Learn to Skate Lessons (LTS)

The Learn to Skate calendar and registration form can be found for download in the Permits/Fees/Rentals section.

Session classes offered on Tuesday @ 4:30pm, Friday @ 4:30pm , Saturday @ 11:15am or Sunday @ 11:15am (NOTE: **Session days may vary based on season)

Classes run for 6, 7 or 8 weeks starting in September and run thru the summer.  Classes are offered on Tuesdays @ 4:30pm, Fridays @ 4:30pm, Saturdays @ 11:15am or 1:30pm or Sundays @ 11:15am or 1:30pm (session times may vary each season). All skaters must pay the one-time yearly USFS skate fee of $20 to cover them from July 1 thru June 30, the following year. The calendar and registration form can be found in the Permits / Fees / Rentals section.  For more information, contact us at 973.731.3828 ext. 0.

LEARN to SKATE USA ~ Video promoting the Learn to Skate program



Synchroettes Skating Team


Founded in 2001, the Synchroettes Synchronized Skating Teams represent the Essex Skating Club of New Jersey, a not-for-profit organization based out of the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.

Our mission is to create synchronized skating teams to exhibit and compete at local, sectional, national and international events and competitions. We pride ourselves not only on teaching our skaters synchronized skating, but also in creating a positive, encouraging atmosphere where our skaters can learn life lessons to take with them after they leave our program. We use three mottos to teach some of these lessons:

Teamwork makes the Dream Work
Dream * Believe *Achieve
Together We Are One 

The Synchroettes are currently composed of 190 skaters, ages 4-18 which make up 10 teams that exhibit and compete at the beginner, preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, juvenile, intermediate, novice, and junior levels. Our teams have worked hard over the years, and that hard work has resulted in various accomplishments and titles. This includes two international medals, one National Championship Title, and 7 Eastern Sectional Titles. To view our entire competitive history, click here.

Our skaters are not only dedicated and committed to excellence on the ice, but also off the ice. The Synchroettes have performed at Central Park, Bryant Park, Prospect Park, and other local skating events and shows which have included “Skate for the Cure,” a skating event to benefit Breast Cancer Research. This ties into the importance of teaching our skaters to have an “attitude of gratitude” and to be grateful for all they have. We encourage team building efforts in an act to give back to our local community. Each year around the holiday season, we sponsor a Toys for Tots exhibition. Each team performs their routine, and all spectators and skaters bring a toy that is donated to Toys for Tots. In addition, our teams organize and participate in fundraising events to support the Make-A-Wish foundation, The Red Cross, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the US Veterans Hospital, among many others. Our skaters are actively involved with Special Olympics events and volunteer with our own “Special Skaters” program at the Codey Arena. This October, the teams participated in the ‘Walk for Wishes’ 5K run at the Liberty State Park to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Our skaters also take their education very seriously; most all of them are high honor roll students and have received outstanding achievement awards. Our skaters have graduated and gone on to skate for some of the best Collegiate and Senior teams in the country.

Synchronized skating, a fifty-year old sport that began in the United States, joins the men’s ladies, pairs, and ice dance competitions as the fourth discipline. ‘Synchro’ as the sport is known by its fans, is sanctioned by The US Figure Skating Association and the International Skating Union. Synchro is considered to be the fastest growing part of competitive figure skating with more than 500 teams and 5,000 skaters competing across the United States. The sport of Synchronized skating is attracting fans due to its speed, artistry, and the excitement of 8-20 skaters on the ice competing in a team sport. Synchronized skaters are increasingly recognized as the most versatile of competitive skater-athletes as they perform elements from singles, pairs, and ice dance. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs, and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations, and challenging step sequences. As with other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program elements. In addition, teams at the junior and senior level perform a short program consisting of required elements. To learn more about Synchronized skating, please visit http://www.usfigureskating.org

Essex Skating Club


The Essex Skating Club, a non-profit organization for the promotion and development of figure skating, has a long and distinguished history and currently counts close to 300 members. The club had a modest beginning over 50 years ago at the Shady Brook outdoor rink in Livingston, NJ and received USFSA sanction in January 1955. Three years later, the club moved to our current home ice at the South Mountain Arena.

Over the years, the Essex Skating Club has sponsored many skating events featuring famous skaters such as Carol Heiss, Donald Jackson, Sjoukjie Dykstra, Janet Lynn, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan and Elaine Zayak. It has also staged elaborate shows and ice carnivals showcasing large numbers of club members and inspired and directed by our coaches.

