Ballet for Figure Skaters
Photo of a figure skate and a ballet slipper
Figure Skating's premier online resource for Classical Ballet training presented exclusively to meet the skater's needs. Ballet for Figure Skaters was developed by Annette T. Thomas and introduced as an educational website in 1999. As the very first of its kind, it continues to be hailed as one of the most unique and informative websites available.

Equipped with two generations of Classical Ballet and conditioning experience (Annette's mother was also an international dancer and teacher) Annette shares her wealth of knowledge in her internationally acclaimed book: Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters.  This outstanding textbook offers coaches, adult figure skaters and ballet instructors of figure skaters a step by step guide to thoroughly explore the fundamentals of both off-and on-ice movement training from the "inside out" while using mind, body and spirit.

Annette's latest book: Lessons in Classical Ballet for the Figure Skater provides everything the professional ballet instructor needs in order to offer the most relevant and highest quality Classical Ballet training expressly designed for figure skaters.  This new book contains 20 full length 1 and ½ hour lessons from the beginning through the advanced levels including: body awareness and alignment floor exercises, warm-up, stretching and suggestions on teaching Style and Character Dance. Four "Ballet on Ice" lessons are also included for each of the Beginning and Intermediate levels which reinforce what has been learned during regular ballet lessons.  A graded syllabus is provided for each level with evaluation questions and test suggestions.  Also included is an invaluable section on figure skating jumps, spins, footwork and edges in order to equip the ballet instructor with the technical information needed to teach skaters as effectively and relevantly as possible.  A section on "How to begin and maintain a Ballet for Figure Skaters program" is given in the index along with questions and ideas to use as a springboard for discussion between board members, coaches and the ballet instructor.

Sold in over 15 countries around the world Annette's first book Fundamental of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters along with her latest book Lessons in Classical Ballet for the Figure Skater make available all the tools needed to develop and maintain a quality Ballet for Figure Skaters program at your rink, on any continent, around the globe.


"Annette Thomas has written two wonderful guides for anyone looking to take their skating to the next level. With the GOE (Grade of Execution) scores being of the utmost importance in today's competitive skating world, the exercises, tips and suggested training methods to improve posture, alignment and movement are crucial for every skater to know and be aware of. These books are great resources for anyone wanting to "improve their ability to become the best that they can be!
Dorian Shields Valles
USFS National Singles Technical Specialist

"Annette T. Thomas delivers this remarkable "must have" book that, if followed, will increase the level of skating we will see in the future. She covers every important topic, and explains herself well. Though her explanations are easy to understand, the material can be complex and covers a lot of ground. She goes into much detail, all things serious skaters, coaches and those others who work with skaters should know. Reading and following this book can truly make a difference in your skating! You will learn to work more naturally from the inside out, you will learn the importance of breathe while skating/performing. You will learn more about your body, and thus learn to better control your body. This book is full of tips and exercises that are easy to follow. Don't waste another minute! Start to apply these concepts and see the skater you will become!

Annette has poured her life into this book and it shows. The quality of the advice and writing is excellent. "Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters", together with "Lessons in Classical Ballet for the Figure Skater", can truly have a measurable effect" on the world of figure skating. Absolutely superb and a great contribution to the skating world!

Deldre Arianne Kellogg
The Skaters' Consortium
Director of Ballet for Figure Skaters at The Skaters' Consortium
Choreographer/Artistic Coach
Educator/Consultant/Writer

"The scope of this subject matter is so vast and very dear to the hearts of both Salome and myself.  I am so impressed with the work of Annette Thomas on this very interesting, very important, and very complex "subject and we would like to thank her for this wonderful resource.
Salomé Brunner
Choreographer to Stéphane Lambiel and Sarah Meier
and
Lesli Wiesner
Former dancer and ballet teacher to figure skaters working together with Salomé Brunner

"'Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters' blew me away! Annette's exquisite application of figure skating and her holistic view of developing artistry can be used as a competitive advantage for any aspiring figure skater. She is absolutely right that there is no way artistry can be added after skating technique is perfected. I took ballet three times a week for about 10 years while I was competing. I could not have achieved the skating quality or competitive success that" I did without submitting myself to ballet's classical training. It is a "must have" for any competitive figure skater.
Ryan Jahnke
2003 World Team Member
7-time National Medalist
10-year U.S. Figure Skating Team Member
Founder of MySkatingMall.com



"The most complete and detailed work that has ever been written for figure skaters and professional coaches. Great knowledge of classical ballet most importantly the Vaganova Method, the precise technique and system of instruction that includes development of lower back strength, upper body grace, flowing arm movement and the requisite strength, flexibility and endurance needed in figure skating performance. This method and base of training is a must for every serious skating pro and athlete. Methods of Implementations are easy to understand and they work. "Finally, a book that really explains the importance of classical education and ballet to the sport of figure skating.
Gizo Ujarmeli
Executive Manager and Founder of SkateGold LLC
Two-Time German National Cup Winner
Former Member of German National Team



"Annette Thomas has written an important book for the skating community that, if followed, will prepare skaters to reach their ultimate capacity. This book is intelligent, insightful and educational. If every skater and coach used it, I am sure w"e would have a higher caliber of skaters.
Ricky Harris
Choreographer-Educator-Author