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The UVM Figure Skating Club provides skating resources to all student skaters and encourages growth in the skating community. We support skaters of all ability levels.
Club members have access to weekly ice time at UVM’s Gutterson Rink.
The Club has a synchronized skating team, a freestyle team (Non-Competitive and Competitive, and the Ice Cats, and/or recreational membership opportunities. While a tryout is required for the Synchro team and Ice Cats, skaters of all ability levels are welcome to join the freestyle team and the club. Members must have their own skates.
How to Join
Members of the UVM FSC will have access to club’s private freestyle ice. Members are also invited to participate in the Spring and/or Fall show,
in addition to representing UVM at collegiate figure skating competitions.
This semester (fall 2021), the freestyle ice times are typically as follows:
Synchro practices from 6:00-7:00am on Tuesdays.
These times are subject to change, and members will be informed of changes. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact Erin Starr at Erin.Starr@uvm.edu
Synchronized Skating Team
The Synchronized Skating team is UVM’s competitive synchronized skating team. We are an Open Collegiate team under the US Figure Skating Association and are student run with Bonnie Glass as our coach. We currently have 10 undergraduate skaters on our team, practicing twice a week.
The team attends at least two competitions each year, one per semester. In the fall of 2021, we competed at the Boston Synchronized Skating Classic in Boston, MA. In January 2022, we attended the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and competed against other teams from the east coast in Boston, MA.
Tryouts are held at the beginning of the fall semester. We encourage all skaters, regardless of level or synchro experience, to try out!
Synchro Coach - Bonnie Glass
Bonnie Glass grew up figure skating in the Philadelphia area and achieved high level tests in freestyle, ice dance, figures, and moves-in-the-field. Bonnie graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in Psychology and minor in Criminology where she was a member of the Miami University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team. As a Division I NCAA athlete she competed with the team nationally and internationally representing both Miami University and USA. She was a member of the 1999 National Championship team, 2000 Prague International Cup team, and Team USA. Upon graduation from Miami Bonnie moved to New York City and received her MS in Social Work from Columbia University. While practicing social work in NYC she was also Assistant Coach to CPIce Synchronized Skating program and a figure skating coach with Skating Club of New York. She coached CPIce for 7 formative years and coached the teams to Eastern Sectional Champions and Empire State Game Champions. Bonnie now lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband and two sons. In addition to coaching the University of Vermont Synchronized Skating Open Collegiate Team she is Assistant Director of the Vermont Center for Resiliency and Senior Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work. When she is not practicing social work or coaching skating you can find her playing outside, making coffee, and daydreaming with her little family.
Assistant Synchro Coach - Samantha Shanks
Samantha Shanks grew up figure skating in Burlington, Vermont and achieved high level tests in ice dance and moves in the field. She completed her bachelor's degree in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Vermont. During her four undergraduate years, Samantha skated with the UVM Synchronized Skating Team and acted as captain of the team for two of those years. She was also the UVM Figure Skating Club President during her senior year. After graduating in 2019, Samantha continued her education and earned her MS in Dietetics at UVM while working alongside Bonnie as the team's assistant coach. In addition to coaching UVM synchro, Samantha is a Registered Dietitian who works with individuals to find sustainable strategies to help meet individual nutrition needs and goals. In her free time, Samantha enjoys cooking, hiking, and cross country skiing.
UVM Synchro Class of 2019 - Pictured from left to right: Jackie Tames, Leslie Vandemark, Jen Mitchell, Samantha Shanks, Carly Kreiger
Several times throughout the year, we attend collegiate figure skating competitions. We send skaters of all ability levels to competitions all over the east coast to represent the University of Vermont.
If you are interested in joining our Freestyle team or have
any questions, please contact:
Freestyle Coach: Jennifer Lupia
Originally from Watertown, NY Jennifer received her training in Lake Placid, NY. She has coached in several clubs in Northern New York, New Hampshire and Vermont. Jennifer is also the author of a workbook series called "Simply Move It".
Jennifer Lupia is the 2017 World Figure Silver Medalist and ice skating coach in Burlington Vermont and Hanover, NH. She is a USFSA five time Gold Medallist in Figure, Freestyle, Ice Dance, Free Dance, Moves in The Field, and CFSA Gold Medallist in Ice Dance. She was also the Captain of National Competitive Synchronized Skating Team, Plus a North Atlantic Competitor, and Empire State Games Competitor. She is a member of the Watertown Figure Skating Club's Gold Medal Club, The Lake Placid Hall of Fame and most recently the World Figure Hall of Fame.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from SUNY Potsdam 1996. She is PSA Rated Power Hockey Level 2, Registered Freestyle & Moves in The Field 2005
Jennifer has taught skaters through Gold in Moves in the Field and Silver Freestyle. Program Director for several programs across New England including CVSC. Assistant Coach of two Theater On Ice Teams, the Adult team "On Thin Ice" And "Vermont Children's Theater on Ice" Jennifer has experience coaching Division I Hockey Players. She has been Production Assistant for Turner Broadcasting's "Star's On Ice", stage manager for "Goodwill Games,"and Assistant Director and Director for production of ESPN's "Great Outdoor Games." Jennifer was the assistant to the Technical Director at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; As well as, stage manager for Placid Productions.
Please contact Jacqui Caefer at Jacquueline.Caefer@uvm.edu for more information.
The University of Vermont Ice Cats is a group of dedicated figure skaters who entertain fans at Men's Hockey games and special events. We perform choreographed routines during the pregames of all Men's Hockey home games as well as between periods during most home games. We are excited to be a part of the Athletic Department, and we are looking forward to adding to the Vermont fan experience!
Erin Starr - Club President
Erin is a sophomore nursing major from Troy, Vermont. Since she was little she loved skating on outdoor rinks in the winter, and at age 9 she started taking lessons. She lived in Montreal, Quebec for 5 years, where she skated competitive freestyle. Since moving back to Vermont, Erin has kept up her skating at the Jay Peak Ice Haus (where she also teaches lessons from time to time) and at UVM with the figure skating club. Erin has been part of synchro, Ice Cats, and freestyle with the club and is excited to continue representing UVM on the ice for the next few years. Outside of skating, Erin loves to ski, hike, play guitar, draw, and hang out with her dog, cat, and chickens.
Allie Shiers - Vice President
Katie Roberts - Club Treasurer & Freestyle Competition Co-Chair & Synchro Co-Captain
Katie Roberts is a second year Environmental Science majoring Emergency Medicine minor with a concentration in Global Environment and Climate Change. She has figure skated for 8 years before attending UVM and now is the current treasurer and freestyle co-chair for the UVM figure skating club as well as the synchronized skating team co-captain. Outside of skating and school Katie likes to hike, swim, spend time outdoors and listen to music. She is from the eastern shore of Maryland, where she spends time with her friends, family and her dogs.
Emma Parzyck - Synchro Captain
Emma Parzyck is a junior majoring in Computer Science! She is originally from Chicago but instantly fell in love with the beautiful mountains here in Vermont. She says being a captain on the skating team has been an incredible experience by allowing her to meet fantastic women and grow as a leader. When she's not skating she's getting involved in her sorority Kappa Delta, reading on the beach, or watching movies with her roommates!
Abby Cuviello - Synchro Captain
Abby Cuviello is a sophomore majoring in animal science on the pre-veterinary track. She is from Annapolis Maryland but came to Vermont for the nature and amazing experiences at UVM. It is her first year as captain and she is looking forward to getting to know new skaters as well as working with returning members. She also enjoys skiing, hiking, and finding new places to eat downtown.