As a result of a complete renovation of South Mountain Arena in 2004, our club again has a wonderful home where it can offer its skating members on and off ice training with its staff of coaches, many of whom are former National and World competitors, for all skating disciplines including moves, freestyle, dance and synchro.

The club currently has seven highly acclaimed synchro teams, including the Blades an adult team. Synchronized skating, of course, is not new to the club and many of the current adult lady members fondly remember when they teamed in what was then known as Precision skating, bringing home numerous laurels from their performances. In the Fall of 2007, Essex Skating Club also introduced a Theatre on Ice / Bravo team to its members.

Theater on Ice


The Essex Skating Club of New Jersey's BRAVO! Theater On Ice team is a competitive theatrical skating troupe - the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey.  BRAVO! is committed to providing a team atmosphere in which skaters of a variety of ages and skill levels can work together to develop both skating and theatrical skills.

Our Theater On Ice team offers a variety of sporting activities such as body stretching and strengthening, choreographic exercises, and of course, skating!  It is a proven fact that participating in team sports will enhance child development.  

BRAVO! fosters team spirit, fitness, and stamina, all of which keep skaters on the road to good health!

New Jersey Youth Hockey Club


The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club is committed to creating an atmosphere fosters player self-confidence, develops high self-esteem, and builds strong character. We provide the most qualified professional staff available and follow a curriculum that is built upon the most up-to-date coaching methods and research in the field of child development. We offer a complete range of ice hockey programs from the beginner level to the highly competitive AAA USA Hockey-sanctioned level to programs for players with disabilities. All of our programs, regardless of level, are structured to provide players with the latitude for personal growth that enables each participant to reach his or her maximum potential as an individual and help to prepare him or her to succeed in life's competitive environment. The cornerstone and driving principle of this organization is our Commitment to Youth.

Essex Special Skaters Program

Essex Special Skaters Program

Essex County Codey Arena     560 Northfield Ave. West Orange NJ  07052

Learn to Skate
Individual with a developmental disability who wants to learn to skate who does not compete at any sanction USFSA or ISIA competition or The Special Olympics New Jersey Winter Games due to age or inability to compete.

Skater of any age who competes at any USFSA or ISIA sanction competition or skaters age 8 or older that compete in The Special Olympics New Jersey Winter Games in either free style or the badge program.

The on ice advisors (Heidi, Kathy) will decide the level of competition that your skater can enter.

Program Fee
The program is free; a $10.00 registration fee per skater will be collected during registration. The money will be used to defray costs incurred by the program.

Garden State Speedskating Club


GSSC was founded in 1978 by parents and friends of speed skating to foster the growth of speed skating by providing coaching and instructions to club members of all ages and abilities, and to provide a development hub of future champion skaters in the greater New Jersey, New York metropolitan area. Starting September 2014, GSSC welcomed Olympic champion Linlin Sun as its head coach. Backed by strong support from Essex County Park Commission and Richard J. Codey Arena, GSSC has proudly brought speed skating, one of the most fascinating winter Olympic sports to Richard J. Codey Arena of Essex County, in addition to its practice at Mennen Sports Arena of Morris County, and launched the most popular Learn To Speed Skates (LTSS) program as a key component of the award winning Learn To Skates program at Essex County Codey arena. In 2014-15 season GSSC received a recognition of top five (4th for GSSC) most new memberships among total 70 clubs under US Speedskating (USS).

In winter 2014, GSSC inaugurated its annual Sun Linlin International Speedskating Winter Camp at Codey Arena. It featured prominent coaching guests including Olympic gold medalist Zhang Hui and World Cup champion Wang Hongyang, it attracted many local speed skating enthusiasts and top talents from all over the world.

GSSC offers year-around, a world class speedskating program ranging from beginners to nationally competing athletes. Our members include 6 year old aspiring skaters to 70+ year old multiple national records holder. Speed skating is a great Olympic sport and it can be learned at any age, or skill. (www.gardenstatespeedskating.com)

Hockey North America


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Learn to Play...Renew Your Skills...Build Lifetime Friendships
Hockey North America is the adult ice hockey league that invented "beginner hockey for adults." Whether you're looking to get back in the game or are a beginner, HNA hockey school will get you ready and able to skate and play ice hockey. Eight weeks of on ice instruction sessions at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center prepares you for an exciting season chock full of players just like you. Register now and begin playing the sport you always wanted to, but never had the chance to experience. Program begins January 13th. 

