About Louisville Skating Academy
Louisville Skating Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the sport of figure skating in the Louisville area by encouraging an environment of good sportsmanship while striving to provide training opportunities to meet the needs of all levels of skaters in achieving their personal goals from recreational skating to competition at national and international events.
Provide programs in a safe and supportive environment enabling skaters of all ages and abilities to achieve their goals in recreational, artistic, individual, or team skating.
LSA Values and Beliefs are to Promote and Provide:
- A positive and healthy environment in which we respect and support each other
- Collaboration between skaters, parents and coaches
- Skating as an activity to promote active living, self-esteem, effort, personal achievement, work ethic, and good sportsmanship
- Access to highly qualified coaching and supportive instruction, on and off the ice
- Parental education and involvement
- Foster community outreach
Louisville Skating Academy is a member of U.S. Figure Skating which is recognized by the International Skating Union (ISU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the governing body of figure skating in the United States. LSA is a member of the Eastern Great Lakes Region and Midwest Section of U.S. Figure Skating (USFS). LSA membership ranks among the top 10% of figure skating clubs in the country. LSA aims to have the highest quality training opportunities for its members and offers on and off ice programming throughout the entire year. LSA also facilitates test sessions, sanctioned competitions and shows, and clinics for its members and the community.
LSA has more than 15 professional instructors and is recognized by the Professional Skaters Association as an Excellence on Ice facility for the quality of its coaching staff.
Approximately 100 athletes from Kentucky and Indiana train with LSA annually. LSA offers year round on and off ice programming and events. Members have represented LSA in the Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, Midwest Sectional Championships, and U.S. Figure Skating Championships. In addition, LSA has been represented at the U.S. Junior Championships, Adult National Championships, National Solo Dance Finals, National Showcase Competition and Special Olympic Events.
Synchronized skating is an extremely popular discipline both within the U.S. and around the world. LSA fields competitive teams each year. Teams in the past have won numerous titles including Midwest Champions (Masters Division 2010), Midwest Silver Medalists (Masters Division 2011), U.S. National Pewter Medalists (Masters Division 2010 and 2011), Midwest Pewter Medalists (Pre-juvenile Division 2010), and Midwest Silver Medalists (Open Juvenile Division 2014).
Learn to Skate Program
LSA has a thriving Learn to Skate (LTS) program that offers classes for beginner skaters (ages 3 through adult) interested in hockey, figure skating and recreation. More than 400 skaters participated in the 2017-2018 program. The LTS program has been recognized by USFS in past years as one of the largest programs in the country. Year round classes and camps are offered.
In addition, adaptive classes are offered for special needs skaters. LSA also offers specialty events such as the Princess, Pirates and Superheroes Skate and the National Skating Month Clinic to provide fun opportunities for members of the community to come out and learn to skate.
Artistic and Cultural Offerings to the Community
While passionate about the athletic pursuits of the club, LSA also is proud of its significant contribution to furthering the artistic and cultural offerings in the larger community.
Most notably, LSA annually produces the
LSA also has hosted Fire & Ice shows featuring skaters of different ages and levels and presenting to the community the different aspects of skating from showcase to competitive programs. This unique event is held in the summer before skaters start on the qualifying competition circuit heading up to Nationals.
The Louisville Skating Academy, Inc. (LSA) organized as a non-profit group and incorporated March 20, 2000, with 44 members. Its original and immediate goal was to provide figure skating ice time for its skaters to train and qualified instructors to teach. The process to be recognize as a United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) member club was begun from the onset. That recognition was made at the 2003 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council Meeting at which LSA had 3 delegates present.
LSA received its 501(c)(3) in July 2007. In November of 2010, LSA received tax exempt status. From the start the Academy has subsidized all figure skating sessions, Learn to Skate, and off ice training. LSA's on and off ice programs have always been conducted at its principle headquarters (PH), Iceland Sports Complex, previously known as Pantherland and Iceland, located at 701 UPS Dr., Louisville, KY.
LSA was privileged to host both the 2008 and 2014 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships.
Through the diligent guidance of the LSA board of directors, and its long-serving former skating director, Rebecca Hatch-Purnell, along with the dedicated member volunteers providing endless hours of support in a wide range of capacities, LSA has grown six fold and its skaters have achieved much.
- Since 2002 nearly 60 gold test medals have been earned in Moves in the Field, Free Skate, and Dance.
- Since 2007 LSA RiverStars Synchronized Skating teams have been qualifying for U. S. Figure Skating Synchronized Skating Championships.
- In the season of 2009-10 LSA had its first skater to qualify for Junior Nationals.
- In 2011-12, a Junior Ladies Free Skater, was LSA's first skater to qualify for U.S. Figure Skating Midwest Sectional Championships.
- For the 2016 USFS Midwest Sectional Championships, LSA had 15 skaters qualify to compete representing Ladies Singles, Men's Singles, Pairs, and Dance!
- In addition, several LSA skaters are National Dance Champions and one is a National Pairs Champion!
- In auxiliary categories of USFSA, LSA can also boast National Champions and medalists in Solo Dance, and Showcase.
- Several LSA skaters have competed collegiately and even participated on Team USA in International Synchronized Skating Competitions.
And all these skaters are products of the LSA Learn to Skate and subsequent on and off ice programing.
Additionally, LSA has provided performance opportunities annually for its members. To date, the Nutcracker on Ice production has completed 12 seasons. And an LSA skater has gone on to be a cast member of a professional ice show in Europe.
LSA continues to strive to adapt to the needs of its members and coaches in supporting skaters in attaining their skating goals to the best of their ability.