Class and Event Descriptions


Group Lessons

Skaters receive a weekly 30-min lesson using the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills curriculum and an open skate punch card for practice time. Registration fee includes U.S. Figure Skating membership and materials, Sports Liability Insurance Coverage, Northfield Arena open skate punch card, parent meetings, and access to special events.  Class placement based on ability level and age. See curriculum and class placement details. Open skate punch cards distributed at parent meeting.

Power & Edge (Basic 5+ and Adults)

Build stamina and power while practicing proper edges and skating form. Includes full-ice exercises and drills important for the developing skater.

Spin Class (Basic 5+ and Adults)

Improve your on-ice spinning form and technique with this director-led class. Held on open ice (center ice). Remember to have your open skate card punched each week!

Contract Practice Ice (Open to all levels)

Practice your skills between lessons to improve to your full potential! This is the time to schedule private lessons and it is the only time to practice your skating program with music. Contract priority goes to skaters enrolled in NSS group lessons and/or power class. Guest skaters and NSS skaters who do not contract may buy-on to remaining spots from week to week.

Skaters not enrolled in NSS must show proof of USFS membership or sign a liability waiver. This is a great time to try private or semi-private lessons or practice independently. Hockey skating is welcome, but no sticks or pucks allowed.

Skaters must agree to safety guidelines.

View Contract Ice Safety Guidelines

For additional practice, see Open Ice and Pro’s Ice schedules on the resources page or a list of outdoor practice locations.

Private Lessons (All levels)

For skaters seeking more personal attention or faster progress at any level. Offered on contract and open ice and subject to coach availability. Advanced set-up required. Hourly rates vary by instructor. Skaters taking private lessons must be enrolled in NSS group lessons. Contact Carey for additional information or to be connected with a coach to set up private lessons.

Skating Camps (All levels)

Enjoy on and off-ice specialized classes with professional instructors! There are multiple camps throughout the year that Northfield skaters can participate in, including Rising Stars Camp in St. Paul, Shattuck St. Mary camps, and the Eagan Skate School summer camp.  Many camps are open to all basic skills levels and are a great way to have FUN and improve your skills. Camps include both on and off-ice activities.

Basic Skills Competitions (All levels)

Basic Skills competitions offer a FUN, introductory, competitive experience for the Basic Skills skater. Competitions are designed to promote a positive competition experience at the grassroots level. Skaters can perform skating elements as part of a compulsory program or work with a coach to put together a routine with music – or both! Competitions take place at local arenas throughout the year. Check with Carey or your coach for details.

Club Membership

For skaters ready to take the next steps in the skating “pipeline” (for example, more practice and private lesson time, U.S. Figure Skating tests and competitions), club membership is the next step for you.  Explore our affiliate clubs page or contact Carey for information about club membership. View U.S. Figure Skating pipeline.

Partner with NSS

Planning a group event? Why not try skating! We will work with you to customize a skating program to meet your needs: school groups, adult or teen activity groups, staff retreats, fitness programs, etc. Contact us.


Parent Meetings

Held prior to every session, parent meetings are designed to familiarize parents with NSS and the sport of skating, including our program structure, U.S. Figure Skating structure, our staff, policies, programs, skating resources, and Q & A. Class assignments and open skate cards are distributed at parent meeting.

Halloween Skate – October

Bring a Buddy Day – November

Thanksgiving Skate – November

Santa Skate - December

National Skating Month Community Open House – January

Skating Night at the Depot (Collaboration with Carleton College) – February

Stars On IceSpring

Spring Ice Shows – March/April/May

Competitions and Guest Workshops – Year-round

Please contact us for more details about our annual events

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