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Phone: 516-797-4126
Email: NadineO@therinx.com
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Learn to Skate

at The Rinx in Bethpage

Our philosophy is simple; our staff of experienced and qualified professionals, governed by Learn To Skate USA's top program, US Figure Skating, USA Hockey and Professional Skaters Association, will teach the fundamentals of ice skating with a major emphasis on FUN!

The Rinx is proud to offer quality programs for every skater,
whether young or young at heart, 
beginner or champion,
we have a program for you.
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Mission Statement: To provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a life long love of skating.

Learn To Skate and Specialty Classes include:

  • 8 weeks of classes

    • $149 resident​

    • $189 non-resident

  • Half hour of group instruction weekly

  • Learn To Skate USA evaluation, testing and badges

  • Learn To Skate USA Membership

    • Official Learn To Skate USA membership card

    • Learn To Skate USA record book with stickers

    • Official member patch

    • Membership year patch

    • Sports accident insurance

Class Description by Age
  • Ages 3 1/2 - 5 Yrs:  Snowplow Sam 1-4 classes are for the very beginner to more experienced skater.

  • Ages 6-11 Yrs:  Basic 1-6 classes are for the very beginner to more experienced skater.  

  • Ages 12-17 Yrs:  Teen Basic 1-6 classes are for the very beginner to more experienced skater and use the Basic 1-6 curriculum.

  • Ages 18 Yrs:  Adult 1-6 classes are for adult skaters, from the very beginner to more experienced skater.

SPECIALTY CLASSES INCLUDE:
  • Pre Hockey 1-4 classes are for aspiring hockey players that have mastered Snowplow Sam 1, Basic 1 or are independent skaters.

  • Power Hockey classes are for aspiring hockey players that have mastered Pre Hockey 4.

  • Pre Free Skate - Free Skate 6 classes are for aspiring figure skaters that have mastered Basic 6.

Class Prerequisites

Skaters must enroll in the beginning level for their age or next level recommended by their current Rinx instructor on their evaluation. If you are joining us from another program, we offer free evaluations to determine the correct level.  To receive a free evaluation, stop by our skating office during any afternoon or weekend public skating session. They will have one of our qualified instructors evaluate you at their earliest opportunity.

Pre-Hockey 1 = must have mastered Snowplow Sam 1, Basic 1 or be an independent skater.  Partial or full hockey equipment is recommended.  Skaters will move to Pre-Hockey 2-4 based on instructor's evaluations and recommendations.

Intro to Synchro = must complete Basic 5 and be enrolled in Basic 6 group lessons or Specialty Classes or be recommended for class by Skating Director.

Intro to Ice Dance = must complete Pre Free Skate.

Important Class Information

REGISTRATION can be done online through your Rinx account.  Registration usually begins two to three weeks prior to new series start date.  Our classes fill quickly, so register as early as possible to reserve your spot in desired class.  

CLASS SIZE varies between age and skill level.  Our preschool age classes (Snowplow Sam) are typically a six to one, student/teacher ratio.  All other classes are typically ten to one, student/teacher ratio or smaller.

 

EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING,WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND WEARING HELMETS AND GLOVES OR MITTENS.  Warm, loose layers (not oversized or wide bottom pants), thin socks and well-fitted skates are best.  Skate rental is available at an additional charge of $6.00 each time.  If you choose to wear elbow or knee pads, please wear them under your clothing for your safety.

 

NO REFUNDS OR MAKE UP CLASSES.  Payment in full is required to register for any class.  There is a $25 charge for returned checks.  There are no make up classes offered for holidays, vacations, sick days or inclement weather unless otherwise noted.  In the event that classes need to be cancelled due to a severe weather emergency, notice will be posted on The Rinx website.

For more information call 516-797-4126

Yearly Schedule

Series 1

September 6th - October 31st

Registration begins at noon on August 15th

Series 2

October 31st - December 23rd    NO CLASSES 11/23-24

Registration begins at noon on October 17th

Series 3

January 3rd - March 2nd NO CLASSES 1/15, 2/19-2/24

Registration begins at noon on December 12th

Series 4

March 3rd - April 28th    NO CLASSES 3/31

Registration begins at noon on February12th

Series 5

April 29th - June 24th   NO CLASSES 5/27

Registration begins at noon on April 16th

Series 6

July 5th - August 21st 

Registration begins at noon on June 13th 

All of our skaters enrolled in classes will have a Learn to Skate USA account.

Email YeseniaG@therinx.com or NadineO@therinx.com if you do not have your LTS USA member number.

