Skating School Updates
Our Fall 2021 Learn to Skate & Learn to Play programs have started.
Registration for Cycle 3 ( January 3 – February 26, 2022) is now open! Register today!
Cycle 2 (October 25 – December 18, 2021) is currently in session. Registration is now CLOSED.
Twin Rinks Skating School
The Twin Rinks Skating School follows the nationally recognized Learn to Skate USA curriculum designed to serve the needs of all skaters – beginners through advanced and recreational through competitive. Our mission is to provide a fun and safe learning environment while helping those of all skill levels achieve their personal goals. This comprehensive, goal-oriented, program offers a variety of classes/levels such as Snowplow Sam, Basic Skills, Free Skate, Introduction to Synchronized Skating, Introduction to Ice Dance, Theatre on Ice, Hockey Skating Skills, Adult, and Parent and Child. Our program participants have the opportunity to participate in ice shows, competitions, a variety of specialty classes and clinics, and more!
- Convenient class schedules and small class sizes
- Classes taught by highly experienced coaches
- Rental skates included for each lesson
- Mid-cycle progress report
- End of cycle evaluation/recognition
- Ranked top 10 Skating Schools in CT and top 25 Skating Schools on the East Coast by U.S. Figure Skating!
For more info on our Learn to Play Hockey Program, click here.
Snowplow Sam 1-4: Ages 3-5 First-timers through advanced beginners.
Basic 1-6: Ages 6+ First timers through intermediate skaters.
Pre-Free Skate: Successful completion of Basic 6 or equivalent.
Free Skate 1-6: Successful completion of Pre-Free Skate or equivalent.
Parent & Tot: Class for children ages 3-5 who are not yet ready to separate from parents/caregivers and attend classes independently. All parents/caregivers attending Parent & Tot classes must possess basic skating skills.
Adult: Ages 18+ First-timers through advanced skaters.
Dynamites – Learn to Play Hockey: Ages 3-5 Must be able to skate independently prior to enrolling in the class. 50-minute on-ice/off-ice lessons. All required equipment is available at Wesco Sports Center, conveniently located in our lobby.
Hockey Skating Essentials: Ages 6+ This class is designed for hockey players looking to build their skating skills. No sticks or pucks. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Basic 4 or equivalent skating skills.
Introduction to Ice Dance: Ages 6+ Taught by two-time Olympian, Oleg Voyko. This class is designed to introduce skaters to the foundation of Ice Dance and strengthen skaters’ edges, posture, and carriage. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Basic 4 or equivalent skating skills.
Introduction to Synchronized Skating: Ages 6+ This class is designed to introduce skaters to synchronized skating and prepare skaters for introductory level team tryouts. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Basic 4 or equivalent skating skills.
Cycle 2: 10/24 – 12/18/21 (8 Weeks)
Cycle 3: 01/03 – 02/26/22 (8 Weeks)
Cycle 4: 02/28 – 04/23/22 (NO CLASSES on 03/18 & 03/19)
*Mondays/Wednesdays – 8 Weeks | Fridays/Saturdays – 7 Weeks
Cycle 5: 04/25 – 06/18/22 (NO CLASSES on 06/03 & 06/04)
*Mondays/Wednesdays – 8 Weeks | Fridays/Saturdays – 7 Weeks
Mondays | 9:30-10:20am | Adult, Parent & Tot
Wednesdays | 9:30-10:20am | Adult
Wednesdays | 1:50-2:40pm | Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6
Wednesdays | 4:00-4:50pm | Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Pre-Free Skate, Intro to Ice Dance
Fridays | 1:25-2:15pm | Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Pre-Free Skate
Fridays | 4:15-5:30pm | Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Pre-Free Skate, Intro to Synchro
Saturdays | 11:05am-12:20pm | Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Pree-Free Skate, Dynamites, Adult
*Lessons are 25-min in duration within the class time lesson block with the exception of Dynamites (50 Minutes in duration). Class times and coach assignments are confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Additional Program information
- All skaters must be pre-registered prior to the cycle. NO walk-ins or same-day registrations.
- ALL LESSONS ARE 25-MINUTES IN DURATION. You will register for a Learn to Skate session that will be anywhere between 50- to 75-min long. This does not mean that your child will have a 50- or 75-min lesson. Your child’s exact lesson time will be confirmed a few days prior to the start of the cycle via email.
