LEARN TO SKATE

LEARN TO SKATE

 

The Danbury Arena Learn to Skate program offers classes for tots to adults, and for every ability level. The USFS curriculum provides a progression of levels and skills for all skaters to learn at their own pace. Learn to Skate classes are offered year round at convenient times, and include unlimited public skating during the semester of your lessons.

CONTACT US
 

Please reach out to us at figureskating@danburyice.com concerning any figure skating questions.

DANBURY IS NOW A PART OF U.S. FIGURE SKATING!

Danbury Arena is excited to announce that it is becoming a USFS host venue, offering USFS certified instructors and also recreational skater lessons. We will soon be announcing our new Program Director for Figure Skating and Learn to Skate programs.

The Arena is currently inviting coaches wishing to become part of the registered staff, to contact us at join@danburyice.com. Feel free to call us at 203-794-1704.

Stay tuned as we are announcing brand new Learn to Skate and Figure Skating programs along side an all new USFS club team!

#danburyarenastrong How can we get you on the ice today?

LEARN TO SKATE CLASSES
Snowplow Sam
ISI equivalent - Tot 1,2,3,4

New skaters will learn to maneuver across the ice and then move to dips, gliding, back wiggles, beginning swizzles, two-foot turns, forward skating.

Basic 1&2
ISI equivalent - Pre-Alpha and Alpha

Skaters will continue work on forward and backward swizzles, snowplow stops, one-foot glides, backward two-foot glide.

Basic 3&4
ISI equivalent - Beta and Pre-Gamma

Begin forward stroking, forward and backward half swizzles on the circle, edges on the circle, backward snowplow, backward one-foot glide, beginning two foot spin.

Basic 5&6
ISI equivalent - Gamma and Delta

Skaters will work on forward and backward edges, three-turns, T-stop, spiral, bunny hop, back crossovers, backward stroking, beginning one-foot spin.

Hockey 1&2
ISI equivalent - Hockey 1

We take skills learned at the basic level and build these. This would include, incorporating our stick in our skating as well as adding more backward skating, edge-work and stopping.

  • Ages 6-12 years old
  • Required skills/course: completed basic skills course(s), balance, ability to fall down and get up, and forward glide/skating.
  • Skills learned: Use stick, crossover, stops, and backward skating.

Hockey 3&4
ISI equivalent - Hockey 2

For the intermediate adult skater, this program adds to our lateral movement. We also work on generating momentum using our stride and edges. Stopping and starting will be added to the skater repertoire too.

  • Ages 6-12 years old
  • Required skills/course: Have completed Hockey 1&2, getting used to stick, beginning crossovers, developed snowplow stop, and starting backward skating.
  • Skills learned: Crossovers, 2 foot stops, stickhandling, edges, and c-cuts.

Pre Free Skate
ISI equivalent - Freestyle 1

Skaters will learn mohawks, combine several elements, one-foot spin, mazurka and waltz jump.

Free Skate 1&2

Emphasis on jumping, timing and landing. Edge control and balance skills become more prevalent throughout this course. We also introduce certain spins, such as the sit spin.

Free Skate 3&4

Rotations, both in the air and on the ice become a main focus of this course. We also have multiple jumps being performed, known as combination jumps.

Free Skate 5&6

Using power, body position, extension and rotation, for more advanced jumps and spins.

Adult 1&2

This is a beginner course for adults with minimal to no skating experience. 13 and older age requirement.

Adult 3&4

For the intermediate adult skater, this program adds to our lateral movement. We also work on generating momentum using our stride and edges. Stopping and starting will be added to the skater repertoire too.

THE BASICS
A introduction to skating.
Snowplow Sam
ISI equivalent - Tot 1,2,3,4

New skaters will learn to maneuver across the ice and then move to dips, gliding, back wiggles, beginning swizzles, two-foot turns, forward skating.

Basic 1&2
ISI equivalent - Pre-Alpha and Alpha

Skaters will continue work on forward and backward swizzles, snowplow stops, one-foot glides, backward two-foot glide.

Basic 3&4
ISI equivalent - Beta and Pre-Gamma

Begin forward stroking, forward and backward half swizzles on the circle, edges on the circle, backward snowplow, backward one-foot glide, beginning two foot spin.

Basic 5&6
ISI equivalent - Gamma and Delta

Skaters will work on forward and backward edges, three-turns, T-stop, spiral, bunny hop, back crossovers, backward stroking, beginning one-foot spin.

