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2016 Best Performance Edi Awards presented at Champs Camp

By Kent McDill

There are many components that go into a successful figure skating program. Ultimately, it is the skater’s physical performance that wins the day, but the other components remain vital to the success of a program.

While U.S. Figure Skating awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to the skaters for their competition efforts, the Professional Skaters Association honors the men and women coaches who put forth the effort to create the programs and visual features for the skaters.

Disney On Ice presents “Follow Your Heart” Behind-the-Scenes

By Terri Milner Tarquini

There was jumping and jiving, dodging and darting, flipping, and flying - and, of course, there was Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.

And it all took place in the rehearsal hall at the 580,000 square-foot Feld Entertainment Studios in Ellenton, Florida.

Having opened its tour the beginning of September, Disney On Ice presents “Follow Your Heart” was two weeks from its premier when the curtain was parted and a glimpse of what goes into a live ice show production was granted.

And what a spectacular behind-the-scenes look it was.

“Every day I come to work, my inner child freaks out,” said Patty Vincent, “Follow Your Heart” director. “These beloved characters are in my blood. I am so passionate about studying the interaction and movements and character traits that bring the films to life. We want people to instantly recognize these characters they know so well.”


Retiring Roles Williams feted by fellow coaches

Barbara Roles Williams, the 1960 Olympic bronze medalist and 1962 U.S. champion, arrived as a coach at the University of Delaware in the summer of 2002. Once there, she immediately changed the dynamic of the University of Delaware Training Center.

“There was excitement in the rink when she arrived,” fellow coach Gary Irving said. “Barbara was a wonderful addition to our staff and quickly filled her lesson times.


Divots & Pivots

Coaches Chuckle

Educational Credits vs. CERs - What's the Difference?

Educational credits come from PSA-approved educational events from PSA, ISI, and U.S. Figure Skating. PSA members submit affidavits for educational credits when they attend events. To keep a rating active, members must have 28 credits on file in the previous three years. Educational credits must be on file from the previous year prior to registering for the Basic Accreditation, Sport Science & Medicine or rating exams. Educational credits expire after three years.

CERs are Continuing Education Requirements mandated by U.S. Figure Skating. Category A and B expire yearly and must be renewed annually. CERs require courses from specific topic areas: Professional Ethics, U.S. Figure Skating Rules, Sport Safety & Science, and IJS (Category A only). Completion of CERs is one aspect of Coach Compliance for U.S. Figure Skating coaches at test sessions and competitions.

Moose in the Field

By Brianna Moffett

Had a student write in her notebook what she was going to work on that day- moose in the field. Made complete sense to her at the time. Now two years later...we still call them that for fun!


Ice Times
Lake Placid

Ice Cube

Adult Week at Lake Placid, Part 1

The annual Lake Placid Adult Week concluded this weekend and we just happened to be in town. Looking for some new stories for MEGAsequin and knowing that adult skaters could be the answer, we shoved some microphones in their faces during their post-show after party. Luckily no one mistook the microphones for appetizers and everyone kindly agreed to share some stories.

Presenting 2016 U.S. Open Professional Championships competitor Anna Cobb

  • Professional skater and choreographer
  • 2014 Young Artists Showcase Champion
  • Performed with Ice Theatre of New York and Willy Bietak Productions

Professional Skaters Foundation


Skaters' Fund is now a part of The Professional Skaters Foundation (PSF), which was founded to expand the educational opportunities of PSA members through a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable foundation. The Trustees of the PSF have developed several scholarship programs for its members through a selection process based on established guidelines and criteria.

Support the PS Foundation today!

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