- If you are uncertain as to your child’s skating level, please scroll down and review the curricula below. Snowplow Sam 1-4 is for ages 3-5 and Basic 1-6 is for ages 6+. You should register your child for one level above the level in which s/he can successfully do every single element on ice.
- All skaters enrolled in Introduction to Ice Dance and/or Introduction to Synchronized Skating must have passed Learn to Skate Basic 4 or equivalent prior to enrollment.
Prior to registering for any classes, please review the level descriptions to find the ideal class for your child. Please be sure to include your/your child’s level in the comments section when registering for classes. If you have any questions about the appropriate level for you/your child, please contact Sarah Waterbury at (203) 968-9000 x 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A $20 Twin Rinks Annual Program fee is required for all Learn to Skate and Learn to Play program participants. The fee covers the period of time between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, and will be deducted from the cost of registration if it has already been paid as part of one of our Summer 2021 programs. The fee may not be pro-rated or refunded.
- Additional Information for Parents
- Recommended & Suggested Attire for Skaters
- What to Expect at the Rink
- We understand that conflicts may arise during each cycle. Unfortunately, we CANNOT offer make-up classes.
- You may not switch between days for group lessons. You must select one day/time for the duration of the cycle.
- All classes are non-refundable; however, should you choose to withdraw once a cycle has started, you will receive a credit equivalent to the pro-rated amount paid for the lessons (less the program enrollment fee). The credit may be applied to a future cycle of group lessons, summer programs, school’s out programs, public sessions, freestyle sessions, or Twin Rinks hockey programs.
- If you withdraw prior to the start of a cycle, you will receive a refund equivalent to the amount paid for lessons (less the program enrollment fee).
- Twin Rinks reserves the right to combine classes, reschedule, change, or cancel classes due to unforeseen circumstances.
- After we register you with Learn to Skate USA, you will receive a sticker book in the mail that guides you through all the skills and levels your skater will be learning so you can engage in conversation with your skater and ask them about the skills they worked on in class each week.
- Our coaches are available during free time to discuss your skater’s needs and to answer any questions you may have. Let them know before class when you drop your skater off rink side, and they can meet you during free time.
Looking for other opportunities for your little one(s) to skate? Ask our staff about public skating, clinics, leagues & private lessons!
Safety is a top priority for us. Here are some equipment/clothing requirements and suggestions for participation in the group classes at the Twin Rinks Skating School.
- Helmets are required for all skaters enrolled in Parent & Tot, Snowplow Sam 1-4, Dynamites, Basic 1-4, and Adult (Beginners Only). Helmets are highly recommended for advanced skaters under the age of 9. Hockey, skating, ski, and bicycle helmets that are properly fitted are acceptable for all classes. Hockey helmets with face cages offer maximum protection, followed by skating, ski, and bicycle helmets.
- Gloves or mittens are required for all skaters under the age of 17, and are strongly recommended for adults. They provide both warmth and safety.
- Warm, comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement are best for skating classes. Layering will help skaters stay warm and adjust to changing temperatures.
- Snow pants, long pants, athletic pants, leggings, or tights (with skating dress, skirt, or leotard). For safety and ease of movement, pants should not fall below the heel of the skate or drag on the ground. Young children often prefer snow pants, which make them feel padded and dry. Shorts are not permitted unless worn over tights or leggings.
- Thin- to medium-weight high socks or tights. Skates should fit snugly, so thick socks are not recommended. Socks should come up higher than the top of the skate boot, to prevent the skate from rubbing against the leg. Tights are a great choice for girls, either under pants or with a skating dress, skirt, or leotard.
- Jacket, fleece, sweater, sweatshirt, and/or long sleeve shirt. Skaters can always remove layers during class time.
Check out Wesco Sports Center at Twin Rinks for a great selection of recreational, hockey, and figure skating equipment and apparel.
- Arrive 30 minutes early on your very first day to settle into your space and navigate our registration table, skate rental counter, etc.
- Check-in at the Learn to skate table at the front entrance to receive your name badge for class.
- Pick up skates at the skate counter, just right off the main entrance.
- Head to the rink & find your coaches. High-fives are always encouraged!