Club Spotlight: Meet the New Clubs:
Freedom Figure Skating Club Excited for the Future
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
There's a new figure skating club in Randolph, New Jersey. Freedom Figure Skating Club may be one of the new kids on the block, but they offer a wide variety of skating classes and activities, and even a unique program that prepares skaters for future coaching.
"We offer private, semi private and group lessons to all levels and ages of skaters from basic skills to advanced skating skills," said club president Katie Hannemann.
The club, housed at Aspen Ice, features solo dance, partnered ice dancing, freestyle, moves in the field and pairs. They also host summer camps and off ice classes in jumps, ballet, rhythmic gymnastics in addition to ballroom and contemporary dance.
They also offer a few unique and different programs.
"We offer a mentor program where each skater has a younger or less experienced skater to mentor," Hannemann said.
Hannemann also notes the importance of creating good future coaches, finding it’s never too young to learn.
"We have a program that teaches some of our older skaters how to teach, how to work with young skaters, how to work with adults, how to talk to parents, etc.," Hannemann said. "Many of our skaters volunteer in our Learn to Skate programs and they love it."
Hannemann credits the club's experienced coaching staff for their input as they offer all coaching levels from beginner to senior.
"Our coaches are highly experienced in freestyle, ice dance, moves and more," Hannemann said. "Because all our coaches work well together, the environment is very open and friendly."
Throughout the year, the club also hosts several events to introduce the community to their club, and skating fun.
"We allow skaters to come try any of our programs for free at any time of the year," Hannemann said. "Whenever a new skater comes, we introduce them to all of the skaters that are in their age group, and make sure they feel comfortable at our rink."
They also feature free group lessons during National Skating Month to encourage others to come out and give skating try. There is also a financial aid program for a deserving skater wanting to pursue the sport, but perhaps not able to afford lessons.
"We will offer a financial aid program for a select skater every few years,"
Hannemann said. "The skater must qualify based on their family income."
With so many current and future programs in place, Freedom is excited about their future and their role in skating.
"We look forward to offering a friendly, healthy leaning environment for all levels of skaters," Hannemann said. "Our main goal is to make sure each skater is happy and enjoying figure skating. We’re very excited about our future and we look forward to meeting new skaters."
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Freedom FSC skaters at a recent test session