HOCKEY
Taking the kills that you have learned in the basic level and incorporating a hockey stick and more.
Hockey 1&2
ISI equivalent - Hockey 1

We take skills learned at the basic level and build these. This would include, incorporating our stick in our skating as well as adding more backward skating, edge-work and stopping.

  • Ages 6-12 years old
  • Required skills/course: completed basic skills course(s), balance, ability to fall down and get up, and forward glide/skating.
  • Skills learned: Use stick, crossover, stops, and backward skating.

Hockey 3&4
ISI equivalent - Hockey 2

For the intermediate adult skater, this program adds to our lateral movement. We also work on generating momentum using our stride and edges. Stopping and starting will be added to the skater repertoire too.

  • Ages 6-12 years old
  • Required skills/course: Have completed Hockey 1&2, getting used to stick, beginning crossovers, developed snowplow stop, and starting backward skating.
  • Skills learned: Crossovers, 2 foot stops, stickhandling, edges, and c-cuts.

FREE SKATE
Taking the kills that you have learned in the basic level and going further into freestyle skating.
Pre Free Skate
ISI equivalent - Freestyle 1

Skaters will learn mohawks, combine several elements, one-foot spin, mazurka and waltz jump.

Free Skate 1&2

Emphasis on jumping, timing and landing. Edge control and balance skills become more prevalent throughout this course. We also introduce certain spins, such as the sit spin.

Free Skate 3&4

Rotations, both in the air and on the ice become a main focus of this course. We also have multiple jumps being performed, known as combination jumps.

Free Skate 5&6

Using power, body position, extension and rotation, for more advanced jumps and spins.

ADULT
Beginner courses designed for adults.
Adult 1&2

This is a beginner course for adults with minimal to no skating experience. 13 and older age requirement.

Adult 3&4

For the intermediate adult skater, this program adds to our lateral movement. We also work on generating momentum using our stride and edges. Stopping and starting will be added to the skater repertoire too.

VIEW OUR SKATING COACHES
DIA has the most experienced group of figure skating coaches in the region. If you’re searching for a new coach for your aspiring figure skater, please feel free to reach out to our team of experienced coaches.
Click below to view our coaches.
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JULIA HARMONY

 

Arena Figure Skating Director

 

  • Member of USFS, ISI, PSA & Learn to Skate USA
  • US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist
    Figures and Free Style
  • Pre-Gold Dances
  • Bronze Pair
  • Trained with World and Olympic coach Ron Ludington
  • 28 years of Coaching Experience
  • 13 years competitive experience
  • 6 years’ experience coaching Theatre on Ice
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Joanne Ihlefeld

 

Arena Certified Coach

 

  • Professional figure skating instructor for over 25 years
  • USFS certified coach
  • Coach of USFS gold medalists
  • Gold medalist moves in the field
  • Empire State Games Finalist
  • Northeastern Regionals Intermediate competitor
  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Certified Barre Fitness Instructor
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Janine Prete

 

Arena Certified Coach

 

  • 18 years of experience
  • USFS Figure Skating coach
    Singles Freeskate, Moves in the Field, Choreography and Off-Ice Training
  • All levels & ages in | Recreational to competitive skaters
  • Member of USFS and PSA
  • Specialty in Body Mechanics, Jumping and Spinning Technique, Choreography, and Off-Ice Training
  • USFS competition coach
  • USFS tester
  • Staff Choreographic Coach
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Sydni Frisch

 

Arena Certified Coach

 

  • USFSA Professional Senior Certified Coach
  • 2x US Figure Skating Gold Medalist
  • (SENIOR GOLD MEDALIST, Moves in the Field)
  • (SENIOR GOLD MEDALIST, Freeskate)
  • FOURTH PLACE – North Atlantic Regional Championships 2014
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Gina Robinson

 

Arena Certified Coach

 

  • 20 years coaching experience
  • Gold medalist in Moves in the field
  • Competed nationally
  • Gina brings her passion to the ice as she coaches students of all ages and abilities
  • Expert coaching in choreography for ice shows, exhibitions and competition programs
  • Gold level ISI judge
  • Member of USFS, ISI and PSA
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Jimena Cancro

 

Arena Certified Coach

 

  • Joins the Danbury new emerging talent coaching team
  • Travel Coach
  • USFS & PSA member
  • Award winning coaching
  • ISI Bronze Judge certification
  • Focused coaching skill development for figure skating
WHAT’S NEXT?

 

After completing our Learn To Skate Program, skaters can decide to continue their training by joining either the Advanced Level Classes for Figure Skating, or our comprehensive Hockey Development Program.