Founded in 2001, the Synchroettes Synchronized Skating Teams represent the Essex Skating Club of New Jersey, a not-for-profit organization based out of the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.
Our mission is to create synchronized skating teams to exhibit and compete at local, sectional, national and international events and competitions. We pride ourselves not only on teaching our skaters synchronized skating, but also in creating a positive, encouraging atmosphere where our skaters can learn life lessons to take with them after they leave our program. We use three mottos to teach some of these lessons:
Teamwork makes the Dream Work
Dream * Believe *Achieve
Together We Are One
The Synchroettes are currently composed of 190 skaters, ages 4-18 which make up 10 teams that exhibit and compete at the beginner, preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, juvenile, intermediate, novice, and junior levels. Our teams have worked hard over the years, and that hard work has resulted in various accomplishments and titles. This includes two international medals, one National Championship Title, and 7 Eastern Sectional Titles. To view our entire competitive history, click here.
Our skaters are not only dedicated and committed to excellence on the ice, but also off the ice. The Synchroettes have performed at Central Park, Bryant Park, Prospect Park, and other local skating events and shows which have included “Skate for the Cure,” a skating event to benefit Breast Cancer Research. This ties into the importance of teaching our skaters to have an “attitude of gratitude” and to be grateful for all they have. We encourage team building efforts in an act to give back to our local community. Each year around the holiday season, we sponsor a Toys for Tots exhibition. Each team performs their routine, and all spectators and skaters bring a toy that is donated to Toys for Tots. In addition, our teams organize and participate in fundraising events to support the Make-A-Wish foundation, The Red Cross, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the US Veterans Hospital, among many others. Our skaters are actively involved with Special Olympics events and volunteer with our own “Special Skaters” program at the Codey Arena. This October, the teams participated in the ‘Walk for Wishes’ 5K run at the Liberty State Park to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our skaters also take their education very seriously; most all of them are high honor roll students and have received outstanding achievement awards. Our skaters have graduated and gone on to skate for some of the best Collegiate and Senior teams in the country.
Synchronized skating, a fifty-year old sport that began in the United States, joins the men’s ladies, pairs, and ice dance competitions as the fourth discipline. ‘Synchro’ as the sport is known by its fans, is sanctioned by The US Figure Skating Association and the International Skating Union. Synchro is considered to be the fastest growing part of competitive figure skating with more than 500 teams and 5,000 skaters competing across the United States. The sport of Synchronized skating is attracting fans due to its speed, artistry, and the excitement of 8-20 skaters on the ice competing in a team sport. Synchronized skaters are increasingly recognized as the most versatile of competitive skater-athletes as they perform elements from singles, pairs, and ice dance. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs, and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations, and challenging step sequences. As with other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program elements. In addition, teams at the junior and senior level perform a short program consisting of required elements. To learn more about Synchronized skating, please visit http://www.usfigureskating.org/Programs.asp?id=44 or
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