East West Ice Palace

Skating School

Holiday Schedule

Wednesday, December 25 — Christmas Day

No classes

Wednesday, January 1 — New Year’s Day

No classes

All other classes continue at their usual times.

Extended Public Session hours thru the holiday season:
Public Skating

Learn to Skate at East West Ice Palace

Basic Skills Program

Our Skating School offers classes for all ages and abilities — from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to advanced skaters. Classes begin with the fundamentals and progress to more advanced and specialized skills.

We participate in the Learn to Skate USA program, created by U.S. Figure Skating and endorsed by USA Hockey, US Speedskating, the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and the Special Olympics.

The Learn to Skate USA program was introduced in June 2016. It is derived directly from the Basic Skills program in which East West Ice Palace has participated since we opened the rink in 2005. Beyond the name change, the Learn to Skate USA program includes some changes to the curriculum. These changes are not drastic, but they incorporate improvements based on years of experience with the earlier program. We have made a smooth transition from one program to the other.

Our goals for the Skating School at East West Ice Palace:

  1. To make your skating safe and pleasurable.
  2. To improve your skills through progressive levels which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.
  3. To build a solid foundation which will serve you well if you later decide to pursue an ice sport, whether it be figure skating, speed skating, or ice hockey.

Registration Information

Our program runs year-round. You can start at any time.

Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Attendance is flexible. Pick and choose what fits your schedule.

The tuition is $100 for each set of 8 classes, plus a $20 enrollment fee for new students to cover membership in the Learn to Skate USA program.

That works out to $12.50 per class. For this price you get a half-hour class, skate rental, and public session admission on each day you take a class.

Most of our students attend one class per week, but you can choose to do more (or less) if you prefer. Each time you attend you use one class credit. We keep track of how many you’ve used and how many remain. We’ll let you know when your credits are running out and it’s time to renew.

This system is very flexible. You can attend on whichever day(s) of the week you prefer and vary your schedule from week to week as you see fit. If you are out sick, away on vacation, or simply busy with other activities, you will not lose any credits. They are yours to use at your own pace. They will not expire.

Registration is handled at the rink. If you want to start on the same day that you sign up, please arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes before the scheduled class time. It will take about that long to complete the paperwork, get your skates and lace them up, introduce yourself to the teachers, and get out on the ice without being rushed.

If you are considering taking classes but aren’t ready to commit to a full set of eight, we do offer the option of a “Trial Class”. This is a single class priced at $20, intended to help you decide whether you want to continue with more. If you do decide to register for a full set, we recommend that you do so the same day — we’ll apply the trial class fee toward the regular price, charging you the difference of $100. If you wait until a later date, the normal rates will apply ($100 for eight classes plus the $20 enrollment fee — a total of $120).

More about the Enrollment Fee

The $20 enrollment fee for new students covers the required membership in the Learn to Skate USA program. However, the fee may be waived if you are a current member of Learn to Skate USA, US Figure Skating, or USA Hockey — it is then your responsibility to maintain your membership and keep it up to date.

The Learn to Skate USA membership must be renewed annually, but the good news is we will handle this for you as long as you initially paid the enrollment fee and remain active in our skating school classes. If you do become inactive (i.e., no classes for a year or more), there will be a $20 re-enrollment fee if you wish to begin classes again (though any remaining class credits will still be valid).

Age Requirements

Many people ask, “What is a good age to start skating?” There are no real limits. Ice skating is a lifetime activity, something you can do for pleasure, health, and fitness at any age. We generally find that most children do well on the ice from around three years old, though that is not a fixed minimum. Some are ready to tackle the challenge much sooner than that. As to the grown-ups, if you are in good health and are accustomed to physical activity, you can learn to skate too. Many of our parents and even a few grandparents like to take classes along with their young ones.

Selecting a Class

We’ll help you find the class and level that’s right for you. We’ll start by asking a few questions during the registration process about your interests and your prior skating experience (if any). Then, during your first class session, your teacher will conduct an informal evaluation to decide the proper placement based on your current abilities.


It is not necessary to be fancy. It is necessary to stay warm. This is ice skating after all, and ice is cold — no way around that fact. So wear warm clothes.

For the youngest skaters, a warm jacket or snowsuit (or perhaps a couple layers of sweatpants) will protect against the cold and also provide some padding to avoid bumps and bruises. Gloves or mittens are essential, since it is normal for the youngsters to spend some time on their hands and knees while they learn.

The older skaters will figure out as they go along how much clothing they need to keep warm without restricting their movement. They should plan on starting on the warm side and peeling layers as they go.

Good socks are also essential. These must come up at least a few inches above the ankles to prevent the skates from rubbing directly against the skin.

Safety Gear

It is not a requirement, but we do strongly recommend that the little ones wear a helmet (such as a lightweight bicycle helmet) to protect against head bumps. Knee pads are a good idea, too. Falling down is an unavoidable part of learning. Warm clothes and a bit of padding will help a young skater overcome the fear of learning something new.

Classes Offered

Snowplow Sam 1 – 4

Introduces preliminary skills to our youngest skaters. Learn dips, swizzles, wiggles, and stops.

Ages 5 or under start here.

Snowplow Sam

Basic 1 – 6

Six carefully planned levels allow the beginning skater to feel comfortable on the ice while learning the basic techniques which form the foundation for all aspects of ice skating.

