The Brooklyn Blades on Ice Learn-To-Skate program offers affordable ice skating lessons taught by certified U.S. Figure Skating professionals to people of all ages. In these classes, students learn the fundamentals of ice skating in a fun-filled environment based on the Learn to Skate USA curriculum.
Snowplow Sam (Ages 3-5) –Snowplow 1-4 is designed especially for preschoolers! At
this level, skills are kept simple and fun with lots of play time and games.
Basic Skills (Ages 6 and up) – Basic 1-6 teaches children the beginning skills of ice skating such as stopping, turning, and crossovers. Whether you wish to be a figure skater, hockey player, or just want to learn how to skate for fun, this program is the perfect place to begin!
Free Skate – Pre-Free Skate and Free Skate 1- 6 levels are for those who wish to further progress into the sport of figure skating. Skaters will learn advanced skills, transitions, spins, and jumps.
ASPIRE Academy (Fridays)
ASPIRE Academy has an individualized approach for skaters who have passed Basic 6 who wish to further pursue figure skating. ASPIRE skaters will also have the option to purchase an introductory U.S. Figure Skating club membership with the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club.
The Aspire program marks the transition from skater to figure skater and teaches athletes of all ages the skills they need to make the most out of their figure skating journey. From tips for practicing on your own to a repeatable off-ice warm-up, resources from the Aspire program will help you become the best skater you can be.
Skaters will learn proper skill development and training techniques while sampling different skating opportunities and fine-tuning their fundamental skating skills.
ASPIRE Academy is ideal for skaters who are not yet members of the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club or working with a private coach, who are interested in getting more involved in figure skating.
Read more about ASPIRE HERE.
Learn To Compete (Fridays)
Learn-to-Compete is open to all skaters from Snowplow 2 through Basic 6. Skaters will learn the skills needed for local competitions, plus other fun group skills. Skaters will have the option to sign up to compete in area competitions.
Axel Club (Fridays and Saturdays)
The Axel curriculum will be incorporated into both the ASPIRE Academy AND the Power, Edges & Technique class.
The Axel is the first skating jump that requires more than one revolution and is the stepping stone to more complicated double jumps.
Achieving your first, fully-rotated Axel, is a big accomplishment!
Read more about the Axel Club HERE.
Brooklyn Blades on Ice Performance Ensemble Team (Saturdays) – The team is open to all skaters, Free Skate 2 and above. During the Fall-Winter- Spring sessions our class meets on Saturday afternoons. Skaters work towards performing routines to music of different genres that will be performed at a Cleveland Monsters Game, area competitions, skating exhibitions and our annual spring show! Participants are required to purchase a performance costume.
Power and Edges for Figure Skating (Saturdays) – This class is designed to teach skaters how to maximize their speed and power on the ice by using different crossover and edge drills. This class is also good for building up endurance and agility. It is open to all skaters Free Skate 1 and above.
More fun opportunities!
Competitions – For skaters who wish to try out their skills against skaters from other rinks, there is an opportunity for you to compete! There are 5 Learn to Skate competitions a year. One of them is right here at OUR skating rink every November! Check out our competition page for more information.
Ice Shows/Exhibitions – Every year, the skaters of the Brooklyn Blades on Ice Program have the opportunity to showcase their talents in our spring ice show or exhibition. These events are the highlight of the skating season! In addition to our Learn to Skate performers, we also feature skaters from the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club as well as other guest skaters!