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

Skating Program

National Solo Ice Dance Championships

IHWC members Hannah Laird and Paige Ellingson will be competing in the 2017 National Solo Dance Series Final that will take place September 6th – 9th in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hannah will be competing in Pre Gold Pattern Dance as well as the Junior Combined Dance division. Paige will be competing in the Bronze Pattern Dance division. To qualify for advancement to Nationals, these young ladies needed to be ranked within the top six skaters in the Midwest section of the U.S. by competing in various participating competitions throughout the year in an effort to earn points (based on placement). Congratulations to these athletes for qualifying and good luck to them next month!

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!

Additional Offerings:

Cincinnati Ballet For figure skatings
invitation only

featured instructors:

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.


  • Figure Skating Registration

    • Registrant Information

      Please complete WAIVER

      Class Selection
      Learn to Skate # 1 Full Session Members Wednesday Class $275.00 Oct. 1 – Dec. 20th, 2017 

      Learn to Skate # 1 Full Session Members Sunday Class $275.00 Oct. 1 – Dec. 20th, 2017

      Learn to Skate # 1 Full Session Guests $ 385.00 Oct. 1 – Dec. 20th, 2017

      Learn to Skate # 1 Mini Session Members Wednesday Class $ 150.00 Sept. 10 – Sept. 27, 2017

      Learn to Skate # 1 Mini Session Members Sunday Class $ 150.00 Sept. 10 – Sept. 27, 2017

      Learn to Skate # 1 Mini Session Guests $ 210.00 Sept. 10 – Sept. 27th 2017

      Learn to Skate# 2 Full Session Members Wednesday Class $275.00 Jan. 3rd – March 18th, 2018

      Learn to Skate # 2 Full Session Guests $ 385.00 Jan. 3rd – March 18th, 2018

      Learn to Skate # 2 Mini Session Members Sunday Class $ 150.00 Jan. 3rd – March 18th, 2018

      Learn to Skate # 2 Mini Session Guests $ 210.00 Jan. 3rd. – March 18th, 2018 

      Questions, contact Dorothi Cassini at 513-668-1063 10005 Fletcher Road, Camp Dennison, OH 45111; Phone 513-576-9444

      * Denotes Required Field
  • Skating Program Mission

  • Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey Session Dates
    • Learn to Skate & Learn to Play HOckey Session Dates:
      2017-2018 Season

      Mini Session: Sep 10 - Sep 27, 2017
      Full Session: Oct 1 - Dec 20, 2017
      Full Session: Jan 3 - Mar 18, 2017
      Mini Session: Mar 21 - Apr 29, 2017  
      Sundays 2:30 pm - Practice 3-3:30
      Sunday Level times:
      Snowplow Sam 3-5 yrs. - 2:30
      Basic 1 2:30
      Basic 2 2:00 
      Adult 2:30
      Basic 3-6 - 2:00  
      Wednesdays 6-7 pm -
      Practice 6-6:30 or 7-7:30
      Wednesday Level Times:
      Snowplow Sam 3-5 yrs. - 6:30
      Basic 3-6 - 6:00
      Freestyle 1-8  - 6:00
      Hockey - 6:00 - skaters have passed Basic 1 & 2

  • Lacing Skates
    • Loosen up skates by pulling laces out a bit before placing foot in. Place foot in, tap heel of blade on floor to make sure heel back. Tighten laces from toe to ankle, tightest where foot and ankle bends. Lace around hooks with criss cross pattern. Finish with secure bow. Do not wrap extra lace around ankle. Double bow. Skater should be able to bend knees. If cannot, loosen the top hooks .

  • First Day of Class
      • Arrive approximately 30 minutes before class begins. 

      • If you have not registered and payed for your session, do this at the front desk. 

      • If you need skates, pick up your size at the front desk. 

      • Create a name tag for your skater to pick up each week and wear during their class. These are located on the table next to the rink door. 

      • First day of session: Meet your coach/group off the ice on the lobby end of rink at your level sign posted on plexiglass. 

      • Remember that if skater needs to move to different class, they will be moved by their coach or Skating Director to the appropriate level.

      • Turn in Name Tag to table next to rink door in lobby in alphabetical box when class is over Their name tags will be available each week to pick up and use for your class.

