Learn to Skate
Learn to Skate Classes
The K.B. Willett Arena offers programs for skaters of all ages and abilities using the Learn to Skate USA curriculum. We offer two sessions per season, Fall and Winter.
2021 Season Dates
- Spring: Saturdays March 6 – April 3; Tuesdays March 9 – April 6; Thursdays March 11 – April 8
- Skate rentals not included with registration
- Register Online
Registrations require the creation of an account and payment.
Class Descriptions and Add-Ons
Snowplow Sam 1 (Ages 4-6): Skaters will learn to sit and stand up on and off the ice, march, dip, and glide.
Snowplow Sam 2 (Ages 4-6): Skaters will continue to improve on skills from Snowplow Sam 1, while also learning backward walking, backward wiggles, forward swizzles, beginning snowplow stops, and two-foot hops in place.
Snowplow Sam 3-4 (Ages 4-6): Skaters will continue to improve on skills from Snowplow Sam 1 and 2 while also working on forward skating, one-foot glides, backward swizzles, and curves.
Basic 1 (Ages 7 and up): Skaters will become comfortable on the ice while learning how to sit and stand up on and off the ice, marching forward, two-foot glides, dips, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, and snowplow stops.
Basic 2: Skaters will continue to improve on skills from previous levels while learning scooter pushes, one foot glides, rocking horses, backward two foot glides, backward swizzles, and two foot turns.
Basic 3: Skaters will continue to improve on skills from previous levels while also learning beginning forward stroking, forward half swizzle pumps, moving two-foot turns, backward one-foot glides, backward snowplow stops, and forward slalom.
Basic 5: Skaters will continue to improve on skills from previous levels while also learning backward outside and inside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, forward outside 3-turns, advanced two-foot spin, and a hockey stop.
Basic 6: Skaters will continue to improve on skills from previous levels while also learning forward inside 3-turns, backward to forward two-foot turns, backward stroking, beginning one-foot spin, T-stops, Bunny Hops, and straight-line forward spirals.
Pre-Free Skate: Skaters will continue to improve on skills from previous levels while also learning mohawks, backward crossover to backward outside edge glides, backward outside edge to forward outside edge transition, 10 step mohawk sequence, one foot upright spin, mazurka, and a waltz jump. Once a skater passes INTO Free Skate 1, they are eligible to take Saturday afternoon classes in addition to Free Skate classes and/or private lessons. Private Lessons are offered through the Crystal Ice Figure Skating Club. Once a skater completes Pre-Free Skate, they are eligible to join the Crystal Ice Figure Skating Club.
Free Skate 1: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include forward power stroking, forward outside and inside consecutive edges, back outside 3-turns, upright spin with backward crossover entry, half flip, and a toe loop.
Free Skate 2: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include forward outside and inside spirals, backward outside and inside consecutive edges, backward inside 3-turn, beginning backspin, half lutz jump, and the salchow.
Free Skate 3: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include alternating backward crossovers to backward outside edges, mohawk crossover sequence, waltz threes, advanced backspin, loop jump, and jump combinations.
Free Skate 4: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include forward power 3-turns, waltz eight, forward upright to back upright spin, sit spin, half loop jump, and the flip jump.
Free Skate 5: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include backward power 3-turns, 5 step mohawk sequence, camel spin, jump combinations, and the lutz jump.
Free Skate 6: Skaters will work on jumps, spins, and edge work, which include forward power pulls, creating their own step sequence, camel-sit spin combination, layback spin, jump sequences, and a beginning axel jump.
Axel Class: Skaters must receive permission from their private coach to enroll in the class.
Specialty Skate: Skaters will be working on specific skills such as Jumps, Spins, and footwork Elements.
Artistic Power and Moves: Each week we will do something different. Artistic will improve skating to music. Power skating will improve speed. Moves will improve edges.
Adult: The skill sets will be tailored to what the individual goals are at the beginning of the class. Adults will be able to work at their own pace.
Mommy, Daddy, and Me Skate: This class is designed to help children 3-6 years old and their parents become comfortable in their skates and learn to stand independently on the ice.
Off Ice Conditioning: Skaters will learn a dynamic warm up routine to utilize before each skating session. Skaters will also work on exercises to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility to enhance their skating. Skaters must be in Basic 5 and up to register. Required equipment are proper tennis shoes and a yoga mat.
Basic Blades Club: Is your skater in Basic 1 and up? Looking for some extra practice time? Basic Blades Club is a new opportunity for our basic skills skaters to sharpen their skills - a boost in mastering their skills. An instructor will be available to help each skater independently on skills in their Learn to Skate USA level. Space is limited so sign up early!
Hockey 1: NEW this session. The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges, and other necessary fundamentals to be successful in hockey practices and games. Required equipment: Hockey skates and a HECC approved Hockey helmet.
Artistry In Motion: This class introduces skaters to the basic principles and philosophy of choreography, presentation, and performance. Skaters will learn a variety of combinations to help build a strong foundation in basic body alignment, movement, and line. Artistry in Motion praises the creative mind of every skater. Class is open to skaters in Pre-Freeskate and above.
POWER: Skaters will be challenged with a wide range of drills to help improve strength, endurance, and speed. Bring a positive attitude and prepare to work hard. Class is open to skaters in Pre-Freeskate and above.
Jumps and Spins Clinic: Skaters will focus on technique for a wide range of jumps and spins in figure skating. Class is open to skaters in Pre-Freeskate and above.
The K.B. Willett Arena is proud to partner with Learn to Skate USA
to bring the world's best ice skating program to Central Wisconsin.