The ACAC Presents
Boston Ice Dance Weekend
at The Skating Club of Boston
August 19-21, 2022
Join us for a fun-filled, social, ice dance weekend, with a community of fellow ice dancers and friends!
Welcoming Boston Ice Dance Weekend to The Skating Club of Boston!
The Adult Community Activities Committee (ACAC) is very pleased to present the Boston Ice Dance Weekend for the very first time at The Skating Club of Boston. The committee has worked closely with Laura Morrissette and George Blaszczynski, the founders and creators of the Boston Ice Dance Weekend, to create the weekend of skating, delicious food and gathering together to enjoy ice dancing again after a two-year hiatus.
The ACAC is thrilled to welcome everyone to The Skating Club of Boston to skate in both the West Rink and the Tenley E. Albright Performance Center throughout the weekend of activities. Meals will be created and provided by Executive Chef Mark Flemming and his catering team. For Saturday evening, plan on enjoying a Dinner Dance featuring the well-known Bo Winiker Band in the Club’s beautiful Frieling Club Lounge.
Please take a look at the schedule below for more details. Use this link to register for the weekend. There is Early Bird pricing available through May 31st as well as options to participate just for the social, off-ice activities, or you can select your options a la carte as well. This year’s theme for the weekend will be “Tropical” so feel free to wear your bright, flowered Hawaiian shirts.
About Boston Ice Dance Weekend
What is Social Ice Dancing?
The quick answer: Ballroom Dancing on Ice. Ice dancing has a long history and began as a social activity to attract skaters and families to figure skating clubs. Clubs had weekly social ice dance sessions that would often include an off-ice social event. Experienced dancers would teach new dancers the steps to hundreds of standard patterns. Ice Dancing gradually evolved into the competitive, Olympic figure skating event that it is today. It has a recognized USFSA test structure and sanctioned competitions at all levels. Social Ice Dancing is not competitive and goes back to the roots of the sport. Nobody’s judging you so you are free to enjoy the dancing and chat with your partner.
Is This for Me?
Whatever your skating level, you will enjoy the weekend. It’s all about being social and having fun. If you love to be with other skaters who share your passion for ice dance you will have a great time. And the food, so much wonderful food.
Do I need to come with a partner?
No, It’s social ice dancing. Everyone is encouraged to dance with lots of different partners. If you don’t come with a partner, no worries, you’ll get plenty of offers to dance. At past weekends the male/female ratio has been pretty even so everyone got to dance most of the dances that they knew. If you are a solo dancer, this is a wonderful opportunity to try skating with a partner.
I’m a Solo Dancer, will I have to dance with a partner?
An Ice Dance Weekend is meant to be social. All dancers are strongly encouraged to skate with partners whenever possible. If you’ve never danced with a non-coach partner, you’ll find it’s a whole different experience. Try it, you might like it. If you are asked to dance, courtesy requires that you either accept the invitation or sit out the dance. If no partners of the opposite sex are available, try shadow dancing with other solo dancers or switching roles and partnering with someone of the same sex. If you can’t find a partner, you are welcome to skate solo as long as you maintain a good pattern, enter the pattern behind all of the paired dancers and don’t skate through partnered skaters.
What dances should I know?
To get the most out of the weekend you should be comfortable with most of the first six dances in the USFA test structure. (Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Rhythm Blues, Swing Dance, Cha Cha and Fiesta Tango). It doesn’t mean you have to have tested or passed, just that you know the steps and feel comfortable doing them with a partner. If you can add the Willow Waltz, Ten Fox, Fourteen Step or Hickory to your repertoire you’ll be dancing much of the time. Bronze through Gold dances are danced frequently at an Ice Dance Weekends and even a few international dances, by request. If you’re a high level dancer and are afraid that you’ve forgotten all the lower level dances, don’t worry, you’d be surprised how fast they come back. There are a number of dances that are not part of the test structure that are often done at ice dance weekends including the Golden Skaters Waltz, Rose Petal Waltz (Three Lobe Waltz), Riverside Rhumba, Baby Blues and the Swing Waltz. Skaters who know these dances are more than happy to show you the steps and you can also find the patterns on the internet. We may all try leaning a new dance from the archives of “Dead Dances”.
How can I learn?
Any skater, hockey, figure or recreational, can learn to ice dance. If you are comfortable skating forward, on one foot and on inside and outside edges, you can learn the preliminary dances. Here’s your chance to give it a try.
What should I wear?
Ice Dance weekends offer you an opportunity to dress up and show off some of those test and competition clothes hanging in the back of the closet. There is often a theme Friday night when many, but not all, skaters have fun dressing up in costumes. But the emphasis is on fun and ice dancing so you are welcome to wear whatever is safe and comfortable. Bring a light jacket or sweater in case the rink is cold.
Are all ages welcome?
Yes, well behaved skaters of all ages are welcome to join us at the Boston Ice Dance Weekend.
Tentative Schedule of Events:
Friday, August 19, 2022
7:00PM-7:45PM On Ice Warm-Up with Elin Schran’s Ice Flow Class – West Rink
7:45PM-9:45PM Program Ice Dancing – West Rink
10:00PM Soup-Sandwich-Dessert with a Hawaiian Flair-The Frieling Club Lounge
Saturday, August 20, 2022
All on-ice events will be happening in the Tenley E. Albright Performance Center
9:00AM Edge and Turn Class with Douglas Webster
10:00AM-3:00PM Enjoy the following options during this timeframe:
- Program Ice Dancing
- Beginner Ice Dancing
- Afternoon Delight – Tea & Snacks
7:00PM-11:00PM Dinner Dance with the Bo Winiker Band
Sunday, August 21, 2022
10:00AM-12:00PM Program Ice Dancing – West Rink
12:00PM-2:00PM Brunch – The Frieling Club Lounge
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