Curriculum

The Nazareth Ice Oasis Skating School offers excellent general ice skating, starter hockey, and figure skating developmental programs. Skaters enjoy a wide variety of classes for beginner through advanced levels. Achievement ribbons, competitions, shows, and various social events encourage participation from the young to the young at heart. Skills learned in each class are listed with the class descriptions. Listed below is a general week-by-week curriculum for the beginner classes.

  • First week, meet instructor by the door to the ice, learn safety precautions, introduce skills, ensure students are in correct class.
  • Second week, meet instructor on the ice in class area. Continue to introduce skills, work on skill development.
  • Remaining weeks, meet instructor on the ice in class area. Continue skill development.
  • Last week of the series, Evaluations take place. Achievement ribbons awarded.

Class Descriptions

Beginning Classes/Classes for Adults/Hockey Classes

NEW TO SKATING - Beginner Classes for all ages:

Tot Level 1, for ages 3 to 5 years

  • Standing, proper way to fall, proper way to get up, marching in place, marching while moving, 2-foot jump in place, forward swizzle in place, moving swizzle. Skaters are normally divided into separate classes based on skill level, if enrollment warrants./li>
  • No previous skating experience needed.

Parent & Me - one child ages 3-5 & one parent/guardian

  • Standing, proper way to fall, proper way to get up, marching in place, marching while moving, 2-foot jump in place, forward swizzle in place, moving swizzle. This is an encouragement class to enable the child to gain confidence.
  • Child needs no previous skating experience, although parent needs to be able to skate.
  • This class prepares child for Tot 1.

Beginning 1, for ages 6 to 12 years

  • Standing, proper way to fall, proper way to get up, marching in place, marching while moving, 2-foot jump in place, intro to moving swizzle, preparation for snowplow stop, intro to backward swizzle, backward wiggle, intro to one foot glides.
  • No previous skating experience needed for ages 6-15.
  • Skaters under age 5 must have been promoted from Tot 2

Beginning Hockey, for ages 6 to 12 years

  • Ready position, 2 foot glide, 1 foot pushes, forward swizzles, 1 foot glide, snow plow stop, backward skating.
  • Beginning 1 or Basic Skating Skills required for ages 6-12.
  • Skaters under age 5 must have been promoted from Beginning 1.
  • Skaters with previous skating experience must be evaluated.

Adult Beginning , for ages 16 & up

  • Equivalent to Beginner 1 (listed above), and Pre-Alpha (listed below).
  • No previous skating experience needed.

CONTINUING WITH HOCKEY

Hockey 1, 2, 3

  • Youth & Adult. Basic skills of hockey skating. No sticks or pucks used in class.
  • Skaters must have completed Beginning Hockey or Beginning Adult to enroll.

CONTINUING LEARN TO SKATE PROGRAM

Tot Level 2 for ages 3 to 5 years

  • Preparation for beginning stroke, preparation for snowplow stop, forward swizzle, backward swizzle, backward wiggle, one foot glides, T-position and push.
  • Skaters must have passed Tot 1 to enroll in this class.
  • This class prepares skaters for Beginning 1.

Pre-Alpha

  • Two foot glides, one foot glides, forward swizzles, backward swizzles, backward wiggle.
  • Skaters must have been promoted from Beginning 1.
  • Skaters completing this level may continue, or enter Starter Hockey.

Alpha

  • Forward Stroking, forward crossovers, one-foot snowplow stop.
  • Skaters must have passed Pre-Alpha to enroll.

Beta

  • Backward Stroking, Backward Crossovers, T-Stops.
  • Skaters must have passed Alpha to enroll.

Gamma

  • Outside three turns, inside Mohawks, hockey stops.
  • Skaters must have passed Beta to enroll.

Delta 1

  • Inside three turns, forward outside and inside edges, shoot the duck, lunge, bunny hop.
  • Skaters must have passed Gamma to enroll.

Delta 2 (Pre-Freestyle)

  • Back outside and inside edges, Mohawk combination, intro to waltz jump, two foot spin and spiral.
  • Skaters must have passed Delta 1 to enroll.

Freestyle 1-5 Class

  • Jumps, spins, edgework and footwork. This class covers Freestyle 1-5
  • Skaters must have passed Delta 2 (Pre-Freestyle) to enroll.
  • 60 min. class; (45 min. class during the show series.)

Freestyle 6 & up Class

  • Jumps, spins, edgework and footwork. This class covers Freestyle 6 & up.
  • Skaters must have passed Freestyle 5 to enroll.
  • 30 min. class

Axel Class

  • Intensive instruction on the axel, including walk-throughs, jump and spin exercises, and harness exercises.
  • Skaters must have passed Freestyle 4 and be able to land a lutz jump to enroll.
  • 60 min. class; (45 min. class during the show series.)

Stroking Class

  • Emphasis placed on proper stroking technique, and endurance.
  • For Gamma level and above

Competitor’s Power Class

  • Focuses on increasing stamina, endurance and power.
  • Must have passed ISI Freestyle 3.

Competitor’s Power Class

  • High energy class to develop power, presentation, endurance.
  • Must have passed Preliminary Moves in the Field test, ISI Freestyle 5, or be able to land an axel jump consistently.
  • Skaters must have instructor or director approval to enroll.

Flow & Movement

  • Develop edge control & expression. 15-20 minutes of class devoted to figures, remainder to edge/movement exercises
  • Skaters must have passed Freestyle 1 or Pre-Preliminary to enroll

Theatre On Ice Team

  • Entrance to this class is by audition and instructor / director approval ONLY.
  • Intro to Theatre Class - Skaters must be at Delta level or above to take this class that works on the Fundamentals of Theatre On Ice

Intermediate Power Class

  • Focuses on increasing stamina, endurance & power by using turn and edge exercises
  • Skaters must have passed Freestyle 3 to enroll

Intermediate ADULT, (16 & over)

  • Equivalent to Alpha, Beta, Gamma listed above.

Advanced ADULT Workshop, (16 & over)

  • Equivalent to Gamma, Delta 1, Delta 2 listed above. Also footwork & stroking exercises.
  • 60 minute class; (45 min. class during show series)

ADULT Figure Class

  • Class for skaters 18 & over, teaching basic techniques of compulsory figures.
  • Skaters must have passed Delta to enroll

ADULT Freestyle Workshop, (16 & over)

  • Jumps, spins, and gliding maneuvers from the various freestyle test levels. Students progress at their own pace.
  • Skaters must have passed Delta or the equivalent to enroll.
  • 60 min. class; (45 min. class during the show series.)

Benefits for all skating school participants:

Most classes (except show classes & practice session) receive:

  • A punch card with 4 free public sessions (Approximately a $30.00 value).
  • Free skate rental during class, and when using 4 free public sessions.
  • Evaluations on the last day of class with achievement ribbons.
  • Punch Cards are valid only through the last class of this series.
  • Make-up classes will not occur during the first or last week of the class series.
  • Opportunity to perform in Shows & Competitions.
  • Periodic Open Houses & Bring-a-friend parties.
  • Sorry, no carry-overs, pro-rated classes, or refunds.