Kudos from the Board of Directors to our Skating Program
A personal letter from Kelly Brown, Executive Committee - IHWC Board of Directors
On this past Sunday, 35 figure skaters from IHWC participated in a USFSA test session at the Club. The testing levels ranged from introductory to the highest levels of figure skating and ice dance. Dorothi has done an amazing job developing a program which includes the highest levels of technical mastery. Some of our skaters are known on the National level - no small accomplishment, while others will skate for personal fitness/achieving goals, etc and have a sport for life.
Dorothi can provide additional information about the strong technical accomplishments - but I wanted you to know that our Club, and our Coaches, are some of the best in the industry - and we are highly regarded.
This kind of education and celebration should be on the landing page of the website for awhile, just as the coaches for travel hockey were on the landing page of the website.
Kudos and thank you to Dorothi!
Dorothi Cassini - Indian Hill Winter Club Skating Director
Areas for Private Lessons: Moves in the Field, Ice Dance Years Coaching: 21
Credentials: PSA Master Rated – Moves, Dance, Free Dance, Group, Program Director; PSA Registered – Freestyle Coaching Achievements (highest tests/levels reached by students): Gold MIF, Gold Dance, Junior Nationals competitors in Ice Dance, International Dance, National Solo Dance Championships, Junior National Championships Personal Skating Achievements: Gold Figure, Gold Dance, International Dance, Junior Freestyle, National Senior Dance Competitor, Professional Ice Show Performer, PSA Board of Governors Representativ
Hannah Laird Achieve Gold Medal
Congratulations to figure skating member Hannah Laird who tested and passed her Senior Moves in the Field test on Thursday March 23rd.
Figure Skaters that pass the highest test in a particular discipline in figure skating become U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalists. Earning a U.S. Figure Skating test gold medal is a major achievement. Every American figure skater that the public sees competing at the World Figure Skating Championships and at the Olympics is a “Gold Medalist”.
Moves in the Field refer to skill tests consisting of progressively more difficult edge and step patterns from the Pre Preliminary level up through Senior level. There are eight tests in all, and skaters typically take one test per year of skating depending on their level of commitment and training time. Similar concepts are called Field Moves in the United Kingdom and Skating Skills in Canada.
Skaters must develop power, quickness, clean turn execution, edge quality, extension, carriage and continuous flow. Skaters at every level must also demonstrate bilateral movement with equal strength.
This achievement has taken Hannah several years of hard work, dedication, persistence and patience.
Congratulations on a great accomplishment Hannah!
Cincinnati Ballet For figure skatings
Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba and raised in Havana, Diaz has been dancing since the age of three.
She trained with The National Ballet School in Havana and The Vocational Ballet
School in Santa Clara, dancing with Ballet Nacional de Cuba for three years. Diaz won a silver medal in the
International Ballet Competition of Cuba in 1999, and has toured all over the world.
Upon joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2005, Diaz says “there is always something new to dance. Dance is the best way I can
express myself. It’s very rewarding when it gets to people.” “It makes me feel alive.” Diaz danced with Cincinnati Ballet
for 10 years retiring in2015.Diaz’s teaching experience includes Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto . Budig Academy, The School of
Creative and Performing Arts, College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Ballet Tech Ohio, Broadway Bound Dance Academy,
Kentucky Ballet Theatre, TU Dance, AVO Ballet, Harmony Healing Arts among others.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Hairston began her early ballet training at Charleston Ballet Theatre. At the
age of 9, she continued her training in Columbia, South Carolina under the direction of Ann Brodie at the Calvert
Brodie School of Dance and later went on to graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon
graduation, Ms. Hairston joined Boston Ballet II where she danced for a year and in 2001 she joined Cincinnati Ballet
as a Corps de Ballet member. Ms. Hairston was promoted to Soloist in 2006 and later to Principal in 2010 after a
successful debut as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Throughout her performance career, she has held
featured roles in the breadth of classical repertoire including Myrtha and Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile
in Swan Lake, the Lilac Fairy, Carabosse and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen and the Sugarplum Fairy
in The Nutcracker and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, among others. In addition to the classics, Ms. Hairston’s
Balanchine repertoire includes the Siren in Prodigal Son, the Second Movement in Symphony in C, Emeralds in Jewels,
Dark Angel in Serenade and “The Man I Love” in Who Cares?. Ms. Hairston has also performed in work by such notable
choreographers as Adam Hougland, Luca Vegetti, Jessica Lang,Amy Seiwert, Val Caniparoli and Yuri Possokhov. She has
danced with Cincinnati Opera for many seasons and choreographed their production of Die Fledermaus in 2016. Since 2006,
Ms. Hairston has been an instructor in Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy and has been promoted to the role of Academy
Dean in the 2106-2017 Season.
PRIVATE SKATING LESSONS FOR THE RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVE SKATER.
ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL ICE SHOW WHERE ALL PROGRAM SKATERS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE. GIRL SCOUT CLASSES FOR TROOPS INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING A SKATING BADGE.
GUESTS MAY PRINT FLYER, COMPLETE AND MAIL WITH CHECK TO:
INDIAN HILL WINTER CLUB 10005 FLETCHER ROAD, CAMP DENNISON OHIO 45111 513.576.9444 ATTN: DOROTHI CASSINI