The team's routines are usually 3 minutes long. Their season begins in September with the first competition normally scheduled for November or December, she said. The season is over by early March once the national championships roll around. Beats Rose Gold Headphones
In fact, Dugan, of Nashua, learned to ice skate by first playing Babyliss Curler Price
She started with group lessons then moved on to private lessons. Dugan entered herself in local competitions and continued with the sport throughout high school and beyond. Now, a marriage and two children later, she's teaching, coaching and still competing on the ice. Synchronized Skating Championships in Michigan at the beginning of March. She's been on Esprit De Corps for seven years, during which five of those years they've captured the top spot in the country. The 16 member team is rated at the master's level, with the youngest member being 27 years old and the oldest 57.
According to Dugan, unlike many forms of figure skating competitions, synchronized skating at the master's level now requires the majority of the team be age 35 or older. Previously, the rule was 25 and older, but since Esprit De Corps has an older team, they have no problem meeting the new requirements.
hockey. She was 12, living across the river in Hudson, and during that time, there weren't a lot of girls hockey teams around. She learned to skate with boys, took to the ice and soon Dugan's parents found her a figure skating program. She learned the ins and outs of figure skating at Skate 3 Ice Arena in Tyngsborough, Mass. .
rink, Dugan told her she's skating really tall on her transitions and followed her around the entire arena as her student shifted her weight and direction of her foot over and over again.
In fact, Dugan, of Nashua, learned to ice skate by first playing hockey. She was 12, living across the river in Hudson, and during that time, there weren't a lot of girls hockey teams around. She learned to skate with boys, took to the ice and soon Dugan's parents found her a figure skating program. She learned the ins and outs of figure skating at Skate 3 Ice Arena in Tyngsborough, Mass.
"We're always changing it, trying to make it better and improve on it," Dugan said about the routine.
"I think if I was teaching the same thing all of the time, I would kind of get a little bored. I think our first year we were open here, there just weren't a lot of different levels and I tended to teach basic 1 every session. I said, 'Alright, I need something else.'"
"It's a nice sport because you can continue on for a very long time, especially if you keep up your skills," Dugan said.
As Meghan soared past her mom, Dugan stole a glance to watch her daughter, temporarily taking her eyes off her private lesson. As her student skated in to the side of the Ghd Curling Wand Comparison
This was Meghan's first year as a member of the Synchro Stars prejuvenile team, which represents the Gate City Figuring Skating Club. It's the only youth synchronized skating team in the state, Dugan said. The University of New Hampshire also has a collegiate level team. Meghan's Synchro Stars team went to the eastern sectional championships and placed sixth in their qualifying round, not bad for her first year, the proud mom said.
Dugan said there's certain elements that must be worked into in each performance, including an intersection of skaters, blocks, lines, circles, wheels, grips and changing directions. There is also the moves and isolation portion which is the creative element or freestyle section of the routine where skaters can do almost anything: spins, jumps, spirals, etc.
"She ended up sticking with it because she likes the fun stuff, the jumping and the spinning," Dugan said.
On a recent weekday afternoon, Dugan taught a private lesson to a young teenager as Meghan was the recipient of one herself. The 8 year old bent low aligning her upper body over the ice with her leg stretched out straight behind her in the air. Both of her arms were outstretched on either side of her body, bending fearlessly closer to the ice while donning her Synchro Stars team jacket.
Dugan did teach her children, 11 year old Cameron and 8 year old Meghan, how to skate.
Tryouts are held in April and various skills workshops are held throughout the summer but aren't mandatory.
It was Dugan's first time coaching the Synchro Stars this year, with members ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. She said most of the teens on the team are from New Hampshire, with a couple from Massachusetts. It was different for her to play the role of coach and not the skater.
"It was hard though not being out be out there and controlling it. I had to sit back and watch," Dugan said, laughing. "They did good, especially for their first year."
Dugan's taught figure skating lessons for roughly 15 years, based Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron out of Conway Arena in Nashua since its opening a decade ago. She teaches individual and group lessons, with her students ranging from 5 years old to the occasional adult.
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"I brought them along since they were 3. I wanted them to at least know how to go forward and backwards," she said. Much to her husband's dismay, Cameron didn't stick with skating and hasn't played hockey. Meghan, on the other hand, is following in her mother's footsteps, though she thought about quitting a couple of times when she didn't want to learn how to do to crossovers.
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