GPD Skating Academy

Discover the thrill of skating at the new Glenview Community Ice Center

overview

Join us at the GPD Skating Academy and learn to skate this year! Classes are designed for all ages, levels and abilities. Skating is fun way to exercise that teaches coordination and balance, builds muscle and endurance and promotes relief from stress. Please review our Skating Safe Facility Guidelines.

The GPD Skating Academy utilizes the curriculum standards established in the Learn to Skate USA program. Learn to Skate USA is administered by United States Figure Skating the national governing body for the sport of figure skating.

GPD Skating Academy Mission Statement
“The GPD Skating Academy delivers the highest quality, professionally coached skating instruction in a fun and encouraging environment that builds strong foundations on which to explore and develop future skating endeavors.”

2020-21 Season Class Schedule

Skating 101 intro classes: Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break weeks.

Session 3: March 9-April 24 (6 wks.) No Class: March 22-28

Session 4: April 27-May 15 (3 wks.) Register for Session 3 to be eligible to perform in Spring Ice Show:

“Making Memories” 2021 Spring Ice Show

May 22 – Bronze free skate levels and higher
May 23 – Snowplow Sam through Pre-Free skate levels

GPD skating academy information

New skaters with no previous instruction register for Snowplow Sam 1 (ages 4-6) Basic 1 (ages 7-12) or Teen/Adults (ages 13+) If you’re unable to register online, please print the GPD Skating Academy Registration form, complete the required information and scan / email complete form to Skating Director, Candace Diaz (candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org).

 

Click here to see all of our current programs!

 

Important Information about the GPD Skating Academy! Things you will want to know!
New to the GPD Skating Academy? Please take a few minutes to review the GPD Welcome Letter to familiarize yourself with the GPD Skating Academy and learn more about our program.

GPD Skating Academy Welcome Letter

GPD Skating Academy Program Registration Form (in case you are unable to register online, you may use this form)

Registration Information – Freestyle Ice Time

Please read the “Freestyle Information” page below carefully before completing your freestyle ice registration form. Priority Freestyle ice registration opens the second Monday of each month and closes the corresponding week on Sunday. Registration is done on a priority system, Glenview Residents have first priority (see information sheet for details on priority ranking system). After your registration is processed you will receive a confirmation email stating the status of your freestyle ice request.

There will be no walk-on or same day registrations available for Freestyle Ice Time. Beginning October 1, no freestyle ice time registrations will be taken less than 48 hours (2 business days) in advance. Skaters are permitted only 1 freestyle ice time change per week and this must be done in advance by emailing Freestyle Coordinator, Kathy Brickman Kathy.brickman@glenviewparks.org.

Registrations will not be processed before 8:30 am or after 4:30 pm on weekdays.  Registrations sent in on Fridays will not be processed until 8:30 the following Monday. Skaters who register after 4:30 on a Friday or over a weekend will not be permitted to skate on a Monday am or pm freestyle session.

Freestyle Ice Time Information Links

Freestyle Ice Time Information (Please review carefully before you register. Information you need here)

March Freestyle Registration

Ice Etiquette and Waiver Form (all skaters MUST have this form on file before skating any freestyle session, print/scan and email to Kathy.brickman@glenviewparks.org or Candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org)

Class Descriptions

 

skating 101

Discover the exciting sport of skating at the brand new Glenview Community Ice Center! Get some great exercise, learn fun skating skills and make new friends as you explore the sport of skating. Join us for Skating 101, a 3-day introduction to skating classes! This program is designed for new skaters who have never taken a skating class. Skaters will be divided by ages 4-6 years, 7-12, 13+. Professionally instructed classes and rental skates for only $15.00.

Sessions offered Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break weeks.

