Stamford Twin Rinks is home to one of the largest U.S. Figure Skating Learn To Skate programs in the country. We offer group skating lessons for all ages and skill levels, following the curriculum of U.S. Figure Skating's nationally recognized Basic Skills Program, and employ the finest staff of experienced professional coaches in the area. Scroll down for easy-to-read information on our class levels and schedules; how to register; and what to wear.
There are five lesson Cycles from September through June, each running six to nine weeks, with class offerings six days a week (Monday through Saturday).
Stamford Twin Rinks is pleased to offer an early registration discount for every lesson cycle. We also offer discounts for family members (e.g. siblings; parents) enrolled in our group lessons, as well as discounts for multi-cycle registration. To take advantage of these savings, please submit your registration form in person, by mail, or by fax. Discounts do not apply with on-line registration. Download a registration form, below, to see lesson fees and early registration deadlines.
Cycle 1: September 2 – October 25, 2014
Cycle 2: October 27 – December 23, 2014
Cycle 3: January 5, 2015-February 28, 2015
Cycle 4: March 2 - April 25, 2015
Cycle 5: April 27 - June 12, 2015
(No classes Sat., Sept. 20; Thurs., Nov. 27; and . Registration forms for Cycles 3 – 5 will be available in mid-November 2014, with early and multi-cycle discounts offered for Winter/Spring 2015 classes.)
Choose from one of the following class levels, depending on age, interests (recreational, figure skating, or hockey preparation), and skating experience.
“Our program fliers (below) include a detailed description of each level and eligibility requirements for all classes. The registration form contains prices and available discounts. CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the one-page registration form.”
- Snowplow Sam 1-3 (SS1-3)
- Basic 1-8 (B1-8) (ages 6-17)
- Adults (AD Beg; AD1-4; AD FS)
- Tot Hockey (ages 3-5)
- Hockey 1-4 (H1-4) (ages 6-17)
- Freestyle 1-6 (FS1-6)
- Advanced Skills Clinic
- Synchronized Skating
How To Register - It's easy!
A. The easiest way to Register is on-line by clicking HERE. You will see a drop-down menu of days, times, and program levels. STR takes Visa or MasterCard for on-line registrations.
Follow the instructions below.
1. Under Season, choose a cycle. (Ex. Cycle 1 would be C1 Fall 9/2-10/25/14)
2. Under Level, choose your preferred day and skating level. (Ex. For a Tuesday class at the Basic 3 level, select Tue Basic 3 ages 6-17 7 wks)
3. Under Sessions, your class time will appear automatically in RED.
4. Click Continue. Then Log In or Create a New Account (for first-time on-line customers) to pay and complete the registration process
B. Click Here to download a PDF form which includes a description of all classes, days and times offered, and a registration form that you may:
- Mail to: Stamford Twin Rinks (1063 Hope St., Stamford, CT 06907),
- Or fax to: (203-321-1522),
- Or drop off at the rink.Payment in full is required with all registrations.
C. You can also visit Stamford Twin Rinks to pick-up and submit a form and see our state-of-the-art facility! We are open seven days a week. Forms are available in the outer lobby. Use the yellow Learn To Skate form for all group lessons.
Can't decide if your youngster (or you!) wants to skate or dance, or maybe your child would like to try both activities? Stamford Twin Rinks is home to the Springdale Ballet and Dance Academy with a professional, fully mirrored and equipped dance studio and offers a combination Ballet-Skating Combination each skating cycle (see above for the five 2014-2015 cycles).Skating and ballet complement each other in many ways and are both excellent ways to build and improve strength, fitness, grace, balance, and coordination.
Registration for the combination class is easy:
1. Choose one weekly Ballet class. Click here for a full description of our Ballet classes, weekly schedule, and registration form
2. Choose one weekly Skating class. Click here for a full description and schedule of Skating classes.
3. Use the Learn To Skate registration form to register for the Ballet-Skating Combination. Fill in your preferred Ballet class and preferred Skating class (they don't need to be on the same day!).
4. Mail your completed registration form, with payment, to Stamford Twin Rinks (1063 Hope St., Stamford, CT 06907); fax your form (203-321-1522) with credit card number; or register by telephone (203-968-9000, ext. 16).
What to wear
Warm, comfortable clothes that are easy to move in are best for skating classes. Layering will help a skater stay warm but adapt if they work up a sweat. Here are some requirements and suggestions for skating classes at Stamford Twin Rinks.
"Helmets" are required for all Snowplow Sam 1 - 3 and Basic 1-3 students, Adult beginners, and all students age 8 and under. Any well-fitting helmet is acceptable. For safety and protection, hockey helmets with face mask are best (visit SKATE ZONE PRO SHOP at Stamford Twin Rinks for a great selection); ski helmets are good; and bike helmets are adequate. For students not wearing a helmet, we strongly recommend a thick, snug-fitting hat to protect the head in case of a fall.
Gloves or mittens are required for all students age 17 and under, and recommended for adults, as well. They offer both warmth and safety.
Long pants, snow pants, leggings, or tights (with skating dress or leotard). For safety, pants should not fall below the heel of the skate or drag on the ground. Young children often prefer snow pants, which make them feel padded and dry! Absolutely no shorts, please (unless worn over tights or leggings).
Thin to medium, high socks or tights. Skates should fit snugly, so thick socks are not recommended. Socks should come up higher than the top of the skate boot, to prevent rubbing against the leg. Tights are a great choice for girls, either under pants or with a skating dress or leotard.
Jacket, fleece, sweater. Think layers! Skaters can always remove a layer if they are too warm during class or practice time.