Ice Skating Lessons at National Gallery of Art

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This season, Guest Services offers skating lessons for all ages, directed and taught by Emme Porter, Bruce Porter Jr., and their Washington Elite Skating School team of instructors. Emme Porter has more than 20 years of skating and coaching experience in all disciplines of skating and is a national and international ice-dancing competitor. She has also danced in and choreographed performances for the NHL Washington Capitals’ Red Rockers for five years. Bruce Porter has more than 10 years of teaching experience in hockey, ice dancing, and field moves. He is a national and international competitor in ice dancing and competed in the European Figure Skating Championships in 2008 and 2009. Emme and Bruce represented Azerbaijan in international competitions and retired from competitive skating in 2014.

Washington Elite Skating School classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the Learn to Skate USA Program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun. We also offer specialty group skating classes for adults, as well as Happy Hour and Coffee Club skating lessons.  Meet our Instructors, Coaches, Junior Coaches and Volunteers.

Ice Skating Lesson Information

November 18, 2017 - thru March 11, 2018
Classes will be offered for different ages and abilities through the Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills Program. Classes are separated into age-appropriate categories and consist of a comprehensive lesson and evaluation structure that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun. This season we will offer Specialty Group skating classes for Adults, featuring Fitness Skating Classes, Happy Hour skating lesson, Coffee Club skating lessons and a competition prep class for kids.

Class Fees:

One Session - (5) 30 minute lessons = $145
Full Season - (3) sessions (November-March) = $385
30 Minute "Pick-Up" (Walk-in Group Lesson) = $ 35  (register 15 minutes before lesson)
60 Minute “Pick-Up” (Walk-In Specialty Class Lesson) = $70 - (register 15 minutes before lesson)
Single session "Specialty Class" - (5) 60 min lessons = $290

You must first obtain a membership number from Learn To Skate USA
($16, good for one year) in order to sign up for lessons/classes.

 

Classes/Lessons Offered:

Sessions 1-3 Kids:

HELMETS REQUIRED

Mom/Dad and Me

For young students who have not had organized skating instruction. Students work on falling and getting up properly, standing and marching in place and while moving. The adult/parents attending the class must be able to skate without assistance in order to assist the student in the learning process.  Helmet required.

Five 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Nov. 18 - Dec. 16  Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 | learn to skate with a parent

Register Online

 

Snowplow Sam

Classes introduce children ages 3 to 6 to the basics of skating through interactive on-ice games, developing preliminary coordination and strength necessary to move on skates. Skaters will learn the basics of balance, marching, and gliding.

Five 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Nov. 18 - Dec. 16  |  Jan. 6 - Feb. 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
Snowplow Sam 1
-- ages 3-6 | no experience - for beginners who have never skated. Students will learn the proper way to fall and get up, marching, two-foot glides and backward wiggles, while playing fun games.  Helmet required.
Snowplow Sam 2 -- ages 3-6 | for beginners who have skated before. Students will learn to march and glide, dip while moving, backward wiggles and forward two-foot swizzles.  Helmet required.
Snowplow Sam 3 -- ages 3-6 | for beginners who have skated before. Students will learn long glides, 1 ft glides, backward swizzles and snowplow stops while moving.  Helmet required.

Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2018  |  Feb. 9 - Mar. 9, 2018
Fridays 11 am - 11:30am
Snowplow Sam All Levels -- ages 3-6 | Students will learn the proper way to fall and get up, marching, two-foot glides and backward wiggles, while playing fun games. Helmet required. 

Register Online

 

Basic Skils 1-6

Classes teach the fundamentals of skating and the basic skills. They are designed to help children master fundamental moves, such as skating forward and backward, as well more complicated maneuvers, including crossovers, turns, beginning spins, and hops.

Five 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Nov. 18 - Dec. 16  |  Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
Basic 1 -- ages 6 and up
Basic 2 -- ages 6 and up | some experience required
Basic 3/4 -- all ages (14 and under)
Basic 5/6 -- all ages (14 and under)

Jan. 3 - Jan. 30, 2018  |  Feb. 6 - Mar. 6, 2018
Tuesdays 7 pm - 7:30 pm
Basic 1 -- ages 6 and up
Basic 2 -- ages 6 and up | some experience required
Basic 3/4 -- all ages (14 and under)

Register Online

 

Kids Free Skate**

Each Free Skate level is divided into four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence and jumps. The Free Skate levels are designed to give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. This is the point where the skater can choose whether to pursue a recreational or competitive approach to the sport of figure skating.

Five 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Nov. 18 - Dec. 16  |  Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
all ages (14 and under) | pre-requisite: completed basic skills

**(skaters may register for both free-skate and Kid Competition Prep Class - classes will be held at opposite times)

Register Online




Kid Competition Prep Class**

Kids can work on short routines in preparation to participate in skating competitions and shows. This is an Introductory group class and kids who want to compete will likely need private instruction in addition to this class.

Four 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Jan. 6 - Feb. 3, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am

**(skaters may register for both free-skate and Kid Competition Prep Class - classes will be held at opposite times)

Register Online

 

Hockey

This introductory class is designed especially for beginning players. Skaters will work on all the basic skills necessary to become a competent hockey player.