 

snowplow sam 1 and 2

Beginner skaters aged 4-6 start at the Snowplow Sam level. Skaters will learn the basics of skating – agility, balance and coordination – in a safe, positive and encouraging environment, incorporating fun and games as they move through skill progression. VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

 

basic skills 1-6

Beginner skater age 7-12 start here at Basic 1 and work their way up through these six levels. Skaters learn basic skating fundamentals in a progression of skills that includes: forward and backward skating, beginning turns, edges, and balance moves. Strong foundations built here! VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

 

pre free skate and free skate levels

After passing Basic 6, skaters move to Pre Free Skate, where they will learn beginning jumps including half-rotation jumps, flexibility and balance moves, and one foot forward and backward spins.

Continuing forward in their progression, skaters will move to Bronze (previously FS 1 &2), Silver (previously FS 3 & 4) and Gold Free Skate (previously FS 5 & 6). In these three levels, skaters will practice advanced skating skills – single rotation jumps, scratch, sit, camel and combination spins. VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

 

teen and adult

The teen and adult curriculum is designed for the beginning skater and those looking to improve their skills. Lessons are a healthy, enjoyable way to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. Lessons promote physical fitness and improve balance and coordination while learning proper skating techniques. VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

 

advanced curriculum

Skaters in levels Basic 5 and up will be taught additional skills at an accelerated pace to progress through to the highest levels of the sport. VIEW FULL DESCRIPTION.

Additional Skating Opportunities

 

annual spring ice show

Show-off the skills you’ve mastered in class to family and friends, wear a cool costume and skate to music with your friends. All GPD Skating Academy skaters enrolled in Session 3 and 4 are invited to join the biggest event of the season – the Glenview Community Ice Center’s Annual Spring Ice Show! Don’t miss out on this fun event – the highlight of your skating season. Watch for your Ice Show Invitation delivered to skaters during Session 3.

private lessons

Private lessons are available upon request. For information on private lessons, please reach out to candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org. Candace will discuss your needs, schedule and goals and facilitate the next step of getting connected with a GPD Skating Academy coach for lessons.

figure skating freestyle ice

For students wishing to work on their competitive routines or take private lessons, practice ice is available in the form of Freestyle sessions. These sessions are offered in the morning and after school, Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings and are available by pre-registration only on a month by month basis. To register, see the Forms Box above for the current month’s Freestyle Registration Form.

competitions

The Glenview Community Ice Center hosts 2 annual competitions. The Freeze is a USFS Compete USA event held in mid-February and the Chicago Open is a USFS Non-qualifying event held in late July annually. Please contact Skating Director, Candace Diaz, candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org for more information about these events.

GPD competitive skating team

Skaters levels Snowplow Sam 2 through Free Skate 6 are invited to join GPD IGNITE our very own competitive skating team. Skaters train together in small groups and learn skills at an accelerated pace to prepare for US Figure Skating Basic Skills events. Skaters are required to attend team practice lessons, a GPD Skating Academy class and additional practice ice to participate. Please contact Skating Director, Candace Diaz, candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org for more information.

glenview blades – synchronized skating teams

Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform together. The Glenview Community Ice Center is proud to be home of the Glenview Blades. Our teams follow the guidelines of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Synchronized Skating program. Clinics and tryouts for these teams occur every April/May.

The success of the Glenview Synchronized Skating teams is due in the large part to the efforts of the team families who make up the Glenview Blades Organization. Blades families volunteer at the various events throughout the year. The bulk of their volunteer efforts are geared towards fundraising to help defray team costs of items such as costumes, tights, t-shirts, team dinners, competition entry fees and more.

Glenview Community Ice Center

address

1851 Landwehr Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026

phone

847 724 2800

Brian Montgomery

General Manager

224 521 2088 brian.montgomery@glenviewparks.org

Kathy Brickman

Freestyle Coordinator

224 521 2045 kathy.brickman@glenviewparks.org

Sylvain Turcotte

Hockey Director

224 521 2043 sylvain.turcotte@glenviewparks.org

Patrick Brickley

Facility Supervisor

224 521 2034 patrick.brickley@glenviewparks.org

Candace Diaz

Figure Skating Director

224 521 2041 candace.diaz@glenviewparks.org