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Now that tryouts are done, lets get ready for summer camp! Time to meet your coaches and teammates, whether old or new. Learn new techniques or perfect old ones. Get ready to skate, dance and sweat to new music and choreography. But most importantly, Get ready to have fun!


Email: sutton@rmu.edu

Phone: 412-397-4469

What Is Synchronized Skating?

Synchronized skating is the fastest growing segment of figure skating. Best described as "Rockettes on Ice," it is the least expensive form of competitive figure skating. A synchronized skating team consists of 8 to 20 members skating in unison to a choreographed program set to music. Programs are performed in front of judges during competitions.

Synchronized skating is a fun and rewarding experience for skaters of all ages. It is the newest and fastest growing discipline in the sport of figure skating. Since team skating first appeared in the late 1950s at the University of Michigan, synchronized skating has now become an international sport. U.S. teams now compete with teams from around the world. Synchronized skating is slated to be an Olympic sport in future Winter Games.

Synchronized skating is all about teamwork. A synchronized skating team consists of 8 to 20 members, skating various formations and steps in unison to a choreographed program set to music. The objective is for the team to skate as one unit rather than as individuals. Programs are performed in front of judges during competitions and in ice show exhibitions.

Synchronized skating also benefits figure skaters in the development of their singles skating by enhancing on-ice performance and overall skating development.

Synchronized skating offers you the opportunity to participate in a group activity and make new friends, while sharing in the experience, energy and camaraderie of a team sport.

About The Program

The Robert Morris University Island Sports Center currently has two competitive U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating teams - the Steel City Blades Open Juvenile and Pre-Juvenile Teams.

The purpose of the Little Blades: Developmental Synchronized Skating program is to introduce skaters ages 6-13 to synchronized skating and to familiarize them with elementary holds, formations and transitions. Emphasis is on the development of basic synchronized skating skills that are necessary to prepare for synchronized team tryouts. However, there is no obligation to try out or join the Steel City Blades synchronized skating teams.

The Learn to Synchronized Skate program will teach a variety of hand, elbow and shoulder holds in addition to footwork, unison, straight lines and formations. You'll improve your basic skating skills while having lots of fun!

There is a place for everyone in our synchronized skating program!

Why Join A Skating Team?

Team skating is not just for beginners. Many top U.S. athletes are also team skaters. Team skating provides conditioning along with additional skills not taught in normal figure skating sessions. Skaters become stronger while improving posture and style.