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Learn to Skate

Mission Statement

The Kansas City Ice Center's Learn to Skate School exists to provide quality skating instruction in a fun & safe environment.

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2015 Late Fall Learn to Skate

The 2015 Late Fall Learn to Skate will begin on the week of October 5. 
Online Registration is available now!  Please click on the registration link below!  More information on the flier below.

Monday Classes (10/5 - 11/9) are:
 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
(Snowplow 1/2, Parent & Me, Basic 1 - 4, Adult 1 - 3, & variety class),  and 
6:50 pm - 7:20 pm
(Snowplow 3, Basic 5 - High Freestyle, & Adult 3/4)

Saturday Classes (10/10 - 11/14) are:
 11:15 am - 11:45 am
 (Adult 1-3, Snowplow 1/2, Parent & Me, Basic 1 - Basic 4, & Spins/Artistry) and 
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm 
(Snowplow 3, Adult 4 - 6, Basic 5 - High Freestyle, & Jumps). 

Questions?  Please contact Skate Director Kay Gentges at

Sign up for classes today!!  It is fun to skate and learn at KCIC!


2015 Early Fall Home School Lessons

The Early Fall Home School Learn to Skate lessons will begin on Thursday Oct 8, 2015.  The lessons are scheduled during the public session, which gives plenty of time to practice!  Registration will be available soon!  The flyer is below for more information.

All levels can take classes during this time:

10:30a - 11:00a on Thursday's

please contact Kay Gentges at if you have any questions.


Snowplow Sam (Ages 3-5)

The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice.  Upon completion of the Snowplow levels, skaters will be ready for the Basic Skills level 2 class.  Cost of class includes skate rental during lessons and  public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate pass includes skate rental).  Helmets, gloves and light layers are recommended.  Please arrive EARLY for the first class. 

Basic Skills 1 - 8 (Ages 6-17)

  The "basic skills" are the fundamentals of the sport.  These eight levels of the program introduce the fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges crossovers and turns.  Upon the completion of the Basic 1 - 8 levels, skaters will have a basic knowledge of the sport, enabling them to advance to more specialized areas of skating. Cost includes skate rental during lessons and public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate pass includes skate rental).  Helmets, gloves and light layers are recommended.  Please arrive EARLY for the first class.

Hockey 1 & 2 (ages 6 - 15)

The Hockey curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating, The skaters will learn how to maneuver faster and be more agile on the ice.  Proper skating techniques are the primary focus of the hockey classes.  All elements will be taught without a puck.  Skaters will learn the necessary fundamentals to be successful in game situations.  Cost includes skate rental during lessons and public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate pass includes skate rental).  Helmets, gloves and light layers are recommended.  Please arrive EARLY for the first class.

Parent and me class (ages 1 1/2 - 3) 

This class is for toddlers ages 1 and half until 3 years old. The parent or guardian will learn the fundamentals for skating to help their toddler on the ice. This class will focus on the basics of balance and beginning skating. This class will introduce ice skating to parents and toddlers. Skates must be worn by the parent and child.Toddlers are required to wear a helmet. Cost includes skate rental during lessons and public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate pass includes skate rental).  Helmets, gloves and light layers are recommended.  A rounded bicycle helmet is recommended.  Please arrive EARLY for the first class.

Low & High Freestlye (must be a graduate of the Basic Skills level 8)

Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections:  moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence and jumps.  The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills.   This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating. Cost includes skate rental during lessons and public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate pass includes skate rental). Gloves and light layers are recommended.  Please arrive EARLY for the first class.

Adult 1 - 6(Ages 18 & Older)

The Adult curriculum is designed for the beginner adult skater.  It will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques.  Divided into 4 levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual part of a fit and health lifestyle.  Cost includes skate rental during lessons and public skating passes to be used during session.  (Public skate includes skate rental).  Helmets, gloves and light layers are recommended.

Variety Class (must be passed Basic 6 to join)

This class builds upon the fundamentals and basics of figure skating and creates further development of the skaters skills.  They will learn uncaptured moves that are not in the Basic Skill curriculum, and be able to connect moves together to form a program as they would for a competition or show.

It is a great warm up during the earlier time slot to get them ready for their class at the second time slot. 

Spins/Artistry Class (Must be passed Freestyle 1 to join)

Artistry is where skaters will learn the basic principles of body alignment, movement, and line — the foundation for choreography and style. The goal is to stimulate the creative mind and develop the physical skills required to express creativity through movement  Examples: unique positions in spirals, ena bowers, hydroblading and shoot the duck.

