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Figure Skating

Children learning to Ice skate

Step 1: Learn to Skate introduces participants to ice skating in a fun, group setting and focuses on skating basics. Our award-winning programs teach skills logically and progressively in a fun and enjoyable way to help all skaters enjoy ice sports.

After mastering the fundamentals in Step 1, skaters continue to Step 2 where they continue to develop skating skills and technique. Skaters who wish to play hockey, will need to have taken at least one season in hockey skates and have the recommendation of their instructor. Undecided? No worries! The Skating track continues skill progression and advancement.

Age: At least 3 years old and potty-trained.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
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Looking for something more advanced?
Try Step 2. Learn to Skate

See also, Teen/Adult Learn to Skate for ages 16+.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 2 classes are broken down into two sections. For skaters new to Step 2, we offer a 25-minute class that transitions skaters to more skill-based instruction and self-directed class format. Instructors continue to use games, songs and toys to keep learning fun. It is generally recommended for skaters ages 3 to 6 although older skaters are welcome.

Our second section of Step 2 is 50 minutes and generally recommended for skaters 7-15 years, although ages 3-6 can participate with a recommendation from an instructor. Instructors will focus on skills in longer stretches which requires participants to work more independently. Instructors use tools such as skill linking, props and free time to aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking at the season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 6 and 7 to 15

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in FMC Step 1: Learn to Skate

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

See also, Step 1: Learn to Skate. After completing Step 2, you can move on to Step 3: Learn to Skate. Interested in hockey? Bruins FUNdamentals might be right for you.

Children learning to ice skate

Step 3: Learn to Skate Classes are 50 minutes. Instructors continue the techniques used in Step 2 to develop a solid skating foundation such as gliding, proper pushing technique, beginning edge use and more. Tools such as skill linking (chaining learned skills together), props and free time aid skill development. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking, which may include small groups being highlighted, at this season’s special event.

Age: 3 to 16

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in Step 2: Learn to Skate.

Equipment: A helmet, such as a bike helmet or HECC helmet is required. Rental skates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and included in the class fee.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

Need more of the basics? Check out Step 2: Learn to Skate. Ready for more? Try our Skating Club Group Class.

Children practicing ice skating

The basics are learned and it’s time to develop edges, transitions, gliding moves, jumps, spins and more! The skills in this level are continually progressed and advanced. We invite all skaters beyond learn to skate, to come meet new friends and receive instruction to advance and progress their skating skills.

Classes are 50 minutes and include instruction, linking learned skills together and free time. If desired, skaters can perform their skill linking, which may include small groups being highlighted, at this season’s special event.

Requirements: For skaters who have mastered the skills in Step 3: Learn to Skate

Equipment: Figure skates should be worn in this class. See your Instructor or Program Supervisor for more information on purchasing figure skates.

  • A program’s price represents the class experience delivered over a season (4-8 week span)
  • Special Events usually occur towards the end of a season and may be scheduled on a different day or time and in a different location than the original class.
  • An ISI (Ice Sports Industry) membership, a $15 value, is included in the class fee.
  • Additional skating opportunities (events, programs, discounts, private lessons and more) may be available.
FIND A SESSION

Improve your skills before taking Group Class by trying Step 3: Learn to Skate, or to gain more practice time after Group, become a Skating Club member. See also, Advanced Figure Skating.

FMC skating club group picture

Skaters, parents and coaches are invited to join FMC in creating a positive environment for figure skaters to thrive. Each club’s goal is to create a skating family and provide a foundation and opportunities for skaters to grow. Through group activities, good sportsmanship and teamwork, our clubs help support skaters, coaches, parents and the community through skating.

Membership is facilitated through an application process to ensure that members understand Club values, beliefs and standards before joining. If concerns about a potential membership are present, in most cases, conversations will be held to explain expectations and how behaviors displayed in the past might cause issues or a membership being revoked. As Clubs may make the effort to give people the benefit of the doubt, it is in everyone’s best interest that potential issues be addressed before they become problematic. In addition, it should be acknowledged that an FMC Skating Club might not be right for someone – and that’s OK. The application process is about ensuring a proper fit.

Full Memberships vary depending on the benefits that can be offered. Full Membership is for skaters who wish to represent that FMC Skating Club in ISI competition or hockey players or USFS skaters who wish to benefit from the Club’s offerings. To receive the full benefits of the Club, a membership fee as well as participation and volunteering in support of the Club may be required. Skaters who take the FMC Club Group Class receive a free membership as long as they are enrolled. Membership requirements do not need to be fulfilled unless the skater is utilizing benefits such as Club Ice Practice sessions.

Associate Memberships may be available and are for skaters who already represent another ISI organization, or hockey players or USFS skaters who wish to utilize Club Practice ice. The benefit to the Associate Membership is use of Club Practice Ice sessions. A membership fee is required and the skater must have an ISI membership upon joining. If you’re not sure if you have an ISI membership through your current organization, please ask them before applying for one directly through ISI. Be sure to provide your ISI number on your application.

Professional Membership may be required for coaches to teach private lessons on our ice. Membership is required regardless of any other affiliations. Professional membership requirements are robust on purpose to ensure a professional and comfortable atmosphere. If your coach has any concerns, have them reach out to the Regional Program Director overseeing the Club.

MORE INFORMATION

 

For more formal instruction, see our Group Class. To advance your skills further, please check out our Advanced Figure Skating Programs.

Develop all of the skills needed for figure skating with Skating Specialty Classes

You’re invited! Competitions, shows, skating celebrations and more! Spectator or star, skating events help all reach goals and explore the fun of performance!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know before showing up for class?

  • You are welcome to bring your own skates although double blade skates are not permitted.
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the program start time.
  • Adhere to all prerequisites and equipment requirements.
  • Warm, comfortable layers that allow for movement, long sleeves & pants, gloves or mittens are recommended; little ones should wear waterproof items.

What's an ISI Membership?

An Ice Sports Industry Membership offers many benefits. Learn more on skateisi.org.

Anything else I should know before registering?

Please review our "General Program Information" Page if you have not registered for any of our programs before.

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