Learn to Skate. Love to Skate. Live to Skate.
One of the country’s top synchronized skating teams, Team Braemar is dedicated to helping motivated figure skaters train, develop, and achieve to their highest potential on a team of other skaters.
Led by the Juniors, Team Braemar won the title of 2012 U.S. Junior Synchronized Skating Champions, and is consistently ranked in the top tier of synchro teams internationally.
What is synchro?
Synchronized skating is a highly technical form of team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and transitions. Known by their fans as “synchro”, it is team sport consisting of teams of 8-20 skaters who perform side by side on the ice.
Competitive skaters are challenged to perform their best and work together as a team. Lifelong friendships are formed, as skaters develop character, perseverance, and discipline in the framework of skating as one heartbeat.
First recognized by the ISU in 1994, synchronized skating is the newest discipline of figure skating. Synchro’s roots began in the United States and has quickly spread to 20 countries on 5 continents in recent years. Today, over 580 synchro teams compete each year as members of U.S. Figure Skating. It is a competitive team sport that is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the world.
Want to learn more about synchro?
Do you have a love for individual figure skating, but desire the challenge and camraderie that comes with competing as a valued member of a team? Want to travel to competitions around the United States and even internationally? Then perhaps, synchro is for you!
To learn more about the sport of synchronized figure skating and to determine the level that’s the best fit for you, download a copy of the 2013 USFSA Synchronized Skating Media Guide.
Interested in Becoming Part of Team Braemar?
Team Braemar/Team USA is looking for high level figure skaters, who are committed to training, competing, and succeeding on the national and international levels of synchronized skating. We are seeking qualified skaters who want to help Team Braemar defend their most recent titles.
You’ll experience unparalleled thrill, make lifelong friends, and compete around the world in the midst of exceptional figure skaters.
Tryouts for the 2013-14 synchronized skating season
Tryouts for Team Braemar synchronized skating teams are Sunday, April 21, and Monday, April 22, at Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota. If you have ever considered skating with a synchro team, we encourage you to attend tryouts and see why synchronized skating is the fastest growing discipline in figure skating!
Tryouts are scheduled at Braemar Arena as follows:
Sunday, April 21
Tryouts for skaters with MIF Intermediate through Senior. 7:40-9:00 pm, Braemar Arena West Rink. Current Team Braemar Junior skaters will be present to welcome candidates and help with registration and questions.
Monday, April 22
Tryouts for skaters with MIF Pre-Preliminary through Juvenile. 4:45-5:45 pm, Braemar Arena South Rink. Dress warmly, this rink is cold!
Skaters are asked to wear black leggings and a form-fitted shirt and jacket/sweater, or skaters may wear beige tights and a skating dress. Hair should be pulled up in a neat ponytail or bun.
Skaters will be asked to demonstrate elements appropriate for their test level or potential team level. Skaters at every USFS test level are encouraged to tryout. Junior Team candidates can expect to perform steps and turns which may include twizzles, choctaws, rockers, counters, and brackets. Additional elements may include spins, 135s, spread eagles, Ina Bauers, and spirals with a change of edge.
Tryout Requirements and Registration
Unlike in years past, there will be no fee for tryouts. We encourage all skaters that may have an interest to attend tryouts and bring a friend!
Is Team Braemar right for me?
Team Braemar is comprised of 38 skaters, which form the Junior and the Intermediate Team. The skaters range in age from 9 to 18 and attend 24 different schools throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The 2012-13 teams included two exchange students from Europe and commuters from as far away as Rochester, Minnesota. When you join Team Braemar, you join a team of figure skaters passionate about synchronized skating. There is no need to leave your home club or change your individual coach. Our skaters represent many different home figure skating clubs within the greater Twin Cities area.
More information regarding practice and competition schedules, program costs, travel, and more will be provided at the tryout and in subsequent informational and orientation meetings.
If you are interested or know of someone who would like to skate with the team, please contact Team Braemar General Manager, Jane Chaffee, by clicking here.