Centennial Ice Rinks is thrilled to announce that we have transitioned our ice skating programs to the Learn to Skate USA curriculum! This progressive new program is a positive step towards our goal of supporting and encouraging new and developing ice skaters in their journey on the ice. Learn to Skate USA is a union of recreational fun and skill-oriented structure, that will go hand in hand with Centennial Ice Rinks and the Wilmette Park District.

Below you will find class descriptions of all the new programs offered at Centennial Ice Rinks. For detailed information about Learn to Skate USA, ASPIRE or transitioning from ISI to Learn to Skate USA, scroll down to the tabs below.

Class Descriptions

Toddler 1 & 2 (age 3)

First timers on the ice, our toddler classes welcome new skaters to a group class setting with on-ice games and activities. Figure skates are recommended. A standard well-fitted helmet, such as a bike helmet, is optional but encouraged. Children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

  • Toddler 1: Toddlers begin by learning to fall correctly and get up alone. Balance and self-confidence are stressed. Forward skills are introduced. On ice and off ice instruction are incorporated into class.
  • Toddler 2: Students in these classes must have completed Toddler I.

Snowplow Sam (ages 4-5)

Discover, Learn and Play: Introductory levels allow new skaters with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning to skate. Figure skates are recommended. Children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

  • Snowplow Sam 1: Beginners with no previous instruction or experience are introduced to basic skills including falling, standing, marching, and basic gliding. On ice and off ice instruction are used to build confidence.
  • Snowplow Sam 2: Skaters learn moving dips, basic gliding, backward wiggles, forward swizzles, beginning snow plow stop motion and two-foot hops in place.
  • Snowplow Sam 3: Skaters learn forward skating, forward one-foot glide, forward swizzles, backward two-foot glide, backward swizzles, snowplow stop, two foot turns in place, and two-foot hops in place . From Snowplow Sam 3, skater can advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2.

Basic Skills (ages 6+)

Classes teach the FUNdamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating and hockey. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. All classes will be well-structured with the focus on proper skill development taught in a positive, FUN and social environment. Figure skates are recommended. Children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.

  • Basic 1: Beginners with no previous instruction or experience are introduced to basic skills including falling, standing, marching, dips, basic gliding, rocking horse swizzle, and backward wiggles. On ice and off ice instruction are used to build confidence. Figure skates are recommended.
  • Basic 2: Skaters learn scooter pushes, one foot glides, forward and backward swizzles, backward two foot glides, two-foot turns in place, and snowplow stop.
  • Basic 3: Skaters learn beginning forward stroking, forward pumps on a circle, forward to backward two foot turns on a circle, backward one foot glides, backward snowplow stop, and forward slalom.
  • Basic 4: Skaters learn forward outside and inside edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward pumps on a circle, backward one-foot glides, T-stop and T-push, and forward lunges.
  • Basic 5: Skaters learn backward stroking, backward outside and inside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, forward outside three-turn, and hockey stop.
  • Basic 6: Skaters learn forward inside mohawk, forward inside three-turn, backward to forward two-foot turns, two foot spin, and bunny hop.

Adult 1-6 (Ages 18+)

The adult curriculum is designed for beginner and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills. Participation helps promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper technique. Our program is designed for those looking to skate as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

  • Adult 1-3: Skaters focus on learning introductory skating skills progressing to forward stroking, pumps, beginning glides.
  • Adult 4-6: Skaters focus on forward edges on a circle, forward crossovers, backward one-foot glides, backward pumps on a circle, hockey stops, progressing to backward crossovers, three-turn, forward and backward stroking, beginning power pulls, t-stop, and lunges.


Our hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. Through four class levels, skaters will learn how to be more proficient and agile on the ice. Proper techniques for the game of hockey are the primary focus of instruction. Skaters learn basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, and use of edges.

Required Equipment:

  • Hockey skates
  • Hockey helmet and cage or shield
  • Stick (for Hockey 3-4 and Power Skating)

Hockey Classes:

  • Hockey 1: Skaters learn introductory skating skills including fall and recovery, proper basic hockey stance, marching, two-foot glides, dips, forward swizzles, double c-cuts, t-push to a two-foot glide, beginning snowplow stop.
  • Hockey 2: Skaters learn forward strides with v-push, forward one-foot push and glide, forward c-cuts, backward hustle or march, backward swizzles, backward c-cuts, two-foot moving snowplow stop.
  • Hockey 3: Skaters learn lateral crossover march, forward c-cuts on a circle, forward outside and inside edges, backward c-cuts, backward snowplow stops, one and two foot v-stop, one-foot moving snowplow stop.
  • Hockey 4: Skaters learn quick starts using forward v-start, backward one-foot glide, forward crossover glides, backward crossover glides, forward crossovers on a circle, backward crossovers on a circle, hockey stops.
  • Power Skating: Skaters learn powerful backward c-cuts, forward and backward alternating crossovers down the ice, forward power hockey turns, lateral pivots, fast stop and starts using powerful full strides and quick hockey stops, fast backward skating with v-stops.

