Jade Douris 

Groove School of Dance

 

 CLASS DESCRIPTION:

A ballet class specifically designed to give skaters the edge. There will be a heavy emphasis on exercises that build strength and flexibility. Barre work will help build core strength, improve posture and turnout, and increase the skaters’ full-body awareness. Across-the-floor and centre work will teach sustained movement, and work to improve alignment and jumping power. All this work will help lead to higher jumps, better mind-body connection, and more graceful movement on the ice.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: 

Jade Douris is a Head Teacher and administrator at the Groove School of Dance. Her own dance training began over twenty years ago, and since then she has trained in both Cecchetti and Russian ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballroom/partnering and musical theatre. She works as an instructor at several studios in Toronto, and has choreographed professionally for many theatre and production companies. Jade spent many years as an elite-level figure skater. She achieved her Novice Competitive Singles Skate Canada level, training out of the Canadian Ice Academy under the tutelage of former Canadian Champion Karen Preston. She looks forward to bringing her specific knowledge of (and experience with!) the needs of figure skaters to her work with the Forest Hill Figure Skating Club.

 

 

Michelle Thompson

Certified Personal Trainer

 

Class Description:

New Class 'Quad Squad'

This class combines a variety of cardio intervals and strength training to improve and maximize athleticism. Get ready to give it your all by integrating TRX, Plyometrics, Box Jumping, Drill Hurdles, Mat Exercises and the unique Tabata Training PLUS more, to increase speed and agility while having a blast in class! Quad Squad’s district format yields results while eliminating the dreadful plateau. See you in class!

 Bio:

'I have been a professional personal trainer, health and fitness advocate for the past 10 years now and counting. I have thrived working with diverse clientele including but not limited to amateur and professional athletes of all ages.

Focusing on athletic training not only benefits my clients but, myself as well in numerous ways. Growing up as a competitive figure skater, runner and swimmer, my training helps me to maintain the physical and mental drive to progress. This allows me to presently continue to practice the sports I love.

I am particularly passionate about creating highly effective, innovative and exciting workouts. My goal is to offer my clients motivating sessions which incorporate various methods such as

cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, plyometrics, proper techniques, useful equipment and of course, FUN! '

GET FIT, STAY FIT WITH A LITTLE PUSH!

 

 

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Plyometrics

Every class will include off ice jumping and spinner exercises. (Skaters to provide their own) We will do double rotation jumps, opposite rotation jumps, landing positions, plyometrics exercise involving repeated rapid stretching and contracting of muscles (as by jumping and rebounding) to increase muscle power and explosiveness.

Stretch and Cardio

This class is a total-body program that incorporates strength training, cardio, core work and flexibility. It challenges your entire body with high intensity, short duration exercises.

Dry Land

Learn and improve beginning through advanced jumping technique, body positions and control in our off-ice jump classes. 

Ballet

A ballet class specifically designed to give skaters the edge. There will be a heavy emphasis on exercises that build strength and flexibility. Barre work will help build core strength, improve posture and turnout, and increase the skaters’ full-body awareness. Across-the-floor and center work will teach sustained movement, and work to improve alignment and jumping power. All this work will help lead to higher jumps, better mind-body connection, and more graceful movement on the ice.