Weekend Classes occur every weekend year round, excluding major holidays, Mother’s Day and Easter (see Schedule). Saturday classes mirror the school schedule and occur from Sept through June. Sunday classes occur year round.
On Saturdays our classes are located at St. Edwards State Park in the Advantage Basketball gym (just follow the signs for Advantage Basketball once you turn into the park). The State Park is located at 14445 Juanita Drive NE Kenmore, WA 98028. Look for our sandwich board signs on Saturday mornings. These classes run during the school year. We return to Saturday classes on Saturday, Sept 30th, 2017.
On Sunday our classes are located at the Hot Dog USA gym located at Bridle Trails Shopping Center (see Location). Bridle Trails Shopping Center is located at 6601 NE 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. The gym is located between Anytime Fitness & The Ace Hardware Store. Look for our sandwich board signs on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday classes run year round excluding major holidays, Mother’s Day & Easter Sunday. We are also closed on a few extra days throughout the year due to gym rental.
The weekend classes listed below are on a drop-in basis for all students who have completed a first class with Skate Journeys. Skate Journeys offers six levels of classes. You will be evaluated at each class and move up to the next level when you can demonstrate the required skills.
Level I covers basic posture and stride, how to fall safely and get back up on your skates, how to stop with a brake, and some safety rules and terminology that will be used in all other classes. This class is for both children of 5 years+ and adults. If you are new to Skate Journeys and have skating experience, your skill level will be assessed in this class.
Level II will improve your basic stride and stopping with a brake, and will introduce a simple turn. Drills such as swizzles, toe rolls, and scooter pushes will teach you to glide on one skate.
Level III will polish your forward stride, introduce you to backward skating, crossovers and parallel turns.
Level IV teaches advanced striding and turns, backward skating and cross-behinds, transitions from forward to backward skating, forever crossovers, pivots, and stopping without a brake.
Level V takes many of the artistic aspects of figure skating on ice, and translates them into moves that focus on techniques of body position, rotation, edging and weight transference. These moves include swing rolls, three turns, jumps, Skaters Stride, backwards cross-behinds, and dozens more.
Level VI takes our advanced skaters who have mastered the techniques of the first five levels, and teaches them to combine these moves into complex patterns, emphasizing fluidity and smooth transitions.
Pairs Skating teaches the techniques of learning how to skate with a partner. You do not need a partner to participate.
Freestyle Slalom is a form of skating that involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones.
Classes for 4-year-old children (or very near to 4 years of age) Our weekend classes have a minimum age requirement of 5 years of age. On occasion, we set up a program for younger children. Our next scheduled program runs in the fall of 2017. Click here for more information.
The amount of time you spend at each level will depend upon your goals, your skating ability, and the amount of time you devote to practice outside of class.
Our Mission Statement:
To TEACH people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds, the sport of inline and roller skating
To CREATE and promote physical education and build healthier communities through skating and other playful communities
To PROVIDE instructional programs empowering individuals’ educational, professional and personal growth