Skating School Instruction

The Northbrook Park District Skating School provides high-quality instruction, recreational fun and competitive opportunities!  Our staff is proud to coach a large number of passionate upper-level skaters (FS 5 and up) who actively participate in USFS and ISI events. The multi-level class structure is based on standards developed by the ISI. The Skating School has added skills and a personal touch to its educational programs and talent development for more than 40 years.

Figure Skating Lessons
Group lessons are a fun, challenging and reasonably priced way to learn and improve skating skills. Children who can stand in skates without support are ready to learn to skate. Students of all ages learn the proper way to skate in a structured and supervised setting. Students who register for the wrong level will be transferred into the appropriate class, if space allows. Otherwise, skaters will be removed from class and issued refunds.

General Information
Classes are at the Northbrook Sports Center and in a progressive sequence. New skaters receive information before the first day of class.

Skating Makeup Classes
Skaters can make up two missed classes during the current session. A makeup slip must be obtained from the Sports Center Office at least 24 hours in advance. Makeups are not allowed during classes that are full; check with the office for availability.

Skating Levels

Toddler through Advanced
Experienced instructors introduce basic through advanced skating skills to younger skaters in an encouraging, positive atmosphere
Toddler I
Falling down/getting up, marching in place/moving, dip, backward wiggles
Toddler II
Push and glide scooter pushes, gliding dip, introduction to forward swizzles
Basic I
Falling down/getting up, marching in place/moving, dip, 2-foot glide, backward wiggles
Basic II
Push and glide stroking, gliding dip, forward swizzles, introduction to 1-foot glides and backward swizzles
Forward swizzles with movement and flow, 1-foot glides (both feet), forward stroking, backward swizzles, snowplow stop
Forward stroking with longer glides, 1-foot glides on the circle (both feet), backward swizzles with movement and flow, introduction to forward crossovers
Pre-Alpha through Delta
Introduction to the fundamentals of figure skating, focusing on basic skating, edges, turns and specific skills required for all Pre-Freestyle levels
Pre-Alpha I
2-foot glides, 1-foot glides, forward swizzles, backward wiggles, introduction to backward swizzles
Pre-Alpha II
Longer 1-foot glides/straight line and on the circle, 1st and 2nd position on the circle (both directions), forward swizzles with movement/flow, backward swizzles, introduction to snowplow stops
Alpha I
Forward stroking, forward crossovers in both directions, snowplow stops
Alpha II
Perfecting forward stroking, forward crossovers in both directions, snowplow stops
Beta I
Introduction to backward skating, backward stroking, backward crossovers in both directions, t-stops with both feet
Beta II
Perfecting backward stroking, backward crossovers in both directions, t-stops with both feet
Forward outside 3 turns (left and right), forward mohawks (left and right), forward edges (outside and inside), hockey stops
Forward inside 3 turns (left and right), introduction to backward outside and inside 3 turns (left and right), forward and backward edges (outside and inside), bunny hops, lunges and/or shoot the duck

Freestyle Levels

Freestyle skating instruction follows the official guidelines set by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI). The prerequisite is Delta level. Refer to the ISI Handbook for detailed information about Freestyle tests.

FS I – Waltz jump, 1 half-flip, 2-foot spin, forward pivot, forward spiral, backward edges
FS II – Ballet jump, Waltz jump, tap toe, 1 half-flip combination, 1 half-lutz, 2 different forward spirals on edges, 1-foot spin
FS III – Salchow, toe loop or toe walley, change foot spin, backward spiral on an edge, back pivot (outside or inside)
FS IV – Flip jump, loop jump, 1 half-loop, 2 backward spirals (left and right), sit spin
FS V – Axel jump, lutz jump, camel spin, combination spin, back scratch spin
FS VI – Double salchow, split jump, split falling leaf, jump combination, combination spin, layback or sit-change-sit spin
FS VII – Double toe loop or toe walley, 2 walleys in sequence, spin combination, flying camel, jump sequence (one foot axel/one quarter flip/axel), jump in the opposite direction
FS VIII – Double loop jump, double flip, split lutz, flying sit or axel sit, jump sequence (one and one-quarter flip/one and one-quarter flip/double salchow), illusion or camel-jump-camel spin
FS IX – Double lutz, axel-double loop combination, arabesque/bauer/spread eagle combination, axel in the opposite direction or double axel (choice of), jump combination, flying camel into a jump sit spin
FS X – Double axel-double toe loop combination, triple edge jump, death drop, 4 alternating axels or triple toe, double jump (left and right) or triple toe-double loop, 3 Arabian cartwheels or butterfly jumps in a row (choice of one)


Learn To Skate USA – Coming Autumn 2022!

The Northbrook Sports Center Skating School is excited to announce its transition to the Learn to Skate USA class curriculum. The Skating School will continue to add a personal touch to its educational programs and talent development as it has done for more than 40 years.

The mission of Learn to Skate USA is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. Fully supported by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating, with support from Special Olympics, the Professional Skaters Association and the U.S. Ice Rink Association, Learn to Skate USA offers every student a heartfelt welcome, lifelong benefits and fond memories. Passion: It’s why Learn to Skate USA is recognized as the world’s best ice skating program.

More information about registration, skill requirements and class conversions will be communicated prior to the start of the Autumn session.