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LEARN TO SKATE

Group ice skating lessons for ages 3 to adult

Have fun, be challenged and reach your potential while safely learning the fundamentals of ice skating with Learn to Skate! Our lessons are offered year-round and provide top-level instruction for skaters ages 3 to adult.

We follow the Learn to Skate USA curriculum and also offer classes for Special Olympians.

Current & Upcoming Series Dates

Series 2: October 20 – December 19
(No classes on November 19, November 21 or November 24)

Series 3: January 5 – February 27

Series 4: March 2 – April 24

Series 5: April 27 – June 26
(No classes on May 25, May 27 or May 29)

Series 6: July 8-31

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REGISTRATION FOR SERIES 3 NOW OPEN!

SNOWPLOW SAM

Snowplow Sam (SPS) is designed for beginners 3 to 5 years old. Upon completion of Snowplow Sam 4, skaters usually advance to the Basic 2 class. Skaters who turn 6 before finishing Snowplow Sam 4 will move into Basic 1 or 2.

Not sure what level your child is ready for? Please contact Bernadette Tynan, our Learn to Skate Coordinator, at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu.

 

Snowplow Sam 1

Snowplow Sam 1

Snowplow Sam 1 teaches skaters how to:

  • Sit and stand up, on and off ice
  • March in place
  • March forward
  • March, then glide on two feet
  • Dip in place

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Snowplow Sam 2.

Lesson Schedule

Snowplow Sam 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Snowplow Sam 2

Snowplow Sam 2

Snowplow Sam 2 teaches skaters:

  • Marching followed by a long glide
  • Dipping while moving
  • Backward walking, toes turned inward, shifting weight
  • Backward wiggles
  • Forward swizzles
  • Beginning snowplow stop (in place or holding on to a barrier)
  • Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Snowplow Sam 3.

Lesson Schedule

Snowplow Sam 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Snowplow Sam 3

Snowplow Sam 3

Snowplow Sam 3 teaches skaters:

  • Forward skating
  • Forward one-foot glide
  • Forward swizzles
  • Backward swizzles
  • Moving forward snowplow stop (two-foot)
  • Curves

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Snowplow Sam 4 or Hockey 1.

Skaters who turn 6 before finishing Snowplow Sam 3 will move into Basic 1 or 2.

Lesson Schedule

Snowplow Sam 3 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Snowplow Sam 4

Snowplow Sam 4

Snowplow Sam 4 teaches skaters:

  • Forward skating
  • Backward two-foot glides
  • Backward swizzles
  • Rocking horses (forward and backward)
  • Two-foot turns from forward and backward, in place (both directions)
  • Two-foot hops in place

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 2.

Skaters who turn 6 before finishing Snowplow Sam 4 will move into Basic 1 or 2.

Lesson Schedule

Snowplow Sam 4 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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BASIC SKILLS

Our Basic Skills classes are designed for beginner and intermediate skaters, ages 6 to 12 years old, and skaters who have completed the Snowplow Sam 4 level.

Not sure what level your child is ready for? Please contact Bernadette Tynan, our Learn to Skate Coordinator, at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu.

 

Basic 1

Basic 1

Basic 1 teaches skaters:

  • How to sit on the ice and stand up
  • Marching forward across the ice
  • A forward two-foot glide
  • A dip
  • Forward swizzles
  • Backward wiggles
  • Beginning snowplow stop (one or two feet)
  • Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 2.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Basic 2

Basic 2

Basic 2 teaches skaters:

  • Scooter pushes (right and left)
  • Forward one-foot glides (right and left)
  • Backward two-foot glide
  • A rocking horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle)
  • Backward swizzles
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward, in place (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Moving snowplow stops
  • Bonus skill: Curves

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 3 or Hockey 1.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 1:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Basic 3

Basic 3

Basic 3 teaches skaters:

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides
  • Backward snowplow stop (right and left)
  • Forward slalom
  • Bonus skill: Forward pivots (clockwise and counterclockwise)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 4.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 3 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Basic 4

Basic 4

Basic 4 teaches skaters:

