Steven D. Desmond
Learning to skate: a photo essay
Updated: Oct 16, 2021
Skate Great teaches people of all ages how to navigate an ice rink,
and we have the photos to prove it...
Skate Great has been teaching people to skate since 1997. Founded by the late Janice Smith, the company was taken over by Jessica Roswell seven years ago. During winter months, Skate Great runs 20 weekly programs at five Western New York rinks with more than 50 part-time employees, many of whom learned to skate through the program. Baby Blades, the youngest students, may begin instruction at 18 months. All ages are welcome, including adults.
“I love the learn to skate program,” Roswell said. “We teach so many diverse people. It’s rewarding when students come back and say they’re playing college hockey or that they’d love to work for us.”
Photographer Steve Desmond, whose daughter Zoey is an instructor, spent a week in February traveling to Holiday, Leisure, and Hamburg rinks to assemble the 25 photos here.
all photos © 2019 by Steven D. Desmond
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