Skating Lessons

Learn the fundamentals of ice skating with lessons based on the curriculum designed by United States Figure Skating. Designed to teach basic skating skills, skaters advance as they master specific skating maneuvers. Skating is great exercise, teaches coordination, agility, balance and self-confidence. This program is offered through the Pierre Area Youth Skating Association and Central South Dakota Skating Club.

1st Session - Starts September 20th

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Snow Plow Sam & Basic 1-4

Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help young skaters develop preliminary coordination and strength to maneuver on the ice. Although there is no minimum age for enrollment, skaters must be mature enough to be on the ice without a parent. Helmets (such as a bike helmet) are mandatory for skaters in these classes. Parents must tie skates if skaters cannot. Plan on being at the rink 15 minutes before class to put skates on. 

Basic 1-4 levels are introductory levels that will allow new skaters to build confidence while learning to skate. Skaters will advance through more specialized areas of skating with a well-structured focus on proper skill development and advance to the next levels as mastery is demonstrated.

Lesson Times:

Monday: 3:45 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Thursday: 3:45 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Saturday: 8:15 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Photo by Campea Photography

Basic 5-6 /Pre-Free /Free Style 1-2 

Basic 5-6 levels are the building blocks for the sport and will allow skaters to firmly grasp their confidence on the ice. Upon mastery of the basic skill levels, skaters will have the knowledge of the sport and the skills sufficient to advance to more specialized skating.

Pre-Free is the beginning stages of an intermediate level and will give skaters a strong foundation of the sport to choose if they will pursue a recreational or competitive approach to figure skating.

Free Style 1-2 begins the advanced levels of figure skating and will give skaters a strong foundation on which to build skills. Mastery of these levels prepares a skater to move into Advanced Figure Skating and Synchronized Team Skating.


*Free Style Skaters Level 1 and above will qualify for the Junior Coach program that will allow skaters to improve their skills while passing on their knowledge to young members. 

Lesson Times:

Monday: 4:10 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Thursday: 4:10 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday: 8:10 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Skaters Testing:

Tuesday: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M.

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Freestyle 3 & Above

Free Style levels require skaters to master and perform specialized movements in well-choreographed performances with music. Skaters will master the required elements of these movements and will increase their abilities in more advanced levels through the USFSA curriculum.

Lesson Times:

Monday: 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Thursday: 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Saturday: 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

Skaters Testing:

Tuesday: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M.

Photo by Campea Photography

Competition Skating

Skaters that wish to compete in USFSA competitions and are members of U.S. Figure Skating can participate in extra sessions with Coach Sam. These courses will prepare the skater for their upcoming competitions in the state of South Dakota and will ensure that the skater is ready to perform to their fullest potential on the ice.

*Price is for First Two Competitions (additional $150 each competition after the first two)

*This is a separate fee that is additional to the above programs offered*

Lesson Times:


  • 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. - Competition

  • 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. - Show Practice 


*Please note that there is an additional $24.00 fee for non-competition skaters and a $60.00 fee for competition skaters that you are required to purchase along with the session fees. This fee is a non-optional USFSA Fee for all members.*


Please note that prices include the 6.5% sales tax