The Next Ice Edge Welcomes Adults to Skating Clinic
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating

Susan Frobish knows her skating goals for the 2015-2016 skating season. Frobish, an adult skater from Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, wants to take the U.S. Figure Skating adult tests and compete in an adult competition.

Frobish will be one of many adult skaters participating in The Next Ice Edge Adult Skating Clinic Sept. 23-27 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City. Maryland where she hopes to learn many new skills to help her reach her goals. The Next Ice Age Dance Company on Ice founder and artistic director Nathan Birch and co-founder and choreographer Tim Murphy will direct the clinic.

"The Carousel Hotel is the perfect setting because the rink is right in the atrium of the hotel where everyone will be staying," Birch said. "We are all excited about this new venture which we hope will grow into an annual event."

Birch has been teaching adult master classes for more than 25 years.

"Those adult classes have been taught to hundreds of skaters and we got the inspiration from them to create our own three-day clinic," Birch said.

The clinic will include classes and presentations based on feedback on the skaters' website applications.

"Each skater will want different things and it is our aim to provide one hundred percent of the skater's needs and desires," Birch said.

Besides Birch and Murphy, Ian Lorello and Jonathon Hunt will also join as instructors offering expertise in ice dancing and pairs.

"Our clinic is unique because it will offer everything each participant specifically wants," Birch said. "If the skater is unsure what direction they want to go in, we can design a personal curriculum just for them. It will also focus on informative education on the ice so the skaters will go home having truly learned new skills."

"I'm looking forward to improving my technique, working on some program ideas and learning some new skills," Frobish said. "I come from an ice rink with just a few adult skaters. This clinic offers a wonderful chance to meet kindred spirits and share the joy of skating."

Off-ice classes are planned as well, in addition to a welcoming wine and cheese party and closing island luau.

"Because everyone will be together at the same hotel we anticipate an organic camaraderie to evolve over the course of the clinic," Birch said. "My experience, especially with the adult skating community, is that everyone wants to enjoy themselves, skate, learn and meet new friends in an environment that encourages a positive spirit."

The clinic is open to all levels but participants should have their own skates and have skated prior to attending the clinic. Beginners are welcome as long as they have previously skated.

"What we are looking forward to is reuniting with old friends as well as meeting new ones, and sharing our knowledge with them," Birch said.

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