Ages 6 thru teens start here.


Pre Free Skate

For those skaters who develop an interest in figure skating, Pre Free Skate begins exploring the specific skills needed to move into the the various figure skating disciplines.

Pre Free Skate

Free Skate 1 – 6

Skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves.

Free Skate

Adult 1 – 6

Promotes overall fitness, improves balance and coordination while mastering the basics of ice skating.

Ages 18 and up start here.


Specialty Classes

Specialty classes provide an opportunity for the more advanced skaters to work on specific skills. Axel, Spin, and Power Stroking classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Other specialty classes are offered occasionally for limited periods. Come back to this page for announcements.

Featured Class

Power Stroking

High-intensity on-ice conditioning

Saturdays, 5:45 pm - 6:25 pm (40 minutes)

Increase your stamina and speed.
Develop proper stroking technique and quality edges.
Improve your flow and appearance on the ice.

Basic 5 & up

If you are already a Skating School student, use your regular class credits.
For this class (only) we also accept drop-ons for $12.50 per class.

Ice Hockey

For skaters with an interest in ice hockey, we generally recommend starting in the Skating School program. Work thru the Basic levels — up to Basic 5 if you can. This will give you a solid foundation for the skating skills you need before moving into the rink’s in-house hockey program.

Class Schedule

Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

The class times are listed below. Please note that the specific classes and ability levels offered during each class period may occasionally be adjusted to meet the changing needs of the students enrolled. This is the current lineup.

Day Times Classes
Monday 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Snowplow Sam 1-4
Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Adult 1-6
Wednesday 5:05 pm - 5:35 pm
Snowplow Sam 1-4
Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
5:40 pm - 6:10 pm City Parks and Rec Classes
Friday 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Snowplow Sam 1-4
Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Adult 1-6
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Synchronized Skating Team Practice
(August – March)
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Saturday 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Snowplow Sam 1-4
Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Beginning Adult
5:45 pm - 6:25 pm
Power Stroking
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Basic 1-6
Pre Free Skate
Free Skate 1-6
Intermediate/Advanced Adult

Bonus Credits

This is a rewards program for students who attend frequent classes:

For each multiple of 8 Skating School classes you attend within the period of a calendar month, you earn one bonus credit (i.e. one free class).

In other words, 8 classes attended during the month earns 1 credit, 16 earns 2, 24 earns 3, and so on.

Bonus credits are applied to your account on the first day of the following month.

It’s totally automatic. You don’t need to do anything at all.

Ask at the check-in desk to find out how many credits you’ve earned and how close you are to your next.

Family Accounts

In short, family accounts provide families with multiple members in the Skating School:

1. Simplified accounting.

2. Reduced cost, not by changing prices, but by providing rewards based on frequency of attendance.

The details:

Families share a common pool of Skating School class credits. All family members draw from this pool.

When the pool is drawn low, renew for the whole family with one or more sets of 8 classes — how many sets is your choice.

It is no longer necessary to track each family member’s standing and renew each one individually.

Bonus credits are computed as described above, but based on the total family attendance for each month. This is greatly to your advantage since it will be far easier to accumulate large attendance totals.

For example, two family members attending once per week for 4 weeks in a month will total 8 classes and earn one bonus credit.

If your family has more than one student enrolled, ask at the check-in desk to find out whether we’ve already created a family account for you. Let us know who is a member of your family. Moms & dads, brothers & sisters, cousins, etc. can all be family members. You decide who to include. The only requirement is that you agree (1) to allow all family members to draw from the shared pool of class credits and (2) to pay a single invoice for the family as a whole when it comes time to renew. We will not “split the bill” for you.

In our records, families are identified by the “first member”. You can decide which family member this is and change it at any time.

There is no change to pricing. New students must each be enrolled for eight classes ($100) and pay the enrollment fee ($20). Once enrolled, students can be assigned to a family at any time. Their class credits will be merged into the family pool.

If it later becomes necessary to split off a student from a family, we can set an effective date for that change, leaving previous activity as a family member unaltered.

City Parks and Rec Classes

This is an alternative program for beginning skaters. Currently participating: the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, and La Mirada, plus Cerritos College. These classes are held on Wednesday evenings in periods of 5 weeks each. The cities set the prices and policies and handle the registrations.

For more info, contact your city directly. Cerritos College offers online registration:

Cerritos College Community Education

The California Gold Nuggets

The California Gold Nuggets is a synchronized skating team for beginners to this aspect of skating. The team is a cooperative effort between East West Ice Palace and the California Gold Synchronized Skating Teams.

Regular Season (August thru March)

Skaters learn a synchronized skating program and skate in competitions and shows.

Practices are on Friday evenings:

5:20 pm - 5:50 pm   off-ice practice (upstairs in the dance room)
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm   on-ice practice

Off-Season Class

An off-season class is generally held during some portion of the period from April to July. (The dates vary from year to year.) This class is open to all skaters, Basic 1 & up. This is an opportunity to give synchronized skating a try without the commitment of a full season. You can drop-in one week at a time or sign up for the month at a discounted price.

The times are the same as the regular season above.

Documents in PDF format:

Skating School Info

Skating School Info

Skating School Registration

Skating School Registration

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Snowplow Sam Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Basic Curriculum

Pre Free Skate & Freeskate 1-6 Curriculum

Pre Free Skate & Freeskate Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Adult Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum

Hockey Curriculum