The Dream Detroit Skating Academy breaks down financial barriers for kids who want to learn to ice skate

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DETROIT – Whenever the Winter Olympics arrives and we see these graceful figure skaters on screen – suddenly the kids are hinting that they want to learn to skate.

Many families may think they can’t afford these classes, but a new company wants to change that perception.

Angela Blocker-Loyd and Candice Tamakloe grew up in Detroit but had to leave town for the majority of their figure skating training. Together they were inspired to create the Dream Detroit Skating Academy (DDSA).

“There are so many things you can do with (ice skating). And I think it’s time we introduced these types of sports and activities to minorities because it can make a difference in their lives,” Blocker-Loyd said.

The goal is to break down barriers like accessibility.

“You literally have to get out of Detroit to Berkley, Royal Oak, Southfield, Bloomfield Hills to be able to play this sport. And I’m like, we have an ice rink here,” Blocker-Loyd said.

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The academy will host a six-week session at the newly renovated Adams Butzel Recreation Complex in Detroit.

DDSA also tackles the financial barriers of the sport by offering the program at a much more affordable rate.

Figure skating is expensive, extremely expensive and a lot of working class families, single moms who can be a problem for them,” Blocker-Loyd said.

The goal is to show Detroiters aged four and up the possibilities that ice skating can bring, especially just weeks away from the Winter Olympics.

“It will be so cool for them to be able to see some professionals and maybe spark a new interest in them that they never had,” Blocker-Loyd said. “Maybe they weren’t even going to watch the Winter Olympics.”

It has already changed Makayla Becom’s dreams. The 13-year-old has only been ice skating for a few months and said she wants to compete professionally one day.

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“I roller skate for fun, but I never thought that in a million years I would be on ice skating today,” Becomm said.

Dream Detroit Skating Academy is hosting its first skating clinic on Saturday, January 29 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Adams Butzel Recreation Complex in Detroit.

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