Skate Lessons


The Boucher Community Ice Rink is pleased to offer private, semi-private, and group skating lessons for the 2023-2024 season.

Private and semi-private lessons (available during open skate time)

Private lessons (1 student) are available during public skate times and should be arranged directly with your preferred instructor (contact information below).

Semi-private lessons (up to 3 students) are available from 12 – 3 pm, Tuesday – Friday, and should also be arranged directly with your preferred instructor.

Group lessons (available before the rink opens to the public for the day)

Group lessons for two levels of beginning skaters will be available at the times listed below; the rink will be closed to other skaters during this time. The levels are “beginner 1” – a skater who is a true beginner who may be taking his or her first lesson, or who needs support to move across the ice; and a “beginner 2” – a skater who can move across the ice without help.

All lessons will focus on skating fundamentals, including rink/ice safety, starting and stopping, getting up, changing directions, and other skills.


Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 11:55 am (preschool age)

Thursdays, 11:30 am – 11:55 am (preschool age)

Saturdays 10:00 – 10:25 am (elementary school age)

Saturdays 10:35 – 11:00 am (elementary school age)


Please reach out to either Kristin Burkhart OR Janine Prete to schedule private or semi-private lessons.

Janine Prete, 845-629-4612 [email protected]

Janine is passionate about the sport of figure skating and has been coaching both children & adults from beginners to competitive skaters, for almost 18 years. She began skating at the age of 6 and trained with some of the most prestigious coaches (including National & Olympic Champions) in both Singles Figure Skating and Moves in the Field.

Kristin Burkhart, 203-219-9272 [email protected]

Kristin is a U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She trained with World and Olympic coaches Peter Burrows and Tommy Litz. Kristin has worked with beginners to National Collegiate competitors and has worked with hockey players developing edges and power skating. Throughout her years as a coach she has trained and produced double gold medalists in figure skating. Kristin earned a Ph.D from Fordham University and resides with her family in New Canaan.

Jane Lane (group lessons only)

Jane is a U.S. Figure Skating member and double gold medalist with the Skating Club of New York and Fairfield County. She has competed regionally and locally, up to and including at the senior level. Jane has previously taught group skating lessons to young children of a variety of ages and abilities.

Group lesson rates

The cost for each 4-week series is $160 per skater. The group lesson rate includes instruction and the skater’s admission to the rink for each of the four classes. The rate also includes one makeup class, as needed, for cancellations due to inclement weather. Payment for the entire series is due at the time of enrollment.

Session dates

We plan to offer two, four-week sessions; please note the session dates, including potential makeup dates, when signing up. We will offer one makeup class per session, as needed, for cancellations due to inclement weather.







12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 Makeup: 1/16

12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11 Makeup: 1/18

12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13 Makeup: 1/20

12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13 Makeup: 1/20


1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 Makeup: 2/20

1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 Makeup: 2/22

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 Makeup: 2/24

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17 Makeup: 2/24

Group lesson enrollment

To sign up for group lessons, please click here and then complete your payment on the “Group lesson payment” page. Payment for the full series is due at the time of enrollment. We will require four skaters per group to run a class; if your desired class is not offered due to insufficient enrollment, we will contact you to switch classes or process a refund.

When registering for group lessons, please indicate whether your skater is a “beginner 1” or “beginner 2” so that we can group similar skaters.

We will close enrollment for group lessons on December 1.

Lesson policies

Please note that all skaters must wear helmets for the duration of any lessons. Neither the instructors nor the rink staff are permitted to assist skaters in putting on helmets and/or skates. Parents of preschool skaters will need to remain onsite for the duration of any lesson.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.