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Bethpage Staff Coaches

Director of Skating, The Rinx Total Skating Program
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Yesenia Naranjo-Gilroy

PSA Certified Freestyle Rated, PSA Certified Group Rated, PSA Registered Rated Skating Skills, Master Sports Science Exam, USFS Sectional Synchro Coach, USFS Regional Singles Coach, over 20 years of experience coaching, beginners through USFS Senior level.

Specializes in Singles, Skating Skills, & Synchronized Skating.

Assistant Director of Skating, The Rinx Total Skating Program at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center 
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Nadine Blachuciak

USFS Regional Finalist, Empire State Games Finals Medalist, State Games of America competitor.  Over 20 years of coaching experience beginners through USFS Competitors, BS Degree in Health Sciences from Stony Brook University. 

Specializes in coaching Singles, Skating Skills, Adults, Tots & Beginner Hockey.

Skating School Coordinator, The Rinx Total Skating Program at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center
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Gabi Scanlon 

PSA Basic Accreditation Exam, 13 years with NY Conservatory of Dance and 9 years with Orlando City Ballet, over 5 years of experience coaching beginners through USFS Competitors 

Specializes in Singles, Skating Skills, Teens, Tots, Showcase & Choreography.   

Office Manager, The Rinx Total Skating Program at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center
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Annette Cruz 

USFS Double Gold Medalist, USFS Senior Regional Medalists and Sectional Competitor in Pairs & Singles, USFS Regional National Novice Champion, USFS Sectional Synchro Coach, over 15 years of experience coaching beginners through USFS competitors, including 5 years in Mexico coaching National competitors from beginner to Senior Level & Adults.  Ensemble and Principal performer for 7 years with Disney on Ice. 

Specializes in Singles & Skating Skills.

USFS Jr National – International Coaches
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Victoria Bonel

National, International and Jr National Team Coach. Senior and Junior level competitors have competed and medaled for Team Russia and Team Finland.  Attended and coached for Lesgaft National State University of Physical Education, Sport and Health.  Coached for Academy of Figure Skating in Saint-Petersburg in Russia, Lappeenrannan Taitoluistelijat in Finland, Saimaa Skating Club in Imatra in Finland, and Kotkan Taitoluistelu.

Over 20 years of coaching experience beginners through the Senior level.

Specializes in Singles & Pairs

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Tracy Doyle

National, International and Jr. World Team USA Coach, USFS Double Gold Medalist, USFS Regional Novice, Junior & Senior Champion, Sectional Medalist, National Competitor. Over 40 years of International and National coaching experience through the Senior level. Has coached over 50 USFS Gold Medalists. Teaches Singles, Skating Skills & Theater On Ice.

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Dmitri Gromov 

USFS National & International Coach, Russian National, European, and World Competitor. Has coached Juvenile National champion, Novice Pairs National Champion, Grand Prix Skate America competitor. More than 29 years of experience coaching beginners through USFS Senior level. 

Specializes in Singles, Skating Skills, & Adults.

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Lorene Mitchell 

USFS Double Gold Medalist, USFS Regional Coach, USFS Regional, Sectional, National Medalist, Jr. World Silver Medalist, skating in the Ice Capades and has over 30 years of coaching experience. 

Specializes in Singles, Pairs, Skating Skills, Showcase, Adults, Tots & Beginner Hockey.

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Dawn Wagner-Johnson 

PSA Level V Ranked (International), USFS Regional, Sectional, Jr. National & National Coach & International Coach, USFS Double Gold Medalist, creator of Elite Athletic Performance, 25 years of experience coaching beginners through USFS Senior level. Creator of “Elite Athletic Performance Manual and Workshops.” Specializes in Singles, Pairs, Skating Skills, Showcase.

USFS Regional or National Qualifying Competition Coaches
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Sharon Mulligan

PSA Mater Rated in Figures, Singles & Dance, USFS Triple Gold Medalist, USFS Regional Coach, more than 50 years of experience teaching beginners through USFS Senior level. 

Specializes in Singles, Ice Dance, Skating Skills, Showcase, Adults, Tots and Beginner Hockey.

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Kim Interdonato

USFS Regional Coach, PSA Basic Accreditation Exam and Hockey Skating I -3 Certifications, ISI Gold Judge, Adult National Competitor, 30+ years of experience coaching beginners through USFS Regional competitors and Hockey players, attended Briarcliffe College for Graphic Design. Author of “Shoes are Like Men” & “Heels and Hockey Skates”.  Patchogue/Medford High School Hockey Coach.

Specializes Power Hockey.

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Serguei Soukhanov 

USFS Regional Coach, Russian National Team member at Senior & Junior level. Principal skater in “Moscow On Ice” and “Russian Stars on Ice”. Master’s degree in Physical Education & Sport.  More than 25 years of experience coaching through USFS Senior competitors. 

