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Make this the winter you learn to skate!
Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate classes are suitable for all skill levels!


TORONTO, ON (Nov. 2, 2011) – This winter, skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Learn to Skate classes taught by experienced instructors at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink.

Learn to Skate classes are designed to suit each student’s skill level, from first-time skaters to those looking to improve their skating technique. Small class sizes also ensure that students learn to skate in a fun, safe and comfortable environment.

Participants can choose from a popular selection of courses including various levels of Teen, Adult and Women-Only group classes. If you’re more of the shy type, try booking a Private Lesson for an introduction to ice skating. Harbourfront Centre also offers family-friendly Parent and Tot, Kinderskate and lessons for children including beginner and intermediate courses. Prices for classes range from $50 to $80 (for 4 weeks).

All Learn to Skate participants are required to wear CSA-approved hockey helmets. Classes cancelled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled. The first session of Learn to Skate classes begin Nov. 22, 2011 (weather permitting), with two more sessions being offered in the New Year. Register early to avoid disappointment!

No skates? No problem! Harbourfront Centre rents them for $8/pair. Helmet rentals are also available for $5 (limited sizes available). Government-issued photo ID is required for all rentals. Skates and helmets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information and to register for Learn to Skate programmes, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or call 416-973-4093. Learn to Skate is a part of Harbourfront Centre’s SKATE CULTURE programme that celebrates Canadian winter culture. All SKATE CULTURE events take place on the beautiful Natrel® Rink located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Learn to Skate programmes are generously supported by the RBC Foundation.

Learn to Skate and Rink Listings:

KIDS AND TEENS:
Parent and Tot Classes (3-5 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
Spend some quality time with your little one, while they learn balance, posture and movement on ice through fun games and exercises. This programme is for children 3-5 with little or no skating experience. Parents should know how to skate and are required to wear skates on the ice. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for both child and adult participants.

Kinderskate (4-6 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
A fun class for kids who are new to skating! Parent will not be on ice with their children, so they need to be able to stand and walk in skates without assistance. Basic ice skating skills are covered by our skilled instructors.

Child Beginner (7-12 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
For kids who are looking to learn the very basics of skating. This class includes fun and interactive drills and games.

Child Intermediate (7-12 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
Already completed Child Beginner? Well come on over to Child Intermediate where attention is focused on developing pushing and gliding techniques, as well as stopping and skating backwards.

Teen Beginner (13-17 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
For teens with no skating experience, but looking to get on the ice! The focus is on basic skills with fun drills and games in a fun and relaxed environment.

Teen Intermediate (13-17 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
For teens who are looking to polish up on their skating skills. Attention is focused on gliding, forwards and backwards pushing, as well as turning and stopping.

ADULTS:

Adult Intro to Skating (18 years)
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
This fun course is designed for first time skaters (18 ) with no skating experience. Gain confidence on the ice while learning basic skills.

Adult Beginner (18 )
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
Want to show up all of your friends at the rink this year? This course is designed to improve your confidence on skates! Attention is placed on pushing and gliding techniques with an introduction to more complex skills via interactive exercises and drills.

Adult Intermediate (18 )
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
This class is for those 18 years and older looking to refine their skills, with a focus on forward and backwards pushing and gliding techniques, as well as turning and stopping. Cross cuts both forwards and backwards will be introduced.

Intro to Skating: Women Only
Session 1: November-December 2011 Session 2: January 2012 Session 3: February-March 2012
This fun course is designed for female skaters (18 ) with no skating experience. Gain confidence on the ice while learning basic skills.

PRIVATE LESSONS:

Private Lessons
Starting Nov. 22: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Book a one-on-one lesson or a lesson with up to four of your friends! Lessons are $35 for the first person, and $15 for each additional person. Book by appointment, by phone or in person.

Group Lessons
Starting Nov. 22: By Appointment Only
Book a private group lesson by appointment only with one of our many skilled instructors


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ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

Media Contact:
Althea Linton
416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com


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