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Freestyle & Ice Dance

Fall Series 2015 Registration

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Freestyle skating is when special skating times are set aside for figure skaters to practice jumps, spins, and moves. It is also when they practice skating their programs to music.

Because figure skaters are moving very fast, beginners are not usually allowed on the ice during freestyle sessions, unless they are taking a lesson at the time.

There are different levels of freestyle sessions. A “Low Level” freestyle session would be for skaters below a certain skating level, such as juvenile. “High Level” sessions are for advanced skaters doing double and triple jumps. “Moves” sessions don’t allow spins and jumps — the skaters have to be practicing set patterns called “Moves in the Field.” “Ice Dance” sessions are for ice dancers; pairs skaters usually skate on freestyle sessions.

Ice dancing is a form of figure skating which draws from the world of ballroom dancing. The first competition was at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1952, but it did not become a Winter Olympic Games medal sport until 1976.

As in pair skating, dancers compete as a couple consisting of a man and a woman. Ice dance differs from pair skating by having different requirements for lifts, requiring spins to be performed as a team in a dance hold, and by disallowing throws and jumps. Typically, partners are not supposed to separate by more than two arm lengths; originally, partners were supposed to be in a dance hold the entire program, though this restriction has been lifted somewhat in modern ice dancing.

Another distinction between ice dance and other disciplines of skating is the use of music in the performances; in ice dancing, dancers must always skate to music that has a definite beat or rhythm. Singles and pair skaters more often skate to the melody and phrasing of their music, rather than its beat; this is severely penalized in ice dance.

The class is arranged for 30 minutes of practice ice and 60 miniutes of class instruction.

Class Schedule: Fall Series are each 6 weeks.

Program No. Date Time

Fall I

Tuesday #112-1


Sept. 15, 22, 29

Oct 6, 13, 20


7:05 p.m-8:35 p.m


Fall I

Saturday #113-1


Sept. 12, 19, 26

Oct. 3, 10, 17


9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m


Fall II

Tuesday #112-2


Oct. 27

Nov. 3, 10, 17

Dec. 1, 8

No Class Nov. 24

7:05 p.m-8:35 p.m


Fall II

Saturday #113-2


Oct. 24, 31

Nov. 14, 21

Dec. 5, 12

No Class Nov. 7, 28


9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m


Click Here to Register

Standard Registration Fee:

Payment received on line or at the Fred Rust Ice Arena informational window before October 18, 2015 for the Fall II Series.

$150 each skater, $100 each additional family member

Week of Class Registration Fee:

Payment received on line or at the Fred Rust Ice Arena informational window on or after the dates listed below:

Fall I: September 8, 2015, $170 each skater, $165 each additional family member

Fall II: October 19, 2015, $170 each skater, $165 each additional family member

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There are three ways to register for the Learn To Skate program.

1. Online registration using our secure forms.
    Register up to three skaters per form.

     Registration for Ballet or the Stroking/Power and Artistry Class
        done in person at the Information window in the Fred Rust Ice Arena

    Ballet is $70, (each series) 10:45am Saturday mornings

    Stroking/Power/Artistry Class $80 (each series), 11:50am-12:50pm Saturday mornings.

2. Call (302) 831-2868 to have a registration form mailed to you.

3. Visit the Fred Rust Ice Arena Information Window and register in person.
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you have any questions contact the University of Delaware, Fred Rust Ice Arena, Newark, DE 19716 at (302) 831-2868 or send an e-mail to

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