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Preschool-age skaters develop preliminary coordination and strength to move around on the ice. The introductory classes are divided into four progressive levels for kids with no prior skating experience to build confidence in skating and themselves. Fun and games make this positive experience for your kids enjoyable and memorable.

Basic Skills

The first stage of skills forms a strong foundation for your skaters to explore the world of skating. All will progress at their own pace working toward mastering each skill. Active Start encourages skaters to trade in hesitation for excitement as they grow a love for skating. FUNdamentals harness those skills as agility, balance, coordination and speed become the main focus of this curriculum.

Free Skate

Each Free Skate level is divided into three sections: skating skills, spins and jumps. The levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation and it is at this point the skater can choose to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Ice Dance

The prime components of ice dancing, such as basic edges and turns, come together for the ice dance badge program. Skating alone or with a partner to different music genres, skaters learn the first six dance patterns in the U.S. Figure Skating test structure while embracing the beautiful stories that unfold on the ice.

Synchronized Skating

This program is a fantastic way to introduce the team sport of synchronized skating to anyone participating in group lessons. Block, circle, line, wheel and intersection are the five elements, and each are performed with prescribed handholds. As skaters advance through the various levels, they will learn how to transition properly between elements using multiple holds.


Commonly Asked Questions

Once I sign up for my Learn to Skate USA membership, what’s next?
— If you haven't done so already, contact your local program and sign up for lessons. Utilize the program map on or contact the program directly to find all of the necessary information to sign up for lessons. If you have any questions, ask to speak with the skating director for advice on what's best for your skater.
What can I expect to happen on the first day of class? What is the procedure for checking in?
— Arrive at least 20 minutes early to have enough time to lace up your skates and be rink side, ready to go, before lesson time to meet your instructor. Please review the “First Day of Skating” information to learn how to properly fit and lace skates, about proper equipment and recommended attire.

How many sessions will it take to progress to the next class level?
— Typically skaters advance after one or two sessions. But every student is unique and will progress at his or her own pace, possible going through spurts of progress followed by plateaus. Remember that mastering a skill may take time but it is important as everything in skating builds and a solid foundation is important. Please ask your class instructor and/or the Skating Director with questions about progress.
How are the classes grouped together?
— The class levels in our curriculum represent skills appropriate for the ages and abilities listed. Basic skating skills are the building blocks for advanced skills in later levels. Skating Directors may combine or split the registrants of class levels to create groups that allow classes to run and/ or participants with like age and ability to learn in a more comfortable environment. Changes are most often solidified by week two.

Where do I sign up for classes?
— Please check with your local program for class times, fee structure and any additional information.
Do memberships only apply to competitive skaters?
— Both recreational and competitive skaters can enjoy the perks of membership.

Do I have to become a member?
— Only by becoming a member can you gain all of the benefits to fully enjoy your ice skating experience.