Resources & Links
Artistic tips & ideas from
Ballet Secrets for Skaters author,
Barbara Denise Files
“Arabesque on Ice”
Dance Teacher Magazine, February 2005
Artisic coach and author Barbara Denise Files explains the process of teaching ballet and other dance forms to figure skaters. This article includes a profile of the Crystallettes synchronized skating teams and a description of their training regimen. Dartmouth collegiate skating team co-coach and choreographer, Loren McGean encourages whatever artistic training is possible…in light of demanding academic schedules. A sample dance class and a list of the skills to be developed in class are provided for dance teachers, figure skating coaches, skaters and their parents.
The American Ballet Theatre web site contains a list of all the ballets in their repertoire and a helpful dictionary of ballet terms.
Capezio BalletMakers offers fine dance and skate wear. Artistic coach and author Barbara Denise Files frequently shows her first pair of pointe shoes…Capezio Pavlovas…to her students at seminars and master classes.
Skating Teams & Clubs
Crystallettes synchronized skating teams of the Dearborn Figure Skating Club in Dearborn, Michigan
Dartmouth figure skating team at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Bridgeport Figure Skating Club in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Rye Figure Skating Club in Rye, New York
Other Fun & Useful Links
For beautiful photography of figure skaters, please visit Amy Mossman’s site.