Mini Update from Calalta

Just a quick update before Calalta starts our Spring Break!!

Calalta’s Spring Break starts Friday April 19 and ends on Sunday May 5 – no classes (ice or off ice) will be running during this period at JC or COP.  Enjoy the time off and see you back at the rink on Monday May 6, 2019.  For those competing in Edmonton this weekend at Sunsational, Good luck to everyone!

Calalta honours all skaters that have achieved one or more of their gold tests in the period from April 30, 2018 to April 18, 2019 with a free banquet ticket and individual plaque that will be presented at Calalta’s Annual Celebration of Skating banquet. We have compiled a list of the known skaters that have completed this milestone – please check the list for your skater and confirm spelling of their name. If it is incorrect, please email the office by Monday April 22.

If your skater passed a full gold test in this time period and is not on the attached list, please email the office by Monday April 22. We will confirm results with Skate Canada to ensure your skater receives recognition for this important skating milestone.

Even though the ticket is free for the gold test skater, they must be ordered at no charge in Uplifter.  Additional tickets are $30.00 each and can be purchased here:

Saturday May 25, 2019

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association

1320 5th Ave NW

Calgary AB

Business Casual Attire

6:00 pm    Cocktails

6:30 pm    Dinner

7:00 pm    Awards Presentation

8:00 pm    Dancing and Photo Booth

Calling all Skaters! The best time for new beginnings is now!

Solstice Synchronized Skating is hosting their Annual Spring Skills & Auditions for the upcoming season here at Jimmie Condon on April 25, 27, May 2 and 4th!

Check out the poster attached for more info. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]

Click on the link provided to sign up! No previous experience necessary!

All skaters – CanSkate Stage 5 all the way to Gold/Diamond tests, competitive stream as well as all Adult skaters are invited to come out!

Come on out and join our Solstice family! We’re excited to meet you!

Heading to Slovakia!

Looking Good Natasha and Davin!!

Guess who got their new team wear today? Natasha Purich and Davin Portz are heading to Slovakia Tuesday September 19 to represent Canada in their first Senior International Pairs assignment!

Natasha and Davin represent Calalta Figure Skating Club and skate out of Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Arena!

Wish them luck on their first big international assignment!

Calalta is the only skating club in Calgary with senior international competitors.

Davin and Natasha in their new teamwear!

So proud!! Love the Canada flag in the background!


Yuka Sato is coming!!

Calalta is pleased to partner with Yuka Sato for our next skating clinic held June 20 and 21, 2016

Yuka is a Japanese former competitive figure skater. She is the 1994 World champion, the 1990 World Junior champion and the 1993 & 1994 Japanese national champion. She placed 7th at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 5th at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Read more about Yuka She will spend two days with Calalta working with our skaters in helping them master their edges, spins and jumps.

The sessions are almost full so if you are interested in joining Yuka, please check out the details here: 2016 Yuka Sato Seminar Final

To register, please have your credit card ready and click here:

Happy Skating!!

Calalta Spring Event 2016 Announcement

Spring Event 2016 – Performance Evaluation Day
Saturday March 5, 2016
Jimmie Condon Arena
502 Heritage Drive SW
Calgary, AB
T2V 2W2

Registration for the Calalta 2016 Spring Event is now open. Please make sure that your submissions are in by February 1, 2016.

Calalta Spring Event Announcement 2016

Online Registration for Calalta Spring Event 2016

Planned Program Form for Calalta Spring Event 2016

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Message from Scott Davis, Director of Skating

It’s hard to believe that another year is gone! 2015 flew by and it’s now a great time to reflect on the past 12 months and also where we want to go in the next year.

I am extremely proud of the continued growth within the club in all areas including Canskate, StarSkate, Jr Prep and HP, developmental competitive skaters including dance and pairs, and our elite athletes representing Calalta and training with the National Performance Center (NPC).

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of being the premier skating club in Western Canada!

With this growth, it is imperative that everyone in the club works together effectively.

A huge ‘thank you’ goes out to the many volunteers who make everything run so smoothly, to the Board of Directors who guide our club, to the amazing coaching staff that show up daily, motivated to teach, and to the office staff who make it all come together.

