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Snowplow Sam Tot 1 (3-5 years)
This is for the first time skater. The skater will first learn how to stand up in skates off the ice, then sit and stand up on the ice. Marching and gliding will then be taught.
Snowplow Sam Tot 2 (3-6 years)
This class has a prerequisite Snowplow Sam 1. Marching followed by a long a glide, backward wiggles, forward two foot swizzles and dips moving.
Snowplow Sam Tot 3 (3-6 years)
This class has a prerequisite Snowplow Sam 2. Forward skating, one foot glides, curve, forward and backward swizzles.
Parent Tot Skating (3-6 years)
This class is for the skater who would like to take lessons with a parent.
Basic 1 (6+ years)
This class is for the first time skater, or the skater who has never had formal lessons before. Skaters will learn the proper way to fall and stand up, forward marching, forward swizzles, backward wiggles and beginning stopping. First lesson starts off the ice. Skate rental not included but available for purchase.
Basic 2 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 1 and continues to teach the basic skating skills. Forward and backward skating, two foot turns, moving snowplow stop alternating forward pumps.
Basic 3 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 2. Skating skills taught are forward stroking, forward pumps, backward one forward glides, slaloms, beginning two foot spins.
Basic 4 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 3. Skating skills taught include forward outside and inside edges on a circle, forward outside turns, backward pumps, backward stroking, backward stopping.
Basic 5 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 4. Skating skills taught include backward outside and inside edges, backward crossovers, beginning one foot spin, hockey stop, side toe hops.
Basic 6 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 5. Skating Skills taught include standstill inside turns, backward two foot turns, t-stop, bunny hops, forward spirals, forward lunges.
Basic 7 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 6. Skating skills taught include standstill inside Mohawk, backward edges to forward edges, back crossovers to edge glides ballet jumps and pivots.
Basic 8 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 7. Skating skills taught include moving outside and inside turns, combination moves of crossovers and Mohawks, one foot spin, waltz jump, mazurka.
Freestyle 1 (6+ years)
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 8. Skating skills taught include advanced forward stroking, consecutive outside and inside edges, backward outside turns, scratch spins, waltz jump, half flip jumps. Rental skates are not included.
Freestyle 2 (6+ years)
This class skating skills include consecutive backward outside and inside edges, forward spirals on edges, waltz threes, beginning back spin waltz jump sequence. Rental skates not included.
Freestyle 3 (6+ years)
This class skating skills include waltz eight, forward swing roles, backward inside turns, backspin, salchow, half lutz, combo jump. Rental skates not included.
Freestyle 4 (6+ years)
This class skating skills include step sequences, spiral sequences, camel spin, front scratch to back scratch, loop combo, flip, and waltz jump sequence. Rental skates not included.
Freestyle 5 (6+ years)
This class skating skills taught include step sequences spiral sequences, camel spin, front scratch to back scratch, loop combo, flip, waltz jump sequence. Rental skates not included.
Freestyle 6 (6+ years)
This class skating skills include alternating back crossovers, Mohawk sequence, camel sit/spin, split/stag jump, waltz jump, Lutz jump, axel, walk through prep, jump. Rental skates not included.
Adult Ice Skate / 16+ years
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. Figure skates are highly recommended. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are optional. Rental skates NOT included.
Competitive Class / 6+ years
This class will work on jumps, spins, and power exercises. This is for the skater who would like to be competitive or improve skating skills. Skaters who have completed the basic skills and freestyle classes may enter the competitive class. Figure skates are required Rental skates not included.
Axel Class / 6+ years / Triphahn
This class will work on the axel. The axel is the first fast rotation jump. After the axel is mastered, double jumps are taught.
Power / Footwork Class / 6+ years
This class is for any skater who has passed freestyle 6. This class will work on footwork, turns, power and speed. This is for the skater who wants to be competitive or wants to improve skating skills and speed.
Synchronized Skating / 8–13 years / Triphahn
Join our new synchronized skating team! Become part of the newest avenue in figure skating. Synchronized skating uses ballet, ice dancing, pair skating and freestyle elements to create a beautiful new figure skating experience. This team will perform in the ice show as well as develop into a new competitive team for the Hoffman Estates Ice Arena. Price includes ice time, ice show registration and costume. Come join the Excitement!
PRIVATE LESSONS FAQ’S
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.
How? There are many ways to begin taking private lessons. You may take the liberty yourself to ask your child’s group lesson instructor if they are available for private lesson and can set up a time with them.
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.
** 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.**
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.
Once you choose a coach, they will walk you through the process of contract ice and times they are available to teach. Most lessons take place after school until 5:30pm or before school.
Cost? The average private lesson fee is between $22.00-$35.00 for a 30 minute lesson. Beginner skaters typically take one to two 30 minute lessons per week.