Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer Fundraiser
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer Fundraiser

Hi Family and Friends,

Once again, I will be organizing and leading my annual skating charity event to support the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation's Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser.  I am challenging myself to skate a frozen 5K along with my Garden State Skating Club to raise money to help fight cancer.  Your donation will go towards cancer research, prevention, and treatment, and will be in loving memory of my grandmother who lost her battle with gall bladder cancer three years ago.

Please help support me in this worthy cause by contributing and helping me raise as much money as I can. I will again be donating my earnings from private lessons this season to the charity. Together, we can make a difference.

Help Me "Turn Cancer Upside Down™!"

https://www.crowdrise.com/EmilyChangSk8

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Garden State Skating Club Summer Exhibition
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Garden State Skating Club Summer Exhibition

The Garden State Skating Club will host its annual Summer Exhibition on Wed, August, 14 at Howell Ice Arena at 5pm. This celebration will be in conjunction with our Sk8 To Elimin8 Fundraising event.

We are extremely excited to showcase the skills and talents of our accomplished skaters. Many will be performing their freestyle and dance programs of which they skated and competed throughout the season and some will be skating to their programs to prepare them compete in the North Atlantic Regionals and National Solo Dance Championships this Fall. Please join us and show your support!

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Nicole's Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Nicole's Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk

Please join my Garden State Skating Club as we come out to help and support the 2nd Annual Nicole Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk.  The event is to honor the memory of Nicole Trott who passed away from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, just days after her 18th birthday and high school graduation in 2011.  The Foundation's mission is to foster greater awareness and education of the importance of cardiac screening and prevent future sudden unexpected tragedies from this illness.  Proceeds of the event will help fund cardiac screening for high school athletes. These pre-sport heart screenings are not cost effective because athletic sudden cardiac death is a rare event.

STAY HEART HEALTHY & STRONG!
https://www.nicolesheart.com

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Garden State Games Figure Skating Championship
Jun
14
to Jun 15

Garden State Games Figure Skating Championship

For those who are not quite ready to perform in front of an audience, observing a competition is a great way to see different skating disciplines and levels. Young skaters will be inspired as they watch kids similar in age perform on the ice, allowing them to gain confidence and encouraging them to join the excitement of competition.

The Garden State Games Figure Skating Championship is one of the largest and most well attended figure skating competition because is the qualifying competition for the National State Games of America Championships. Sponsored by the North Jersey Figure Skating Club, this two-day event includes freestyle, solo dance pattern, artistic and showcase, basic skills, and compulsory spins and jumps. it showcases the many skills and talents of hundreds of talented skaters who reside in NJ or are members of a NJ skating club.

I am honored to be asked to judge this prestigious state competition again. In addition to judging the basic skills events, this year I am assigned to judge higher levels including freestyle and showcase. I’m so looking forward to enjoying the many different skating programs and performances and using my knowledge of the sport to help others.

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Ice House  Basic Skills Skating Competition
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Ice House Basic Skills Skating Competition

Do you have any fun and exciting plans on Sunday, May 5th? I just checked the weather forecast for that day and it’s suppose to rain the entire day. But wait, I’ve got a great idea on how you and your family can spend a dreary rainy afternoon- come out and watch some great basic skills skating competition!

A basic skills competition is a warm and friendly event intended to introduce beginner skaters to the excitement of a skating competition. The event is open to all Learn to Skate USA program and/or US Figure Skating members from beginners to preliminary skaters who perform moves they learn from their group basic skills classes. Levels include Snowplow Sam, Basic 1-6, Beginner, High Beginner, Pre-free skate through free skate 1-6, No test Pre-preliminary though Preliminary Test Track and well balanced events as well as synchronized skating, dance, Showcase, Theater On Ice, and Therapeutic. There’s usually only a maximum of four skaters in each event to ensure each receives a medal, fostering feelings of accomplishment for the skaters.

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I’m showing off my forward outside edge clockwise circle and added feature of hands above my head

I still remember my first skating competition, Shore Skate Basic Skills, and I competed in basic skills level 4 to the music of ‘The Syncopated Clock’ by Leroy Anderson. I wore a pink sparkly dress and had my hair was up in a ponytail. It was the first time ever I got to wear makeup! It was such an exciting day and don’t recall being nervous at all because as I always loved performing especially in front of an audience and I was thrilled in my beautiful skating outfit. It was the best day ever because I had won first place at my first skating competition!

