At Thornhill, we offer a unique program geared towards competitive figure skating.
Unique to Thornhill, our Talent ID program in an introduction to competitive figure skating for young children. The program is by audition only and is meant for skaters aged 5-7 who show potential in figure skating. Skaters will progress through 4 levels of the program, focusing on the jumping, spinning, and skating skills technique required to continue with figure skating. Skaters will be rewarded with incentives throughout the program as they develop and master new skills.
To arrange for an audition, please contact our Sr. Division Co-Directors, Katerina Papafotiou and Jonathan Mills for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program runs twice a week and both days are mandatory. Please see our online store for final schedule and fees. The program has an on ice and off ice portion. Both the on ice and off ice portion are mandatory. The on ice portion is 50 minutes long, includes a 5 minute welcome (presentation circle), a 40 minute group lesson with a NCCP-trained coach and a 5 minute goodbye. During the 5 minute welcome, skaters will be chosen to receive an incentive based on their presentation. During the 5 minute goodbye, skaters will be chosen by their group coach to perform an element they have mastered and will receive an incentive for their hard work. The off ice portion is 30-45 minutes long. Skaters will learn the correct jump rope, stretching, and dryland training techniques necessary for figure skating.
Girls are required to have proper figure skates, proper skating tights, a figure skating skirt or dress, gloves and a fitted zip up sweater that does not fall below their hips. No helmets or pants allowed.
Boys are required to have proper figure skates, proper skating pants (no jeans or sweat pants), gloves and a zip up sweater that does not fall below their hips. No helmets allowed.
All skaters are required to have a rubber jump rope, yoga mat and ballet slippers for off ice. Jump ropes and yoga mats can be purchased at any sporting goods store and ballet slippers can be purchased at any dancewear store.
What happens after Talent ID?
Skaters are typically assigned a private coach when they reach the 3rd level of the program from the Sr. Division Co-Directors, Katerina and Jonathan, based on who they feel who be a good fit for the skater. Once a skater begins private lessons, there are 2 costs. First, there is the cost for your ice time, which is paid directly to TFSC. Ice time costs can be found on our online registration system, Amilia. Second, there is the cost for your lesson time, which is arranged with and paid directly to your coach. Lessons may be private, semi-private, or small group lessons, depending on what you have arranged with your coach. All coaches are independent contractors, therefore they make their own schedules and fees. A coach’s fees are based on their personal skating background, professional skating background, and their personal & professional accomplishments. Coach’s rates typically range from $45 – $150 per hour.
After a skater has completed the Talent ID program, completing all 4 levels and graduating, they will be ready to enter the first level of figure skating, STAR 1. Skaters are required to skate a minimum of twice per week at the STAR 1 level and will need to arrange lesson time with their private coach. Unless otherwise specified, there are no group lessons included with your fees paid to TFSC at the STAR 1 and above levels.