The first theme day of the Nelson Skating Club’s summer camp was Rock of Ages.

The first theme day of the Nelson Skating Club’s summer camp was Rock of Ages.

Nelson skating club’s summer camp underway

The Nelson Skating Club summer camp finished its first of three weeks with a dedicated group of skaters.

The Nelson Skating Club summer camp finished its first of three weeks with a dedicated group of skaters from Nelson, Beaver Valley and beyond.

The camp includes an off-ice dynamic warm-up each day led by club coaches Sarah Gower and Yoshie Measures, followed by two hours of on-ice instruction.

Skaters also attend dance classes at the Dance Umbrella with Lisa Schwab and a stretch and flex class with Shauna Leduc, a specialist in functional movement.

“This is a great program for all levels of skaters,” Gower said.

Measures, director of programming, added: “Each year we have a mix of developing junior academy skaters up to gold level skaters and we manage to create a program that caters to all.”

Each week there are also fun theme days and Theatre on Ice where skaters dress up and interpret different styles of music. Last week the theme was Rock of Ages and skaters made up routines on the fly to Journey and Joan Jett.

The regular season does not start until October, but the keen skaters on the ice for summer camp will start a pre-season fall warm-up in September. CANSkate for new and developing skaters will be offered starting Monday, Oct. 5. CANSkate runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4 p.m. at the Nelson and District Community Complex, with classes running October to March.

The Nelson Skating Club invites the community to an open house on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the complex. Mark the date in your calendar to come and sample the New CANSkate program, get your skates checked by professional coaches and get your body moving. Skaters will also be able to register for the CANSkate program starting in October.

The Nelson Skating Club is a non-profit society run by volunteers, dedicated to developing skaters for every sport including hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. For more information, visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca.