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Workshops Off Ice
Off Ice Training is more affordable compared to accomplishing the same goals on the ice

       Off ice training provides an oportunity for skaters to challenge themselves and build self confidence.  Certified instructors will teach students the skills and techniques necessary to succeed on the ice. 

      The following is a brief list of workshops topics that generally are taught off ice:

Beginning Class - Core body positioning, jumping, balance, and posture

Jump Class I: Beginning through advanced jumping technique, body  positions and control in our off-ice jump classes.

Jump Class II: - Includes, agility , strength, rotational jump technique, 4D Skating Slideboard and spinner exercises. Skaters must have athletic footwear.

Yoga Classes -  Relax the muscles for maximum range of motion. Use of various techniques such as pose adjustments, advance stretching methods, and tools such as the Suspension machine.

Ballet Classes: Enhance flexibility, coordination,  strength and muscle tone.  Ballet for skaters helps to improve auditory and visual  memory, develop music appreciation, learn proper body alignment and positions  for skating and develop grace and artistry.

Off-Ice" Strength and Conditioning Class - Primary focus is strength and conditioning and sport specific exercises, to promote lean muscle gains, correct muscular inbalances, improve sport performance and lower your chances of an on-ice injury while learning jumps and spins.

Music Appreciation and Interpretation - Learning about various types of music suitable for beginnin through elite ice skaters.

Choreography - Understanding how a choreographer is able to create different interpretations based on varying the tempos of the body movements.

Showcase - This is a theatrical skating approach that is used in ice skating shows. Understand the competitve rules as applied to individual skaters.

Synchronized Team Skating - An introduction to skating together as a team. Understanding the elements performed by a synchronized team.

Theater on Ice - This is a theatrical skating approach that is used in ice skating shows. Understand the competitve rules as applied to groups of skaters performing to a theme or story.

Mental Training - Conquering our fears to performed at our very best. Mental Rehearsal and other tools

Ballroom Dance Styles   The music is 4/4 time, and is danced to the slowest rhythms of the Latin ballroom dances

Ballroom Dance - Smooth Standard ballroom dances include the waltz, Cha Cha, fox-trot, the two-step, tango, rumba, quickstep, and Paso Doble.

Ballroom Dance Latin or Rhythm -  For competitive dancing, the Latin dance styles are grouped into two main categories: American Rhythm consists of Cha-Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. International Latin consists of Cha-Cha, Rhumba, Jive, Paso Doble, and Samba.

Ballroom , Other popular dances - The Charleston, swing dancing,  mambo, twist, Salsa, Lindy, Hustle, Mambo, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, and polka.

Ballroom Dance -  Free Style dancing has evolved from the disco era and has undergone many changes. The ability to perform it depends upon a person’s sense of rhythm and knowledge of current dance moves.

Planning a Workshop
        It's a big job to plan a good one! It takes organization, focus, and a lot of creativity, but most importantly is knowing exactly what will appeal to your target audence.

        Following these steps will help make sure your workshop is a valuable experience for everyone:

List the reasons for a workshop, and define the goals/benefits
        Every workshop must have a goal. Many workshops are a waste of time because there's no clear goal kept at the center of the discussion. Without this clear goal, there's really no point in getting people together.

Decide who is the target audience you wish to attract to the workshop
        Knowing who is your potential audience directly relates to projecting many many may attend. This determines the choice of the meeting site, room size, and snake and food service. objective. It is important to known if there are educational units that attendees can recieve.

Choose the right location to hold the workshop
        Each location will have associated expenses that usually must be off set by workshop revenues. Ideally a location may have a range of meeting/conference rooms so that if attendance exceeds or does meet projections the meeting room can be moved to a more suitable room.

         Will the facility provide Video projection, sound, and computer equipment? If you need a certain technology, like teleconferencing, will the location support it? Are there appropriate rooms for breakout sessions? How will everyone be able to reach the venue and will over night accommodations be necessary on site? Will you need to organize off site accommodation and shuttle service for people who are coming from a long way away? And what catering facilities does the venue provide?

Creating an Agenda
          Titles of presentations, names and backgrounds of presentators, and a meeting time schedule must be firmed up in plenty of time to promote/advertise the event.

         After you have determined what the workshop will cover and who will attend, you can start to develop an outline of how you'll achieve the stated goals of the workshop.

Main points – Create a list of main points to discuss, and then break down each larger point into details that you want to communicate to your audience.

Visual aids – List the visual aids, if any, you'll use for each point. If you need technical support, this helps the people providing it to determine where they need to focus their efforts.

Discussions and activities – Take time to list exactly which group discussions and activities you'll have at which point in the workshop. How much time will you allow for each exercise? Make sure your activities are appropriate for the size of the group, and ensure that your venue has the resources (for example, seminar rooms) needed to run sessions.
Remember, the more detailed your plan, the more you'll ensure that
your workshop will run to schedule – and be successful.

Follow-up by requesting information from attendees
Create a questionnaire to give to all participants at the end of each breakout session and/or workshop. Use a Likert scale to answer specific questions, but also allow room for them to share their opinions of the content and presentation of the course. Although this can be a bit scary, it's the only way to learn – and improve – for the next time.

Get people involved in sharing ideas and suggestion through an online forum. is key to a successful workshop. It is possible lecture without involving people to become active participants.

Breakout into smaller groups to work and collobrate in a discussion of issues that have been brought up in the general session.

Many people are not comfortable in speaking up in larger groups sok eep the size of each group small, so people are more comfortable talking and interacting.

Attempt to select divergent people to participate in each group. You might actually have selected leaders to avoid a situation in which a strong personality hijacks the group discussions. Record the ideas from each group. Have participants take several minues at the beginning towrite down their own ideas and then give them to you forf discussion.
Creating fun and interesting group exercises to keep everyone interested and participating.

General Tips for running a successful workshop:
  • If you plan the meeting, you may want to facilitate it as well. Learn how to do this effectively in The Role of a Facilitator.
  • Start the meeting with a few icebreakers to get everyone relaxed and comfortable.
  • Sometimes, not everyone has to stay for the entire workshop. People are busy may may be unable to attend the whole session. Make an effort to video the sessions so participants can download any session they can't attend.
  • Where possible, avoid holding your workshop after lunch, between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon. This is a typical of an after lunch let down when people typically exxperience their slowest, most unproductive time of day. The group will probably be more energetic if you schedule the event in the morning. (If you have to run the workshop in the early afternoon, make sure there's plenty of strong coffee available!)
      • If your workshop's ultimate goal is to make a decision it's is important to become familiar with the different strategies for team decision making. See our article on Organizing Team Decision Making to learn more.
       Planning a workshop is a lot of work so start planning months in advance to think through the details.
Creative exercises will get everyone relaxed and involved. You might want to actually conduct a mock workshop for a focus group to discovr what people really think of all your hard work, it's the only way you'll improve your  event.

Recommended Reading:


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:


Developing Workshop Topics
Workshops Off Ice
Summer Workshops & Seminars
General Skating Workshops
Adult Workshops
Artistry Workshops
Dance Steps & Turns Workshops
MITF Lesson Plans Group A
MITF Lesson Plans Group B
Off Ice Seminar Program
Figure Workshops
Free Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Elements
Connecting Elements Workshops
MITF Summer Workshop Schedule
Values Derived From Ice Skating

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