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- No class dates: September 6, 7 and 16
- Learn-to-Skate Rental: $3.75/class or $35/session
Rental skates are available for registered skaters in a learn-to-skate Early Fall Session class. Please mark your child's skate size during online registration. Skates must be dried after each use and brought home with you. You must return the skates after the last scheduled class of the session. If skates are not returned, a $100 fee will be issued to your Park District account.
Centennial Ice Rinks is thrilled to announce our transition 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. Learn more about our Learn to Skate USA curriculum here.
Toddlers begin by learning to fall correctly, and get up alone off the ice before starting on the ice. We focus on balance and self-confidence as we introduce forward skills.
Students in this class must have completed Toddler 1 and will continue learning to fall correctly and get up alone off the ice before starting on the ice. Balance and self-confidence are stressed. Forward skills are introduced.
First Timers: Ice/Hockey
This exciting program is designed for children age 4-12 who have an interest in learning to how ice skate and who have never enrolled in group lessons. Sessions are offered in 1-3 class session options, depending on dates offered. Skate rental is included.
Snowplow Sam 1
We introduce beginners with no previous instruction or experience to basic skills including falling, standing, marching and basic gliding. On-ice and off-ice instruction builds confidence. We recommend figure skates for this class; children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.
Snowplow Sam 2
Skaters in this next level learn moving dips, basic gliding, backward wiggles, forward swizzles, beginning snow plow stop motion, two-foot hop 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 turn in place, two-foot hop in place. From Snowplow Sam 3, skater can advance to Basic 2 or Hockey 2.
Basic 1 Ice Skating
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 builds confidence. We recommend figure skates for this class; children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.
Basic 2 Ice Skating
Skaters learn scooter pushes, one foot glides, forward and backward swizzles, backward two foot glides, two-foot turns in place, and snowplow stop. Children in hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet with a face guard.
Basic 3 Ice Skating
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 Ice Skating
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 Ice Skating
Skaters learn backward stroking, backward outside and inside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, forward outside three-turn, and hockey stop.
Basic 6 Ice Skating
Skaters learn forward inside mohawk, forward inside three-turn, backward to forward two-foot turns, two foot spin, and bunny hop.
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn backward outside mohawk, forward inside mohawk, forward and backward combinations, forward and backward pivots, one-oot spins, waltz jump, and mazurkas.
Age 6 & up
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.
Age 6 & up
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.
Age 6 & up
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.
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn forward power three-turns, back spirals, Waltz 8 pattern, forward upright spin to backward upright spin, sit spin, A 1/2 loop jump, loop jump, and flip jump.
Age 6 & up
Skaters learn backward outside three-turn mohawk, five-step Mohawk sequence, twizzle, Choctaw, camel spin, waltz jump-loop jump combination, and Lutz jump.
Age 6 & up
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.
High School Group Ice Skating
NEW! ASPIRE Skating Academy
This program is designed for skaters looking to make the transition from learn-to-skate group classes into U.S. Figure Skating testing and competing in 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, and 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.
- 40 minute off-ice class;
- 30 minute Moves, Power, Edges; OR
- 30 minute Jumps and Spins.
Optional: skaters registered for this program, interested in testing Moves in the Field, Dance, Free Skate or competing, should purchase a USFS membership through a qualified skating club. Figure skaters focus on jump and spin technique, power skating, choreography and performance skills.
Adult 1-6 Ice Skating
Age 18 and up
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.
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, and beginning snowplow stop.
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.
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.
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.
Hockey - 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.