Bracknell Ice Skating CLub

BISC - Newsletter December 2005

Bracknell Ice Skating Club Newsletter - December 2005


Social Activities

The club has lined up two activities of a social nature to help members blow away the winter blues.

The first is a coach trip to see the recording of Dancing on Ice at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Herts, on January 28.

In Dancing on Ice, whichbe screened live by Granada on ITV on Saturday evenings, Torvill and Dean willtrain a team of celebrities who will be partnered by professional skatersadance routine each week. Viewers will vote for who goes through to the next round.

The second event is a barn dance and ploughman’s supper at the Farleywood Community Hall (across the road from the rink) from 7.30pm on February 18.

This promises to be a really fun night for all ages (from eight) with dancing to the excellent Kick Shins celidh band plus a tasty meal. It is open to members and their families and friends who are invited to bring their own drinks (plastic “glasses” will be supplied). Tickets, priced £8.50, are now on sale at the club table or from committee members. Only 100 places are available and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please state if you wish to be seated as part of a group of up to 10. There will also be a raffle (an ideal opportunity for you to put unwanted Christmas presents to a good use!)

A quiz evening and family fun day with barbeque are planned for later in the year if the first two events prove successful.

Dance Classes

New dance classes, based on compulsory ice dances, start in January in addition to pilates and ballet.

The new sessions are suited to skaters of all abilities, disciplines and ages and are just as relevant to free skaters as dancers.

The aim is to improve each skater’s style, posture, stance and use of head, body, arms and hands while skating to different types of dance music so that they can score better marks for interpretation, presentation/components etc.

These subsidised classes will be taken by a highly experienced teacher who will spend 1-2 weeks on each of the set compulsory and original dances for 2006 plus other dance and music styles such as Russian, Spanish, Irish, Jazz, Rock, Modern etc.

They will be held on Sundays from 9.45-10.45am in the ski lodge.
The first “term” will run from January 15—February 12. The cost is £2 per class, payable “termly” in advance. Please register (forms are at the club table and on the website), return completed form and pay £10 at the table by January 7.

Pilates and ballet classes re-start on Saturday, January 14 with pilates from 9.10-9.55am, ballet from 10-10.45am and combined pilates-ballet suitable for beginners of all ages from 10.55-11.55am. The cost is £2 per session or just £3 if attending the first two sessions. Please register and pay at the club table by January 7.


Copies of the questionnaire which will be used to shape the future direction of the club and its activities should be returned to Sue Truby as soon as possible. If you haven’t already filled in a form, you can download one from the club website.

Social Events

A very few tickets are still available for the coach trip to see The Russian Ice Stars in Snow White on Ice at The New Theatre, Oxford, at 5pm on Sunday, May 7. BISC has been able to get £21.50 seats for less than £16. The cost, including coach, is £22.50.The coach will leave the rink at 3.30pm and should return about 9pm. Anyone interested should sign-up on the club noticeboard and leave payment at rink reception (see details on board). Anyone who has already signed but hasn't paid, should leave payment at reception by March 11.

Although everyone who attended the BISC barn dance on February 18 had a super time - and some have already asked when the next one will be - the committee is concerned that many more people did not attend. It will decide at its next meeting whether to go ahead with more social events or to just organise trips to professional skating shows. Please let committee members know whether or not you would attend the proposed quiz night on May 20 and family fun day/barbeque on July 15.

Diary Dates

10: BISC New Year Disco
14: BISC Pilates & Ballet restart
14: Sale of secondhand boots, clothes, etc, rinkside, 10 am.
15: BISC Dance classes start
16-22: European Chamionships, Lyon, France
17: BISC committee meeting, 7pm
21-22: Synchro International & British Synchro Championships, NIC Nottingham.
23-29: Four Continents Championships, Colorado Springs, USA
28: BISC trip to Dancing on Ice
31: BISC artistic comp, 5pm

10-26: Winter Olympics, Torino, Italy
11-12: British Novice Championships, iceSheffield
18: BISC barn dance, 7.30pm
27-28: Solo dance qualifier, Alexandra Palace
27-28: Streatham Open

6: Romford Open
6-12: World Junior Championships, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
13-14: Bradford Open. NISA Cup
15: Bristol Open
18-19: Scottish NISA Cup
20-26: World Championships, Calgary, Canada.
26: Welsh NISA Cup
29-30: Telford Open

3: Solo dance qualifier, Solihull
15-16: Solo dance qualifier & Open, Dumfries
24-28: Bracknell Open (solo dance qualifier and free).

1-2: Solo dance qualifier, iceSheffield
7: BISC coach trip to Snow White on Ice
7: Solo dance qualifier, Deeside
12-14: Dundonald Open
12-14: Blackpool Open
14: Inter Club Artistic Competition, Bracknell
19: Oxford Open
21-22: NISA Cup Final at Lee Valley Open
23: Gillingham Open

BISC News can only include details about how members are doing if it hears from them. Please make sure you keep the club informed by telling publicity officer, Scott Waller, about your achievements. You can do this by talking to Scott at the rink or by leaving a note for her either at the club table or rink reception.

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