Synchro Skating

Team Brilliance - Synchro skating competition

Team Brilliance Synchronised Skating Academy

Team Brilliance was formed in June 2014. We consist of three teams Elementary, Preliminary and Adult. We currently have 40 members but would keenly welcome more especially aged between 7 and 10 years of age. Members are both male and female and range in age from 7 to 50+.


  • It’s the fastest growing figure skating discipline.
  • You get to share the sport you love with friends.
  • You learn how to work in and be part of a team.
  • You have the opportunity to compete internationally as well as at the British Championships.
  • It’s for boys, girls, men & women of all ages.

Team Brilliance are new, exciting and rapidly developing teams, for all ages currently involving children as young as 7 through to adults, for skaters of varying abilities.

New members are welcome, our only requirement is that you are Skate UK level 5 or above and have your own skates. If you think you’d like to give it a go please feel free to come along one Friday night. Try-out session is free – once you have joined the cost is £25 per month plus ice cost (which will be zero if you are on a monthly standing order). We’re a fun friendly team who are passionate about this fast growing sport. We would love to have some higher level skaters to possibly help form a new team. Please contact us via email

A short round up about the activities of Team Brilliance this season…

So our season has ended with PB scores for all our teams at the Bradford Synchro Competition on 29 Feb! What a fantastic time we have had these past few months putting the finishing touches to our routines and polishing our performances! We have had fabulous and fun weekends away in Nottingham and Dumfries and finished on a high on our home “turf”.

We held a fundraiser practice event before our national competition in January which saw skaters from club and Team Brilliance performing for friends and family and raising money for the team and for charity. We hope to make this an annual event and thank all of you who helped us make it a really fun night.

Our amazing coach Danka has now gone on a maternity break, we wish her well and will miss her very much while she is away from the rink.

Effective from March 1 synchro training is on Friday night 5:30 – 7:15pm. 90 minutes on the ice followed by 15 minutes off ice. Daiana Allen from Sheffield has joined our coaching team to help lead the teams into next season. We are all really excited as Daiana has worked and studied skating in many countries and brings lots of experiences to share with our team and help all our skaters to improve not only in synchro skating but basic skating too … “Posture, knee bend, extension!” We were also delighted that Jennie Hughes came along to help us too and our third coach is Sarah Evans. We will also have Millie Paterson helping us from time to time to ensure that we maintain a full coaching team at all sessions. I think all our synchro skaters would agree that working with multiple coaches encourages us to think about and work on our skating skills – we are really lucky to have such a great line up of coaches :-)

Now we can’t wait to start our new routines :-)

We plan on attending 2 or 3 competitions next season and we will be starting routines in the next few weeks so don’t delay if you think you’d like to try us out or know someone who might!

As a club we are extremely proud of what our skaters have achieved over the past season and look forward to the 2016-2017 season.

What is Synchronised Ice Skating?

Synchronised Ice Skating began in 1956 when Dr Richard Porter formed the first synchronised skating team. They were named Hockettes and were created to entertain the crowds during intermissions at The Michigan Wolverine’s Ice Hockey Games at Michigan University. Dr Porter later became known as The Father of Synchronised Skating.

In the 1970’s the popularity of synchronised skating grew and in 1976 the first international synchronised ice skating competition was held, between Canadian and American teams.

Today synchronised skating is a fast growing discipline of figure skating. Teams of between 8 and 20 skaters (depending on level) skate as one. A team must flow in unison and are measured on a variety of skating skills including footwork, speed and required elements. The International Skating Union have held official World Synchronised Skating Championships each year since 2000 and the current World Champions are Team Unique from Finland.

Former Olympic gold medallist Sarah Hughes called synchronised skating “The future of skating” when asked about it in February 2014.