Since our founding, The Saddle & Cycle Skating Program has had the opportunity to help countless students acquire 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 backrounds and levels. We would love to have you join our skating family.

This program is offered to beginning skaters starting at the age of 3. This program teaches the fundamentals of skating. Skaters will be placed into classes based upon their age and ability.  Additional practice and private lesson time is included in the class fee. Skaters may register for Monday and or Saturday.

PRE-LEARN TO SKATE  (3 & 4 year olds)
Monday 4:30pm – 5:00pm  
 4:00 – 4:30 & 5:00 – 5:30 practice/private lesson time                         

 Saturday 11:00am – 11:30am  (closed)
 11:30 – 12:30 practice/private lesson time                                                      

LEARN TO SKATE (5 & up) Pre-Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Gamma & Delta
Monday 4:30pm – 5:10pm 
4:00 – 4:30 & 5:10 – 5:30 practice/private lesson time

Saturday 10:50am – 11:30am (closed)
11:30 – 12:30 practice/private lesson time                                                           

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.

9:00am –9:50am – Intro To Freestyle I – III 
9:50 – 10:40 practice/private lesson time 

10:40am – 11:30am – Freestyle IV – Intro To Freestyle V (closed)
11:30 – 12:20 practice/private lesson time

12:30pm – 1:20pm – Freestyle V & up (closed)
1:20 – 3:00 practice/private lesson time

High School Team
This 11 week class includes The Northbrook Competition in December, The Annual Ice Show and USFSA High School Team Competitions. 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.

Friday Mornings  11/1/19 – 2/7/20*                                                                                                
6:15 – 7:00am                                                                                                              
*no class 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3

 Program Registration

Member Registration

Non-Member Registration


Other Requirements

ISI Membership

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
Rainbo Sports Shop, 2665 Shermer Road Northbrook 224-235-4764
Ron’s Skate Shop, 1730 Pfingsten Road Northbrook 847-205-9595
Skates – Purchase leather skates with adequate ankle support. Participants using hockey skates must wear a hockey helmet.
Clothing – Leggings, skating dress or skirt, Sweatshirt or fleece jacket, Gloves or mittens
Donate – Unwanted skates and dresses can be given to any staff coach to be redistributed to skaters in the program.

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 $48.00 -$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 – 847-323-6919
[email protected]
USFSA Gold Medalist Senior Freestyle,
Mastered Rated by the Professional Skaters Association

Cathleen Bentley – 773-330-7978
[email protected]
ISI Gold Judge
Has coached students thru USFSA Senior Freestyle & Moves In The field

Christine Condon – 847-710-1171
[email protected]
ISI Gold Judge
20 years as a Saddle Instructor

Ros Druce Evanson – 773-519-3249
[email protected]
British World Team Competitor

Bridgette Fox – 773-633-3487
[email protected]
4 years as Saddle Instructor

Dana Gullen – 847-323-7375
[email protected]
ISI Gold Judge
5 years as a Saddle Instructor

Victoria Truglio – 312-371-5011
[email protected]
USFSA Double Gold Medalist Figures & Freestyle

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 prior to participating in any program.
• Non-members may participate in the skating/hockey program or a summer program.

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.



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