  • Helpful Hints & Information
    • Be sure to sign up for our annual Winter Carnival Ice Show which takes place in February. Groups are formed from the most basic levels from age 3-teens. The skaters LOVE skating in the show. We will have registration forms available in late Fall.
      Before purchasing skates of your own, allow us to help you understand what quality boots and blades to look for at your skater’s level. There are many brands and styles at reasonable prices for beginners. Check with your coach or the Skating Director for information regarding skates.
      If you are interested in private lessons, please let your class coach know or contact the Skating Director to help you find a coach. Your skater can compete in local competitions at the most basic levels from age 3... If interested inquire with your class coach
      If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Skating Director: Dorothi Cassini - 513-668-1063

  • Calendar of Events
    • Saturday, August 26th
       IHWC Member Volunteer Day
      Wednesday, August 30th
      Closed for Labor Day Festivities
      Thursday, August 31st
      Closed for Labor Day Festivities
      Friday, September 1st
      Closed for Labor Day Festivities
      Saturday, September 2nd
      Closed for Labor Day Festivities
  • What to Wear
    • Long Pants or Snow Pants Jacket or Coat Crew Socks (not ankle socks)
      Gloves or Mittens
      Bike Helmet (required for 10 yrs. and under at IHWC)
      Snow Hat

  • Link to USFSA for Placement Info
  • Program Descriptions

      click here for Program Description Overview

      • IHWC Skating Department Program Descriptions Learn to Skate - Learn to Play Hockey - Mini Camps - Girl Scout Classes - Team Skating Figure Skating Specialty Classes - Freestyle - Ice Show - Private Lessons Learn to Skate Program IHWC is proud to offer our skaters a superior skating program developed by U.S. Figure Skating.
        Our core objectives are to provide an enjoyable and safe skating experience for skaters of all ages to learn the correct technique of basic through advanced elements. We are here to encourage, guide and assist participation and achievement in the sport of ice skating while promoting health and physical fitness in a social environment through group instruction. Our goal is to encourage skating as a lifelong sport. 
        *Classes are offered October - May; ages 3 
        *Adult. Learn to Play Hockey Program IHWC Learn to Play Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In 4 badge levels, skaters will learn to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. All elements will be taught without a stick or puck, as proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.
        Classes are offered October - May; ages 6 – Adult. Ages 3-5 should pass through Snowplow 3 in the Learn to Skate Program prior to Hockey 1.
        *Mini Camp Program The Winter Club is happy to present camps for our youngest members & their guests during the holidays and spring break. Camps consist of skating lessons by our professional skating coaches, gym & fitness activities, crafts, games and lunch. A good time for everyone! *Mini Camps are offered to ages 3 – 12.
        *Girl Scout Classes - Earn a Figure Skating Badge IHWC is proud to offer Girl Scout classes! Your troop will meet off the ice for the first portion of the class to learn about the history of skates, blades, skate care, equipment, costumes and learn about how the Zamboni works. Then our instructor will take them on the ice for a basic skating class to learn how to safely fall and get up, skating forward and backward and how to turn. As a snack, each scout will receive a bag of fresh popcorn and hot chocolate after the class. They can then enjoy an hour of skating together after the lesson. Siblings are also welcome to participate during the class and open skating for the scout fee. *Classes are offered September - May by reservation only; Minimum 8 skaters per troop; Ages 5 - 16 
        *What To Wear for Learn to Skate; Learn to Play Hockey; Mini Camps; Girl Scouts* Helmets recommended - Gloves or Mittens - Long Socks - Long sleeve shirt Long pants or Snow Pants - Jacket or Coat - Snow hat ** IHWC requires helmets for skaters age 10 and under ** Parents of skaters must sign and submit waiver form before class begins
        *IHWC Skating Team; Team is a program IHWC offers to our figure skaters that are Basic 4 level and higher. Our Team skaters meet every Sunday for on ice instruction. Our team skaters compete in two competitions each year and have skated during the intermission at the Cyclones game as well as performing in our annual ice show. The skaters enjoy the events and love being part of a team environment while strengthening their skating skills. Team practices are September-April on most Sundays either from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm, 1:15-2 pm or 2 - 2:30 pm, depending on the level team skaters are placed on. Skaters are placed onto teams that reflect their skating skill level, age, maturity, peers and comfort level. Our team skaters build bonds with each other and love the team atmosphere aside from their individual skating. *Team is offered September - April; Ages 5 – 18; Basic 4 and above.
        *Specialty Classes – Figure Skating Specialty classes are offered various times of the year and are classes that help enhance a figure skater’s knowledge within different disciplines of skating. These classes may include Jump/Spin, Moves in the Field, Ice Dancing, Synchronized Skating, Choreography and Style, Edge Classes, Off Ice Jump and much more. *Specialty classes are offered March - May; Ages 5 - Adult; Basic 4 and above. Freestyle – Figure Skating Our Freestyle sessions provide a fun and committed environment that allows figure skaters of all ages and abilities to take their private lessons and practice their skills and programs for competitions, shows and exhibitions. We encourage safe skating, friendship and leadership among skaters, both recreational and competitive, of all ages and abilities. The Winter Club cultivates an environment that supports and values quality skating instruction, good sportsmanship, camaraderie and fun. *Freestyle sessions are offered September - May and open to skaters currently taking private lessons. Private Lessons Private Lessons are available upon request for both Figure Skating and Hockey by contacting your current group lesson coach or the Director of Skating, Dorothi Cassini: 
        *Private lessons are available September - May; Ages 3-Adult; Prices vary for different instructors. ICE SHOW The Winter Club’s annual Ice Show takes place every February during IHWC’s Winter Carnival. Our Learn to Skate program skaters, figure skaters and Team skaters as well as guest skaters are all welcome to participate in our show. Registration is due by mid-November, rehearsals begin in January and the Winter Club provides coaching, ice time and costumes. The skaters look forward to being a part of the show and really enjoy the process as well as performing for their families and friends. 
        *Ice Show is offered to ages 3 – Adult; Snowplow 1/Basic 1 – Advanced. Learn to Skate - Learn to Play Hockey Mission: To provide an enjoyable and safe skating experience for skaters of all ages to learn the correct technique of basic elements. We are here to encourage, guide and assist participation and achievement in the sport of ice skating while promoting health and physical fitness in a social environment through group instruction. Our goal is to encourage skating as a lifelong sport. Figure Skating Mission: To provide a fun and committed environment that allows figure skaters of all ages and abilities to practice, improve and display their skills through individual and team skating instruction, exhibitions, ice shows and competitions. We are here to encourage safe skating, friendship and leadership among skaters, both recreational and competitive, of all ages and abilities. IHWC cultivates an environment that supports and values quality skating instruction, good sportsmanship, camaraderie and fun. 