Specialty and Advanced

These levels provide skaters an opportunity to explore and experience different types and disciplines of skating.

  • Pre-Free Skate: Skaters learn backward outside mohawk, forward inside mohawk, forward and backward combinations, forward and backward pivots, 1 foot spins, waltz jump, and mazurkas.
  • Free Skate 1: Skaters learn forward power stroking, forward outside and inside edges, backward outside three-turns, forward pivot, forward spiral, one foot spin from crossovers, half flip, and ballet jump.
  • Free Skate 2: Skaters learn alternating forward outside and inside spirals, backward outside and inside edges, waltz jump-ballet jump sequence, forward and backward crossovers figure eight sequence, beginner back spin , and half lutz.
  • Free Skate 3: Skaters learn backward crossovers to back outside edges, alternating Mohawk/crossover sequence, backward inside three turns, Waltz three-turns, advanced back scratch spin, toe loop, and and salchow. Waltz jump toe loop combination (bonus).
  • Free Skate 4: Skaters learn forward power three-turns, back spirals, Waltz 8 pattern, forward upright spin to backward upright spin, sit spin, 1/2 loop jump, loop jump, and flip jump.
  • Free Skate 5: Skaters learn backward outside three-turn mohawk, five-step Mohawk sequence, twizzle, Choctaw, camel spin, waltz jump-loop jump combination, and Lutz jump. (bonus loop loop jump combination)
  • Free Skate 6: Skaters learn forward power pulls, choreographed step sequence, brackets, camel-sit spin combination, layback or attitude spin or cross-foot spin, Waltz jump-half loop-Salchow jump sequence, split jump, and Axel.
  • ASPIRE Skating Academy (Basic 3 - Free Skate 6): Classes include a rotation of skill focuses: jump and spin technique, power skating, Moves in the Field, edgework, choreography and performance skills. The program includes 40-minutes of on-ice and 30-minutes of off-ice class time. *More info about APSIRE in the tabs below.
  • Learn to Skate USA Program

    Our curriculum follows guidelines in the Learn to Skate USA program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and the Special Olympics. Classes offer something for everyone - from first steps on the ice to mastering advanced techniques. Students learn the joy of trying something new, celebrate accomplishments and engage in on-going learning.

    Exploring skating at their own pace, skaters develop skills based upon the ABCs of basic athleticism - agility, balance, coordination and speed. These are more than lessons in skating; they are essential elements of life. Skaters are equipped with the foundation necessary to reach their goals, be it recreation or competitive in nature.

  • From ISI to Learn to Skate USA

    Skaters registering for fall session will be informally evaluated at the start of the class session and your instructor may recommend a class level adjustment if needed. If so, we will work with you to find a class that both enriches your child's skill development and most importantly, comfortability on ice. Ultimately, we want them to be safe and to have fun.

    To make the transition easier on parents looking to register their child for the appropriate skating class, we have created the conversion table below. If you or your child are looking to register for the class equivalent to an ISI Program level, please register your child for the Learn to Skate USA class listed in the right column.

    ISI Program LTS USA Program
    Tot 1 Snowplow Sam 1
    Tot 2 Snowplow Sam 2
    Tot 3 Snowplow Sam 3
    Tot Elite Basic 2
    Pre-Alpha Basic 1
    Pre Alpha II Basic 2
    Alpha I Basic 3
    Alpha II Basic 4
    Beta I Basic 5
    Beta II Basic 5
    Gamma Basic 6
    Delta Pre-Free Skate
    Freestyle 1 Free Skate 1
    Freestyle 2 Free Skate 2
    Freestyle 3 Free Skate 3
    Freestyle 4 Free Skate 4
    Freestyle 5 Free Skate 5
    Freestyle 6 Free Skate 6
    Freestyle 7 Advanced Free Skate

    ASPIRE is designed for skaters looking to make the transition from learn to skate group classes into U.S. Figure Skating testing and competing, this program provides a safe, supportive group training environment. Skaters learn core values: Attitude, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Respect, and Effort. Classes include both on and off-ice training, developing good practice habits to skate recreationally or begin a competitive career. Skaters continue to work towards their basic skills and free skate badges and have the opportunity to earn badges related to the core values. Skaters registered for this program, interested in testing Moves in the Field, Dance, or Free skate or competing, should purchase a USFS membership through a qualified skating club.

    One-Day Program

    Figure skaters focus on jump and spin technique, power skating, choreography and performance skills.

    Class structure:

    • 30 minute off-ice class
    • 40 minute on-ice class