Specializes in Singles, Pairs, Skating Skills, On-Ice Harness Lessons, Adults & Pre Hockey.

Senior Staff Coaches
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Shannon Battistelli

USFS Gold Medalist in Skating Skills, Former New York Islanders Ice Girl, over 15 years of coaching beginners through Learn to Skate USA Competitors.  International Sports Science Association PT certified. Former Physical Therapy Assistant. Specializes in Hockey from beginner through Adult AAA, Singles, Skating Skills, Adults, & Tots.

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Jillian Beksinski 

USFS Gold in Skating Skills & Pre-Gold Medalist in Singles, USFS Regional Competitor, Empire State Winter Games competitor, member of Bentley University Figure Skating Team.

Over 5 years of experience coaching Learn to Skate USA levels.

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Molly Cohen

USFS Double Silver Medalist in Skating Skills and Singles.

Experience Coaching Learn to Skate Group Lessons.

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Emily Bohm

PSA Basic Accreditation Exam, USFS Gold Medalist in Skating Skills & USFS Pre-Gold Medalist in Ice Dance, more than 18 years of experience coaching.

Specializes in Ice Dance, Skating Skills, Singles, Adults, Tots & Beginner Hockey.

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Lisa Feigenbaum

USFS Pre-Gold in Ice Dance, PSA Basic Accreditation, more than 40 years of coaching beginners through USFS Competitors. Specializes in Singles, Ice Dance, & Skating Skills.

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Katie Greening 

National Qualifying Series Intermediate level competitor, USFS Silver Medalist in Skating Skills, Empire State Games Medalist, Eastern Sectional Synchro Competitor.

Experience in coaching Learn To Skate USA Group lessons.

Experience with Learn To Skate USA levels.

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Riley Griffith 

USFS Double Silver Medalist in Skating Skills and Singles. Novice level competitor.

Experience with Learn To Skate USA levels.

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Monserrat Hernandez 

USFS Bronze Medalist in Skating Skills. USFS Eastern Sectional Synchro Competitor, Empire State Games Medalist.

Experience in coaching Learn To Skate USA levels.

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Robert Knopf 

USFS Quadruple Gold Medalist, USFS National Ice Dance Competitor, MVP & Captain Maritime Hockey, over 20 years of experience coaching through Senior Ice Dance tests.  BE of Electrical Engineering from SUNY Maritime.

Specializes in Ice Dance & Power Hockey.

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Kaidence Lydon 

USFS Gold Medalists in Skating Skills , Silver Medalist in Singles, Novice Freeskate competitor, attending Rensselaer Polytehcnical Institute for Biological Neuroscience.

Specializes in Singles & Skating Skills & Learn To Skate USA levels.

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Tate Mulligan

USFS Pre-Gold Medalist, Empire State Games Medalist, and ISI Regional Competitor.  Over 18 years of coaching beginners, hockey power skating skills, and USFS Competitors. BA Degree -IONA College 2017

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Emma Ortiz 

PSA Basic Accreditation, USFS Double Gold Medalist, USFS Senior Ladies competitor, USFS Regional Competitor, Empire State Game Competitor, State Games of America Competitor, Synchro Sectionals Competitor. Over 3 years of coaching experience. Current member of Penn State Figure skating team.   Specializes in Singles.

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Angela Paxos

USFS Gold Medalists in Skating Skills & USFS Pre-Gold Medalist in Singles, USFS Junior Ladies competitor. 

Specializes in Singles, Showcase, & Tots

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Ellyn Petrino 

PSA Accreditation Exam, USFS Gold Medalist in Skating Skills, Silver Medalist in Ice Dance, USFS Synchronized Skating Championship Silver Medalist with Univ. Of W. Michigan in Collegiate Division, USFS Regional Singles Competitor, Empire State Games Medalists, National Showcase competitor, works with children with special needs, over 8 years of experience. Degree in Clinical Social Work & Family Science.

Specializes Singles, Synchronized Skating, Skating Skills, Showcase, Adults, Tots & Adaptive Needs.

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Electra Scheiner

USFS Gold Medalist in Skating Skills.

Experience Coaching Learn to Skate Group Lessons.

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Angelina Scocozza

Passed USFS Intermediate MIF & Juvenile Free, Empire State Games Medalist, State Games of America competitor, experience in coaching Learn To Skate USA levels.

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Hope Silverman

USFS Adult Gold Medalist in Skating Skills & Adult Silver in Ice Dance.  Medalist at Adult Sectionals, Adult National Competitor, USFS Juvenile Freeskate competitor.  Masters in Speech Pathology from SUNY Buffalo.  Over 2 years of coaching experience Learn To Skate USA levels.

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