New Jersey Dare Devils


The New Jersey Dare Devils (NJDD) was started in 2002 by the mother of a child seeking to find a physical outlet for her child with autism. Today there are 50 boys and girls ages 6 to 28, with various special needs, playing for the NJDD at the Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange NJ.  Supporting these special hockey players are 10 adult coaches and over 60 junior/student coaches who are local youth hockey players helping to instruct the NJDD players in the intricacies of hockey.

Jo Jo Starbuck Skating Classes

JOJO STARBUCK TWO TIME OLYMPIAN & WORLD MEDALIST will once again run her popular skating classes for adult recreational & beginning skaters!

TO REGISTER: info@jojostarbuck.com
FOR MORE INFO: jojostarbuck.com

560 Northfield Ave. West Orange, NJ.  07052

Skate with Olympian JoJo Starbuck

Tuesday or Thursday skates - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Join two time Olympian, world medalist and national champion JoJo Starbuck for an energetic hour on the ice every Thursday afternoon at her “Cool Workout” and “Great 8’s” classes.  Classes run from September-June.

Great 8’s:  This new class introduces students to the art of skating compulsory figures.  Each student is given a patch of ice upon which they practice edges and variations of figure 8’s.  Compulsories were once the foundation of every major skating competition; teaches strong technique and control of edges, giving skaters a stronger core, balance and coordination.   All skating is based on these fundamentals.

Cool Workout:  Every Thursday afternoon, skaters learn everything from crossovers to stops, turns, spins and even jumps.  Then we combine various elements to create choreography based on each person’s skating vocabulary! This is a perfect class for all levels of adult skating beginners.   JoJo teaches to the level and pace of each skater.

JoJo Starbuck’s Events ~ Parties/Corporate Team Building Events

Bring your company together for quality ice time with two time Olympian, world medalist and national champion JoJo Starbuck!

Holiday Parties:  Heat it up this holiday season with a party on the ice!  Starbuck & Company will help you create the perfect event to celebrate holidays, landmark achievements or anniversaries; possibilities include a special ice show designed just for your company, fun group activities on the ice and skating with employees and their families.  Starbuck & Company will work within your budget to help you create a magical event. (Catering can be provided at the Rink in a private Party Room, or at a separate location.)

Corporate Team Building Event:  Want to bring your team closer together?  Starbuck and Company’s staff will teach basic skating skills to your group, divide them into teams and challenge them with fun relays and obstacle courses.   JoJo will work closely with you to create an event that your team will never forget. (Catering can be provided at the Rink in a private Party Room, or at a separate location.)


Great Saves Goalie School & Training Center


Great Saves is owned and operated by Tom Fogu.Tom holds a Master's Degree in Education and is an elementary school principal.  Tom has been an educator for since 2000.  His background coaching goalies includes over 21 years of experience at various levels throughout the US and abroad.  Tom's goalies have played at various top High Schools, Prep Schools, prestigious Division I Universities, USA National Team, and various minor/pro teams.  Tom was the Director of Goaltending for Huron Hockey School. 

Tom's coaching experiences include the University of Maine, under the direction of the late Shawn Walsh, Goaltending Director for Huron Hockey Schools where he traveled throughout the US, Canada and Australia.  Tom's other coaching duties include: 

Give'Em Nothing School for Goaltenders
GDI in partnership with the the New York Rangers
​New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club
New Jersey Devils Quebec Team
Western New England University
USA Hockey Festival Team-Atlantic District
Presenter for USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program
In addition, Tom & Great Saves works with several organizations and high schools throughout New Jersey

D1 Development Camp


Our Vision:
Here at the D1 Development Group, we take pride in helping our players recognize and develop the skills needed to reach their goals. With our seasoned coaching staff, we integrate our own personal hockey experiences into a development experience that differentiates us from any other coaching group. Each and every staff member grew up playing youth hockey in the state of New Jersey and we understand through first hand experience the intricacies of youth hockey development . From winning USA Hockey National Championships, to winning NCAA Division 1 national titles, our staff knows what it takes to play at the next level, and we want to give our players the tools, confidence, and vision they need to succeed both on and off the ice. 

Erik Nate Euro Hockey

Erik Nates Euro Hockey helps players of all ages develop their individual skills and improve in all aspects of the game. Through structured drills and innovative equipment, our intense on-ice instruction challenges each student to the best of his or her ability. We draw on traditional European methods to help students improve their game, and we strive to create an exciting and productive atmosphere where they can both learn and have fun.

July 13-17, 2020
9am - 3:30pm (25 hours of ice)
Total Skill Development