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Our learn to skate season has ended for this year.  Watch this page for Fall session dates!

Learn To Skate Classes with Central Iowa FSC!



Learn to Skate classes offer your skater the opportunity to work on developing skills for ice sports from figure skating to ice hockey as well as recreational skating. Our classes include a 30 minute group skill lesson followed by 30 minutes of practice time.  There are classes available for all ages (3 year olds through adults) and skill levels. Parents may skate with their children during the practice time portion of their class. 

Coaches will evaluate the skaters throughout the session, testing on the 5th week.  Some children need longer at each level to master the skills, especially younger ones.  Some may advance to higher level within the same session.  Our goal is to advance skaters at their own pace, but to also promote skaters who are capable of skating in higher levels.

All sessions take place at Buccaneer Arena: 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322.

Our next session regular six week sessions $100 for first skater and $75 for each additional skater in the same family. Each session includes 6 classes – either Wednesdays or Saturdays. If you’d like to attend both days, it’s just $175/skater. If you register online, you must pay with a credit card. You can also register and pay in person on the first day of class, we can accept credit cards, checks or cash. We prefer pre-registration on our website to schedule class sizes and coaches assignments.

If you want to print, bring form to the first class and pay on site - please come 30 minutes early on first day! 

Click below to download and print registration form in either Word or PDF format:  

LTS 2018-2019 session 3,4 updated 12 26.pdf

LTS 2018-2019 session 3,4 updated 12 26.docx

We now offer a "Bridge Program" to help level 3 and 4 skaters begin more advanced figure skating skills.  


Fall 2019 Session Tentative dates!


Session 1 Sept 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23

Session 2 Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18


Session 1 Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26

Session 2 Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, Dec 7, 14


Session #4

Wednesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Feb. 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27

You can still join session #4 at pro-rated price. Just show up and we will get you registered in person.


Saturdays: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6, 20

You can still join session #4 at pro-rated price. Just show up and we will get you registered in person.


Session #5

Wednesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
April 3, 10, 17 cancelled, 24; May 1, 8, May 15 cancelled, May 22 Last one for the season


Saturdays: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
April 27; May 4, 11, 25; June 1 (5 Weeks - $85)


Why skate with us?

Our club is dedicated to promote skating in Central Iowa and to encourage each member to achieve his or her highest potential on the ice.

CIFSC was awarded the PSA EXCELLENCE ON ICE 6 years in a row! Way to go Team CIFSC and Buccaneer Arena for being an excellent training facility for our skaters!



Beginning Skating
Pre-K (Snowplow 1,2,3) Ages 3-5
These classes use games and introduce moves to young skaters.
Level 1: Ages 6-8
Beginning skaters learn swizzles, glides, stops and 2 foot turns.
Beginner Adult/Teen: 
Students will learn beginning stroking, stopping and crossovers. Beginning Figure Skating moves.
Level 2:
Students will learn 1 foot glides, backwards swizzles, 2 foot turns and backwards gliding.
Level 3 & 4: 
Students will learn advanced stroking, slalom, 2 foot spins, crossovers, 3 turns.
Level 5 & 6 and beyond: 
Students will learn backward edges, one foot spins, t-stop, spiral, lunge and bunny hop. Figure Skating moves.
Hockey Skating
Basic Hockey Skating Skills
This is a good first step towards playing hockey.  Students will focus on the basic skating skills needed to skate on a hockey team. These include hockey stops, quick turns, footwork and balance.  Full hockey gear is not required, but helmet is recommended.
Bridge Program

Sample topics in Bridge Program include but are not limited to:

  • Proper equipment fit/purchase and attire - where to shop in local area
  • Ice etiquette
  • Ice utilization and good practice habits
  • U.S. Figure Skating testing and competitive structure
  • Joining a figure skating club
  • Club functions
  • Volunteering
  • Preparation for their first competition
  • How and when to select a private coach
  • Good eating habits
  • Goal setting and positive thinking

  The on-ice skating curriculum includes:

  • Warm up and cool down
  • Stroking, edges and power skating
  • Introductory moves in the field
  • Introductory ice dance
  • Beginner synchronized team
  • Spins
  • Jumps
  • Artistry in Motion - beginning choreography and style


Our Learn to Skate Coaches
Burton Powley
President/Membership Chair
Coaches Igor & Elena 
Coach Inna
Not pictured
Justine Weir
Regina Sonnenschmidt
Neha Bhargava
Megan Dare
Sydney Fox
Megan Brown
Rich Harms - Hockey

Phone: (515) 371-8666
Email: President CIFSC

We Practice at Buccaneer Arena!

7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA


Wells Fargo Arena

730 3rd St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Member club of US Figure Skating