• 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 3 level. Skaters must complete each level and receive a passing evaluation sheet before advancing to the next level. Download the Basic Skills Curriculum.

Basic Skills 1

  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward two-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles – 6–8 in a row
  • Backward wiggles – 6–8 in a row
  • Snowplow stop
  • Rocking horse – 2–3
  • Two-foot hop in place (optional)

Basic Skills 2

  • Forward one foot glides – R and L
  • Backward two-foot glide
  • Backward swizzles – 6–8 in a row
  • Two-foot turn from forward to backward in place
  • Moving snowplow stop
  • Forward alternating half swizzle pumps, in a straight line (slalom-like pattern)

Basic Skills 3

  • Forward stroking, showing correct use of blade
  • Forward half swizzle pumps on a circle – 6–8 consecutive clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Moving forward to backward two-foot turn – clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward one-foot glides – R and L
  • Forward slalom
  • Two-foot spin – up to two revolutions

Basic Skills 4

  • Forward outside edge on a circle – R and L
  • Forward inside edge on a circle – R and L
  • Forward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Forward outside three-turn, R and L from a stand-still position
  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Backward stroking
  • Backward snowplow stop – R and L

Basic Skills 5

  • Backward outside edge on a circle – R and L
  • Backward inside edge on a circle – R and L
  • Backward crossovers, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • Beginning one-foot spin – up to three revs, optional entry and free-foot position
  • Hockey stop
  • Side toe hop – both directions

Basic Skills 6

  • Forward inside three-turn – R and L from  a standstill position
  • Moving backward to forward two-foot turn  on a circle, clockwise and counterclockwise
  • T-stop – R or L
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward arabesque/spiral on a straight line – R or L
  • Forward lunge – R or L

Basic Skills 7

  • Forward inside open Mohawk from a standstill  position – R to L and L to R
  • Backward outside edge to forward outside edge transition on a circle – R and L
  • Ballet jump – R and L
  • Backward crossovers to a backward outside  edge glides (landing position), clockwise  and counterclockwise
  • Forward inside pivots – R or L

Basic Skills 8

  • Moving forward outside three-turn on a circle – R and L
  • Moving forward inside three-turn on a circle – R and L
  • Combination move: Forward crossovers (2)  into forward inside Mohawk, cross behind, step  into backward crossover (1) and step to forward  inside edge
  • One-foot upright spin, optional entry and  free-foot position
  • Waltz jump
  • Mazurka – R and L


To register for learn to skate classes, call (314) 963-8684 or stop by the Brentwood Ice Arena 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.


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.