exhibition performances will be in December.

Miami Skating Academy hosts an annual USFS sanctioned competition open to all levels from Compete USA through Senior Well-Balanced. Information is released throughout the summer and fall, and registration is through Event Management System (EMS) portal from US Figure Skating.

Miami Open Information

Miami Skating Academy hosts four to five US Figure Skating Test Sessions annually. All test sessions are online registrations and will require coach approved test registrations ten days prior to the test date. All priority will be given to member skaters first, and non-members second.

 

2020-2021 Test Sessions

Friday, September 25, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Friday, October 30, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Friday, December 4, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, February 27: 10 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 24: 9 pm - 2 pm

  • All test forms must be received ten days prior to the test session and will be submitted to MSA Test Chair

Goggin Ice Center hosts an annual spring ice show with participants from our Learn to Skate and Miami Skating Academy programs, Intercollegiate and Varsity athletic programs, and Jr RedHawks. Registration will begin in November and practices start in April. 

Exact practice schedule will be announced in March.

Ice Show Information

Miami Skating Academy Holiday Exhibition

Every season our MSA skaters host a Winter Wonderland Holiday Exhibition for our friends and family. We open performances to members of our club and offer individual and group performances, as well as synchro team exhibitions. Registration and practices begin in November, and our exhibition performances will be in December.

Miami Open Competition (USFS)

Miami Skating Academy hosts an annual USFS sanctioned competition open to all levels from Compete USA through Senior Well-Balanced. Information is released throughout the summer and fall, and registration is through Event Management System (EMS) portal from US Figure Skating.

Miami Open Information

USFS Test Sessions (tentative)

Miami Skating Academy hosts four to five US Figure Skating Test Sessions annually. All test sessions are online registrations and will require coach approved test registrations ten days prior to the test date. All priority will be given to member skaters first, and non-members second.

 

2020-2021 Test Sessions

Friday, September 25, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Friday, October 30, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Friday, December 4, 2020: 12 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, February 27: 10 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 24: 9 pm - 2 pm

  • All test forms must be received ten days prior to the test session and will be submitted to MSA Test Chair

Annual Spring Ice Show

Goggin Ice Center hosts an annual spring ice show with participants from our Learn to Skate and Miami Skating Academy programs, Intercollegiate and Varsity athletic programs, and Jr RedHawks. Registration will begin in November and practices start in April. 

Exact practice schedule will be announced in March.

Ice Show Information