Have you ever wanted to be able to twirl like a ballerina or leap high into the air, almost as if you were flying? If so, figure-skating might be for you. As with any sport, there will be a few tumbles while you learn, but the feeling of soaring over the ice is well worth it. When more skills are learned, it’s even possible to dance on the ice with a partner.
Figure-skating is a sport where participants skate and dance on the ice, performing beautiful and complex leaps and spins. In graded competitions, a skater must demonstrate a set amount of special movements before demonstrating their personal style in a free-skate routine, where they’re able to skate however they like. Unlike in hockey, a figure-skater competes alone or in a small team of two or more. If a skater doesn’t want to compete, the skills are still useful for leisurely skating or performing for fun with friends at the rink.
The best reason to learn figure-skating is because it’s immensely fun and enjoyable. Skating over the ice is a sensation unlike anything else, including roller-skating. New figure-skaters can make friends with the other kids in their class and can practice moves on the ice together. Figure-skating is also a healthy form of exercise and strengthens all parts of the body.
Figure-skating is an easy sport to get into. All a child needs to begin is a pair of skates, a helmet, and a good teacher. Ice sports are typically associated with winter, but thanks to indoor skating rinks, they can be enjoyed and practiced year-round. There will be some bumps and falls as new skaters learn how to balance, but teachers will help them overcome the fear of falling with safe, structured drills. Once they’re up and steady on the ice, all their parents have to do is watch them go.
As a skater progresses in skill level, they may want to enter competitions. Depending on the level, a skater may need a performance costume, extra practice time at the rink, and transportation to the event. If skater decides that figure-skating isn’t for them, the knowledge can easily be applied to speed-skating, hockey, or synchronized skating. Even if a skater decides not to continue in any sport, skating is a recreational skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and shared with family and friends.