Description of Skating Lessons
Tots: Ages 3-5. The child is instructed to stand, fall correctly, and get up by oneself. Helmet recommended.
Beginner: For the first-time skater. Instruction will include how to stand, fall correctly, and get up by oneself. Helmet recommended.
Pre-Alpha: Two-foot and one foot glides and forward and backward swizzles introduce the basic steps needed for forward and backward skating.
Alpha: Forward stroking, forward crossovers, and the snow-plow stop are taught.
Beta: Backward stroking, backward crossovers, and the T-stop are taught.
Gamma: Elements from the previous two classes are combined to teach Mohawks, 3-turns (connecting moves that enable the skater to effortlessly switch from forward to backward skating), and hockey stops.
Delta: Inside 3-turns, forward outside and inside edges, lunges, bunny hops, and “shoot the duck” are taught.
Freestyle: Levels 1-3; 4-10: For the skater who has mastered all of the basics described above. The 10 different levels cover various jumps, spins, and dance step sequences.
Adult: This class is open to anyone older than 16. Skaters of abilities are welcome. Instruction will include the fundamentals of forward and backward skating and introduce Ice Dance.