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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is figure skating?

A: Figure skating is a sport in which athletes glide on ice using figure skates. It combines elements of athletic skill, dance, and artistry to create a performance that is judged by a panel of experts.


Q: What does Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offer?

A: Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offers a variety of programs for all ages and abilities, including group lessons, private lessons, ice shows, and special events.


Q: Does Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offer competitive opportunities?

A: Yes, Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offers competitive opportunities for all levels of skaters. Skaters can compete in local, regional, and national competitions.

Q: What should I wear to skate?

A: Appropriate attire for skating includes a form-fitting outfit, such as leggings and a t-shirt, along with warm layers and a pair of figure skates. Avoid wearing bulky or loose clothing, as this can be hazardous while skating. Make sure to wear gloves and protective gear, such as a helmet or kneepads, while skating.

Q: When can I skate?

FFSC buys ice time from the City of Flagstaff to hold freestyle (figure skating) sessions for our members. The club charges our membership to use the ice in order to cover our costs. Skaters use ice time to have lessons with their coach and to practice their skills when not in lessons. See the Club Ice page for the current schedule and more information. Skaters can also practice figure skating on public sessions (with certain safety restrictions) offered by the ice rink. See Jay Lively Ice Arena for the current schedule.

Q. How do I choose a coach?

Review the coaches’ qualifications on the Coaches page and give them a call. Please discuss their policies and any special needs that you may have before choosing. It is a good idea to talk to several coaches. Coaches are often free to meet with prospective students before or after club sessions. Some coaches will give a free introductory lesson so skaters can see how well they fit with that coach. (Ice time must still be paid for.) Prospective members are welcome to attend club sessions at any time to observe and ask questions of board members and parents.

Q: Does Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offer testing?

A: Yes! Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offers a range of testing opportunities for skaters of all ages and levels. Tests are conducted throughout the year and are available in a variety of disciplines, including freestyle, pairs, ice dance, and synchronized skating.


Q: What types of tests can I take?

A: Flagstaff Figure Skating Club offers tests in the US Figure Skating Test Structure, which includes the following levels: Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, and Senior.


Q: How can I sign up for a test?

A: Signing up for a test is easy! Simply contact the club’s test chairperson at to inquire about available testing opportunities. The test chairperson will be able to provide you with all the information you need to register for a test.


Q: How much does testing cost?

A: The cost of testing varies depending on the level of the test. Please contact the club for more information.

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