Fall 2019 Donation Based Learn to Skate

Join us for our fall donation-based Learn to Skate lessons taught by Brownbody instructors and assistants. No experience required. Brownbody's goal with these lessons is to offer a learn to skate experience for youth and adults from Black and Brown communities that centers blackness in the curriculum, format, and structure of the lessons.

All lessons take place at the newly built Tria Rink conveniently located downtown Saint Paul. Everybody is welcome, pay what makes you happy! Nobody turned away due to lack of funds.

Brownbody lessons are Saturdays from 11am - 1pm. Youth (pre-school through 12 years of age) arrive at 10:30am on the first day of lessons and 10:45am on every other date for orientation. Teens and Adults arrive at 12:30pm on the first day of lessons and 12:45pm on every other date for orientation. Each 60- minute lesson will rotate between group instruction and practice time.

Public transportation: Green line Central Station, Buses within two blocks (3, 16, 21, 54, 61, 62, 63, 64, 67, 70, 74, 75, 94)

On street parking on Parking ramps. Ramp entrance is located at 21 East 6th Street or 428 Wabasha Street North.

A parent or guardian must remain present for youth 12 and younger.

Groups are formed on the ice by age & skating level. You and/or your child will be assigned an appropriate group on the first day of lessons depending on skill level.

Figure skates are recommended for the beginner skater since they lace up completely around the ankle and provide more support. However, these lessons can accommodate skaters with all types of skates. Complimentary rental skates are available at the rink by request. If you have your own skates, please bring them as wearing your own skates is BEST!

Helmets are required for all skaters and are available to borrow for free by request.

Knee and elbow pads are recommended but not required. Please dress in layers so you and/or your child can remove them as necessary. All skaters must wear gloves. If you do not have gloves and/or warm clothing please notify us ( in advance so that we may furnish these items for you.

Please note, the lessons are cumulative. Mastery of the skills taught comes with consistent practice and time on the ice. At the end of the sessions will be an opportunity for students to show off their skills and a review/assessment of the progress they have made throughout the fall.

If possible, please plan on attending all lessons.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to classes starting. Classes will start promptly at the scheduled time. Please note, due to safety concerns, if you are more than 10 minutes late, you may not be permitted
into your lesson.

Open skating will be permitted in a special, coned off area of the rink for the duration of session. This area is intended for students to practice their skills before and/or following their lessons.

These lessons are donation-based thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation. Donations can be made online or at the ice arena at the time of your lesson. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Suggested donations are scalable between $5 and $15 per skater per lesson. Pay what brings you joy and fulfillment :)