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Learn to Skate Classes

If you would like to register and pay online please us the Registration Pay ONLINE link. If you would like to register but pay onsite (Young Arena) please use the Registration and pay ONSITE link. Scroll to bottom of screen for new information on Winter/Spring 2024 programming.

For Mail-in Registration please see bottom of page. For more Information about the Learn To Skate program, please see below

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Lace those skate up! Do you need to learn the basic fundamentals to get started? Are you ready to master more challenging skating skills? Either way, our comprehensive approach to conquering individual elements gives you the skills, the knowledge, and the urge to go far on the ice…And, even further in life.

The Program

We teach a curriculum that offers something for everyone, from the first steps on the ice to mastering advanced technique. Solid skill development is based on the ABC’s of basic athleticism- Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.  It is a progressive system that, upon completion of the program, allows skaters to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.

Parent and Me (ages 4-6)

Parents looking to learn to skate with your child.  Use our class as a building block for both of you.  Skaters in these classes will follow the Snowplow Sam curriculum.

Snowplow Sam (ages 4-6)

Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength necessary to maneuver on the ice.  Time in the Snowplow Sam program will allow children to be more comfortable on the ice.

Skills taught:  Sit and stand up, march, glide, dip

Basic Skills 1-6 (ages 6-12)
The “Basic Skills” are the fundamentals of the sport.  These eight levels of the program infroduce all basic skating skills e.g forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, cross overs, three turns and mohwawks.  Upon completion of the Basic 1-6 levels, skaters will have the ability to advace to the more specialized areas of skating. Basic 1:  March, glide, dip, two foot swizzles, backward wiggles, snowplow stop. Basic 2:  Forward one foot glides, backward two foot glides, backward swizzles, moving snowplow stop Basic 3:  Forward 1/2 swizzle pumps, forward to backward turns, backward one foot glides, backward snowplow stop. Basic 4:  Forward outside and inside edges, forward cross overs, backward 1/2 swizzle pumps, backward one foot glides, two foot spin. Basic 5:  Backward outside and inside edges, backward cross overs, forward outside 3 turn, hockey stop. Basic 6:  Forward inside three turn, backward stroking, one foot spin, t-stop, bunny hop, spiral
This curriculum is designed for the beginner skater.  It promotes physical fitness as well as improves balance and coordination while learning proper skating techniques.  This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable way for a fit and healthy lifestyle. Skaters in these classes will follow the Basic Skills 1-6 curriculum above.
Skaters who have passed through Basic 6 can advance to the Freeskate levels to build skills in more advanced jumping and spinning. Pre Freeskate: Mowhawks, backward to forward outside edge transitions, one foot spin, waltz jump, mazurka Freeskate 1 &2: Forward and backward outside and inside consecutive edges, backward outside and inside three turns, upright spin from backward crossovers, back spin, half flip, half lutz, toe loop, salchow Freeskate 3 & 4: Waltz threes, Forward power three turns, waltz eight, forward to back spin combination, sit spin, loop, half loop, flip.


Snowplow Sam

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Basic Skills

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Free Skate

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Artistry In Motion

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Get Signed Up

Learn to Skate sessions are six weeks long and meet once a week on Monday evenings or Saturday mornings.  All classes are offered on both days.  Basic Skills levels 1-4 meet Mondays 5:30-6:00 pm or Saturday 9:00-9:30 am.  Basic Skills Levels 5-6, Freeskate, and Adult classes meet Mondays 6:00-6:30 pm or Skater days 9:30-10:00 am.   Skaters choose the day that works best for their schedule.  The cost of a six week session is $93.00 per skater.  This includes skate rental for each class session, a 30-minute lesson with a trained instructor each week.  An additional $25.00 Registration Fee is charged once per season (September 1-April 30).  Please Pre-Register for each session on-line or print off a form and deliver to Young Arena.


Winter/Spring 2024 Session Dates:

Session #1:  Monday  January 8-February 12

                        Saturday   January 6-February 10

Session #2:  Monday  February 26-April 8 (no class 3/11)

                    Saturday  February 24-April 20 (no class 3/2, 3/16, 4/13)