Spins will range from the fundamentals of the basic position execution to the difficult variations used for IJS. Examples: Unique positions in spins and spin combinations, to mastering the basic scratch spin.

Jumps Class (must be passed Basic 8 to join)

Jumps are where skaters will learn and practice jump exercises to help build their jump consistency.  These valuable exercises and drills help the jump progression.  This class will assist them with rotation, strength, and jump technique while working on their skills.

NEW!  Therapeutic Skating - Saturdays only from October through February

The Therrapeutic Skating Program is designed to help the physically challenged skater develop skills and enhance their skating experience. The program encourages skaters to continue in the sport of skating for physical recreation and activity while taking limitations into consideration. The cost for those with special needs is $12.00 for the USFS Basic Skills Membership.



Kay Gentges

Skate School Director

Phone: 913-441-3033

Learn to Skate FAQ

  What class do I sign up for?

If you have never skated before or you have never had any formal instruction, we recommend starting in the following classes:  Snowplow Sam 1 for ages 3 - 5,  Basic 1, Hockey 1 for ages 6 and above, Adult 1 for adults ages 17+. Enrollment for classes closes after the 2nd week of class.

What is included with the price of my class?

Class fee includes 30 min. of weekly instruction, skate rental on the day of class, and public session pass for the skater enrolled in the class to use during the duration of the class session.  Skate rental is included when you come practice.

How and when do I sign up?

Register online at, by phone at 913-441-3033, or in person at KCIC.  Register early to ensure your spot, which will not be reserved until payment is received.  Please register at least 48 hours before the first day of class - if there are less than 3 enrollments for a class, at that point, the class may be cancelled or combined.

What do I need to do the first day?

Please arrive 20 min prior to the start time of your first class.  The KCIC Staff will help you with your rental skates and rental skates typically run 1 to 2 sizes smaller than street shoes.  On the first day of class, all skaters will meet their instructors off ice.

Do you offer any discounts

Yes?  We have a multi family member discount.  The 2nd and 3rd family member receives $30 off.  Also, if you take 2 classes a session, you receive $30 off seccond class. 

What do I need to wear?

Skate boots should provide a snug fit.  You can usually fit in 1 - 2 size smaller skate than shoe size.  Your foot should not move around inside the boot. The closer the fit, the more control you will have.  

Lace skates by crisscrossing the laces snugly around each hook.  To ensure proper support for the ankle, the tightest point should be at the instep. Feet will feel best in lightweight socks or tights.

Wear several layers of clothing to start, as you warm-up you can discard a layer or two.  Comfort and freedom of movement are important.  Try not to wear clothing that might be restrictive.  Sweats or warm - ups are ideal.  Remember to bring gloves.

Helmets are suggested for beginner skaters, but not required.

What is the USFS membership?

All Learn to Skate skaters are required to pay the $12.00 annual (July 1 - June 30th) membership fee to United States Figure Skating.

 This  is what you will receive:

  • An official US Figure Skating Basic Skills membership
  • A brightly colored record book with stickers to track your progress through lessons
  • A membership patch
  • Sport Accident Insurance
  • General information
  • Basic Skills Edition of SKATING Magazine

All for a $12 membership fee

Can I make up a missed class?

If you miss a class, you can make that class up at one of the other times your skaters level is scheduled. You must contact the Skating Director or call the rink to fill out a Make up Request form and all make ups must be completed by the 5th lesson of the current session. You will not be able to make on the last day of class which is evaluation day.

Can I get a refund?

We do not have a refund police on classes, however, we can hold your credit to be used at a later date or within your family.

Where can I purchase skates or equipment?

For figure skating, please contact Stephanie Brizendine with Edgewise Sports Supply at 816-587-2758 or

Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions/Waiver Release of Liability

Each person ("Participant") using Kansas City Ice Center assumes all risk of personal injury, which may result from participation in all activities conducted at the Kansas City Ice Center facility. The Participant will not hold KC Ice Center & KC Stars Youth Hockey Association, or any of its officials, staff, owners, or the proprietor, liable for injury, which the Participant may sustain while participating in any activities, conducted at the KC Ice Center. The Participant understands and agrees that the sport of ice hockey & ice-skating has physical dangers, which may result in serious injury or death. The Participant is advised to carry medical insurance. The Participant certifies that he/she has no known medical condition, which would prohibit him/her from playing the sport of ice hockey or ice-skating.