Sur la glace
Figure Skating Program




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FAST FACTS
  • Rhode Island’s first and only program for training and educating figure skaters
  • Available to students in grades 6-12
  • 2-3 hours of training per school day in the Adelard Ice Arena
  • Former competitive skater and U.S. quadruple gold medalist leads on-site coaching staff
  • On-site nutritional support, strength training, physical therapy, and counseling
  • Highest level of training at a low cost
  • PROGRAM COST
    $2,500 + regular MSC tuition
    (Less than skaters can pay for ice time alone in a typical year)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM

We are now offering an innovative program for young figure skaters that cuts their training costs, eliminates daily travel, and creates time for extracurricular activities. Students can supplement their on-ice training with dance training in the school’s studio, strength training in the weight room, and on-site nutritional support. Training during school time satisfies skaters’ physical education requirements. That, and eliminating travel between school and training, gives skaters time for music, arts, clubs, and other extracurricular pursuits.

SCHEDULE

Skaters will take three figure skating courses each day. These courses replace Physical Education/Health and two electives. They will count towards high school graduation requirements and be recognized when applying to college (32 credits available for high school graduation, which breaks down to 12 Figure Skating, 4 Religion, 4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3.5 Social Studies, 2 World Language, and 0.5 Technology).

The program will include on-ice time for group classes, individual practice, and private lessons, as well as specialized off-ice instruction (dance, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, and nutrition). This will all be built into the school’s daily rotating schedule. All of the figure skaters, grades 6-12, will be grouped together and participate in the Sur la Glace program. Supervision is available at the school until 6 p.m. daily at no extra charge. Dinner is available for students as well.
SARAH MIRZA DINARDO

Program Director & On-Ice Instructor

Sarah has been teaching competitive figure skating for 16 years. She is a United States Figure Skating gold medalist in freestyle, moves in the field, ice dancing, and free dance. Sarah is also a Canadian gold medalist in ice dancing and has completed all 10 international dances. In 2007, Sarah began Ocean State Ice Theatre - the only theater-on-ice team in Rhode Island - which has been selected to represent the U.S. at the world level three times. She has since coached the team to five national championships and a world bronze medal. Sarah has a master’s degree in elementary education and was a fourth grade teacher in Mansfield, Mass. for 11 years. She is thrilled to combine her love of skating and education as the Sur la Glace program director.
JENNIFER HUNT MENARD

On-Ice Instructor

Jennifer has 23 years of coaching experience in freestyle, choreography, and moves in the field to all levels including regional, sectional, and national competitors. She has over 15 years of competitive amateur experience and trained under world and Olympic coaches in Boston. She is an international professional competitor and soloist in many professional ice shows worldwide, and is currently still performing several times a year. Jennifer’s coaching philosophy is to help her skaters find their inner strength to achieve their goals and be the best they can be, on and off the ice.
KELLI CATALDI BURKETT

On-Ice Instructor & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kelli is a Mount alumna and former figure skater. She was a New England regional champion, eastern medalist, and national competitor, as well as a USFS gold medalist in figures and freestyle. Kelli currently coaches figure skating and is also a clinical social worker and a personal development coach. Her focus areas include performance enhancing and goal setting, positivity training and self esteem building, confidence building, team building, stress management, and concentration work. Kelli is excited to combine her figure skating background with her mental health training program at Sur la Glace.
DR. KELLY DOWD, DPT

Off-Ice Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Physical Therapist

Dr. Dowd has worked with Performance Physical Therapy since 2017 as a physical therapist. She received a bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and a doctorate of physical therapy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health. Dr. Dowd is a registered yoga teacher and trained pilates instructor. She specializes in general orthopedics, post- surgical and neurological rehabilitation, pilates- and yoga-based rehabilitation, and TMJ treatment.
DR. JESSICA ROY, DPT

Off-Ice Conditioning Instructor, Physical Therapist

Dr. Roy is a Mount alumna. She has worked with Performance Physical Therapy since 2014 and is now the clinic director, physical therapist, and a partner. After earning her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Lasell College, Dr. Roy went on to earn her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Hartford. She completed a residency at Performance Physical Therapy, is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, and is certified in dry needling. Dr. Roy has seven years of experience in outpatient physical therapy with a focus on treating orthopedic conditions. She is an expert in treating athletes and sports injuries.
COURTNEY HUARD, MS, RD, LDN

Team Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Courtney received her master’s degree in nutrition from The University of Rhode Island in 2011. In the past decade, Courtney has worked in several different roles as a dietitian at inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, home visiting programs, and 
n private practice. She has worked with pediatric and adult patients with a variety of diagnoses. She began her first private practice in Cumberland, R.I. and has since grown her practice with a location in Providence, R.I. Her treatment specialties include the non-diet approach to wellness, eating disorders, infant/toddler nutrition, and sports/exercise nutrition. Courtney is excited to teach our skaters how nutrition can play a role in improving their performance on the ice.
HEATHER MARTINEZ

Ballet Teacher

Heather received her dance training at the Festival Ballet Center of Dance Education. In 2001, she placed in the top ten in the senior classical ballet division of the national finals at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York. She went on to perform for seven seasons as a member of Festival Ballet Providence, performing a variety of principal roles including Micaela in Carmen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pas de Trois in Sleeping Beauty, Juliet in Yves De Bouteiller’s Romeo and Juliet, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, as well as Balanchine’s Rubies, Allegro Brillante, and Donizetti Variations, among others. Heather became a guest principal artist with Dance Alive National Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theatre, where she was featured in numerous classical and contemporary works. Heather is a ballet instructor with Heritage Ballet in Lincoln, R.I. She is thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge and inspire the new generation of dancers.