MT PROSPECT PARK DISTRICT - LEARN TO SKATE

All Classes take place at Mt. Prospect Ice Arena

1501 Feehaneville Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL. 60056

Designed for skaters of all age and skill levels, this ISI (Ice Skating Institute) skating model leads students through five progressive levels which promote skating with confidence. Beginners (4 & under) start in the Parent/Tot program, while older students (5 & up) begin with Pre-Alpha classes. All other level placements are based on skating instructor evaluations.

Don't have skates? No Problem - Skates will be made available for class participants at the rink.

Skaters should have a helmet (bike helmet works) and dress warm with gloves or mittens

Contact Jason Hickman at jhickman@mppd.org

 

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Tots (ages 3-5)

If you can walk, you can skate!

For 3-6 yr olds who have little to no experience on the ice. Skaters learn to develop basic strength and coordination to maneuver on ice without parent assistance.

Basic Skills (ages 6-15)

Pre-Alpha - For ages 6+ with little or no formal skating experience. Focus is on marching, glides, dips, swizzles and stopping. 

Alpha - For skaters who have mastered Pre Alpha skills. Focus is on stroking, crossovers and stopping.

Beta - For skaters who have mastered Alpha skills. Focus is on backward skating and T-stops.

Gamma - For skaters who have mastered Beta skills. Focus is on edge work, mohawks, hockey stops and one foot outside turns. 

Delta - For skaters who have mastered Gamma skills. Focus is on children 6+ with little or no formal skating experience. Focus is on one foot inside turns, inside and outside edges. Upon completing Delta level classes, skaters are ready to move into Free Style figure skating. 

Adult (16 & up) - Have you always wanted to learn to skate? Similar to the 'Pre Alpha' level, this class covers forward and backward movement, turns and stops before advancing to more challenging moves. Stay fit and healthy while learning to skate.