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Stars On Ice
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Stars On Ice

Come join me to see Stars on Ice, a theatrical production showcasing elite skaters performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Back in 2017, I was chosen as one of 40 skaters to perform in their group number during their tour at Giant Center in PA and it was such a great experience to meet the skaters and learn about their skating experiences.

Stars on Ice was founded and produced by Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist, and is the only figure skating tour in the US which has become a premier family entertainment event.

We will get to see 2018 World Champion Nathan Chen and Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Mirai Nagasu, Jeremy Abbott, and Bradie Tennell along with Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, World Silver Medalists Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, and US Silver Medalist Vincent Zhou.

For more info, go to www.starsonice.com

Get Your Tickets Now!.
Meet & Greet passes on sale too!

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Official US Figure Skating Test Session
Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Official US Figure Skating Test Session

Have you ever wondered how figure skaters and ice dancers are tested? What types of tests skaters have to take? How judges evaluate skating tests? What is involved in running a skating test session? Well, you’re in luck because my Garden State Skating Club is hosting another winter test session and you can come by to observe and learn.

Skaters are evaluated by US Figure Skating’s standardized testing program in which skaters are required to test in order to advance to the next higher level (pls see my post dated May 6, 2018 for more detailed info). My club is scheduled to offer moves in the field, freestyle, and dance tests of all levels from beginners to gold and senior. You get to experience an official skating test session and see how skaters and their coaches prepare for tests on-and off- the ice on test day, what skaters wear for their tests, see where judges sit and how they assess the skaters, and observe the joys (and hopefully little to no disappointments) when skaters complete their tests. The most important thing to remember when observing a test session is that you must remain very quiet at all times such that the skaters and judges are not distracted. So if you are at all curious in learning what a skating test session is all about, then you should definitely come out and see the many difficult tests skaters have to take to advance. You will be sure to learn a lot.

GOOD LUCK TO MY FELLOW SKATERS WHO ARE TESTING!

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A THANK YOU SHOUT OUT …

…to my long-time coach and mentor, Ken Foster, and two-time European bronze ice dance medalists and the 2004-2010 British national ice dance champion, John Kerr. Coach John traveled all the way from Florida to step in as my dance test partner and with only two days of practice, he not only helped me pass my compulsory GOLD dances but helped me earn a ‘Pass with Distinction’, the highest level of test achievement bestowed upon by the judges.

I’m now a US Figure Skating TRIPLE GOLD MEDALIST!

A HUGE THANKS AND MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO COACH KEN & JOHN!

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Girl Scout Skate Night
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Girl Scout Skate Night

Looking for a fun-filled evening? Take time out and come ice skate in a fun, safe and family atmosphere with your gill scout troop and friends.  Admission includes two hours of ice skating and Girl Scouts will receive a fun patch.  You can come at 5:30pm to sign in and get your ice skates.


Join us for some friendship, fitness, and
spring fun on the ice!

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Anxiety Seminar
Feb
27
4:00 PM16:00

Anxiety Seminar

Would You Like To Be More Confident When Competing?
Want to Learn Strategies For Getting In The Zone?
Would You Like To Learn How To Manage Your Anxiety?


Wednesday, February 27 at 4:00 pm
90 minute presentation

DR. LONNIE SARNELL, Psy. D.

http://www.drlonniesarnell.com
(We recommend that parents join in the conversation)

Presentation will take place in the
Lake Placid Room at Mennen Arena

Reservations required as space is limited
$40.00 per family (cash or check only, paid in advance)

Hosted by The Skating Club of Morris

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2019 National Skating Month
Feb
9
11:30 AM11:30

2019 National Skating Month

Please join us as we celebrate National Skating Month on Saturday, Feb 9th from 11:30-2pm. I will be organizing and leading this annual event again and plan to have free 1/2 hr group lessons followed by a figure skating exhibition and a family skate session to close out the event.
http://www.gardenstatesc.org/event/2019-national-skating-month-celebration/

