Learn to Skate!

October 12, 2007
LEARN TO SKATE!

The Capital City Figure Skating Association, Inc., in cooperation with Shawnee County, KS, the Kansas ExpoCentre, and Topeka Ice, is pleased to announce the availability of group figure skating lessons during Fall 2007. Figure skating lessons will be offered in affiliation with the United States Figure Skating Association’s (USFSA) Basic Skills program.

USFSA is the major national administrative body which organizes and sponsors figure skating in the United States, including: ice shows, qualifying and non-qualifying competitions, and United States participation in the Olympics and World Championships.

The USFSA Basic Skills program provides a national learn-to-skate curriculum, taught by USFSA-affiliated professional instructors. Registered skaters also receive:

· Official U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills membership card
· A brightly colored record book with stickers to track your progress through the lessons
· A membership year patch
· Sports accident insurance
· General information about ice skating

The USFSA Basic Skill program offered this fall at the Kansas ExpoCentre will include 15 hours of group lesson instruction and 6 hours of individual practice time. The total fee for this package is $200, payable by check to Shawnee County. This fee covers the cost of the ice time, as well as each skater’s registration with the USFSA Basic Skills program.

In addition to the Basic Skills program ice time listed on the next page, the Kansas ExpoCentre has the following public skating sessions:

· Friday, November 2, 2007
· Saturday, November 3, 2007
· Saturday, November 17, 2007
· Saturday, November 24, 2007
· Saturday, December 1, 2007

For more information on these public skating sessions, contact 785-235-1986.

ABOUT THE CAPITAL CITY FIGURE SKATING ASSOCIATION, INC.

The Capital City Figure Skating Association, Inc., (CCFSA) is a section 501(C)(3) non-profit, incorporated under the laws of Kansas to promote figure skating in northeastern Kansas. The association will apply for USFSA provisional affiliation status during spring 2008, after completion of the required 6-month probation period. As interest in figure skating in northeastern Kansas grows, CCFSA expects to purchase private ice time from the Kansas ExpoCentre. CCFSA is also a strong supporter of construction of the Topeka Ice facility in downtown Topeka during Fall 2008.

ABOUT THE BASIC SKILLS PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR

The current figure skating instructor is Colin Bennett, a former regional, sectional and national competitor. Colin was a medalist in the U.S. Nationals in 1995, 1996 and 1997. During 1980s and 1990s Colin trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Lake Placid, NY and Colorado Springs, CO. He has passed the U.S. (USFSA) Gold medal certification (1989) and Canadian (CSFSA) Gold medal certification (1990) in freestyle. In school figures, a former figure skating technical event, he completed the 7th test (out of 8 tests). During 1994-1995, he taught as a USFSA Basic Skills instructor in Ithaca, NY. During his ice skating competitive career (1981–1997), Colin belonged to several figure skating clubs, including: Skating Club of Northern Virginia, Skating Club of Lake Placid, Salt City FSC (Syracuse, NY), and Cornell Figure Skating Club (Ithaca, NY).

USFSA BASIC SKILLS PROGRAM SCHEDULE
KANSAS EXPOCENTRE / SHAWNEE COUNTY / CAPITAL CITY FIGURE SKATING ASSOCIATION, INC.

Sunday, October 14, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Monday, October 15, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Sunday, October 28, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Monday, October 29, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 Group Lessons / Individual Testing 6:00pm – 6:55pm

Sunday, November 4, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Sunday, November 18, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Monday, November 19, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 Group Lessons / Individual Testing 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Sunday, November 25, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 4:00pm – 4:55pm ***
Monday, November 26, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 6:00pm – 6:55pm ***
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 6:00pm – 6:55pm ***

Sunday, December 2, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Friday, December 7, 2007 Group Lessons 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Sunday, December 9, 2007 Group Lessons 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Group Lessons / Individual Testing 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Sunday, December 16, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 4:00pm – 4:55pm
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 6:00pm – 6:55pm
Friday, December 21, 2007 *** Individual Practice *** 6:00pm – 6:55pm

*** Instructors will not be available at these sessions.


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