Jr. Ice Academy
Jr. Ice Academy lessons are are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Click here for class details and to register.
Figure Skating Academy
The Figure Skating Academy is the premier location for skaters interested in taking group lessons, learning the fundamentals of figure skating and in moving beyond the fundamentals. Figure Skating Academy follows the US Figure Skating curriculum.
The “Basic Skills” are the fundamentals of the sport. These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves – forward skating, backward skating, stops, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic 1-8 levels, skaters will have the basic knowledge of the sport enabling them to advance to the more specialized areas of skating- free skating, dance, pairs and synchronized skating.Click here for class details and to register.
Freestyle and Competitive Lessons
For skaters who wish to progress into free skating skills while remaining in the group lesson environment.
* You can join lessons at any time, ask about a pro-rated tuition fee for mid-session registration.
This time is for advanced figure skaters and their coaches to practice. To reserve ice, contact the Service Desk at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena.
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Figure Skating Academy Camps
Hoffman Estates Park District offers several camps seasonally to address the needs of new skaters to developing athletes. Click here for camp details and to register.
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Adult Figure Skating Lessons
Designed for “later skaters”, this class follows the curriculum of the Ice Skating Institute and United States Figure Skating Adult tracks. Open to beginners through advanced older skaters, this class will be divided into groups according to ability and enrollment. Click here for camp details and to register.
Why? Figure skating is a technical sport with many intricate moves and elements that can take several weeks/months to achieve. Coaches provide the critical instruction needed to achieve the proper technique and desired look of the element, instant feedback/critique and training needed to learn new elements. Skaters learning the basics in classes will receive group instruction and will learn the breakdown and beginning steps to how an element like forward skating should be performed. In group lessons the instructor’s goal is for skaters to be able to accomplish the elements learned with minimal mistakes. Private lessons allow the skater even more in depth critique and mastery of the element.
What? So what does a private lesson consist of? A figure skating coach typically teaches private lessons in 30-60 minute increments. The coach will provide the skater with one on one teaching, in depth analysis and explanations of elements and feedback/critique of the elements. Coaches will also explain the different aspects of skating for example: competitions. If a skater enjoys skating and performing the next step is competing. Coaches will register skaters for a fun recreational based competition. The coach will put a program together with music for the skater o learn and then perform.
Who? The majority of coaches here at HEPD figure skating, teach competitive students as well as the figure skating academy classes. The HEPD figure skating staff is comprised of coaches who have exceptional figure skating background and experience. We pride ourselves that our staff is knowledgeable, experienced and strong communicators with the abilities to teach the basic elements through even the most advanced elements in figure skating. The staff here is dedicated to growth and development and keeps up with the latest trends in figure skating.
Where? Private lessons are performed at the rink during freestyle ice. Freestyle ice is provided during the day to all figure skaters. This is not public ice and skaters taking private lessons or practicing on the ice must adhere to the ice etiquette rules.
One Note: We do ask that you refrain from asking parents in the lobby figure skating questions or private lesson information. This can be seen as soliciting students for a coach and can get the coach in trouble. If you need help, please see the skating manager with questions. In the code of ethics for the Professional skating association which coaches are members of it states that: No member shall in any case solicit pupils directly or indirectly or through third parties.
Cost? The average private lesson fee is between $22-$35 for a 30 minute lesson. Beginner skaters typically take one to two 30 minute lessons per week.
* We do allow group lesson coaches to write on your child’s testing sheet that they recommend the child to take private lessons for additional help/instruction.
Skating Special Events
Hoffman Estates Park District offers many fun and exciting skating special events. Skating Events held thoughout the year: Ice Show, Egg Slide, Great Pumpkin Skate, Skate with Santa and many more! Click here for more information on special events.
Why sit idle while the kids are on the ice when you can get fit? Get moving at the Triphahn Fitness Center. Rates as low as $17/month.