Parents and skaters alike have many questions when it comes to figure skating. We’ll keep adding to the FAQ here so check back often!
Question #1: What are the Figure Skating Options?
After Learn to Skate, there is a progression in figure skating levels. In addition, there are five different disciplines in which skaters may test.
Moves in the field is a basic skating skills progression. Each test level has several set patterns of turns, edges, spirals and steps that get progressively more difficult.
Free skating and pairs tests require skaters to perform a program with jumps, spins and step sequences. In order to test a specific level of free skating or pairs test, skaters must first pass the corresponding moves in the field test.
The ice dance and solo dance structures require skaters to perform three to four set pattern dances per level. The free dance and solo free dance tracks require a skater to perform a free dance to test up a level.
There are specific levels designated for adults age 21 and older, but adults may also choose to test and compete at standard levels. Learn more about adult testing here.
On average, it takes skaters six years to pass their senior moves in the field test and eight years to pass the senior freestyle test. While this timeline varies with each skater, every test passed is another accomplishment and something to be celebrated.
Question #2: What are the Levels?
Listed below are all of the levels within the U.S. Figure Skating structure:
Moves in the field and free skating:
Pattern dance (solo or partnered):
Free dance and solo free dance:
Question #3: What is Learn to Skate?
Before you can become a figure skater, you need to learn how to ice skate. Our own Wichita Ice Center offers Learn to Skate USA skating lessons to skaters of all ages and abilities by way of a trusted, standardized curriculum endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating.
Learn to Skate USA offers a standardized curriculum designed to help skaters of all ages and abilities master the basics of ice skating. With specially formulated pathways preschoolers, kids, adults and skaters with disabilities, the Learn to Skate USA curriculum ensures that everyone can learn how to ice skate.
Once skaters master the fundamentals, they can progress into more specific skating disciplines and explore specialty classes that introduce them to a wide variety of skating opportunities. See question one and two above!