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Registration for our Fall 2021 Learn to Skate & Learn to Play programs is open

Register for cycles 1 & 2 today!

Back to school promotion:

Register for cycles 1 & 2 by Wednesday, August 25th, and receive 10% off of cycle 1

Learn To Skate: Ages 3-Adult

  • $275*  for 7 weekly 25-minute lessons (Cycle 1)
  • $305* for 8 weekly 25-minute lessons (Cycle 2)
  • Practice time either before or after the lesson in our supervised practice area
  • Rental skates for each lesson are included
  • Mid-cycle progress report
  • End of cycle evaluation/recognition

Learn To Play Hockey – Dynamites: Ages 3-5

  • $315* for 7 weekly 50-minues on-ice/off-ice lessons (Cycle 1)
  • $345*  for 8 weekly 50-minute on-ice/off-ice lessons (Cycle 2)
  • Rental skates for each lesson are included
  • Mid-cycle progress report
  • End of cycle evaluation/recognition

All class descriptions and pre-requisites are outlined below.

*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.

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Please contact Gabrielle Valiquette, Skating Director, at (203) 968-9000 x16 or g_valiquette@stamfordtwinrinks.com, with any questions that you may have. 

 

Gabrielle Valiquette is the Director of the Twin Rinks Skating School and may be reached at (203) 968-9000 x16 or via email at g_valiquette@stamfordtwinrinks.com for any questions about our Learn to Skate USA or Learn to Play programs.

Gabrielle is a lifelong skater, member of Professional Skaters Association and US Figure Skating, as well as the parent of two competitive figure skaters whom she coaches. Her children both started skating in the Twin Rinks Skating School group lesson program and currently train at Twin Rinks.

Program Information:

  • 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.
  • Parent & Tot classes are 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.
  • All skaters enrolled in Introduction to Ice Dance, Introduction to Synchronized Skating, and/or Hockey Skating Essentials must have passed Learn to Skate Basic 4 or equivalent prior to enrollment.
2021/2022 Learn to Skate Cycle Dates:
Cycle 1: 9/6 - 10/23/21 (7 weeks)Cycle 2: 10/24 - 12/18/21 (8 weeks)
Cycle 3: 1/2 - 2/26/22 (8 weeks)Cycle 4: 2/27 - 4/23/22 (NO CLASSES on 3/19 & 3/20) (Mondays and Wednesdays - 8 weeks / Fridays and Saturdays - 7 weeks)
Cycle 5: 4/24 - 6/18/22 (FRI & SAT CLASSES END ON 6/3 & 6/4) (Mondays and Wednesdays - 8 weeks / Fridays and Saturdays - 7 weeks)
Class OfferedClass Information
Snowplow Sam 1-4Ages 3-5 - 1st timers through advanced beginners
Basic 1-6Ages 6+ - 1st timers through intermediate skaters
Pre-Free SkateSuccessful completion of Basic 6 or equivalent
Free Skate 1-6Successful completion of Pre-Free Skate or equivalent
Parent & TotAges 3-4 - 1st timers through emerging skaters not quite ready to go into a Snowplow Sam class independently
AdultAges 18+ - 1st timers through advanced skaters
Dynamites - Learn to Play HockeyAges 3-5 - Must be able to skate independently prior to enrolling in class. 50-minute on-ice/off-ice lessons. Participants will receive a list of equipment needed for the program prior to the start of classes. All required equipment is available at Wesco Sports, conveniently located in our lobby.
Hockey Skating EssentialsAges 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 DanceAges 6+ - Taught by two-time Olympian, Oleg Voyko. This class is designed o introduce skaters to the foundations of ice dance and strengthen skaters' edges, posture, and carriage. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Basic 4 or equivalent skating skills.
Introduction to Synchronized SkatingAges 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.
Class Times: (lessons are 25-min in duration within the class time lesson block)Classes Offered: (classes listed are only offered if we receive a minimum number of registrations)
Mondays | 9:30 - 10:20amAdult, Parent & TotLessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Wednesdays | 9:30 - 10:20amAdultLessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Wednesdays | 1:50 - 2:40pmSnowplow Sam 1 & 2, Basic 1-4Lessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Wednesdays | 4:00 - 4:50pm Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Intro to Ice DanceLessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Fridays | 1:25 - 2:15pmSnowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Pre-Free Skate-Free Skate 6Lessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Fridays | 4:15 - 5:30pm Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Pre-Free Skate, Free Skate 1-6, Intro to SynchroLessons are 25-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.
Saturdays | 11:05am - 12:20pm Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6, Free Skate 1-6, Dynamites, AdultLessons are 25-min in duration, with the exception of Dynamites, which is 50-min in duration. Class times and coach assignments confirmed a day or two prior to the start of each cycle.

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All skaters must be pre-registered this year. NO walk-ins or same-day registrations. Also, please note that practice time is only offered during the pandemic when State and City guidelines and regulations allow for additional on-ice headcount. 

All program participants must pay a $20 Twin Rinks Annual Enrollment Fee in order to participate in our Learn to Skate program, school break camps, summer camp, ice shows, in-house competitions, and clinics. This fee covers the period of time from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

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 Gabrielle Valiquette, Skating Director, at (203) 968-9000 x 16 or g_valiquette@stamfordtwinrinks.com.

Program Curriculum

Click the appropriate level to find out what your skater will learn at Twin Rinks Skating School.

  • The program enrollment period runs from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The $20 Annual Program Enrollment Fee must be paid for at the time of registration for the first cycle in which you and/or your child(ren) participate during the enrollment period.
  • 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, days off from school 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 Skate counter, just right of the main entrance.
  • Head to the rink & find your coaches. High-fives are always encouraged!