Learn to Skate

Centene Community Ice Center is proud to partner with Maryland Heights Parks & Recreation to offer a safe, instructive, and fun Learn to Skate program. The eight-week course, led by certified ice skating instructors, is designed for ages 3 and up with no prior experience required. Additional curriculums focused on figure skating and ice hockey are also available for those looking to hone their new skating skills into an ice sport. 

Specialty classes are also available for more advanced skaters including Jump and Spin class plus the Stroking and Edges class which focuses on power skating, endurance, and different turns.

Registration is required at least two days before the start of class.

Cost (per 8-week session): Resident: $115 • Non-Resident: $145

The all-inclusive price includes:

  • 30 minutes of skate instruction
  • Skate rental during class
  • A Learn to Skate USA membership which includes a welcome packet
  • Secondary sports accident insurance
  • And more! 

Register online at www.marylandheights.com/sports or call (314) 738-2599. Email learntoskate@marylandheights.com for questions.

Learn To Skate USA
Learn to Skate programs make skating fun and safe for all as they grow an everlasting love for this sport. Through our updated curriculum and our certified, passionate instructors, we build solid skill progression to grow self-esteem in both kids and adults while providing them the resources to reach their hopes and dreams.

Available Classes & Levels

Snowplow Sam Levels 1-4 (Age 3-5)

Designed for kids under six to build confidence while learning to skate incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all.

Basic Skills Level 1-6 (Ages 6-16)

These lessons put the FUN in fundamentals as your skaters enjoy learning the basics of ice skating. This program contains six different levels.

Hockey Levels 1-4 (age 7-16)

Before you can score a goal, you need to learn to skate. In the hockey program, skaters will learn how to be proficient and agile on the ice.

Low Freestyle 1-3 & High Freestyle 4-6 (must pass Basic 6)

Transitions, spins and jumps. More progressive skating skills like these give more determined skaters like yours challenges they crave.

Adult 1-6 (Age 17+)

Ice skating is for the kid in all of us. The adult curriculum is designed for beginning and experienced skaters who wish to improve their skills.

Specialty Classes

Stroking & Edge

Stroking and Edge allows skaters to work on power and fluidity down the ice.  It also includes edge work which includes holding edges, turns, and transitions. Speed is essential in your overall skating, but it is not necessarily required in this class as technique will be the main emphasis.  Open to figure and hockey skaters.

Jump & Spin

This class is specifically designed for figure skaters to solely work on jump and spin techniques at all Free Skate levels (skaters Pre-Free Skate and above).

Intro to Synchro

This level will serve as an introduction to the five basic elements. Skaters should feel confident skating by themselves in order to successfully skate these elements.  A. Block: Forward stroking and snowplow stop (in shoulder hold)B. Circle: Two-foot glide, both directions (in hand hold)C. Line: Forward stroking and snowplow stop (in shoulder hold)D. Wheel: Forward 3 or 4 spoke with half swizzle pumps, either direction (in shoulder hold)E. Intersection: Forward intersection, two lines with two-foot glide at the intersection (in shoulder hold).