Synchro Program

Revolution Ice Unity is a unique adult ice skating opportunity conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania. It is focused on a healthy blend of camaraderie and competition, built for established adults with busy lives. Get specifics on how we’ve structured our synchro program.

Practice Schedule

Our schedule was set with the simple goal of neatly fitting practice into the lives of our busy skaters. We practice:

  • Bi-weekly on Saturday mornings
  • 6-8 a.m.
  • Klick Lewis Arena in Palmyra, Pa.

*We welcome interested skaters to join us at an upcoming practice for a private tryout (skills assessment) to see if RIU is a fit for you. However, we require advance notice. Please contact us to coordinate your visit.

In-Season

Sept. 2021 to Feb. 2022

Saturday morning practices from 6-8 a.m.; Two to three Saturdays monthly based on competition schedule (heavier weighting during the fall).

Competitions

Dec. 2021 through Feb. 2022

Regional, with an intent to participate at Easterns (Boston) and two additional events (Connecticut and Hershey). Currently, we compete at the Open Adult level.

Off-Season

March to Aug. 2021

Our off-season schedule is determined by team vote. In 2021, we continued with bi-weekly practices during the off-season months, from 7-9 a.m.

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Location

Our home rink is Klick Lewis Arena in Palmyra, Pa. (101 Landings Drive, Annville, PA 17003).

Central Pennsylvania is an easy drive from several regional metropolitan areas and their surrounding suburbs. In fact, our group currently draws skaters from as far away as Gettysburg, York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City, N.J.!

Cost

The flexibility of our team’s model allows for ultimate fine-tuning to meet the needs of our adult synchro skating group. We invest your money where it matters, and cut corners where it doesn’t. Our team is entirely run by our skaters, who volunteer for RIU in their own areas of knowledge and skill. We are self-coached (our instructors don’t receive a stipend), and we only pay for the ice we use. We are creative in how we procure team needs, and we pass the savings on to our skaters. Most importantly, our skaters have a vote on every aspect of the RIU experience, including cost drivers.

Monthly Dues—$110

We surveyed the team before the 2020-21 season and set our rates and practice schedule based on the group’s feedback. For 2021-22, prospective skaters will pay the same amount. However, know that we are building this program for you and will adjust to meet your needs alongside the rest of the team—rates subject to change.

Additional Fees

In addition to monthly dues, skaters should plan for a few additional costs, including a registration fee, competition fees, competition dress costs, and US Figure Skating membership. Firm costs will be available before you are required to make a commitment for the 2021-22 season.

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Instructors

Sessions are led by Nanette Horner, former professional skater (Ice Capades) and longtime synchronized skater, and Kasey Jordan, Intermediate division synchro skating national silver medalist (2010).

Necessary Skating Skills

Revolution Ice Unity welcomes skaters ages 18+. We have a healthy mix of teammates in their 20s-60s and roster up to 16 skaters and two alternates each season. 

Our team is not a beginner team, although we are not an ultra-competitive Adult division team, either. Participants at the Open Adult level must own their own skates and should be able to do the following elements (equivalent to completing Learn to Skate Basic Skills Level 6) comfortably with moderate speed:

  • Forwards and backwards stroking (also with Chasses or Progressives)
  • Forwards and backwards crossovers
  • 3-turns
  • Power turns
  • Mohawks 
  • Swing rolls
  • Cross rolls
  • Single and 1.5 Twizzles
  • Rockers and Counters—a plus 

Join us at an upcoming practice for a private tryout (skills assessment). Read and learn more about synchro program components and the various divisions of competition for adult synchro skating teams.

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COVID-19 Safety

Like other Central Pennsylvania figure skating programs, we are COVID-conscious in how we run our team. Requirements include:

Masks (Updated Aug. 2021)

Revolution Ice Unity continues to track Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 positivity rate weekly and evaluate practice policies accordingly.

Due to Pennsylvania state mask mandates easing in May 2021 and 90% of our group being fully vaccinated, currently we are not skaters to wear masks while inside Klick Lewis Arena. However, given the changing COVID-19 landscape due to the Delta variant, we may return to mandating masks at practice at any point this fall. We will continue to follow CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health recommendations as we evaluate this policy. Participants are fully supported and encouraged to follow their own level of comfort in this regard.

Temperature Checks

Skaters are expected to take their temperatures before leaving for practice. They must stay home if exhibiting any COVID symptoms the day of practice.

Family Illness

Skaters are expected to stay home if they are residing with an individual who is currently being tested or is confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Positivity Rate Threshold

Our team practices if the Pennsylvania statewide COVID-19 positivity rate is at or below 10 percent. In the name of skater safety, all team activities are suspended otherwise.

Read what U.S. Figure Skating is saying about COVID-19.

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RIU Blog: The Golden Touch

Revolution Ice Unity skaters are proud to share a legacy of equality and equity on the ice. Hear from the team on their lives, favorite skating moments, and what’s up next for RIU.

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