Learn to Skate Classes

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Want to know what it’s like to skate at AZ ICE Gilbert? Click on the video above!

For class descriptions, scroll down the page!

Please note: If you would like to do a drop in class AFTER the first week of classes, you must call (609) 577-7174 and reserve a spot 24-hours in advance so that we can ensure that we have an instructor there! If we have no enrollments for a given class, we do not keep instructors on the ice by default. Again, please call ahead to make sure we have an instructor ready!

We have classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (for homeschool only), and Saturdays for your convenience!

For a detailed schedule of lesson times, please click here!

Here is the schedule at a glance through April 2017:

2017 Calendar Year

March/April 2017
Tuesday – 7, 14, 21, 28 / 4, 11, 18, 25 ($120 for 8 classes)
Thursday – 9, 16, 23, 30 / 6, 13, 20, 27 ($120 for 8 classes)
Saturday – 4, 11, 22 / 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($120 for 8 classes)

May/June 2017
Tuesday – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30/ 6, 13, 20, 27 ($135 for 9 classes)
Thursday – 4, 11, 18, 25/ 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($135 for 9 classes)
Saturday – 6, 20, 27 / 3, 10, 17 ($105 for 7 classes)

July/August 2017
Tuesday – 11, 18, 25 / 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($120 for 8 classes)
Thursday – 6, 13, 20, 27 / 3. 10, 17, 24, 31 ($135 for 9 classes)
Saturday – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / 5, 12, 19, 26 ($135 for 9 classes)

Sept/Oct 2017
Tuesday – 5, 12, 19, 26 / 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ($135 for 9 classes)
Thursday – 7, 14, 21, 28 / 5, 12, 19, 26 ($120 for 8 classes)
Saturday – 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / 7, 14, 21, 28 ($135 for 9 classes)
Holiday Show pricing to be determined***

Nov/Dec 2017
Tuesday – 7, 14, 21, 28 / 5, 12, 19, 26 ($120 for 8 classes)
Thursday – 2, 9, 16, 30 / 6, 13, 20, 27 ($120 for 8 classes) No class week of Thanksgiving
Saturday – 4, 11, 18 /2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ($120 for 8 classes) No class week of Thanksgiving

If you would like to participate in two days a week, there is a 20% discount on the second class, and there is a 25% discount on the third class if you would like to do all 3 days.

Snowplow Sam, The Basic Skills Program Mascot. Follow him on Facebook by clicking on him!
Snowplow Sam, The Basic Skills Program Mascot. Follow him on Facebook by clicking on him!

The Learn to Skate USA program is the premiere learn to skate program in the world. AZ ICE Gilbert staff adheres to those guidelines, providing a learning environment that motivate skaters to learn proper skating techniques and a life-long love of skating!

As with your child’s regular school classes, our goal at AZ ICE Gilbert is to have your skater learn skills correctly before they move to the next level. To maximize your child’s progress, make sure they practice outside of their lessons. Practice sessions are available daily.

Regular attendance and practice habits will help skaters as they attempt to pass their evaluation at the end of the term!

We look forward to skating with you!

The Learn to Skate USA  ‘Skate Coach’ App Series

The Skate Coach app series icon.
The Skate Coach app series icon.

AZ ICE Gilbert is the home of the Learn to Skate USA ‘Skate Coach’ app series for iOS and Android.

These 12 apps have video demonstrations of all 400+ skills in the Basic Skills Curriculum, and they were filmed right here at AZ ICE Gilbert!

These apps make a terrific practice guide for your kids, so be sure to download them today! You’ll be happy you did, and your skaters will improve much more quickly after they see the videos of the skills being performed correctly!

To learn more about the Learn to Skate USA ‘Skate Coach’ app series, click here!

Classes offered at AZ Ice Gilbert

Zachary is having a blast performing his 2-foot glide!
Zachary is having a blast performing his 2-foot glide!

Snowplow Sam 1-4: If your child is ages 3-6 and has never skated, this is a great starting point to learn the basics of skating. Snowplow Sam classes are bases on the USFS Basic Skills Program. Children will advance through levels 1-3 with each level gradually becoming more challenging.

Basic 1-6: These classes introduce skaters to the fundamentals of the sport. These levels cover forward and backward skating, stops, edges, turning and crossovers, as well as fundamental jump and spin techniques. Upon completion skaters can advance to our Freeskate program.

Pre Freeskate: Formerly Basic 7 & 8, the prefreeskate curriculum prepares skaters to enter the freeskate levels, teaching them waltz jumps, fundamental spin technique and more.

Freeskate Advanced & Elite: These classes will cover the core curriculum of the U.S. Figure Skating Freeskate badges. However, we have redesigned it so that skaters work on all of the necessary skills with multiple instructors to prepare them for semi-private and private lessons. This is the point where the skater can decide between competitive and recreational approach to the sport of figure skating.

Adult / Teen 1-6: The Adult/Teen curriculum is designed for the beginner adult/ teen skater. It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while learning proper skating techniques. Although divided into levels, the adult/ teen skater will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated.

Skating School Information

  • ice-skatingAt the beginning of each semester, every student gets a name badge. This badge must be worn to class each week.
  • On the upper right hand corner of the student’s badge, there are P’s standing for the free passes and guest passes. These passes expire at the end of the semester.
  • Each class holds a minimum of 3 students and a maximum of 15
  •  Consecutive levels may be combined if less than 3 students are registered.
  • There are no refunds for any class!
  • If a student misses one class, they have until the end of the semester to make up the class. If it is not made up by then, it cannot be carried over to the next semester.
  • Recommended attire for every student would be loose fitted clothes such as sweat pants and a light jacket.Gloves or mittens are a must.
  • Thin socks are much better than thick socks. It’s best to have to skate fit to the foot and not to the sock.

Standards & Evaluations

628x471_mediumThe Learn to Skate USA program is the premiere learn to skate program in the world. AZ ICE Gilbert staff adheres to those guidelines, providing a learning environment that motivates skaters to learn proper skating techniques and a life-long love of skating. As with your child’s  regular school classes, our goal at AZ ICE Gilbert is to have your skater learn skills correctly before they move to the next level. To maximize your child’s progress, make sur they practice outside of their lessons. Practice sessions are available daily. Regular attendance and practice habits will help skaters as they attempt to pass their evaluation at the end of the term.

If your skater is struggling, be sure to ask about our new Turbo Boost Lessons, an affordable way to get your child some one on one attention!

Email skatingdirector@azicegilbert.com for more information

Learn to Skate USA Membership

bluelogoLearn to Skate USA program, therefore all members are required to pay a $15.00 annual registration fee for insurance purposes.

The annual fee covers July 1st through June 30th each calendar year. All new students must pay the registration fee to participate in classes and all current students will renew in July 2017.