Five 30-minute lessons — $145

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Nov. 18 - Dec. 16  |  Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
Hockey 1 and 2

Register Online

 

Sessions 1-3 Adults:

HELMETS REQUIRED

Adult Basic Skills

Four adult levels (16 and up) are condensed versions of the Figure 8 Basics classes, allowing adults to progress in their choice of skating discipline.

(includes complimentary skate rental, ice time during lesson, (45 minute) practice time before or after lesson on public session)

*Your assigned lesson time slot will be sent to you after all registrations have been received and students have been grouped by age and/or ability level (approximately one week prior to your first class meeting).

Five 30-minute lessons — $145
Nov. 18 - Dec. 16 | Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018

Saturdays 10 am - 10:30 am or 10:30 am - 11 am
Adult 1/2

Five 45-minute lessons — $290
Jan. 9 - Feb. 6, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm or 8 pm - 8:45 pm
Adult 1/2/3

Register Online

 

Happy Hour Skate

Adults 18 and up
Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 8 - Mar. 8, 2018
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Five 45-minute lessons — $290
Adult all levels | no experience

The Happy Hour Skate is an opportunity for adults to learn-to-skate, practice their skills in a social and relaxed atmosphere. The instructor will coordinate small groups of students and work with students, one-on-one and in small groups throughout the lesson. The instructor will help new students learn to stand-up, skate and fall properly, while also challenging other more experienced students with new skills that are appropriate for their abilities. Hot wine and snack specials will be available for purchase before class at the Pavilion Cafe.

Register Online

 

Coffee Club

Adults 16 and up
Jan. 6 - Feb . 3, 2018  |  Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2018
Fridays 11:00 am - 11:45 pm

Five 45-minute lessons — $290
Adult all levels | no experience

This is an opportunity for adult ice skaters to get together for skating practice, exercise, and social interaction. Formats vary depending on instructors, but the idea is to have a 45-minute, adults-only skating lesson during a weekday morning. Coffee, hot chocolate, and lunch will be available in the Pavilion Cafe. Skaters will have an opportunity to learn new skills and practice their techniques during the session with supervision and instruction from one of our coaches. The Coffee Club classes differ from the Basic Skills adult classes as they are more free-form and social and include skaters of various levels and abilities.

 Register Online

 

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One-time Pick-up Classes*

Classes which are not yet full, allowing you to join for a slightly higher rate for that one particular class
*Pick-up classes are intended one-time only. If you are interested in multiple classes, please register for a full session class.
30 Minute “Pick-Up” – (Walk-In Group Lesson) $35
45 Minute “Pick-Up” – (Walk-In Specialty Class Lesson) $70

Register 15 minutes before class
*You can also register 15 minutes early on the day of your first “on-going” group lesson class. Call (202) 436-9397 or email ngaicerinklts@gmail.com ahead of time to confirm that the class is “on-going” and to reserve a space. Weekend group lessons 5-skater minimum. Weekday group lessons 8-skater minimum.

 

Private Lessons*

Made by appointment 7 days a week. Contact Emme Porter at ngaicerinklts@gmail.com
$50 for 30 minutes | $75 for 45 minutes | $100 for 1 hour
$250 for private lesson cards
Private lessons are intended for 1 student, additional students are $15 each (maximum 3)
*Private lessons are taught in increments of 30 or 45 minutes or 1 hour. Admission and skate rental (if needed) are purchased separately. There is 24-hour cancellation policy required to avoid being charged for missed lessons.


Special Events and School Groups

$14 per child for 30 minutes (8 child minimum)
Saturdays only: 11:00 am – 12 noon, by appointment
Admission to the rink and skate rental must be purchased separately. Lessons are Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon; all other days and times are by appointment. Reservations must be made a minimum of seven days in advance. A deposit of 50 percent is due at time of booking. Group rates are also available for other types of special events based on instructor availability.

 

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Tips for Success:

Proper Attire: layered, warm clothing that does not restrict movement, gloves are recommended for beginners for outdoor skating. and Helmets are required.

Parking:  Metered parking is available on Madison Drive (adjacent to the ice rink) 7days a week, with a three-hour limit, as well as on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street surrounding the rink. Please check all street signs, as restrictions vary daily and are subject to change.

Metrorail/Metro:  the nearest Metrorail stops are Judiciary Square on the Red Line, Archives–Penn Quarter–Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green Lines, and Smithsonian on the Blue/Orange Lines. Metrobus stops are located on 4th Street and 7th Street NW.

Please note:  if ice resurfacing/cleanings do occur, group classes and private lessons may start or end 10–15 minutes later.

Weather: please follow https://twitter.com/WashingtonElite for weather updates affecting group skating classes.

Thank you for skating at the most beautiful rink in DC!

Ice Rink Hours of Operation


For safety reasons, The National Gallery of Art Ice Rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F.

Please follow https://twitter.com/WashingtonElite for weather updates affecting group skating classes.

Winter Season
mid-November through mid-March

(weather permitting)

Mon - Thu:  10 am - 9 pm
Fri:                10 am - 11 pm
Sat:                11 am - 11 pm
(Sat: 10 am - 11 am - Group Learn-to-Skate Lessons Only)
Sun:               11 am - 9 pm

Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1

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