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Binghamton Figure Skating Club helps people of all ages learn to skate

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Instructors teach kids as part of the Binghamton Figure Stating Club's Learn to Skate class

TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- No matter how old you are, the Binghamton Figure Skating Club's Learn to Skate Program says it can help anyone have more skills on the ice.

"This program is endorsed not only by US Figure Skating but also by USA Hockey and also US Speed Skating," said Learn to Skate Director Elaine Livingston. "We've taught kids of all ages from 3 to 70 in our lesson program," she said.

Teaching everything from the basics to more advanced skating skills.

"The most important thing is to learn your balance over the skates and then we try to get them to learn how to propel themselves forward and then gradually add more skills like going backwards, skating on one foot," she said.

Something that Livingston says wouldn't be possible without the program's coaches and volunteers.

"I kinda skate around and take some of the kids who are a little nervous getting on the ice or might be struggling on one particular item," said Assistant Director Megan Sheerin. "I'll pull them aside and work with them," she said.

And even if you're already a pro, the program can help you brush up on skills and learn new ones.

"Rules are changing and roles are changing, the judging system has changed a lot in the last couple years so it's keeping up on that," Sheerin said.

While plenty of places offer open skating sessions, Livingston says it's difficult to teach your kids to skate if you aren't a skilled skater yourself.

"If someone in the family doesn't really know how to skate it's hard to get them going," said Livingston. "We know how to get them going without using the training bars which really don't teach them to skate," she said.

The class is offered in six week sessions between September and March.

You can find out more information on the classes by clicking here.

Jack Arpey

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