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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.


2017 Late Spring Learn to Skate

Late Spring Learn to Skate classes will begin the week of April 24th, 2017. 
Online registration is available now!  Click on link below!

   The flyer is below for more information.

Monday Classes (4/24 - 6/5/17)
(no class 5/29)
 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
(Snowplow 1 , 2, Parent & Me, Basic 1 - 4, Adult 1 - 4, & Axel Basics Class),  and 
     6:50 pm - 7:20 pm
(Snowplow 3/4, Basic 5 -Free Skate 6,  & Adult 4-6, & Adult Freestyle)


Saturday Classes (4/29 - 6/17) 
(no class 5/27 & 6/10)
 11:15 am - 11:45 am
 (Free skate 1 - 3, Free Skate 4 - 6, Adult Freestyle, & Intro to Synchro)
11:50 am - 12:20 pm 
(Snowplow 1, 2, Basic 1 - 4, Adult 1 - 3, & Spins/Artistry).
12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
(Snowplow 3,4, Basic 1, 5, 6, Pre-Freeskate, Adults 4 - 6, & Jump Technique)

Questions? contact Kay Gentges, the Skate Director at


2017 Late Spring Homeschool Learn to Skate

Registration is now available for the Late Spring Homeschool Learn to Skate classes that begin on Thursday April 27, 2017.  

Please click the link below to register!  

The flyer is below for more information.

Thursday Classes (4/27 - 6/1/17)
 10:30am - 11:00am
All Levels

These lessons are given during the 9:00am - 11:30am public session with plenty of time to practice before and after.

Questions? contact Kay Gentges, the Skate Director at



Snowplow Sam 1 - 4 (Ages 3-5 Smallest skate is toddler 8)

The Snowplow Sam levels are introductory classes divided into 4 progressive levels allowing children with no prior skating experience to build confidence while learning the basic skills of skating.  All classes will be taught in a safe and positive environment, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all. 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. 

After passing Snowplow Sam 4, students will advance to Basic 3
(If skater turns 6 before completing, the skater will go in the appropriate Basic level)

Parent and me class (ages 1 1/2 - 3 Smallest skate is toddler 8) 

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.(This class is usually combined with Snowplow 1) Toddlers are encouraged 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.

Basic Skills 1 - 6 (Ages 6-17)

  Basic Skills teaches the FUNdementals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speedskating.  Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1 - 6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating.  Skaters will progress  at their own rate and advance after skill master is demonstrated. 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.

Pre-Freeskate, Low Freeskate (FS 1 - 3) & High Freeskate (FS 4 -6)       (must be a graduate of the Basic Skills level 6)

Each free skate level is comprised of a variety of progressive skating skill, transitions, spins and jumps - all of which build on the previous skill, providing skaters a strong foundation of all elements.  Instructors will focus on quality and master of skills. 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 and experienced adult skaters who wish to improve their skating skills.  Participation will promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while teaching proper skating techniques. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Divided into six levels, adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated.  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.

Introduction to Synchronized Skating (for Basic 2 - 6 skaters)

Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together.  A great way to make new friends.  This class introduces skaters to team skating skills including keeping time with music, rhythm and basic synchronized maneuvers. 

The Axel Jump Basics (must be in Freeskate 5 to join)

‚ÄčThe Axel is the one of the hardest jumps to learn in our sport.  This class will teach you the basics of the Axel starting with walking through the technique of the movements, all the way to landing the jump while skating into the jump with speed.  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 Pre-Freeskate)

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 Learn to Skate USA Membership.

Classes may be combined due to low enrollment or at the discretion of the Skate School Director.


Stay Skate School Connected:

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 Learn To Skate USA membership?

All Learn to Skate skaters are required to pay the $12.00 annual (July 1 - June 30th) membership fee to Learn to Skate USA.  You can do this by going to  This needs to be done before you sign up for classes.

 This  is what you will receive:

  • An official Learn to Skate USA 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?

KCIC now has opened The Skate Express!  This is the perfect place to outfit the beginner skater.  Please stop by and check them out!!

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.  KCIC reserves the right to cancel or combine classes due to low enrollment or at the discretion of the Skate Director.  KCIC has a no refund policy on class fees.