History

The Huntsville Skating School and Training Academy (HSSTA) has been in existence since 1959. It began at the Ice Palace on Governors Drive, owned by Benton H. Wilcoxon. In 1991, the Skating School moved to its present location.

The Huntsville Skating School has been one of the charter schools for the Ice Skating Institute since 1959, celebrating 50 years of membership. Our instructors have taken skating school members to thousand of ISI competitions, winning tens-of-thousands of medals over the years. Our program allows skaters to participate in both recreational (ISI) and competitive (USFS) events. In addition, the Huntsville Skating School skaters have been the recipients of many team trophies.

In 2010 the Skating Club of Huntsville celebrated 50 years of membership with the US Figure Skating Association.

Mission

The Mission of the Skating School is to safely serve the community in all areas of skating with excellence.

Services

The Huntsville Skating School offers a variety of services which include: Basic Skills, Tots Classes, Adult Classes, Hockey Basics, Freestyle, Dance, Pairs, and Specialty Classes. In addition, the Huntsville Skating School is the only school in the state to offer a Special Olympics program. Our Special Olympic skaters have been selected to represent the U.S. in the Special Olympics World Games.

Please refer to our scheduling grid by selecting the appropriate button above for times for these events.

We offer five camps a year, fall, holiday, spring, and 2 summer. The Skating School has two annual performances per year, one in the spring and the other in the winter.

The Huntsville Skating School, and the Skating Club of Huntsville, co-host two competitions per year. Rocket City Junior Classic, a Basic Skills event in the spring, and the Rocket City Classic Invitational in August. Skaters and Officials from Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama attend. Everything listed above is available to all Skating School Members. Please refer to the HSSTA Calendar of Events for all the services the Skating School has to offer its members.

Staff

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Editha Dotson-Bowser

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Director of Skating

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Jillian Riley

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Assistant Director of Skating

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Melinda Mowdy

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Florence Cushman

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Ginger Gober

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Nadege Dollonne - Rohrbacker

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Jim Bowser

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Camille Pitman


Associate Instructor

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Lorraine Borman

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Brittany Mock

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Heidi Parker

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Charles Bernhard


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Huntsville Skating School and Training Academy(HSSTA)

In addition to our Instructors, the Skating School also has 10 Teacher Assistants.

Our Professional Staff Members are all certified by the PSA (Professional Skaters Association) and four are Master rated with the PSA. Each HSSTA instructor is also a member of US Figure Skating and several are members of, and certified Judges for, the Ice Skating Institute at the Gold and Silver levels. Dita Dotson-Bowser, the Skating School Director, was recognized by the US Figure Skating (USFS) as one of four finalists for Developmental Coach of the Year and has been inducted into the Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. All our instructors attend annual workshops, seminars, and national conferences to pursue continuing education and ratings.

Our Coaches have had more than 40 skaters qualify for USFS National Championships and International Competitions. More than 25 medals have been won at the national and international level. In addition, our skaters have represented the Huntsville Regional, Sectional, and National competition since 1971.

For additional information or questions please call:

256-883-3774 ext. 208

Huntsville Skating School Office Hours:

Monday to Friday - 12-6pm
Saturday - 9am-1pm

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