  • Forward outside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left)
  • Beginning two-foot spin
  • Bonus skill: Gorward lunges (both legs)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 5.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 4 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Basic 5

Basic 5

Basic 5 teaches skaters:

  • Backward outside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward outside three-turn (right and left)
  • Advanced two-foot spin
  • Hockey stops (both directions)
  • Bonus skill: Side toe hops (right and left)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Basic 6.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 5 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Basic 6

Basic 6

Basic 6 teaches skaters:

  • Forward inside three-turn (right and left)
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin (optional free leg position and entry)
  • T-stops (right and left)
  • Bunny hops
  • Forward spiral on a straight line (right or left)
  • Bonus skill: Shoot the duck (right or left)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Pre-Free Skate.

Lesson Schedule

Basic 6 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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FREE SKATE

Our Free Skate classes are designed for skaters who have completed the Basic Skills classes.

Not sure what level your child is ready for? Please contact Bernadette Tynan, our Learn to Skate Coordinator, at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu.

 

Pre-Free Skate

Pre-Free Skate

Pre-Free Skate teaches skaters:

  • Forward inside open mohawk from standing still (right to left and left to right)
  • Backward crossovers to backward outside edge glides (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward outside edge to a forward outside edge transition (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward crossovers into forward mohawk, step down and cross behind, step into backward crossover and step forward inside edge (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • One-foot upright spin (optional entry and free foot position)
  • Mazurka jumps (right and left)
  • Waltz jumps (right and left)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 1.

Lesson Schedule

Pre-Free Skate meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 1

Free Skate 1

Free Skate 1 teaches skaters:

  • Forward power stroking (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Basic forward outside and forward inside consecutive edges
  • Backward outside three-turns
  • Upright spins, entry from back crossovers
  • Half flip
  • Top loop
  • Bonus skill: Waltz jump/side toe hop/waltz jump sequence or waltz jump/ballet jump/toe loop sequence

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 2.

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 2

Free Skate 2

Free Skate 2 teaches skaters:

  • Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis
  • Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges
  • Backward inside three-turns
  • Beginning back spin
  • Half lutz
  • Salchow
  • Bonus skill: Variation of a forward spiral (skater’s choice)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 3.

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 3

Free Skate 3

Free Skate 3 teaches skaters:

  • Alternating backward crossovers to back outside edges
  • Alternating mohawk/crossover sequence (right to left and left to right)
  • Waltz three-turns (forward outside three-turn, backward outside edge glide, clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position
  • Loop jump
  • Waltz jump/toe loop or Salchow/toe loop combination
  • Bonus skill: Toe step sequence using a variety of toe steps (skater’s choice)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 4.

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 3 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 4

Free Skate 4

Free Skate 4 teaches skaters:

  • Forward power three-turns (right and left)
  • Waltz eight (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward upright spin to backward upright spin
  • Sit spin
  • Half loop
  • Flip jump
  • Bonus skill: Split jump, stag jump or split falling leap

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 5.

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 4 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 5

Free Skate 5

Free Skate 5 teaches skaters:

  • Backward outside three-turn, mohawk (backward power three-turns, clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Five-step mohawk sequence (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Camel spin
  • Waltz jump/loop jump combination
  • Lutz jump
  • Bonus skill: Loop/loop combination

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Free Skate 6.

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 5 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Free Skate 6

Free Skate 6

Free Skate 6 teaches skaters:

  • Forward power pulls (right and left)
  • Creative step sequence using a variety of turns, mohawks and toe steps (skater’s choice)
  • Camel/sit spin combination
  • Layback or attitude spin, or cross-foot spin
  • Waltz jump/half loop/Salchow sequence
  • Axel jump
  • Bonus skill: Backward outside pivot (optional entry)

Lesson Schedule

Free Skate 6 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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ADULT LESSONS

The Adult Learn to Skate program is for adults who have never skated or want to improve their current skills. Classes are taught in a workshop style where the instructor introduces a new skill and then allows participants time to practice that skill and master it.

Have questions about adult Learn to Skate lessons? Please contact Bernadette Tynan, our Learn to Skate Coordinator, at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu.

