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Basic Skills

Basic Skills forms a strong foundation for skaters to explore the world of skating. Each level introduces new skills and techniques, encouraging skaters to advance while having fun in a healthy and social environment.


Skaters 4-6 years old, develop preliminary coordination and strength to move around on the ice. The introductory classes are divided into four progressive levels for kids with no prior skating experience to build confidence in skating and themselves. Fun and games make this positive experience for your kids enjoyable and memorable.

  • Forward outside edge on a circle 

  • Forward inside edge on a circle 

  • Forward crossovers

  • Backward half swizzle pumps on a circle

  • Backward one-foot glides

  • Beginning two-foot spin 

  • Bonus skill: Forward lunges 

  • Sit on ice and stand up

  • March forward across the ice

  • Forward two-foot glide

  • Dip

  • Forward swizzles 

  • Backward wiggles

  • Beginning snowplow stop on two feet or one foot

  • Bonus skill: Two-foot hop in place

  • Backward outside edge on a circle 

  • Backward inside edge on a circle

  • Backward crossovers

  • Forward outside three-turn 

  • Advanced two-foot spin

  • Hockey stop — both directions

  • Bonus skill: Side toe hop 

  • Scooter pushes 

  • Forward one-foot glides 

  • Backward two-foot glide

  • Rocking Horse (one forward swizzle, one backward swizzle) 

  • Backward swizzles 

  • Two-foot turns from forward to backward in place 

  • Moving snowplow stop

  • Bonus skill: Curves

  • Forward inside three-turn 

  • Moving backward to forward two- foot turn on a circle 

  • Backward stroking

  • Beginning one-foot spin

  • T-stops 

  • Bunny hop

  • Forward spiral on a straight line 

  • Bonus skill: Shoot the duck 

  • Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade

  • Forward half swizzle pumps

  • Moving forward to backward two- foot turns on a circle 

  • Beginning backward one-foot glides — focus on balance

  • Backward snowplow stop 

  • Forward slalom

  • Bonus skill: Forward pivots


Pre-Free Skate starts the next level of figure skating.  At this stage skaters can join the Aspire program and teams to become a well rounded figure skater.  Click here to see the skills taught in Pre-Freeskate thru Freeskate 6.

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