THE SKATE SCHOOL

The Skate School provides three basic categories of instruction:

   Beginning skating instruction for all ages
   Figure skating instruction from beginning to competitive levels for all ages
   Beginning to intermediate Hockey instruction for youth and teens

Click Here to see the Skate School Progression Model


Our directors Rockne Brubaker and Stefania Berton have competed in pairs competitions all over the world including the Olympics and the World Cup. We take pride in the high skill level of our teaching staff. They are the most well trained in their field and they are committed to providing the highest quality instruction, while encouraging companionship, friendships and physical fitness. Emphasis is always on the FUN!

Program Opportunities:

Basic 1
For those who have never skated, or have never had formal lessons, skaters will learn the basics of figure skating, how to balance on the ice as well as forward and backward skating.

Basic 2
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 1 and continues to teach the beginning elements of skating including: one foot glides, forward and backward swizzles, and snow plow stops. Other elements include two foot turns, one foot glides and backward two foot glides.

Basic 3
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 2. Elements include forward stroking, forward pumps, backward one foot glides, forward slaloms and beginning two foot spins.

Basic 4
This class has a prerequisite of Basic 3. Elements include forward inside and outside edges on a circle, forward crossovers, standing outside 3-turns, backward pumps, backward stroking and backward snowplow stop.

Basic 5
Prerequisite is Basic 4. Elements include backward inside and outside edges on a circle, backward crossovers, beginning one-foot spin, hockey stop and side toe hops.

Basic 6
Prerequisite is Basic 5. Elements include standing inside 3-turns, backward to forward turns, t-stops, bunny hops, forward lunge and forward spiral.

Basic 7
Prerequisite is Basic 6. Elements include standing inside mohawks, forward and backward edges on a circle, backward crossovers to backward edge glides, forward pivots and ballet jump.

Basic 8
Prerequisite is Basic 7. Elements include forward inside and outside 3-turns in a moving circle, combination moves of crossovers and edges, one-foot spin, waltz jump and mazurka jump.

Learn to Skate 1
(previously Snowplow Sam 1) age 3-5 This class is for young beginners that have never skated before. The class focuses on introducing young children to beginning skating skills in an atmosphere of fun, using games and ice-safe toys to help teach basic skills. Elements include proper falling and getting up, marching, gliding and forward swizzles.

Learn to Skate 2
(previously Snowplow Sam 2) age 3-5 Prerequisite: Learn to Skate 1. This class is for young children that have become familiar with skating. Skaters in Prerequisite: Learn to Skate 1 progress to this level. Elements include forward skating, one foot glides (forward and backward) curves and beginning snowplow stops.

Learn to Skate 3
(previously Snowplow Sam 3) ages 3-5 Prerequisite: Learn to Skate 2. Elements include forward pumps and stroking, advanced backward, one foot glides on a circle and beginning forward crossovers, backward pumps and backward stroking.


Hockey 1
This class is for those who have never skated or have never had formal lessons. Skaters will learn the very basics of skating, balance and forward and backward skating. Elements include falling and getting up, marching, two foot glides, forward swizzles, backward wiggles and beginning snowplow stops.

Hockey 2
The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.

Hockey 3
The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.

Hockey 4
The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating. In four badge levels, skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice. Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the levels. All elements will be taught without a puck. Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.

Teen Hockey Learn To Skate
If you are between the age of 9 and 17 and want to learn how to skate and play hockey, then this class is for you. This class is for those who have never skated or have never had formal lessons. Skaters will learn the very basics of skating, balance and forward and backward skating.

Freestyle 1
Elements include advanced forward stroking, forward outside and inside edges, backward outside 3-turns, scratch spin, waltz jump and half flip jump.

Freestyle 2
Elements include backward outside and inside 3-turns, progressive chasse sequence, waltz 3’s, beginning back spin, waltz-side toe-waltz jump and toe-loop jump.

Freestyle 3
Elements include forward and backward crossovers in figure 8 pattern, waltz 8, advanced forward consecutive swing rolls, backward inside 3-turns, back scratch spin, salcow jump, half lutz jump and toe-loop combination jump.

Freestyle 4
Elements include spiral sequence, forward power 3-turns, backward progressive chasse, sit spin, loop jump and waltz/loop combination jump.

Freestyle 5
Elements include backward outside 3-turn to forward inside Mohawk sequence, spiral sequence, forward outside slide chase swing roll sequence, camel spin, forward to backward upright spin, flip jump, loop-loop jump combination and waltz-falling leaf-toe-loop jump combination.

Freestyle 6
Elements include alternate backward crossovers to backward outside edges, five-step mohawk sequence, camel-sit spin combination, split or stag jump, waltz-half-loop-salcow jump combination, lutz jump and walk-through axel jump.

Adult Learn To Skate
Its never too late to learn how to skate. If you are are 18 or older and want to learn how to skate, then this class is for you. This class is for those who have little to no skating experience or have never had formal lessons. Skaters will learn the very basics of skating, balance and forward and backward skating.

Introduction To Synchronized Skating
This class is for skaters involved in the Basic Skills Program who would like try Synchronized Skating. The discipline of synchronized skating is where 8–20 (the number of skaters on a team depends on the level) skaters skate on ice as a team, moving as one flowing unit. This would be the first step towards possibly joining our in-house synchro team the Fox Valley Ice Stars.

USFS Basic Skills Registration
All Skate School participants, figure skating or hockey, must have a valid USFS Basic Skills Membership. This is a once a year $18 fee. Please note that the calendar year for Basic Skills is July 1 – June 30. If you do not have one, it may be purchases through our website on the activity registration page under the Skate School Tab.

Fox Valley Aces (Basic 1-8)

Stick & Puck Instructional

Introduction To Ice Dancing

Parent / Tot Class

Jump & Spin
Skaters learn how to jump and spin on the ice.

Freestyle 7
Elements include edge work and skating exercises, axel jump and double Sal.

Spring Ice Show 2016
Skate School At Fox Valley Ice Arena Spring Ice Show May 27-29.

Ballet - Skate School

Teen Skating & Learn To Skate
If you are between the ages of 9 and 17 and want to learn how to skate and possibly figure skate, then this class is for you.
Any experience or no experience is fine.

Therapeutic Skating
This class is designed for special needs athletes, between the ages of 6-12, with mental and/or physical disabilities. No prior skating experience is necessary.