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2019 US Figure Skating Championships Viewing Party
Jan
25
7:30 PM19:30

2019 US Figure Skating Championships Viewing Party

I would like to invite all my Learn to Skate and private lesson students as well as my skating friends to join me on Friday, January 25th for a Nationals Figure Skating Viewing Party. We will watch the Senior Ladies skate their final freestyle program at the Little Caesars arena in Detroit, Michigan and see them all vie for the gold medal. This year, all eyes will be on the 13 yr old junior national champion, Alysa Liu- yes, she’s only 13 years old!!! Did you know that Alysa is the youngest skater in history to have landed a clean triple axel in an international competition? …and the 3rd American skater to do so after Tonya Harding and Mirai Nagasu? Also, did you watch Alysa’s short program a couple of days ago when she landed a clean triple axel AND triple flip AND triple lutz + triple toe loop (though slightly under-rotated) jump combo!!! We’re sure to see some amazing skating from this triple axel phenom and the other skaters and I hope all my students can join me as we kick off the US Figure Skating Championships with my viewing party this Friday night! 

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Celebrate MLK with Free Lessons
Jan
21
9:30 AM09:30

Celebrate MLK with Free Lessons

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  In honor of Dr. King's legacy of service, I will again be volunteering this year to teach at the Middletown Ice Arena from 9:30am-12pm. Hazlet Recreation is offering free learn-to-skate lessons for their residents.  So, if you're a Hazlet resident and you and your family are looking for something free and fun to do on a school holiday, please join me and get out for a winter workout and learn some cool skating skills. This is also a great way to encourage your children to reflect on MLK’s life and legacy.

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Official US Figure Skating Test Session Experience
Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

Official US Figure Skating Test Session Experience

Have you ever wondered how figure skaters and ice dancers are tested? What types of tests skaters have to take? How judges evaluate skating tests? What is involved in running a skating test session? Well, you’re in luck because my Garden State Skating Club is hosting its first official test session of the new year and you can come by and observe and learn what happens during a skating test.

Figure skaters are evaluated by US Figure Skating’s standardized testing program in which skaters are required to test in order to advance to the next higher level (pls see my post dated May 6, 2018 for more detailed info). My club is scheduled to offer moves in the field, freestyle, and dance tests of all levels from beginners to gold and senior. You get to experience an official skating test session and see how skaters and their coaches prepare for tests on-and off- the ice on test day , what skaters wear for their tests, see where judges sit and how they assess the skaters, and observe the joys (and hopefully little to no disappointments) when skaters complete their tests. The most important thing to remember when observing a test session is that you must remain very quiet at all times such that the skaters and judges are not distracted. So if you are at all curious in learning what a skating test session is all about, then you should definitely come out and see the many difficult tests skaters have to take to advance. You will be sure to learn a lot.

GOOD LUCK TO MY FELLOW SKATERS WHO ARE TESTING!

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Garden State Skating Club Holiday Show Spectacular
Dec
15
5:30 PM17:30

Garden State Skating Club Holiday Show Spectacular

Please join us for a fun filled magical evening of holiday skating performances

The Garden State Skating Club will host its annual holiday show spectacular on Sat, Dec 15 at 5:30pm. The event will feature holiday themed performances by competitive and recreational skaters from the local figure skating club and the Howell rink’s Learn-to-Skate Program. Tickets will go on sale at the front desk at the Howell Rink beginning November 15th. If purchased in advance, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 10. Children under the age of 3 are always free. Tickets bought at the door the day of the show are an additional $5.

Come join us and get into the holiday spirit!

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Winter on Broad Street
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Winter on Broad Street

As I just posted a story on the best family skating rinks in the country (Nov 18 blog), I just learned that our nearby charming downtown district of Red Bank will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland for a day with an ice skating rink, a life-size Snow Globe, and lots of outdoor fun including a scavenger hunt and holiday bazaar.

There will be a synthetic ice skating rink where you can skate across Broad Street between White and Monmouth Streets. Also, there will be a 15-foot snow globe in which you and your family and friends can step inside and get a picture taken from the outside. All this is free except skate rentals ($10 adults, $5 children).

