Ice Skating

The ICEARIUM wants to make you a skater!

The ICEARIUM offers many different avenues, of which you can travel while achieving your skating dreams, but it is up to you to choose the path that suits your needs. There are two options for skaters wanting instruction; group lessons or private lessons. We offer group classes for beginner to advanced skaters called Learn to Skate. The ICEARIUM can also offer group instruction for beginner hockey players in our Learn to Hockey Skate classes. However, if you feel that a group setting doesn't appeal to you, a private intructor can be summoned for a private lesson. All of these different avenues can positively enhance your skating skills, so let's get started making you a skater.

STEP 1: Decide if group classes or private lessons are the way you want to go. (Recommendation: If you are a first time skater, group classes are very beneficial and FUN!)

STEP 2a: If you chose group classes, then you will need to refer to our Learn-to-Skate schedule with our dates and times. We offer a 7 or 8 week semester and only allow late registrations for the first two weeks of a new semester. If you did not make the cut-off date, then please register for the new semester. We do offer classes all year round.

STEP 2b: If you chose private lessons, please contact Nikki Copeland, the Director of Figure Skating at (865) 218-4500 x 106 to set up a FREE first time private lesson, or contact an instructor personally to set up a lesson schedule.

STEP 3a: Group classes invlove a 30 minute lesson every week and require skaters to arrive at the rink 15 minutes prior to class start times to ensure that classes begin promptly as scheduled. Skaters will need to check-in at the front desk and retrieve their skates. Learn to Skate participants will meet their instructor in the lobby for the first class. In the weeks to follow, they should find their instructor in their designated class section on the ice. The ICEARIUM's cirriculum is based on the Ice Skating Institute's skating standards and requirements and all skaters will be tested on the cirriculum during the final class. Once a skater has been tested by an instructor they may re-enroll for the next semester of Learn to Skate classes. A registration table will be set-up for test days and skaters MUST show their certificate of "completion" or "participation" in order to register for a new class. Passing students will be awarded an ISI badge, which can be picked up at the registration desk. Should you have any further questions or to register for classes, please contact the Director of Figure Skating at (865) 218-4500 x 106.

STEP 3b: If you have decided to contact the Director of Figure Skating for a FREE 20 minute private lesson, then you will need to be prepared to select a public session time that best suits your schedule. Please refer to our monthly calendar for dates and times. Admission to our public sessions depend on age. Skaters 3 and under are $3. Skaters 5-12 years of age are $5. And skaters 13 and older are $6. Skate rental is always $3. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the set lesson time to ensure that skaters are ready and prepared. Private lessons require two payments; ice time and private instruction fees. Ice time is purchased through the ICEARIUM (freestyle sessions or admission to public sessions) and instructors are paid separately for their time and knowledge. Ice time can be contracted for reduced rates by filling out a February 2004 Freestyle Schedule and our Freestyle Policies. Please speak with your personal instructor to find out what his / her lesson payment policies are.

STEP 4: Rental skates can be used for both group lessons and private lessons, however instructors may encourage private students to purchase their own figure skates from our on-site Pro Shop.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You should be on your way to becoming a skater! We look forward to meeting you and getting you to love ice skating in the South!



February 2004 Freestyle Schedule and Freestyle Policies

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Nikki Copeland - extension 106
Nikki has come to us from Denver, Colorado where she specialized in Choreography, Moves in the Field, and Freestyle. Nikki toured with the prestigious ice show, Holiday on Ice, in Europe for 4 years. She is a Professional Skating Association member and qualified to teach ISI & USFSA.
Nancy Rothery - extension 158
Nancy has experience in Figures, Dance, Freestyle and Pairs. She has 10 years of ballet, 7 years of jazz and 3 years of choreography. She has been teaching figure skating for the past 25 years and is qualified in ISI and USFSA.
Chris Campbell - extension 164
Chris joins us from the Detroit area. She has been an active member of the Detroit Figure Skating Club for the past 15 years. She has a vast knowledge of synchronized skating and is certified to teach beginner level skaters. As a skater she has passed her Juvenile MIF and her Silver Dances.
Kristin Shipstad - extension 160
Originally from Boston, Kristin has been a professional ISI and USFSA skating coach for the past nine years. She has also been a Skating School Director and specializes in Freestyle, Choreography, and Power skating. Kristin has also skated professionally with "Walt Disney's World on Ice" and the Sun Valley Ice Show (Sun Valley, Idaho). She is qualified to teach ISI and USFSA skaters of all ages.
Susan Jackson - extension 156
1984 British Olympian, World & European competitor, Susan has been coaching in the East Tennessee area for the past three years. After briefly teaching in her native England, Susan starred as a lead soloist with the ice shows, "Holiday on Ice", "Walt Disney's World on Ice", and Torvill & Dean's "Ice Adventure".
MaryLu Shipstad - extension 161
Mary Lu has been teaching figure skating in the Knoxville area for the past 10 years. She is a USFSA Gold medalist in Figures and Freestyle. She is also a certified Gold level judge for ISI. Mary Lu spent 12 years touring with "Walt Disney on Ice" as a chorus skater, principal soloist and show director. Amongst other certifications, Mary Lu is a "kinder" dance instructor and teaches at 5 locations in the Knoxville area.
David Lee - extension 157
David has skated professionally with "Ice Follies", "Holiday on Ice" and "Disney on Ice". During this time he was a chorus skater, a principal understudy and the men's line captain. David is a world traveler having skated on six of the seven continents. David is qualified to teach ISI and USFSA.
Andi Teter - extension 162
Andi has been skating for the last 29 years. Her history includes ISI Freestyle 9, Pairs 7, Couples 8, Dance 6 and Figure 3. She is a Gold level ISI judge as well. Besides competitor, Andi adds entertainer to her repertoire, because she toured with "Disney on Ice" and "Holiday on Ice". She is qualified to teach ISI.


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