Q & A: SKATING SCHOOL (Learn to Skate)

In Person Mon - Fri 5:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sat 6:30 am - 10:00pm & Sun 10:00am - 5:00pm

Register online HERE (Registrations processed on first come, first served basis. Sorry, no registrations by phone)

  • 13-week class - $225
  • 8-week class - $140
  • 4-week class - $80

All Skating School students receive National ISI membership registration which includes:

  • Recreational Ice Skating Online digital magazine
  • Excess accident insurance
  • ISI testing program and national test registration
  • Opportunity to participate in local, district and national ISI competitions and shows

Includes one 30-minute class each week

Skate rental included with classes.

A 10% ProShop discount coupon on any skate $50.00 & over.

We run classes year round for beginner students so that new skaters don’t have to wait too long to get started.

Returning students may prorate into existing classes at any time, though a private lesson or two is usually recommended to cover the material missed. 

Our beginner skate package is only $99 and includes skates, skate bag, 'soakers' and gloves! (prices subject to change)

All new beginner students, ages 4 ½ to 6 years should register for Tot A. New beginner students 6-1/2 years and older should register for Pre-Alpha and beginner teen/adult students 13+ should register for Adult/Teen Pre-Alpha.

Children should dress in warm, comfortable clothing with lightweight socks and gloves or mittens. Long pants, sweatpants, sweaters and jackets are good choices. We require helmets for all class participants in 4-week and 8-week classes as well as for 13-week Tot A, Pre-Alpha and Adult Pre-Alpha classes.

We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the class start time. If you registered online, please stop at the front desk to sign any necessary paperwork. Skaters will go directly to skate rental and obtain rental skates once they have registered.

Every few weeks in our group lessons, Skatetown offers Ribbon Testing as a way for students to measure their progress. This is very informal and an optional part of the program for those who don’t like to “test.” Each class learns approximately 20-30 maneuvers during a semester, but a different color ribbon is awarded for 5 pre-determined skills. Mastery of the skill is not always necessary, but students must demonstrate a clear understanding of the element to receive the ribbon. Unfortunately students are only tested when attending their regular class and cannot “make up” missed ribbon testing.

Ice skating is based on “progressive learning” (one skill leads into another skill) making it important for students to take their own classes in order as much as possible. Having the same students and teacher each week, makes learning (and teaching) much more productive. A short, private lesson with your own instructor is always the best way to cover the missed material.

Rental Skates are included with your child’s class fees and are appropriate for beginning skaters. As skaters progress, they benefit from the comfort, support and consistency of their own skates. Additionally, they will progress much faster in their own skates. Ask your child’s professional instructor or inquire at the ProShop for a recommendation of skates based on your child’s level.

Be sure to take advantage of the Skating School practice sessions. Skating School practice sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 4:15pm - 5:00pm for $10.50 (with or without skate rental). Since we are not open to the public, this session is for skaters currently enrolled in our skating school classes. Because we will be limiting attendance, we have set up online enrollment so you can pay in advance to assure that you will be able to skate and so that you don’t have to interact with a cashier.  If you have paid in advance, please check in with the cashier so they can note that you are here and check you in.  You can still pay when you arrive as long as there is space available or a teammate to handle your transaction. We prefer that you use money on your house account or a credit card terminal to minimize contact. The more time you spend on the ice, the more comfortable it will become. Repeat the same moves you did with your instructor. Even playing games on the ice helps develop balance and edge control. Skaters who just come to their class each week spend most of the time just “getting used to” the ice again. You will be surprised at how fast you will progress - while having fun, too! Mastering specific skills in ice skating is done through “muscle memory,” training the muscles to do things with very precise timing. The only way to achieve this kind of memorization is through repetition, or practicing the moves over and over again. Keep in mind that without additional practice time and/or private lessons, the moves will probably not be mastered in just one 13 or 8-week session. There is often just too much to cover. Do your best but work at your own pace. Rushing through the skills early will make it more difficult and discouraging later.

Currently, we are not offering payment plans.

The student:teacher relationship of 12:1 will be maintained whenever possible, with the exception of the Tots class which will have a ratio of 10:1. Junior instructors are used to assist with classes whenever necessary and when enrollment exceeds the student:teacher ratio. Classes with less than five skaters registered may be combined with other age groups and/or other levels.