Novi Skating Club is located in a very picturesque setting; next door to a beautiful, modern fitness facility featuring a large outdoor pool and tennis courts. Not easy to find if you don't know where to look, not visible from the main road and beautifully secluded. See map below.
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When in June 2012 the news came that Igor Shpilband was leaving Arctic Edge in Canton, the entire Ice Dance World held it's breath to see what will the one of the best Ice Dance Coaches in the World do next.
What Igor did in next couple of weeks was truly spectacular. Novi Skating Club opened it's doors to Igor and his skaters, within days all was back to normal, without a glitch. Entire Ice Dance World could breath again. All was good and progressing smoothly, thanks to incredible composure and professionalism of a great Man.
At any given time you will find ten to thirteen international ice dance teams hard at work at Novi Arena.
Most are Senior Ice Dance teams, but some are at the Junior level. All are thankful for the opportunity to train with the best in the World.
Skating on the same ice as the best skaters in the World takes your own training to another level. You want to train just as hard as they do, you have the need to push yourself just a bit harder, a little bit longer… because they all do it. Novi Skating Club
For those watching from the viewing area upstairs, it’s like an intense ballet, a well managed show where hard work, sweat and praise create an unforgettable image in your mind. You can see the determination, the perseverance… sometimes tears of frustration and also those of triumph. You know that every single one of those ice dancers is there for a reason.
Almost all of them came from far away; left their families and their lives behind so they could be right here in Novi with Igor. Focused on their goals and driven by the need to fulfill them under a watchful eye of a Man who knows how to get them to the top.
They work well together, quickly adjusting to his unique style; he knows how to demand attention on the ice and knows how to get them to work his way and how to focus on the task at hand.
He also is a good friend and role model for them; knows how to play with them too. Novi Team of Igor Shipilband's skaters is one of a kind; capable of including newcomers into their close-knit circle.
For many, being part of such a great group, where others make you feel welcome from day one, is the best way to cope with the unfamiliarity of new place and new training routine.
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Teams skating here come from Russia, Canada, USA, Korea, Luthuenia, Italy, Ukraine, Poland and France.
Finding the arena can be a bit tricky as it is located in a park-like setting and enclosed by beautiful rental properties where some of Novi skaters live. (Within walking distance to the arena and the health club next door).
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Skating Club of Novi
42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive
Novi, MI 48375
If you trained at Novi Skating Club, we bet you have great stories to share! Tell us all about your time here.
Are you planning a trip to Novi? Is your skater relocating to the Novi Skating Club and you want to figure things out before you get there? First you can find a place to stay here. There are 25 hotels in Novi, several in close vicinity to the arena.
Then, the next step would be to search for accommodations for your skater, figure out where most important stores are and where to purchase money ordres when you need them.
If you are planning a visit to United States, please make sure to purchase travel and medical insurance and check with your country's Figure Skating Association or Federation, to make sure your skater is cover for his or her's medical emergencies. Healthcare in United States is costly, short stay at a hospital can amount to thousands of Dollars if you are not covered through insurance. Make sure you have health insurance to pay your medical expenses before you leave for US.
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