Greater Canandaigua Civic Center
Synchronized Skating Program Information
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, move elements, creative elements, no holds elements, spins and pairs moves. The variety and difficulty of elements require that each team member is a highly skilled individual skater. Teams competing at the Synchro Skills (formerly beginner) levels may compete at any U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating -competition or a Learn to Skate USA competition (Compete USA). Teams competing at the developmental levels of preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate or open adult may also compete at the Eastern, Midwestern or Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held annually at the end of January.
*The Canandaigua Synchronized Skating Program currently is offering two teams at the beginner and pre-juvenile level:
*Synchro Skills 2: 8-16 skaters, majority under 12 years old, no skaters may have passed higher than a preliminary test and have passed basic 3.
*Pre-Juvenile: 8-16 skaters, majority under 12 years old, passed pre-preliminary moves in the field.
The GCCC Beginner Synchronized Skating team, aptly named So Synchn' Cute is a team of costumed young skaters who perform a program set to music. Skaters keep tight formations skating together to precise rhythms. Synchronized skating teams have evolved from the pre-1998 Precision Skating teams. Today's teams perform complex skating routines including circles, lines, blocks, wheels, and intersections. Sophisticated footwork, steps, lifts, jumps and spins are also included in synchronized skating programs. Skaters are often connected to each other using various holds which include: basic shoulder holds, hooking elbows, hand holds, and basket weave holds. Sometimes skaters move separately in unison while doing moves like spirals, lunges, shoot the ducks, pivots, and pass throughs.
All of the team members of So Synchn' Cute are GCCC Learn to Skate Program participants. Synchronized skating team members enjoy teamwork, friendships, travel and the continual improvement of their own skating skills. Team participation provides a venue for sharing the love of skating as a sport and pride in the team's accomplishments. Their coaches, Pamela Warren and Sarah Park, report that their recent success is the result of hard work, dedication, self-discipline, and perseverance.