 

Adult 1

Adult 1

Adult 1 teaches skaters:

  • Falling and recovery on the ice
  • Forward marching
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Forward swizzles
  • One forward swizzle/one backward swizzle (rocking horse)
  • Dips
  • Forward snowplow stop (two feet or one foot)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Adult 2.

Lesson Schedule

Adult 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Adult 2

Adult 2

Adult 2 teaches skaters:

  • Forward skating across the width of the ice
  • Forward one-foot glides (right and left)
  • Forward slalom
  • Backward skating
  • Backward swizzles
  • Two-foot turns in place

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Adult 3.

Lesson Schedule

Adult 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Adult 3

Adult 3

Adult 3 teaches skaters:

  • Forward stroking using the blade properly (begin with repetitive one-foot pushes)
  • Forward half-swizzle pumps on the circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Moving forward to backward and backward to forward two-foot turn on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward skating into a long two-foot glide
  • Forward chasses on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward snowplow stop (right and left)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Adult 4.

Lesson Schedule

Adult 3 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Adult 4

Adult 4

Free Skate 4 teaches skaters:

  • Forward outside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Forward inside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Forward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Backward one-foot glides (right and left)
  • Backward half-swizzle pumps on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Hockey stops (both directions)

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Adult 5.

Lesson Schedule

Adult 4 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Adult 5

Adult 5

Adult 5 teaches skaters:

  • Backward outside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward inside edge on a circle (right and left)
  • Backward crossovers (clockwise and counterclockwise)
  • Forward outside three-turn (right and left)
  • Forward swing rolls to a count of six
  • Beginning two-foot spin

Once skaters can demonstrate the above skills, they can progress onto Adult 6.

Lesson Schedule

Adult 5 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Adult 6

Adult 6

Adult 6 teaches skaters:

  • Forward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Backward stroking with crossover end patterns
  • Forward inside three-turn (right and left)
  • Forward outside to inside change of edge on a line (right and left)
  • T-stop (right or left)
  • Lunge
  • Two-foot spin into one-foot spin

Lesson Schedule

Adult 6 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted.

Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Series 3: $136.00 (8 sessions)

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Hockey Skating

Please visit our Learn to Play Hockey page for more information about youth and adult hockey lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear and bring for class?

We suggest the following clothing for skaters:

  • long pants
  • long-sleeved shirt
  • a light jacket or coat
  • mittens or gloves
  • thin socks (at least ankle-high)
  • a hockey or bike helmet (highly recommended)

Skate rental is included with your Learn to Skate registration, though you are welcome to bring your own skates.

Each participant will also receive a name tag at their first class, which should be worn at each session.

Where do I park, and how do I get a parking permit?

There are several parking options around the Ritchie Center. After you have registered for Learn to Skate, you can request a Ritchie Center parking permit by please visiting www.parking.du.edu or calling 303-871-3210. Your permit will be mailed to you within 7-10 days of your request. If you need a temporary parking permit for your first Learn to Skate session, please contact our Learn to Skate Coordinator at 303-871-3820.

Where should I meet my class?

All Snowplow Sam and Basic 1 participants will meet their instructor off the ice during the first week of the series. All other skaters will meet the instructor on the ice under the designated sign for their level.

How old does my child have to be to participate in Learn to Skate?

Snowplow Sam: 3 years and older

Basic 1: 6 years and older

How do I know when my child is ready for the next level?

At the end of each series, your child will receive a progress report that indicates the level for which the instructor feels your child is ready. It may take more than one series to progress through some of the levels.

How many lessons do I receive per series?

Our eight-week series includes eight lessons. Classes meet for 30-minutes once a week.

Are classes divided by age?

Classes are divided by age for the beginning levels.

Snowplow Sam 1-4 is for ages 3-5.

Basic 1-8 is for ages 6-12.

Free Skate is for ages 6-15.

Learn More & Contact Us

For additional information on Learn to Skate, please contact Bernadette Tynan at 303-871-3820 or skate@du.edu, or complete the interest form below.

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