Session I – September

Showcase Session – January

Session II – February

Since our founding, The Saddle & Cycle Skating Program has had the opportunity to teach countless students foundational skills, develop new techniques and confidently move forward in their learning journey. Known as the best skating school in the Chicagoland area, we provide a wide range of classes to support students from all backgrounds and levels. We would love to have you join our skating family.

PRE LEARN TO SKATE (PLTS)  – 3  year old’s – Skaters must have their own skates 
Skaters are taught to balance on their skates, the proper way to fall down and get back up, marching in place and moving. Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class. Skaters may register for Monday and or Saturday. No make ups allowed.

**Monday 4:30pm – 5:10pm and or  Saturday 10:40 – 11:10                                                                            Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class.                                                                                                        

LEARN TO SKATE (LTS) – 4 Years and up  – Skaters must have their own skates                                                          This program teaches the beginning fundamentals of skating. Skaters will be placed into classes based upon their ability. Register for Monday and or Saturday. Learn To Skate class levels include; Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class. Skaters may register for Monday and or Saturday. No make ups allowed.

Monday 4:30pm – 5:10pm & or Saturday 10:40am – 11:20am                                                                      

Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class.

FREESTYLE SKATING – skaters must have their own skates
This program builds from the fundamentals learned in LTS and incorporates jumps, spins, footwork and gliding maneuvers. Skaters will be placed into classes based upon the last level they have mastered. Skaters must be in weekly private lessons in order to participate in a specialty ( Intro to 1 – Freestyle 4) or a solo (Freestyle 5 & up) in the Showcase.

9:00am –9:50am – Intro to Freestyle 1 – New Advanced Freestyle 5 skaters                                     Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class.                               
12:30pm – 1:20pm – Returning Freestyle V & up  
Practice/private lesson time is available before and after class.

High School Team
This 8 week class includes the Annual Ice Show and USFSA High School Team Competitions (TBD). All team skaters must meet minimum requirements and be approved to participate. Contact [email protected] with any questions. Non-members my add onto the class session by purchasing the additional freestyle time which runs from September – May. Skaters performing a solo in the ice show must have weekly private lessons and practice an additional day at the club in order to be eligible to skate a solo.

Thursday  Mornings – 6:00 – 6:50am –                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 Program Registration

Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Other Requirements

ISI Membership

Refunds:  Fees are 100% refundable before class begins.  No refunds will be granted after class begin; however, the Skating Director, may consider credits to future classes or lessons in case of participant injury.

The Saddle & Cycle Ice Rink and Facility Rules                                            

The Skating program is hosted at The Saddle & Cycle Club, a private club. In order to make the figure skating season enjoyable for everyone, we ask all member and non-member participants to adhere to the club policies as set forth here and as outlined in your program.
• All skaters must have a current ISI membership number. To register and/or renew, please go to WWW.SKATEISI.COM
• Parents of participants must submit a signed copy of the “Saddle & Cycle Club Ice Programs – Code of Conduct” form & waiver/liability form prior to participating in any program. Non-members may participate in the skating/hockey program or a summer program.

Dogs are not allowed on club property. The Club rules do not allow any member or non-members to bring a dog or any pets onto the Club property. Please adhere to this rule and plan accordingly.

Program Goals

  • To provide a fun and safe skating experience for the beginner as well as the more advanced skater
  • To teach correct technique of the the basic elements of skating
  • To develop a finer degree of coordination and balance
  • To promote physical fitness & fun

Equipment Suppliers – skaters must have their own skates

Offensive Zone Pro Shop, 1851 Landwehr Rd, Glenview, 847-904-7141 (make an appointment with Faye)
Rainbo Sports Shop, 2665 Shermer Road Northbrook 224-235-4764 (make an appointment)
Skates – Purchase leather skates with adequate ankle support. Participants using skates without toe picks must wear a hockey helmet.
Clothing – Skating dress/skirt, or leggings, sweatshirt or fleece jacket, Gloves or mittens. No snow suits or winter coats.

Private Lessons
Program participants interested in private lessons or being a part of the Saddle’s competitive team should contact one of the coaches or call Mary for recommendations. Private lessons compliment the group class instruction and reinforce the proper technique required to progress to the next level. Skaters wishing to develop their skills to their fullest potential are encouraged to take private lessons. Private lessons are $50.00 per 25 minutes. Any student unable to make a lesson must notify their coach at least 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the lesson.

Professional Staff
Mary LeBeau Gullen, Director – 
[email protected]
USFSA Gold Medalist Senior Freestyle,
Mastered Rated by the Professional Skaters Association

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British World Team Competitor

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5 years as Saddle Instructor

D.G.                                                                                                                                                                                        20+ years as a coach & former USFS judge

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ISI Gold Judge
7  years as a Saddle Instructor


Important: Registrants and participants permit the taking of photographs and videotapes of themselves and their children during Saddle & Cycle activities for publication use as the Club deems appropriate.