LEARN TO SKATE
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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.  Registration for a Learn to Skate class also includes free admission to 3 public skating sessions so that skaters can practice the skills they are learning in class.  Free admission to the public skating sessions is only valid during the 6 week session of classes that you are enrolled for.
LEARN TO SKATE CLASSES

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Snowplow Sam 1&2
ISI equivalent - Tot 1,2

Any skater ages 3-5 who has either never skated before or has already completed one session of Snowplow/Snowplow 1 & 2. Skaters will learn how to stand up and balance on the ice as well as marching forward, gliding and skating backward.

Snowplow Sam 3&4
ISI equivalent - Tot 3,4

Any skater ages 3-5 who has completed at least 2 sessions of Snowplow 1 & 2 or one session of Snowplow 3 & 4. Skaters will further develop their forward and backward skating, stopping, and turns.

Basic 1
ISI equivalent - Pre-Alpha

Any skater ages 6-12 who has either never skated before or has very limited skating experience. They will learn how to stand up and skate across the ice as well as beginning to stop and skate backwards.

Basic 2
ISI equivalent - ALPHA

Any skater ages 6-12 who has already taken at least one session of Basic 1. Skaters will further develop their backward skating as well as stopping and skating on one foot.

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

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 2 or Basic 3. Skaters will learn edges, forward crossovers, turns and backward one-foot glides. This class may require more than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

Basic 5&6
ISI equivalent - Gamma and Delta

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 4 or 5. Skaters will learn edges, backward crossovers, one-foot turns as well as beginning spins and jumps. This class may require mor than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

Pre Free Skate
ISI equivalent - Freestyle 1

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 6 or at least one session of Pre-Free skate. Skaters will develop stronger edges and turns as well as learning new turns, spins, and jumps. This class may require more than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

Free Skate 1&2

No age requirement but must have passed Pre-Free Skate. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

Free Skate 3&4

No age requirement but must have passed Free Skate 2. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

Free Skate 5&6

No age requirement but must have passed Free Skate 4. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

Adult 1&2

Any skater age 13 or older who has never skated before or has limited skating experience. Skaters will learn proper forward and backward skating, gliding and stops.

Adult 3&4

Any skater ages 13 or older who has completed Adult 2 or be able to comfortably skate across the ice forward and backward. Skaters will work on edges, crossovers & turns.

BEGINNER HOCKEY
EQUIVALENT TO SNOWPLOW SAM 1-4

This program will get kids ages 3-5 years old moving on the ice and teach them how to skate through playing games and having fun.
Require Equipment: Hockey helmet with cage, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves or mittens, skates and a hockey stick.

Hockey 1&2
ISI equivalent - Hockey 1

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Snowplow Sam 3 & 4, Basic 1, or similar NY Rangers program. Skaters will learn how to skate with a stick and further develop backward skating and correct edge use. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

Hockey 3&4
ISI equivalent - Hockey 2

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Hockey 1 & 2. Building on previous hockey skills learned and further developing skating and turns. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

Any skater age 6-12 who has completed Hockey 3 & 4 or equivalent Learn Hockey program. This program teaches the skater in real life action stick use. Heavy “in-game” style development is employed for this program. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

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

Any skater ages 3-5 who has either never skated before or has already completed one session of Snowplow/Snowplow 1 & 2. Skaters will learn how to stand up and balance on the ice as well as marching forward, gliding and skating backward.

Snowplow Sam 3&4
ISI equivalent - Tot 3,4

Any skater ages 3-5 who has completed at least 2 sessions of Snowplow 1 & 2 or one session of Snowplow 3 & 4. Skaters will further develop their forward and backward skating, stopping, and turns.

Basic 1
ISI equivalent - Pre-Alpha

Any skater ages 6-12 who has either never skated before or has very limited skating experience. They will learn how to stand up and skate across the ice as well as beginning to stop and skate backwards.

Basic 2
ISI equivalent - ALPHA

Any skater ages 6-12 who has already taken at least one session of Basic 1. Skaters will further develop their backward skating as well as stopping and skating on one foot.

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

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 2 or Basic 3. Skaters will learn edges, forward crossovers, turns and backward one-foot glides. This class may require more than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

Basic 5&6
ISI equivalent - Gamma and Delta

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 4 or 5. Skaters will learn edges, backward crossovers, one-foot turns as well as beginning spins and jumps. This class may require mor than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

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

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Basic 6 or at least one session of Pre-Free skate. Skaters will develop stronger edges and turns as well as learning new turns, spins, and jumps. This class may require more than one session of Learn to Skate classes to master all of the required skills.

Free Skate 1&2

No age requirement but must have passed Pre-Free Skate. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

Free Skate 3&4

No age requirement but must have passed Free Skate 2. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

Free Skate 5&6

No age requirement but must have passed Free Skate 4. Skaters will be building on previous turns, edges, spins and jumps already learned as well as learning new skills.

ADULT
Beginner courses designed for adults.
Adult 1&2

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Snowplow Sam 3 & 4 or Basic 1. Skaters will learn how to skate with a stick and further develop backward skating and correct edge use.

Adult 3&4

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Hockey 1 & 2. Building on previous hockey skills learned and further developing skating and turns.

HOCKEY
Course for the skaters that want to start learning to play hockey after “Basic 1”.
BEGINNER HOCKEY
EQUIVALENT TO SNOWPLOW SAM 1-4

This program will get kids ages 3-5 years old moving on the ice and teach them how to skate through playing games and having fun.
Require Equipment: Hockey helmet with cage, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves or mittens, skates and a hockey stick.

Hockey 1&2
ISI equivalent - Hockey 1

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Snowplow Sam 3 & 4, Basic 1, or similar NY Rangers program. Skaters will learn how to skate with a stick and further develop backward skating and correct edge use. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

Hockey 3&4
ISI equivalent - Hockey 2

Any skater ages 6-12 who has completed Hockey 1 & 2. Building on previous hockey skills learned and further developing skating and turns. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

Any skater age 6-12 who has completed Hockey 3 & 4 or equivalent Learn Hockey program. This program teaches the skater in real life action stick use. Heavy “in-game” style development is employed for this program. Require Equipment: Hockey Skates, Hockey Gloves, Elbow Guards, and Hockey Helmet with Protective Face Mask.

CONTACT US
 

KELLY POTTER
Learn to Skate (LTS)/Figure Skating Director
kelly@danburyice.com

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.