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Learn to Skate

Learn to Skate Sessions

To enroll in our classes, call 816-442-6129, email our Learn to Skate Director, Tatum Neustadt, or stop by the Community Rink to enroll!

The Independence Skating Academy follows the Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA) curriculum, the leading learn to skate program in the United States endorsed by US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating, and the Special Olympics.  Our mission is to provide a fun, safe, and educational environment for everyone learning to skate.  Our professional staff of coaches, each with their own unique skating background, have the special skills and training to keep skaters enthusiastic from their first steps on the ice until they have reached their skating goals.  All participants in our Learn to Skate programs must purchase Learn to Skate USA Membership for Sports Accident Insurance, valid from July 1 – June 30 each year, prior to registering for classes. Membership is only $16.  Those enrolled in multiple programs only need to pay the annual fee one time each year. 
Class Incentives
  • Early Bird Special: Register by specified date for each session and receive $5 off
  • Multiple Class Discount: 50% off each additional class
  • Immediate Family Discount: Second member - 20% off, third member - 30% off, etc.​
Current and Upcoming Sessions
We offer classes throughout the year in six or seven week sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, including hockey.  Click the link below for a brochure! 


Upcoming Learn to Skate Events

We will be hosting a Buddy Day during the last week of our current Late Summer Learn to Skate Session! During the buddy day, the new skater will receive a FREE 30-minute lesson, FREE skate rental, and 30 minutes of practice time!

There will be three opportunies to bring a friend or family member to your learn to skate class:

  • Tuesday September 11th @ 6:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday September 15th @ 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sunday September 16th @ 1:15-2:15pm

Click the link to register for Buddy Day to become the next National Figure Skater or NHL Hockey Player! Register Now!


8th Annual Independence Fall Classic Learn to Compete USA Competition

October 20, 2018 -- sign up now to participate in our annual competition. Includes events levels Snowplow Sam to Preliminary and Adults!


Learn to Skate Class Details

All Learn to Skate Classes include 30 min of instruction each week and free skate rental on day of class!  Snowplow, Adult, and Basic include unlimited public sessions for the duration of classes.  Freeskate and Axel Classes include eight freestyle passes added to the skater's account.  Learn to Skate is for all ages – from tots to adults! Helmets are recommended for the beginning levels.  Remember to dress warmly with mittens, pants and layered garments.

Investment in our classes includes:

  • Thirty minute group lesson
  • Free skate rental on day of class
  • Unlimited public sessions over duration of classes (Snowplow, Adult, Basic and Theater on Ice only)
  • Eight freestyle passes added to skater's account (Pre-Free Skate, Free Skate and Axel Class only)
  • Bonus practice ice during the opposite time block (contingent on ice space; priority given to classes)
  • An official U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills membership card
  • A record book with stickers to track your progress through the lessons
  • US Figure Skating Basic Skills membership and year patches
  • A patch for the highest level completed during the session
  • General information about ice skating
  • Basic Skills Edition of SKATING magazine
  • Opportunity to compete and be in ice shows and competitions


Tuesday Evenings

Saturday Mornings

Sunday Afternoons

Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1, Adult 1-6, Freeskate 1-6 (60min)
Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1, Adult 1-6, Freeskate 1-6 (60min)
Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1, Adult 1-6, Freeskate 1-6 (60min)
Basic 2-6
Basic 2-6
Basic 2-6



Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy:


In the event you must withdrawal from the program, you must contact us before the start of your first class to cancel your registration and receive a full refund. For cancellations made during the first week, your registration fee will be refunded less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after July 31, 2018 nor will refunds be given for any missed classes throughout the program.


Cancellation requests must identify the registrant’s name, email address,  membership level, and amount paid. Send cancellation requests to or call 816-442-6128

Home School Learn to Skate

Every Third Thursday, we offer a Learn to Skate program tailored specifically for the Home School groups that meet during the school year. This 30-minute class covers the basics for beginning ice skaters who would like instruction to feel more confident on the ice. Youth Class (ages 7+) is offered 12:00-12:30pm and Tot Class (ages 3-6) is offered 12:30-1:00pm.  Cost is just $12 per class and includes a 30 minute lesson, practice ice time from 1:00-3:00pm, and free skate rental. 

Register at least 48 hours prior to class to reserve your spot.  To sign up, email Tatum Neustadt, call 816-442-6129 or register online.  Important skills will be covered including: moving, gliding, stopping, and the proper way to fall and get up.  Participants are encouraged to participate in multiple Home School sessions to advance in their skills.