With whipping winds and temperatures in the teens, figure skaters competed at the New Canaan Winter Club (NCWC) competition.

Every year, the two clubs – the NCWC and the Greenwich Skating Club (GSC) —- alternate hosting responsibilities and location – both outdoor rinks. Figure skaters from both clubs compete individually at various levels from basic skills through intermediate levels.

This year, the Sprites, Beginner 2 line from Southern CT Synchronized Skating Club (SCSS) was invited to showcase their team sport.

Kari Pace, an Assistant Coach for the SCSS team and also a group lesson coach at NCWC explained, “Synchronized skating continues to grow very quickly. I’m now teaching an Intro to Synchro class (at NCWC) and thought it would be a really nice way to show what could be next for them.”

Synchronized skating is different from individual figure skating in that each leveled team consists of 8-20 skaters that perform a choreographed program together. Each program is judged on five basic elements (line, block, circle, pinwheels, and intersections), speed, challenging step sequences, precision as well as for style and artistic expression.

Each of the three levels of SCSS, has enjoyed a winning season so far — one local competition and two competitions on the road. Their next competition will be at the Connecticut Classic on February 15th, in Hamden, CT.

The SCSS team consists for 40 skaters from Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, and White Plains, NY. For more information regarding the SCSS tryouts in April, visit their Facebook page, or their rink’s website: www.terryconnerssynchro.org.