About the Program
The Sur la Glace program at Mount Saint Charles is an innovative program for young figure skaters that cuts training costs, eliminates daily travel, and creates time after school for extracurricular activities. The program is
currently in its second year. Students supplement their on-ice training with dance training in the school’s studio, strength training in the brand new weight room, and on-site support for nutrition and mental training. By eliminating travel between school and the rink, skaters have time for music, arts, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.
The Sur la Glace figure skating program includes:
- On-ice group classes, individual practice time, and private lessons (skaters are welcome to bring in their own coaches)
- Off-ice training includes ballet, pilates, and strength & conditioning
- School wellness topics are taught, as well as nutrition and mental training
- Special events and guest coaches, such as clinics with Olympic bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu and World Champion Kimmie Meissner
- Students’ individual accomplishments are celebrated by the group in a warm and supportive training environment
- Rhode Island’s first and only program for training figure skaters during the school day
- Available to students in grades 6-12
- 2-3 hours of training per school day in Adelard Ice Arena, the dance studio, and weight room
- Run by a highly trained & specialized professional staff
- Highest level of training at a low cost (currently $2500 + MSC tuition)
All skaters in grades 6-12 are grouped together to participate in the Sur la Glace figure skating training program. Skaters take three figure skating courses each day in lieu of Physical Education/Health and two
electives. These course count towards high school graduation requirements and are recognized when applying to college.
Currently, the skating program takes place daily before lunch. Students skate every single day and after
school supervision is available until 6pm daily at no extra charge. Dinner is available for students as well.
Sur la Glace Figure Skating Director and On-Ice Coach
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. She is also a Canadian gold medalist in ice dancing and has completed all 10 international dances.
In 2007, Sarah founded Ocean State Ice Theatre, the only theatre on ice team in Rhode Island, which has been selected to represent the US at the world level three times. She has coached the team to five national championships, and world silver and bronze medals.
Sarah coaches all disciplines of skating and especially loves sharing her knowledge of choreography and musical interpretation with her skaters. Sarah has a master’s degree in elementary education and was a fourth grade teacher in Mansfield, MA, for 11 years. She is thrilled to combine her love of skating and education as the Sur la Glace program director.
Jennifer has 23 years of coaching experience in freestyle, choreography, and moves in the field. She has taught 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.
Since joining the Mount Saint Charles Academy’s Sur la Glace program, Jennifer’s coaching philosophy has been to help skaters find their inner strength to achieve their goals and be the best they can be, on and off the ice.
Kate started figure skating in 1990. Shortly after she joined a synchronized skating team. Through the Novice Junior and Senior level teams, Kate was able to travel the world and win gold medals in both England and Sweden at International events. Kate’s team went on to be 1997 Novice National Champions and 1999 Junior National Champions. During this time, Kate also worked hard on her individual ice dance and became a USFS Gold Medalist in ice dancing.
She graduated from Bryant University Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Kate is now Assistant Coach for the Ocean State Ice Theatre teams. This past April, Kate had the privilege of traveling to Epinal, France with the Novice team who captured second and became Nation’s Cup World Silver Medalists.
Kate continues to coach private lessons at various rinks throughout RI and MA. She feels blessed that her career in ice skating has taken her to so many places and is excited to share her experiences with Mount
Saint Charles Academy’s Sur La Glace skaters.
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 American Grand Prix in New York. She went on to perform for seven seasons as a member of Festival Ballet in Providence, RI, 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 Brilliant, and Donizettie Variations, among
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 RI. She is thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge and inspire the new generation of dancers.
Jacqui is a certified Pilates instructor in the Classical Method. She received her comprehensive training from the Jen McWalters studio in 2011. Jacqui teaches at the Providence Pilates Center in Providence Rhode Island. Jacqui was a member of the United States National Champion Synchronized Skating team, the Haydenettes from 2002-2006. She was honored to represent Team USA at 4 world championships. Jacqui was introduced to Pilates as a young athlete to increase core strength. She also used Pilates to rehab and strengthen her knee after an ACL reconstruction
in 2010. Her favorite Pilates exercise is Teaser. She believes it combines all of the Pilates principles, Breath, Precision, Flowing Movement, Control, Centering and Concentration.
Jacqui plans to continue her Pilates training and complete The Bridge Program certification through Power Pilates this fall. Jacqui lives in Oak Hill, Pawtucket with her husband, 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter.
Northeast Sports Training – Strength and Conditioning
NorthEast Sports Training and Rehabilitation (the NEST) was founded, in 1999, by Mike Macchioni – one of the areas first Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists. It is Rhode Island’s only facility dedicated to preparing athletes for sport and, now the company runs the new state of the art training facility at Mount Saint Charles, working with all of the student athletes. In 1992, Mike met strength and conditioning pioneer, Mike Boyle. He worked for his company, Elite Conditioning, for five years, training the best athletes in the Boston area. During that same time, Mike spent several years working with Perform Better / MF Athletics educating coaches, trainers, therapists, and physicians about a, then-new training philosophy of exercising. This philosophy, later, would become known as ‘functional training’.
Mike and his team have trained many local athletes, including the Boston Bruins. For the Sur la Glace students, they are creating individualized plans and will oversee the skaters’ development to best meet their off-ice needs.