Stay tuned for news of our upcoming 2014 conference now in planning. It is tentatively set for May 1-4, in The Berkshires, Massachusetts, with lodging and meals included. We’ll have a full-sized hockey rink and indoor basketball court….ah, the possibilities! Further details will be added soon. For now, put the date on your calendar: May 1-4, 2014.
What’s so great about getting together? The following highlights from our most recent SkateIA conference will give you a taste.
The smiles, the strong participation and the laughter during the 2012 Conference indicated it was going to be a huge success, and that was confirmed by the anonymous survey responses afterwards. We shared 24 hours of classes and clinics, featuring hip hop warm-up each day with our Rio girl Erika, and lots of games for kids, including a wildly outlandish game of Pirates of the Caribbean. There were classes to teach a new move, and then to teach how to teach it. That was rounded out with Slalom, Pairs and Synchronized Skating (which turned out to be a big success, oddly enough), and complementary sports that pair well with skating, such as skate-to-ski.
The classroom focus was leadership, and we spent some time looking at ideas and concepts to build it into our teaching.
The 2012 Conference was a great chance to visit Skate Crazy and the SEBA skates warehouse and try on all brands and models. A lot of new skates were shown off by our instructors the following day!