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San Francisco Bay Area Ice Dance Weekend October 6–8, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area Ice Dance Weekend October 6–8, 2017
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JO ANN smiles with Charles Fetter at the Princeton Ice Dance Weekend 2013. This is a very special photo since Charles passed away in 2014. He was the partner of my coach and mentor Darlene Gilbert and one of the most wonderful people in skating.

A couple of days ago, I made a spur of the moment decision to attend the San Francisco Bay Area Ice Dancers Ice Dance Weekend.  I’ve only been to a few ice dance weekends in all of my fifty plus years of skating, so I decided that I better go to another one before social ice dancing dies out completely.

Now that I’ve signed up and made travel arrangements, I am getting more and more excited! Ice dance weekends in some ways, are like high school or college reunions.  There is skating, but there is socializing, and of course, food!

Programmed dance music is played and men ask women to dance, but the women also ask men to partner them.  If there are not enough men, sometimes women skate together and sometimes people do crazy things like backward Canasta  and Fiesta Tangos, the Skaters March, and ice dances in groups of  four or six!  There are also seminars and everyone that attends gets to know each other better and together they share their love of skating and ice dancing.

It does help to have some ice dancing experience and know the steps of at least six to eight pattern ice dances, but there are always people around that are so enthusiastic about ice dancing, that they are willing to help.

This particular ice dance weekend also has some “ice dancing greats” teaching and giving seminars including Michelle Ford (one of the people I wanted to skate like when I was a young ice dancer – also the first ice dancer ever to wear a backless dress), Pam & Jonathon O’Dougherty, Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre (Brent is the almost “superhuman” coach who helped my daughter Rebekah pass nine international ice dances at one test session in Sun Valley during the summer of 2017), Beata Handra & Charles Sinek (inventors of the coolest skate guards in the world and Olympians), and Nathan Fast.

There will be 10 hours of social ice dancing, ballroom dance instruction, a Saturday night social event at a restaurant and a brunch.  Those who don’t skate can take part in the food and off the ice activities.

The ice dance weekend is in San Jose, so there might not be time for a visit to the “The City” and eat Chinese food, but I know I will have a good time.  Hey, ice dancing friends, why don’t you join me?

Happy Skating and Happy Ice Dancing!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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