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 

Class Descriptions and Add-Ons

Teddy Bear (Age 3): This class is for kids that are 3 years old and brand new to skating. This class utilizes fun and games to encourage your 3 year old to become comfortable on the ice. Many skaters who are 3 years old will start with Teddy Bear for a session or two and move on to our Snowplow Sam 1 for 4-6 year old individuals.

Snowplow Sam 1 (Ages 4-6, prerequisite: none): Skaters will learn to sit and stand up on and off the ice, march, dip, and glide.

Snowplow Sam 2 (Ages 4-6, prerequisite: Snowplow 1): 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, prerequisite: Snowplow  2): 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 7-17): 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 (Ages 7-17, prerequisite: Basic 1): 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 (Ages 7-17, prerequisite: Basic 2): 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 4 (ages 7-17, prerequisite Basic 3): Skaters will continue to improve upon past skills while also learning beginning forward stroking, forward half swizzle pumps, two-foot turns on a circle, backward one-foot glides, backward snowplow stops, and forward slaloms.

Basic 5 (Ages 7-17, prerequisite: Basic 4): 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 (Ages 7-17, prerequisite: Basic 5): 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 (Prerequisite: Basic 6): 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.

Open Freestyle (Prerequisite: Pre-Free Skate): Skaters who have passed a minimum of Pre-Free Skate are able to practice their freestyle, moves in the field, and dance skills while utilizing the whole ice surface. 

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.

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.

Artistic, Power, and Moves in the Field: Skaters will be challenged with a wide range of drills to help improve strength, endurance, and speed. 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. This class also focuses on the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) Moves in the Field Curriculum. Class is open to skaters in Pre Freeskate and above.

Axel Class: This class will focus on the fundamental skills to perform an Axel Jump. This class is offered as an on-ice and off-ice course. Skaters are encouraged to take both on and off-ice classes to benefit most. Skaters must receive permission from their private coach to enroll in this class.

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.

Hockey

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. Hockey skates and HECC Approved Hockey Helmet are required for the classes.

Hockey 1 (ages 7+, prerequisite Basic 2): This class teaches falling and recovery, proper basic hockey stance, marching forward across the ice, two-foot glides and dips from forward marches, double C-cuts, T- pushes to a two-foot glide, and a stationary snowplow stop.

Hockey 2 (ages 7+, prerequisite Hockey 1): This class teaches forward strides, forward pushes, single-leg C-cuts, backward hustle, double C-cuts, backward C-cuts, and two-foot moving snowplow stops.

Hockey 3 (ages 7+, prerequisite Hockey 2): This class teaches lateral crossover marches, forward C-cuts on a circle, forward outside edges on half-circles, forward inside edges on half-circles, backward C-cuts on a circle, backward snowplow stops, and one-foot moving snowplow stops.

Hockey 4 (ages 7+, prerequisite Hockey 3): This class teaches quickstarts using forward V-starts, backward one-foot glides, forward crossover glides, backward crossover glides, forward and backward crossovers on a circle, and hockey stops. 

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