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Learn to Skate in the new year!
Harbourfront Centre offers Learn to Skate classes for all ages and skill levels


TORONTO, ON (Dec. 19, 2011) – Make 2012 the year you learn to skate! This winter, skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate programme, designed to help participants become confident skaters. Learn to Skate is part of the core SKATE CULTURE programmes at Harbourfront Centre which are centered on and around the Natrel® Rink.

The first Learn to Skate session of the new year begins Jan. 3, 2012 (weather permitting), with a final session offered in February.

Generously supported by the RBC Foundation, Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate classes teach everything from fundamental skating movements to more advanced skills. Friendly, enthusiastic and experienced instructors create a fun environment, while small class sizes on the Natrel® Rink promise a safe and comfortable learning environment.

Participants can choose from various levels of Children, Teen, Adult and Women-Only group classes. Harbourfront Centre also offers Private and Group Lessons as an introduction to ice skating. Prices for classes range from $50 to $80 (for 4 weeks).

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. All Learn to Skate participants are required to wear CSA-approved hockey helmets. Classes that are cancelled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled at a later date.

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 West, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

For additional information and to register for Learn to Skate programmes, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate or call 416-973-4093. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Learn to Skate Listings:

KIDS AND TEENS:

Parent and Tot Classes (3-5 years)
Session 1: January 2012 Session 2: 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: January 2012 Session 2: February-March 2012
A fun class for kids who are new to skating! Parents will not be on ice with their children, so participants 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: January 2012 Session 2: 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: January 2012 Session 2: February-March 2012
Child Intermediate focuses on developing pushing and gliding techniques, as well as stopping and skating backwards. This lesson is for children who have successfully completed the Child Beginner class.

Teen Beginner (13-17 years)
Session 1: January 2012 Session 2: February-March 2012
Teen Beginner is for teens with no skating experience. The class focuses on basic skills with drills and games in a fun and relaxed environment.

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

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

Adult Beginner (18 )
Session 1: January 2012 Session 2: 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: January 2012 Session 2: 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 will also be introduced.

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

PRIVATE/GROUP LESSONS:

Private Lessons
Starting Jan 2012: 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.

Group Lessons
Starting Jan 2012: By Appointment Only
Book a 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 site: harbourfrontcentre.com/skateculturemedia

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