Skating, Health & Fitness

Skating, Health & Fitness Overview

FSH values the health and fitness of all our students and provides a safe and fun environment with group skating instruction that follows the framework of United States Figure Skating (USFS) to serve the needs of both recreational and beginner skaters. Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, FSH has been bestowed with the Rings of Gold Award for developing the dreams of children, teaching girls valuable life skills, and making a positive impact through fitness.

Our girls are placed into Learn to Skate USA groups based on skating ability and age, where they learn proper technique, improve self-esteem, and develop a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness through skating. In addition, our Girls Off-Ice Fitness Investment Training (GO-Fit) program teaches the girls nutrition, fitness, and balance and body awareness through different classes including ballet, jazz and Laban Movement.

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"FSH is the best program for the young ladies of Harlem. Self-esteem building, team building, and social awareness. The opportunity afforded them is amazing.”

- ALLYSON NEAL SPRINGETT (FSH PARENT)

Figure Skating

Figure skating requires an incredible amount of concentrated physical and mental discipline, hard work and dedication. When our students take to the ice, most for the very first time, they have group instruction up to 4 afternoons per week. They benefit from the experience and dedication of our professional skating staff.

Students work for extra opportunities like a spot on the synchronized skating team and summer scholarships to the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Program and Chelsea Piers Figure Skating camp. Every student performs in at least one of our special events during the year including the Annual Ice Show and annual Gwendolyn Simmons Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party. Throughout the year, our girls see their progress concretely measured using the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills test. At the end of the program year, we celebrate their achievements on and off the ice at our much anticipated Awards Banquet.

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Go - Fit

All students participate in GO-FIT (Girls Off-Ice Fitness Investment Training) once per week throughout the entire season. 

Stars (grades 1-3) and Pros (grades 3-5) take dance class alternating with GO-FIT once a week. Dance is an introduction to GO-FIT, and will introduce basic body movements, different styles of dance, choreography and expression.

We conduct four assessments in GO-FIT throughout the season to monitor the physical improvement of the students. We hope to see all of our girls learn valuable lessons to help keep their bodies healthy and fit throughout their lives.

Our more than 20 skating instructors and 25 on-ice volunteers come from impressive and varied backgrounds, and include professional skaters, USFS Gold Medalists and New York area school teachers. Some of these instructors offer classes in “Moves in the Field” and “Theatre on Ice” for higher-level students.