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    2017-18 Season
    Skill, Talent & Teamwork! That’s what it takes to be a part of a synchronized skating team!
    And YOU would be perfect for our synchronized skill development summer clinic!

    The RMU ISC Developmental Synchronized Skating program is looking for skaters to participate who are at the Level 2 or beginning figure skating skill level from our Skating School program and/or private lesson students.

    Synchronized skating is a great way for skaters to improve their skating skills - at all levels - while they are introduced to a team sport on ice. Skaters who have passed the Level 1: Basic 3 or Level 2 Skaters, Beginning Figure skating classes and between 5 - 9 years of age are eligible for our summer synchronized skating skill development clinic.

    Your skater, who is working on at least the Level 2 skating skills, is eligible to participate in our synchronized skills clinic over the summer to learn the fundamentals of synchronized skating prior to the developmental teams kicking of in the fall.

    The purpose of the Synchronized Skating Developmental Program is to introduce skaters to synchronized skating and to familiarize them with elementary holds, formations and transitions all performed in a program to music. Emphasis is on the development of basic synchronized skating skills that are necessary to prepare for more advanced synchronized team skating. You’ll improve your basic skating skills while having lots of fun! If you enjoy the summer session of synchronized skating, then you are welcome to join the Little Blades program in September for opportunities to participate in our holiday skating show and possible competitions.

    For additional question, please contact Skating Director, Beth Sutton: or 412.397.4469 or Synchronized Skating Director, Jennie Vicinie:
    2017-18 Little Blades

    Schedule and Fees

    September Synchro Skills!  
    New Skaters are introduced to basic synchronized skating skills and skaters with LB experience continue to brush up on their synchro skills!

    Wednesdays: 6:30–7:00 p.m. ~ $80
    September 6, 13, 20, 27


    Saturdays: 12:30–1:00 p.m. ~ $80
    September 9, 16, 23, 30

    Little Blades Season
    Sundays, 3:15–4:45 p.m.
    3:15–3:45 p.m. • Off-Ice Warm-up and Training
    4–4:45 p.m. • On-Ice Instructional Class

    Fall Semester ~ $275
    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
    December * 10, 17
    * No Practice December 3 

    Fee includes on & off-practice and coaching

    Winter Semester ~ $225  
    January 7,*21, 28
                        *No Practice January 18
    February 4, 11, 25 
                        *No Practice February 18

    March 4, 11, 25
    *No Practice March 18

    Fee includes on & off-practice and coaching
    Open enrollment applies to the Synchronized Skating Developmental Program– fee will be pro-rated accordingly. All skaters must complete the skill development portion of the class before they are permitted to participate in the event and competition program.

    Additional Fees: Ice Skating Institute Membership ($15) & Learn to Skate USA (Formerly Basic Skills) ($12)
    See brochure for a list of additional fees: Team Attire, Competition Dress, etc.

    2017-18 Little Blades Brochure  

    Exhibitions and Competitions
    The Little Blades team will prepare a program to be performed at the RMU Island Sports Center Holiday Spectacular Skating Show on Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2015. The Team will use the same program for various ISI and U.S. Figure Skating competitions during the skating season. A tentative list of competitions are listed below, additional information will be discussed at practice.
    • 2017-18 Little Blades Exhibition & Competition Schedule
      Tentative – Events will be discussed and confirmed at parent meeting
      • Dec. 2: RMU ISC Holiday Show Dress Rehearsal
      • Dec. 2 & 3: RMU ISC Holiday Spectacular Skating Show
      • Feb 18 & 19: Reflections Competition: Hershey, PA TBD
      • March 18: Shamrock Skate, RMU ISC 
      • April TBD: Golden Blades ISI Competition: BladeRunners, Harmarville, PA

    What Is Synchronized Skating?

    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. Team skating first appeared in the late 1950s at the University of Michigan, and 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 the 2014 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.

    The Synchronized Skating Developmental Program: Little Blades

    The Robert Morris University Island Sports Center currently has THREE competitive U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating teams: the Steel City Blades Beginner2, Pre-Juvenile & Open Juvenile

    The purpose of the Synchronized Skating Developmental 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 Synchronized Skating Developmental Program teaches 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!


    In order to participate in the Synchronized Skating Developmental Program, skaters must be between the ages of 6 and 13, possess strong backward skating skills and be at the ISI Gamma level or higher. Skaters must be enrolled in the Learn to Skate Level 2 program and/or be receiving weekly private lessons while participating in the Synchronized Skating Developmental Program.


    The Synchronized Skating Developmental Program is under the direction of the synchronized skating staff at RMU Island Sports Center.

    Dress Code
    • All skaters must have their own skates.
    • Athletic tennis shoes must be worn during the off-ice portion of class.
    • Proper skating attire is required – skating dress and tights or sweat suit; no jeans.
    • Team practice outfit: Black fitted skating pants & plain white long sleeve shirt
    • Hair must be pulled back in a ponytail or bun.
    • Jewelry is not permitted (necklaces, rings or bracelets).
    • Gloves are not permitted
    • Team Jacket (Figure Skating Academy Jacket) Additional Fee