While on the ice the "Reach for the Sky Rink All Stars" are a theatrical skating team, and off the ice they are as close as sisters. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
It may be summer, but some of the city's best teenage figure skaters are hitting the ice.
The "Reach for the Sky Rink All Stars" are a skating team of girls, who range in age from 12 to 17 years old. Over the past six years, they've delighted New Yorkers at countless rinks and events.
Next week, they are heading to Cape Cod to perform in the U.S. National Showcase competition - the team's greatest accomplishment thus far.
"It's a really big deal," said All Stars Skater Miranda Tyson. "We've been training so hard. We're actually at this rink every morning from 7 a.m. We leave at 5:30."
"Big personality, sparkle, excitement and perform!" said All Stars Coach Marni Halasa.
Halasa, a lawyer-journalist turned skating instructor, formed the group based out of the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. She says figure skating, traditionally an individual sport focused on technical skills, is expanding.
"Doing triple jumps is not for everybody," said Halasa. "There's a very specific body type that one has to have in order to complete triple jumps."
Instead, this coach encourages her girls to be creative and perform together as a team.
Halasa has seen their success on the rink translate to other areas of their life.
"Now I'm seeing them really being comfortable in their own skin, performing more, their whole body language is different, and I think they feel better about themselves," said Halasa.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Sphillmann from Brooklyn is about to apply to colleges and she is feeling the stress.
"Skating is kind of my escape," Sophie said. "It's somewhere where I can go when I'm having a bad day and there are always people there to support me."
Others skate for different reasons.
Twelve-year-old Jennie Berlin, for example, skates six to seven days a week, sometimes for 10 hours a day.
NY1 asked Jennie what her ultimate dream is.
"I guess to get to the Olympics," she said. "I know it's a really tough chance."
Above all else, the girls say they mostly come to the rink for the love, friendship and support. They consider themselves figure skaters for life.