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A Community Staple of Family Fun and Competitive Sports at Stamford Twin Rinks

Nov 21, 2013 - 02:18 PM
A Community Staple of Family Fun and Competitive Sports at Stamford Twin Rinks


  Every young athlete needs a solid home base away from home, a place where they can develop their love for a sport and their athletic skills. Not to mention, children of all ages enjoy a place where they can have a good old time with friends and family. For the past 17 years, Stamford Twin Rinks has been just that place, offering camps, clinics and other recreational activities to Connecticut families in hockey, skating and dance.

  Sine opening in 1996, STR has offered a variety of sports — both competitive and introductory — and family fun, whether it’s on or off the ice. This state-of-the-art-facility is home to numerous youth and adult hockey leagues, figure skating competitions and the Springdale Ballet and Dance Academy. The rinks are the place to be when it comes to public skating and the Friday Night DJ Skate, terrific birthday parties, private ice rentals and delicious food at the Ice View Sports Bar and Grill and Legends Café.


  Home to one of the largest Learn to Skate programs in the country, Stamford Twin Rinks offers lessons to kids of all ages and skill levels, following the curriculum set by the U.S. Figure Skating nationally recognized Basic Skills Program. The programs range from six to nine weeks in length and run from September through June. The Springdale Figure Skating Club also offers daily schedules of freestyle moves in the field and dance sessions six days a week, giving skaters an opportunity for both a competitive and recreational skating experience. A comprehensive nine week Summer Figure Skating School includes Ballet, Broadway theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, fitness and clinics, in addition to several hours of ice time each day. In addition to private lessons, the facility is also home to the Skyliners Synchronized Figure Skating Team, sponsored by the Springdale Figure Skating Club.


  Stamford Twin Rinks offers a world-class hockey experience for youths of all skill levels. The hockey department staff is dedicated and enthusiastic, well known for their strong hockey backgrounds and their ability to teach young players about the game, sportsmanship and teamwork. Along with hosting private lessons, the facility is home to the Big Cat House Youth Hockey League at the Dynamites, Mites, Squirts and Pee Wee levels beginning in October and running through March. The rinks are also a home away from home to the Darien Youth Hockey Association and the Stamford Youth Hockey Association.


  The Springdale Ballet and Dance Academy also makes its home at the twin rinks facility, with a fully equipped and mirrored professional dance studio featuring a brand new top-of-the-line dance floor. Classes are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday from September through June in traditional Ballet (pre-Ballet, Ballet I and Ballet II) and fun combination Ballet-Tap classes. Led by instructor Caitlin Roberts, the academy offers summer classes is Hip Hop, Ballet, Stretch and Theatre Dance.


 Stamford Twin Rinks is best known for their enjoyable public skating sessions and the popular Friday Night DJ Skate with DJ Jazzy J. As kids have a blast on the ice, the newly renovated sound system pumps up to 1,200 watts of clear sound, making the rinks a favorite Friday night destination. Sessions are available throughout the year. Admissions for public skating is $9 and $10 for Friday Night Skate for all ages.


  Looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday bash? Stamford Twin Rinks offers celebrations galore. Enjoy your own private party room, with pizza and cake. Afterwards, kids can skate to their favorite music and much more! A variety of party packages are available, along with several options for themes. Personalization perks include a surprise visit by ASTRO the Big Cat, mini skating lessons, arcade tokens and future public skating passes.


  Ice View Sports Bar and Grill and Legends Café are two fantastic places for the family to grab a bite to eat before or after some fun on the ice. Ice View offers delicious pub style food with a view overlooking the rinks, so parents can warm up while watching their kids compete. Legends Café offers an assortment of salads, wraps, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. The facility also houses Skate Zone, a full service pro shop with a variety of equipment and apparel for both hockey and figure skating. Skate sharpening is also available.


  For more information, call 203-321-1522 or visit www.StamfordTwinRinks.com.

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