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Sharpen your ice skating skills at
Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate programme

Over 100 Learn to Skate classes are available for all skill levels!


TORONTO, ON (Nov. 10, 2010) – This winter, zip up your parka and throw on some mittens! Skaters of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in one of over 100 Learn to Skate classes taught by experienced instructors at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink.

Learn to Skate classes are designed specifically 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.

Returning this year are the popular Adult Intro to Skating, Adult Beginner - Learn at Lunch, Teen and Women-Only group classes. If you’re more of the shy type, try booking a Private Lesson or come down to a Drop-In Clinic for an introduction to ice skating. As always, Harbourfront Centre offers family-friendly Parent and Tot, Kinderskate and lessons for Children including beginner and intermediate courses. Prices for classes range from $45 to $75 (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, 2010, with two more sessions being offered in the New Year. Register early to avoid disappointment!

For additional information and to register for Learn to Skate programmes, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/skating or call 416-973-4093. Harbourfront Centre and the scenic Natrel® Rink are located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Learn to Skate and Rink Listings:

KIDS AND TEENS:

Parent and Tot Classes (3-5 years)
Session 1: Nov. 24- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
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: Nov. 24- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
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: Nov. 24- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
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: Nov. 24- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
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: Nov. 23- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 4-30 Session 3: Feb. 1-27
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: Nov. 23- Dec. 19 Session 2: Jan. 4-30 Session 3: Feb. 1-27
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:

New! Adult Intro- Learn at Lunch
Session 1: Nov.24- Dec.15 Session 2: Jan.5-26 Session 3: Feb. 2-23
Hungry for skating? Well, learn to skate during your lunch hour! Yum! A programme designed for first time skaters (18 ) who want to gain confidence on the ice.

Adult Intro- Learn at Lunch
Session 1: Nov.24- Dec.15 Session 2: Jan.5-26 Session 3: Feb. 2-23
Learn at Lunch is designed for the newer skater, or those who need a refresher at lunchtime!

New! Adult Intro to Skating (18 years)
Session 1: Nov.24- Dec.15 Session 2: Jan.5-26 Session 3: Feb. 2-23
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: Nov.24- Dec.19 Session 2: Jan.5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
Want to show up all of your friends at the rink this year? Well, 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: Nov.24- Dec.19 Session 2: Jan.5-30 Session 3: Feb. 2-27
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.

Women Only
Session 1: Nov.25- Dec.16 Session 2: Jan.6-27 Session 3: Feb. 3-24
Designed specifically for women new to skating or who haven’t skated in awhile. Gain confidence on the ice and learn to skate forwards and backwards in a fun and supportive environment.

PRIVATE LESSONS:

Private Lessons
Available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday(Nov 22- Feb 27)
Book a one-on-one lesson or a lesson with up to four of your friends! Lessons are $40 for the first person, and $15 for each additional person. Book by appointment, by phone or in person.

Drop in Clinics
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm (Nov 27- Feb 27)
Designed to introduce new skaters to the basic skills of skating or as a refresher for those who have been away from skating for a while. Lessons are $30 per person.

Group Lessons
(Nov 22- Feb 27)
Book a private group lesson by appointment only with one of our many skilled instructors.


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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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