FAQs

4. When are these private lessons given?

Young Rosie Tovie

“Young” Rosie Tovi with Maestro Vincenzo Celli in his ballet studio NYC during office training

Private lessons are given at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, NJ, the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink in Westwood, NJ, Floyd Hall Arena in Montclair, NJ and Skylands Ice World in Stockholm, NJ. North Jersey FSC “sponsors” ice sessions that are specifically designated. These, along with rink supported sessions are called “Freestyle” sessions. Check the calendar or rink web sites for freestyle times and information.

5. How much do the professional coaches charge for their lessons?

It varies. Their fees are generally based on 15 minute lessons. Some beginners take 15 minute lessons. Others prefer a half hour lesson. The coaches‘ fees are readily available from the coach.

6. How often should my child have a lesson?

That question has many answers. Some coaches prefer to have their students have a lesson each day they skate. Other coaches leave that decision up to the parents. (For example: some skaters have two lessons per week, and on the third day, they practice the things that they learned previously that week.) You will make these decisions together with your coach.

7. How often should my child skate per week? For Learn to Skate lessons, he/she was only skating one day per week.

Again, that answer is up to you and the coach. You will pay for each session that your child skates on, so cost may be a factor. Another factor is the learning curve. Skaters will learn new skills faster if they are skating more than once a week. You may choose as little as one lesson per week. Many beginners skate 2-3 sessions per week. This decision also depends on whether the skater is a recreational skater, or wants to begin entering competitions. A competitive skater typically skates three or more sessions per week. Our high level competitors skate up to 12 or 13 sessions a week, year round.

8. What should my child wear?

Your child can wear anything that is comfortable for practice. Coaches like to see a skater‘s body positioning, so stretch pants (such as Under Armour or Danskin) are popular choices. Many of the girl skaters prefer to wear skating tights and skating dresses. Fleece jackets and fleece headbands are popular choices, and gloves are a necessity. Some of the very young skaters should start with a helmet as well.

9. What about skates? My daughter wants a pair of skates like she sees on the more accomplished figure skaters.

A new pair of beginner level skates can be purchased for about $150. You need to be sure that they provide good support for the ankles. As your child progresses and begins doing jumps and more difficult moves, they will need a stiffer boot that will provide more support. We recommend that our skaters speak to their coach about the proper boot.

10. You mentioned competitions. How does that work and when can my child expect to begin competing?

There are competitions at all skill levels for figure skaters. Your coach can help you decide when your child is ready. The coach will plan a skating routine, (a “program”), which incorporates the necessary required elements for your child‘s level. There is often music involved, but not always. The coach will provide your skater with his or her music. There is an entry fee for competitions. The coach will provide you with a competition entry form which will explain the fees for your child‘s level. Your coach will also explain which events your child should enter. As the day for the competition comes closer, your coach will provide you with information on when to arrive and what to bring with you. In competitions, medals are given to the first, second and third place skaters, and sometimes to the 4th place skater. The Basic Skills levels often receive ribbons for participation and placement. Every competition is run differently.

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