  • Figure Skating Classes

    • Click here for Basic Skills Competition Class

  • Synchronized Team
    • IHWC Synchronized Skating Team Tryouts
      2017-2018 Season

      click here for flyer

      Junior Youth Team Events:
      9/24/2017! Parent Meeting 3-3:45 pm
      1/27/2018 IHWC Winter Carnival Ice Show Dress Rehearsal 9-11 am
      2/1/2018! Team Photos 5-7 pm
      2/3/2018 IHWC Winter Carnival Ice Show 6 pm * time permitting
      2/11/2018  Miami Competition (could be 2/9, 2/10 or 2/11)
      4/22/2018 Team Banquet
      Skater’s Name _________________________________________ Age on July 1, 2017 ______
      Primary Coach’s Name ___________________________________________
      USFS Basic Skating Skills Level Passed: ____________________________
      Member # ________________
      * If there is an event you are unable toparticipate in during the season, we willneed to know this information by 9/10/2017.
      * This is the first of two tryouts for IHWC Synchro. Please note that we will form teams primarily from the first tryout on 4/30/2017, then add skaters where we have availability after a final tryout 9/6/2017. Please attend both dates if interested in Team. We will need to
      evaluate skaters’ levels after summer skating. These tryouts do not eliminate any skaters from our Team program. Our program focuses on inclusion and skaters will be placed on a team they are comfortable and can thrive on.  Skill level, safety, age, maturity, peers and skater comfort level are all considered when putting teams together.

  • Winter Carnival Info
  • Used Skating Gear Exchange
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