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Learn to Skate Classes



We offer classes for all levels using the US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program.
The U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program was created to be the best beginning ice-skating program in the world. It is designed to serve the needs of both recreational and competitive skaters. The curriculum keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals.

The objectives of the program are:
• To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
• To teach correct technique of the simple basic elements
• To promote health and physical fitness
• To enable all participants to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun the rest of their lives or to move competently into the U.S. Figure Skating advanced test and/or competitive structure

The skating year is September 1 - August 31of the following year.

The Basic Skills program offered at the Norfolk Arena is a beginner ice skating program available to all ages.
The student/teacher ratio is 1:12.

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Offered to skaters who are working on the Basic 4 & Basic 5 level. The class is a 50 minutes.

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Offered to skaters who are working on the Basic 6 and up level. The class is a 50 minutes.

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This program is available to children of all ages. The class size ratio is 1:6. The classes consist of a 25 minute lesson and then the child may stay on the ice and practice. A parent is allowed to get on the ice with the child after the lesson and skate for free.

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The focus and goal of the Learn to Skate Hockey curriculums are designed to teach beginner hockey players the fundamentals of skating. It's important for children wanting to play hockey to become comfortable on the ice, learn the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, use of edges and how to hold a stick before moving into a learn to play. In order to move to the Learn to Play Hockey class a child must pass the first Basic Skills levels SS1 SS2 and SS3 or pass Hockey level 1 & 2. FULL EQUIPMENT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THESE CLASSES.

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Learn to Play Hockey is a fun instructional program which focuses on skating as well as basic hockey skills

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Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that is popular in Europe, where it is known as Ballet on Ice. It combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. Teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. Solo skating is discouraged, but is permitted in limited amounts if it enhances the overall telling of the program's story.

This is open to skaters of all levels.

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Private Lessons

Why? Figure skating is a technical sport with many intricate moves and elements that can take several weeks/months to achieve. Coaches provide the critical instruction needed to achieve the proper technique and desired look of the element, instant feedback/critique and training needed to learn new elements. Skaters learning the basics in classes will receive group instruction and will learn the breakdown and beginning steps to how an element like forward skating should be performed. In group lessons the instructor’s goal is for skaters to be able to accomplish the elements learned with minimal mistakes. Private lessons allow the skater even more in depth critique and mastery of the element.

What? So what does a private lesson consist of? A figure skating coach typically teaches private lessons in 25-50 minute increments. The coach will provide the skater with one on one teaching, in depth analysis and explanations of elements and feedback/critique of the elements. Coaches will also explain the different aspects of skating for example: competitions. If a skater enjoys skating and performing the next step is competing. Coaches will register skaters for a fun recreational based competition. The coach will put a program together with music for the skater o learn and then perform.

Who? The majority of coaches here are US and ISI figure skating certified, teach competitive students as well as the learn to skate programs. The figure skating staff is comprised of coaches who have exceptional figure skating background and experience. We pride ourselves that our staff is knowledgeable, experienced and strong communicators with the abilities to teach the basic elements through even the most advanced elements in figure skating. The staff here is dedicated to growth and development and keeps up with the latest trends in figure skating.

How? There are many ways to begin taking private lessons. You may take the liberty yourself to ask your child’s group lesson instructor if they are available for private lesson and can set up a time with them. You may also contact Jessica Martley, figure skating director, at 401-633-5436, or via email for a coach referral. Once you choose a coach, they will walk you through the process of contract ice and times they are available to teach. Please include when you are available for lessons so we can fit you with the right coach.

Where? Private lessons are performed at the rink during freestyle ice and public skate. Freestyle ice is not public ice and skaters taking private lessons or practicing on the ice must adhere to the ice etiquette rules. Freestyle ice is $12.00. Public Skating ice is $6.00. You can check at the freestyle and public skate times on our Calander

Cost? The average private lesson fee is between $22-$35 for a 25 minute lesson. Beginner skaters typically take one to two 25 minute lessons per week.

Disclaimer: We do ask that you refrain from asking parents in the lobby figure skating questions or private lesson information. This can be seen as soliciting students for a coach and can get the coach in trouble. If you need help, please see the skating manager with questions. In the code of ethics for the Professional Skating Association which coaches are members of it states that: No member shall in any case solicit pupils directly or indirectly or through third parties.