Did your daughter start skating in her socks on the kitchen floor after watching the Olympic figure skating events on TV? Has your son decided that your broom was his new hockey stick after catching the highlights of a Rangers game? Before those athletes learned how to jump and spin…before they learned how to pass the puck and shoot…they had to learn to skate. Located at the Richard Korpi Ice Rink on the grounds of Bayonne High School, Bayonne Blades Skate School offers learn-to-skate programs for both the aspiring figure skater and hockey player. Co-owners, Donna Liana & Danielle Eakins are excited to be back on the ice this September. Their friendly and knowledgeable coaching staff is ready to “get you gliding” again this season. A wide variety of classes are available, including Snowplow Sam for tots, Basic 1-8 for children 5 years and older, Freeskate 1-6 for figure skaters who have mastered the basics, and Learn to Skate-Hockey, for the aspiring hockey player, just starting out. “For those who aren’t familiar with our format,” Donna shares, “our typical class is an hour-long and is a mixture of hands-on instruction coupled with individual practice time. We have an excellent coaching staff that is committed to teaching, critiquing, and supporting skaters at every level.” Both Donna and Danielle have a unique stake in coaching in Bayonne. “We’re very fortunate to be able to host the program here,” Danielle Eakins, admits. “Just like many of our coaches, Donna and I both learned to skate on this very ice. When you’re young, you don’t realize how you are shaping the rest of your life by the extra-curricular activities you choose. When I look back on my time in this rink, it makes me smile to be here now, working with the next generation of Bayonne skaters.” While the classes are always fun from week to week, what many skaters look forward to the most is the annual Ice Show. Previous year's shows were a big hit. In Disney-On-Ice fashion, the house-lights are dimmed, the spotlights are gleaming, and the music is pumping, as skaters of all ages take the ice in sparkling costumes. “It is always thrilling to see the excitement in their faces as they wait behind the curtain for their turn to perform,” states Donna, “for some students, they had just started taking classes a few months prior!” Breathtaking solo performances by the school’s staff skaters made the event even more special.
To provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating.
Teach the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson. Provide a progressive curriculum that ensures success from the first steps on the ice to the mastery of advanced skills. Promote the health and fitness benefits of ice skating. Equip each participant with the foundation necessary to reach their goal, be it recreational or competitive in nature.