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Arts Academy Charter School

by: Terri Milner Tarquini

Pairing a challenging education with the opportunity to try out a variety of artistic pursuits, including figure skating, is what makes the Arts Academy Charter School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a little bit different than the average school experience.

“The whole school and staff are focused on a philosophy that is more understanding to students with a bend toward the arts,” Principal Jan Labellarte said. “The academics are designed to be rigorous, but still provide the creative aspect.”

In what is called a “consolidated academic approach,” about two-thirds of the students’ day is spent on their traditional core classes and the other one-third is dedicated to their artistic pursuits. In addition to skating, courses include dance, theatre, vocal, instrumental and visual arts, such as painting and sculpting.



An interview with Ryan Jahnke
Episode #35

An interview with american skater Ryan Jahnke, 2003 US Bronze medalist and World Team member, and founder of www.myskatingmall.com.

On his most embarrassing skating moment: Definitely it comes instantly to my mind. It was Skate America 2003. The previous year, I made it to Worlds, had a breakthrough season, did really good. So I get to Skate America, which was the first of my two Grand Prix events. And I think in my long program the only thing I landed was a double axel. I went down about six times. It was — I was just crushed. So many things were going on and that was the most embarrassing, because here I am, expecting to do really well, and I just really mopped up the ice big time.

44 minutes, 6 seconds

Stacie Kuglin
Area 10 Representative

Area 10 representative Stacie Kuglin liked what she heard as a young girl while performing in her first ice show. A simple announcement set the course for her skating career, as a recent gold figure medalist was lauded over the public address system. Kuglin vividly remembers that event as the moment she discovered her future.

“I was skating in my very first ice show in 1969 in Great Falls, Mont.,” Kuglin said. “As a group lesson skater, I was in awe of all the soloists. Each performance, a beautiful skater named Terri Casey was announced as a new gold figure medalist.”





The Amateur Sports Act of 1978, sponsored by Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, created the U.S. Olympic Committee, which in turn created governing bodies for all Olympic sports. Only those governing bodies would determine the athletes that would represent the United States in Olympic competitions.

While the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 straightened out issues for sports like hockey, basketball, and volleyball, its effect on figure skating was a bit more meddlesome.

“We didn’t need the Act,” said skating historian Ben Wright, a former President of the USFSA. “Figure skating didn’t support it. We were subject to the International Skating Union and that was enough. We didn’t need a separate body controlling us.”

Kent McDill, PSA Memorable Moment #31, Amateur Sports Act of 1978

Nancy Chacurian-Viveiros
Spring Valley, Nevada

Working on MIF, I went back to basics with a young adult student. Had her doing figure 8s and then adding an outside rocker turn later.

Student: I like doing figures! Do you have a sphincter? Me: Do you mean a scribe????

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Winner of 2015 PSA Rocker Counter Bracket Challenge

Jeremy Abbott and UNCSA Saxophone Ensemble - 'Dear Lord' by John Coltrane Performed at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championship closing exhibition



Riedell, Grassroots to Champions, Champion Cords, Magic Of Style