A special ‘thank you’ goes out to Diana Peters, our amazing President who spends countless hours working for the betterment of the club and skaters.

For all our skaters, the focus is to improve and to reach their goals set with their respective coaches. The club offers quality programming to assist in this process. In the Spring of 2015, the dry land program was reworked by Stephanie Davis to incorporate a more well-rounded approach to making all skaters ‘fit’ athletes first. What prompted this was we found that skaters were missing the balance, focus, concentration and basic skating quality, which used to be ‘taught’ through school figures.

Skate Canada published the Long Term Athlete Development model, which we used to create our programs including Jr Prep, HP and our Group Star and Jr Star programs. In order to improve, the time and energy has to be put into the training. Nothing can take the place of the hours that need to be spent on basic skating and technique. The table below shows a guideline for the number of hours minimum needed to see improvement.

smhoursAs your skater progresses, more time and energy needs to be spent both on and off the ice. I can’t stress enough the importance of dry land training and seminars that will contribute to your skater’s overall fitness and mental training. For the senior and elite skaters, we offer sessions on nutrition and sports psychology as well as dry land training that includes meditation, dance, pilates, gymnastics and tai chi. With our children being increasingly stimulated with electronics and social media, we need to slow them down, get them to focus, and concentrate on the task at hand. Our meditation classes are becoming an extremely important tool being offered to our skaters and mindfulness training will benefit all skaters in any aspect of their lives.

Click here to see the latest information on children and meditation.

The New Year is a time to set a plan for the future and to execute on that plan. Work with your coach and identify your strengths and weaknesses and put in the time and effort to improve upon them.

I look forward to watching the continued improvement and growth in skating.

Happy Holidays!
Scott Davis
Director of Skating
[email protected]

December and Christmas Ice Reminders

Updates for December ice at JCA and COP:

Sunday Stroking dates for December

December 6, 13, 20

JCA: Last day of regular skating is Sunday December 20, skating resumes January 3 (no stroking or off ice)

COP: Last day of regular Skating is Friday December 18, skating resumes Monday January 4.

Sign up at JCA (beside the music room) for Christmas ice:

This is what is confirmed for Christmas ice:

Monday December 21,28
11:15-12:15 Dance
12:30-1:30 Juv to Senior
1:30-2:30 Open

Tuesday December 22,29
11:15-12:15 Dance
12:30-1:30 Juv to Senior
1:30-2:30 Open

Calalta supports Toy Angels!

We are encouraging all our members to support Calalta’s initiative for the Salvation Army and Kiss 95FM’s TOY ANGELS campaign.


All you have to do is bring an unwrapped, new toy and drop it off at JCA or COP. See details as to how and who to look for below!

COP skaters and families — Our Board Members will be collecting your toys from COP if you do not have the opportunity to drop by JCA. Please contact these board members or approach them directly and they will be happy to receive your gifts on behalf of the campaign.

Mon, Tues, Thurs afternoons — Terra Lee Behiel

Wednesday afternoon – Diana Peters

Friday afternoon – Gayle Stobie

all morning ice – Terra Lee Behiel


JCA skaters — you can do a drop off at the office directly. Look for the Toy Angels box in the upstairs office!


Donations will be collected until Saturday December 19.


If you would like to volunteer to help with this toy drive, please let us know!

Thank you for your generosity!!


Calalta Board of Directors

Stroking & Off Ice Dates

2015 – 2016

Sunday Stroking and Off Ice Dates

There is Stroking and Off Ice on these Sundays

September 6, 13, 20

October 4, 18, 25

November 15, 22, 29

December 6, 13, 20

January 10, 17, 24, 31

February 7, 21

March 6, 20

April 3, 10, 17

May 8, 15, 29

June 5, 12

There is NO stroking or Off-Ice on these Sundays:

September 28 (Canmore Competition)

October 11 (Thanksgiving)

November 1 (Day after Halloween)

November 8 (Sectionals Competition)

December 27 (Christmas Break)

January 3 (all other sessions are a go except Stroking and Off Ice)

February 14 (Family Day Long Weekend)

March 13 (Calgary Winter Invitational Competition)

March 27 (Easter)

May 22 (May Long Weekend)