You can go on a festive adventure around town by completing a holiday word hunt puzzle which will feature a poem that can only be solved by searching for words from the retail shop windows. Of course, you can always holiday shop and get your seasonal gifts, crafts, ornaments, and more at the Holiday Bazaar on Wallace Street and also at the wonderful local businesses. Lastly, there will be plenty of delicious food available from the town’s 80+ eateries and restaurants.

So get into the holiday spirit and come out and enjoy some fun-filled holiday traditions!

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Source: https://redbankpulse.com/2018/11/19/red-bank-will-be-transforming-into-a-winter-wonderland-on-december-9th-with-winter-on-broad-street-event/

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

PINK IN THE RINK


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Garden State Skating Club will be selling pink gloves and laces at the Howell rink throughout the month to support the cause. All sales will benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation’s Sk8 To Elimin8 Cancer Program which funds cancer research, education, and support.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Please show your support and help us raise awareness by coming out to the rink and wearing your pink outfits, gloves, and laces for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Join us in helping women now!

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Garden State Skating Club Summer Exhibition
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Garden State Skating Club Summer Exhibition

The Garden State Skating Club will host its annual Summer Exhibition on Wed, August, 15 at Howell Iceworld at 5pm.  We are extremely excited to showcase the skills and talents of our accomplished skaters.  Many will be performing their freestyle and dance programs of which they skated and competed throughout the season and some will be skating to their programs to prepare them compete in the North Atlantic Regionals and National Solo Dance Championships this Fall.  Please join us and show your support!

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SK8 TO ELIMIN8 Cancer Fundraiser
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

SK8 TO ELIMIN8 Cancer Fundraiser

Come join us for a Frozen 5K challenge & raise money to help fight cancer!

https://www.crowdrise.com/EmilyChangSk8

This is my second year involved with the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and we'll be having tons of fun skating with all our friends helping to raise money to fund cancer research, education and support. My grandmother lost her fight against gall bladder last year after battling hard with everything she had to survive.  My grandmother was deeply involved and a strong supporter of my skating. Please help support me in this worthy cause by contributing and helping me raise as much money as I can. I will again be donating my earnings from private lessons this season to the charity. Together, we can make a difference.

Help Me "Turn Cancer Upside Down™!"

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Nicole's Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Nicole's Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk

Please join my Garden State Skating Club as we come out to help and support the 3rd Annual Nicole Heart Foundation 5K Run/Walk.  The event is to honor the memory of Nicole Trott who passed away from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, just days after her 18th birthday and high school graduation in 2011.  

The Foundation's mission is to foster greater awareness and education of the importance of cardiac screening and prevent future sudden unexpected tragedies from this illness.  Proceeds of the event will help fund cardiac screening for high school athletes. These pre-sport heart screenings are not cost effective because athletic sudden cardiac death is a rare event.

Stay heart healthy & strong!
 

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US National Champion & Olympic Medalist, JASON BROWN, is Coming to NJ!
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

US National Champion & Olympic Medalist, JASON BROWN, is Coming to NJ!

Don't Miss Out to skate with Jason Brown!

The NJ Council of Figure Skating Clubs is sponsoring a fundraiser featuring Jason Brown to help raise money for its Scholarship Fund this year.  It will also be a great opportunity for skaters to meet Jason Brown and win great prizes. The NJ Council of FSC Scholarship Fund provides money for its annual Academic Honors and Grace Moore Scholarship awards for all participating NJ Figure Skating Clubs.

Every week, a fundraising contest is held for all participants and the top three who raise the most money during the contest period will win awesome experiences with Jason, including selfies, VIP meet-and-greet, 1-on-1 mentoring, and much more! The more money you raise, the more prizes you win and a chance to win a private clinic and lunch with Jason!  

Registration is not limited to only skaters, so spread the word and tell all your friends and family about this great fundraiser and opportunity.  For more information, please visit
http://skatewithjason.org/u-s-national-champion-olympic-medalist-jason-brown-is-coming-to-new-jersey-on-sunday-june-10/

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Sponsored by NJ Council of Figure Skating Clubs & Lucas Sports

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45th Annual Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade
May
28
11:00 AM11:00

45th Annual Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade

Come Out & Cheer For the Red, White & Blue!

