• Learn to Skate
  • Basic Skills Levels

Our learn to skate classes are designed for beginner and intermediate skaters, ages 6 to 15 years old and skaters who have completed the Snowplow Sam 4 level. Skaters must complete each level and receive a passing evaluation sheet before advancing to the next level. Download the Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills Curriculum.

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  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip E. Forward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles — 6–8 in a row
  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot
  • Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

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  • Scooter pushes — R and L
  • Forward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide — Glide the length of skater’s height
  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) — Repeat twice
  • Backward swizzles — 6–8 in a row
  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving snowplow stop «Bonus skill: Curves

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  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle — 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward twofoot turns on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance
  • Backward snowplow stop — R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Bonus skill: Forward pivots - clockwise and counterclockwise

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  • Forward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Forward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides — R and L
  • Beginning two-foot spin — Up to two revolutions
  • Bonus skill: Forward lunges — both legs

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  • Backward outside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle — R and L
  • Backward crossovers — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn — R and L
  • Advanced two-foot spin — 4–6
  • Hockey stop — both directions
  • Bonus skill: Side toe hop — R and L

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  • Forward inside three-turn — R and L
  • Moving backward to forward twofoot turn on a circle — clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Beginning one-foot spin — 2–4 revolutions, optional free leg position and entry
  • T-stops – R and L
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward spiral on a straight line — R or L
  • Bonus skill: Shoot the duck — R or L

 


To register for learn to skate classes, call (314) 963-8680 or stop by the Brentwood Ice Rink front desk.

 

Our Mission

The mission of St. Louis Skating Club is to promote, encourage and improve all areas of amateur skating, in all disciplines. St. Louis Skating Club encourages a fraternal feeling among ice skaters and strives to raise the standard and level of figure skating by encouraging testing and competitive skating and by providing skaters access to qualified club-approved coaches.

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St. Louis Skating Club is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Any gift you make is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.