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20th Annual Kick-Off Classic Synchronized Skating Competition to be Held at Wings Event Center

The Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association (GKSA) will host the 20th Annual Kick-Off Classic Synchronized Skating Competition at Wings Event Center November 23 – 24, 2019.

The weekend-long event will feature:

  • Over 130 teams
  • Approximately 1,700 skaters
  • Team critiques
  • A judge’s school

“There’s something so special about watching as many as 16 skaters performing intersections, wheels, traveling circles, jumps, and daring lifts to a variety of music with creative and innovative choreography. It’s an incredible experience to witness whether you’re a skater or not, and we love being able to share that with the community,” Kristen Crandle, Chairperson of Kick-Off Classic, said.

Kick-Off Classic will feature synchronized skating teams of 8-16 skaters ranging in age from 4 to adult with team levels from beginner to those qualifying for international Team USA assignments.  Competition begins at 8:30 am both days. Tickets are available at Wings Event Center Box Office and are just $10. A detailed schedule may be found on greaterkzooskate.org/special-events/kick-off-classic/.

Wings Event Center features three NHL size arenas and several smaller event venues. With over 40 years of experience hosting ice events, Wings Event Center is passionate about providing the ultimate experience for both competitors and fans and is excited to partner with the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association to host the 20th Annual Kick-Off Classic.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team and is a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association is home to the Kalamazoo Kinetic synchronized skating teams, with a variety of levels. They also have the Kalamazoo Area High School Skating team (A, B, and C levels).