My Garden State Skating Club will be marching in the Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade to celebrate and remember the brave men and women who've served and sacrificed for our country and also to honor those who serve today. Our skaters will be proudly wearing their competition dresses and club jackets.  I hope to see you all there...rain or shine!

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March Skating Madness- Open House Free Skating Clinic
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

March Skating Madness- Open House Free Skating Clinic

SKATE INTO SPRING!

Come out and celebrate Easter weekend by getting free skating lessons and enjoying a figure skating exhibition.  I will lead an open house free skating event at the Middletown Sports Complex in Middletown, NJ.  My goal is to increase local awareness and participation in U.S. Figure Skating programs and attract new families to the world of skating.

It's always a great time to skate!...and never too late to learn a new skill! 

Schedule: 
11:00 - 11:45am - Free Group Skating Lessons
11:45 - 12:00pm - Figure Skating Exhibition

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2018 Olympic Ice Dancing Viewing Party
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

2018 Olympic Ice Dancing Viewing Party

I invite all my skating friends and learn-to-skate students to come over and enjoy a night of Olympics ice dancing. I think it will be the best skating event of this year's Games because we have three amazingly talented U.S. dance teams with such different distinct styles and any one of these teams can earn a medal. I am most excited to watch my all-time favorite Canadian dance team, Virtue and Moir.  They truly are THE best ice dancers I've ever watched.  I just love all their programs because they're absolutely captivating and spellbinding and most of all, their music interpretation and complicated skating skills always leave me mesmerized.  

It's President's weekend and there's no school Monday, so come on over and let's watch and enjoy some great ice dancing together!

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National Skating Month
Feb
3
11:30 AM11:30

National Skating Month

'THE ICE IS CALLING'
I am a Girl Scout Senior and currently working on my Gold Award project.  I chose to address the global health issue of obesity in children and, of course, will use my passion for skating to help tackle this growing concern.  I will lead a National Skating Month open house event at the Howell Ice Arena in Farmingdale, NJ  and educate my community of the many health benefits of skating.  I hope to increase local awareness and participation in US Figure Skating programs and attract new families to the world of skating.  My event will be a great way to kick off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.  

Clinic Schedule
11:30am - 12:00pm .......Free Group Lessons w/GSSC Coaches
12:00pm - 12:15pm........GSSC Figure Skating Exhibition
12:15pm - 1:30pm...........Family Skate Session

Come Join Us For a Fun-Filled Day of Free Events!
https://www.facebook.com/howellicearena/posts/532908053738184

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Free Lessons for Hazlet Residents
Jan
15
9:00 AM09:00

Free Lessons for Hazlet Residents

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  In honor of Dr. King's legacy of service, I will be volunteering to teach at the Middletown Ice Arena from 9am-10:30am. Hazlet Recreation is offering free learn-to-skate lessons for their residents.  So, if you're a Hazlet resident and you and your family are looking for something free and fun to do on a school holiday, please join me and get out for a winter workout and learn some cool skating skills! 

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National Figure Skating Championships Viewing Party
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

National Figure Skating Championships Viewing Party

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is always a huge event in figure skating; however, this year is especially significant as it determines the athletes representing the U.S. for the 2018 Olympic Games. I invite all my Learn to Skate students to join me on Friday, January 5th to celebrate this event with a Nationals Figure Skating Viewing Party. Together we can watch the Championship Ladies Freeskate and Short Dance events and spend time enjoying the sport of skating. I will be providing snacks and beverages and it will be a lot of fun! Hope to see you all there! 

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Ranney Figure Skating Club- Public Skate Day
Dec
16
1:15 PM13:15

Ranney Figure Skating Club- Public Skate Day

On Saturday December 16th, Ranney School's figure skating club will attend a public skate day at the Red Bank Armory. The participants will enjoy a fun-filled session of learning to skate and spending time with friends. I hope to increase my peers' interest in the sport and teach them a few things in the process. Their time on the ice will be a memorable experience as well as one perfect in time for the holidays! 

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