Learn To Skate USA
Learn To Skate classes will begin Wednesdays May 26th 2021 and July 2021.
Where it all begins!!!
So you want to learn how to skate? You have come to the right place! Tacoma Skating School starts all disciplines of skating in a fun, goal-oriented beginner class. Once you learn the basics you can then join the programs especially designed for figure skating, hockey or speed skating.
You or your skater won’t just skate. They become rockets on ice. They become modern gladiators battling to find the back of the net, be the first to cross the finish line, or launch themselves high into the air. Olympic national governing bodies U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating support Learn to Skate USA for the many health, social and developmental benefits gained through ice skating. What will skating do for you? Let’s find out together!
New classes start Saturdays in July. $99 for the class and $18 to rent skates for the session, if needed. Learn to Skate USA Membership is required before getting on the ice. Click here to become a member. Saturday class schedule will be as follows:
Basic Skills Classes – TBA
Intro to Skating Classes – TBA
Practice (enrolled and current classes skaters only) – TBA (parents or family members that would like to skate during practice time with skaters, would need to have a Tacoma Learn to Skate Membership. this can be purchase here and sign in or create an account, select “buy a registration”, click “learn to skate”, then select package)
Overview of Classes
Snowplow Sam 1-4
This is where it all begins! New skaters as young as 3 years old begin their lessons off the ice learning how to tie their skates, falling down, standing up, and marching in place. They then move onto the ice to put their new skills into practice
Designed to build a strong foundation of basic skating. Program for beginners, children (age 5+). Skaters will receive Basic Skills instruction following Learn to Skate USA curriculum which is endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.
Fast paced, accelerated program, focusing on proper stretching techniques, warm up and cool down both on and off the ice, stroking, edges and power skating, introductory moves in the field, spins, jumps, and Artistry in Motion (beginning choreography and style).
Skaters must have passed at least Basic 4 and up to Free Skate 6 to register for this program.
(This program will not start till early 2020)
Fun, goal-oriented program for beginners, 15+ through adult. Skaters will receive Basic Skills instruction following Learn to Skate USA curriculum which is endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.
This is when skaters learn more difficult elements. Pre-Free-Skate 6 is designed for figure skaters. Skaters will begin to learn jumps and spins. Must complete all 6 Basic Skills or all 4 Adult levels before signing up for Free skate levels.
Rockets Launch Pad 1
This program will be the first stage of 3 to gain the skills necessary to play on our 8U Full Season Teams. We will focus on skating skills used for hockey. Skaters will learn a variety of skills ranging from forward skating to backward skating on one and two feet, stick handling, and some game instruction. Must have completed Sam 1 or Basic 1 before signing up for Launch Pad.
Staff and Bios
Elaine Jurun has over 30 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 15 years coaching. Elaine has competed both singles and pairs at National and International competitions with numerous medals in technical and showcase events. Elaine is the Figure Skating Director for the rink and oversees Learn to Skate as well as events at the rink. She has a Bachelors in Fine Art from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Elaine works with students of all ages and experience levels. Email Coach Elaine for private lessons. email@example.com
Chiharu Osumi Joyce (Chica) has over 30 years skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 20 years coaching. Chica has 4 years in Japanese Ice Shows and 12 years performing with Disney on Ice. Chica works with students of all ages and experience and speaks Japanese and English. Email Coach Chica for private lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Keithley has over 20 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 17 years coaching. Ashley has experience in singles, synchronized, dance, and theatre on ice, and hockey. Ashley is a founder, coach, and former director of the Washington Ice Emeralds. Ashley is also a staff member of the rink working as the Tacoma Junior Hockey Administrative Director. Ashley works with students of all ages and experience. Email Coach Ashley for private lessons. email@example.com
Sasha Desaunois-Mullen has 13 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 6 years coaching. Sasha also has 15 years of dance including ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, and 5 years as a dance teacher. Sasha is a USFSA Gold Medalist Moves in the Field and Freestyle, Silver Pattern and Intermediate Free Dance, National Showcase Medalist, Rosalyn Sumners Artistic Award Recipient. Sasha works with students of all ages and experience levels. Email Coach Sasha for private lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
Edythe Neilson has 7 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 2 years coaching. Edythe competes freeskate and showcase at local and National competitions with numerous medals in events including Parade of Champions Bronze medalist at National Showcase 2019. Edythe is currently studying chemistry at the University of Washington. Edythe works with students of all ages and experience. Email Coach Edythe for private lessons. email@example.com
Zdenek Krajc has over 30 years figure skating experience as a competitor and 5 years coaching. Zdenek has experience in singles and pairs starting his training in Czech Republic before moving to the United States. Zdenek has competed at National and International events with medals in numerous events. Zdenek has a professional background in automotive and electronics owning and operating his own business. Zdenek works with students of all ages and experience and speaks Czech, Polish, Russian and English. Email Coach Zdenek for private lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Correa has over 30 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 8 years coaching. Megan is a USFSA Silver Medalist in Figures and Freestyle and has performed with Disney On Ice. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Computing and Software Systems from University of Washington. Megan works with students of all ages and experience levels. Email Coach Megan for private lessons. email@example.com
Shannon Shopshire has over 15 years figure skating experience as a competitor, performer, and 5 years coaching. Shannon is a USFSA Gold Medalist Moves in the Field and Freestyle. Shannon is a Pacific Northwest Regionals medalist and Junior Nationals competitor. Shannon works with students of all ages and experience. Email Coach Shannon for private lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
Freestyle sessions are available Monday – Sunday. Please check our calendar for additional information or call 253.272.PUCK for specific times and dates.
More information will be coming soon!