Skating Club of Boston

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The Skating Club of Boston
The Skating Club of Boston's rink in Brighton, Massachusetts
Formation 1912 (1912)
Joseph Blount

The Skating Club of Boston is a not-for-profit figure skating club based in Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 1912, it is one of the oldest skating clubs in the United States, and a founding member of U.S. Figure Skating, the governing body for the sport in the United States. The Club's mission is to promote interest, access, education and advancement in all the disciplines of U.S. Figure Skating, and to children and adults of all ages, abilities and means. The Club has over 800 active members from across New England, and offers a variety of programs for the public, reaching another 2,000 children and adults. The club owns its own rink in Brighton, Massachusetts, built in 1938. In addition, in a public private partnership with the City of Boston's Parks & Recreation Department, the Club manages the programming and facilities for The Frog Pond located at Boston Common on a year-round basis.

Club activities[edit]

An annual competition, the Boston Open, is held each fall, and attracts skaters from across New England. In the spring, the club puts on an ice show known as Ice Chips,[1] which is said to have had the longest continuous run of any club skating carnival in the world. Its first presentation was in 1912. The club is affiliated with Team Excel[2] which is a synchronized skating organization with several teams. The Club also manages several of its own ice theatre teams. The Club operates a high performance skating program for youth interested in accelerated training, both on and off the ice.

The Club has hosted the United States Figure Skating Championships seven times, most recently in January 2014.[3] In 2016, the Club will host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, a first for the city of Boston. The Club also hosted the 2011 U.S. U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and the 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.

Like many other skating clubs in North America, The Skating Club of Boston includes many social and volunteer activities along with skater development and athlete training. These include special dinners acknowledging volunteers, awards banquets celebrating skater achievements and competitions, and special exhibitions supporting community programs and athlete development. The Club supports a junior activities program[4] encouraging leadership and community activities with its junior members. Membership is open to everyone interested in joining, and there are a wide range of membership types to accommodate different budgets and interests.

Notable members[edit]

A partial list of notable skaters who have trained at or represented The Skating Club of Boston include:[5]

Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir stand atop the podium after becoming the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Pairs Champions

Current coaches at the club include Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson, recipients of the 2006 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year award.

Theatre On Ice of Boston[edit]

The Skating Club of Boston's Theatre On Ice program consists of multiple competitive teams that have competed around the world. Their adult ice theatre team, Imagica of Boston, swept the gold medals (in the National Freeskate, International Choreographic Exercise, and International Freeskate events) at the 2008[6] and 2009[7] International/National Theatre on Ice competitions, and are the 2013 Nation's Cup Gold Medalists. Imagica of Boston is directed by Tasney Mazzarino.

ACT I of Boston, is The Skating Club of Boston's Senior Theatre On Ice team. They are the 2013 U.S. National Theatre on Ice Gold Medal Champions. They have been selected to be one of three U.S. Senior TOI teams to represent the U.S in Paris, France at the Nations Cup, International Interclub Ballet On Ice Competition in April 2015. They are also the 2012 U.S. National Theatre On Ice silver medalists, and were selected by U.S. Figure Skating to represent Team USA at the 2012 Nations Cup International Championships in Logrono, Spain.[8] ACT I of Boston is also the 2005, 2006, & 2007 International ice theatre Champions, 2008 & 2009 International silver medalists, and 2008 & 2009 U.S. National silver medalists. The team has had a very successful run since being founded in 2001, with mission to foster a creative outlet for skaters to collaborate across disciplines. Consisting of a cast of 30 skaters including national and international, singles, pairs, ice dance, and synchronized skaters, ACT I of Boston is made up of a strong variety of skaters many of which have toured with Disney On Ice.

The Skating Academy[edit]

The Skating Academy[9] is the skating school operated by The Skating Club of Boston teaching the fundamentals of ice skating. It operates programs in several locations, including Brighton, Marlborough, Foxboro and the Boston Common [winter only]. The Academy has over 1,800 students, and utilizes the Basic Skills curriculum of U.S. Figure Skating.


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Coordinates: 42°21′49″N 71°08′13″W / 42.363618°N 71.136947°W / 42.363618; -71.136947