Figure Skating School
The skating in Espoon Jäätaiturit starts in the figure skating school. In the skating school children practice basic skating skills and figure skating through play. Children do not need to know how to skate when they start in skating school.
There are groups for young children (3-6 years) and schoolchildren (7 years and older). Skating school groups practice at Warrior Areena in Leppävaara and now also in Tapiola Practice Ice Hall (in the same building with Espoo Metro Areena).
Skating school classes follow a theme that changes each week. The theme is applied in the training and in the music used in the practice. For instance, if the theme is jungle, the children may practice gliding like wild animals, walking like elephants and spinning like monkeys.
Few times a year it is time for Skill diplomas. After a test performance the child receives a diploma in which the parents can see how their child has progressed in different elements of skating. The easiest skill diploma level is one and the most difficult eight.
A year in the figure skating school consists of two seasons: fall and winter. Most children skate them both. Fall season starts in September and ends in mid-December. Winter season starts in January and ends usually at the spring show in March/April. Skating school can be started either in September or in January.
Children can attend skating school for one season or skating can become a hobby for many years. In skating school children are divided into small groups of different skill levels and hence it is possible to find an appropriate group for several seasons. Enthusiastic and talented skaters can move on to more advanced hobby groups and eventually become competitive single or synchronized skaters.
There are several instructors in the skating school. All instructors have a background either in single or synchronized skating, and they have attended instructor trainings organized by the Finnish Figure Skating Association and SLU. The coach responsible for the skating school for is Nita Viiri (season 2018-2019).
The first weeks of skating school there is a skating school duty at the ice rink during the skating school. Questions regarding skating school can also be e-mailed to email@example.com.