May Day Open Competition 2024
The Gardens Figure Skating Club hosts an annual competition called the May Day Open. This competition attracts approximately 450 competitors from Basic Skills through Senior level, and Adult Bronze though Gold levels. Judges include those with national and international level experience. Events include freestyle, compulsory events (moves, spins, jumps), interpretive freestyle, artistic freestyle, pairs, solo dance, and ice dance. IJS critiques will be available. This year’s May Day Open will be held from May 9-11, 2024. Registration is now open on EMS, and registration closes on March 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET – hope to see you there!
The May Day Open is proud to be a competition within the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Excel Series.
May Day 2024 Announcement (PDF format)
USFS Locker -Room Policy (PDF format)
Please come participate and volunteer!
It takes many hands to make this event run smoothly. Contact our board if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time or giving a monetary donation to be used towards hospitality at the event. Volunteering is a great way to become more acquainted with our sport and many of our volunteer jobs allow you to watch some fantastic skating throughout the day. We need volunteers to staff a number of positions such as our registration table, ice monitors, score runners, accounting, award presenters, announcers, set up, and clean up etc… We offer hospitality and refreshment to our judges, coaches and volunteers throughout the event. Donations of food, paper goods, disposable silverware, beverages and monetary donations to assist in the purchase of these items are very much appreciated.
For more information, contact us.
USFS Test Sessions
We offer United States Figure Skating Association approved test sessions at regular intervals year round. Test sessions include moves in the field, freestyle, and ice dance through international.
Upcoming Test Session:
Important Test Session Information:
- Priority goes to home club members who submit their application before the deadline. All others (including home club members who do not get their applications in on time) are first come, first served.
- Test fees will not be refunded after the schedule is published, including contingent tests that are not taken. If a skater is sick or injured and can produce a doctor’s note we will forward the test to the next test session.
- The schedule will be posted a week before the test on this website and emailed to all skaters and coaches at the address given on the application form.
- Please arrive at the rink for your test at least one hour prior to your scheduled warmup time. If we are ahead of schedule and you are not available for your test, we may not be able to fit you in later.
- By submitting an application, you are applying to test at any time during the session. Personal requests by skaters/coaches cannot be accommodated fairly with the number of tests we conduct.
- Coaches, including partnering pros and coaches of non-home club members must be CER compliant via USFSA in order to coach/partner at our test sessions.
- Results will be provided at the first break following each group. Copies will be provided and originals will stay with the club.
- If you are not a home club member, you must have a Permission to Test letter from your club in order to test.
Contact our board if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time to assist with skater checkin, ice monitoring, or test form running. Volunteering is a great way to become more acquainted with our sport and the testing atmosphere. Many of our volunteer jobs also allow you to watch some fantastic skating.
2023 GFSC Spring Show – The Little Mermaid on Ice!
The Gardens Figure Skating Club of Maryland is thrilled to present our 2023 Spring Figure Skating Show, “The Little Mermaid on Ice.” Join us to watch talented figure skaters from our club from across the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area re-enact the Disney tale, The Little Mermaid… on ice! Two shows will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm ET. Tickets can be purchased at: https://tinyurl.com/LittleMermaidOnIceTix
Please note: No ticket is required for children under the age of 3.
2022 Frozen On Ice
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2018 The Little Mermaid:
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Our club hosts an annual exhibition prior to our May Day Open Competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for skaters to get pre-competition jitters out of their system by performing for an audience. Skaters also cheer for each other building club spirit and camaraderie.
Fundraising key in supporting the many events our club offers. We host a number of fundraising events throughout the year. These events include bake sales, public session fundraisers, sports playoff fundraisers, dinners out at local restaurants, bleacher seat cushion sales and more.
Do you shop on Amazon? We also have an Amazon Smile account. If you use this link, Amazon donates a small percentage of your purchase to our club. Every little bit helps, use Amazon Smile today!
Late Night Skate Night
Please stay tuned for further information on this future event. Due to the pandemic this event is indefinitely postponed at the moment.
Every year we host an evening event for our membership. Skaters of all ages are invited to join us for an evening of food, fun and skating. We consider this a “skate ’till you drop” event. Watch your email for the announcement of our next Late Night Skate Night.
We host a Halloween party in October on a Saturday during club ice. Join us for costumes, fun, food and skating!
Summer & Winter Ice Shows
The Gardens Ice House hosts an end of Summer and a mid Winter ice show. These shows are open to The Gardens Ice House Learn to Skate participants of all ages and levels. Solo and team performances by our club skaters are also included. Watch for email announcements regarding solo sign-ups and team participation.
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