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Kid-Focused Roller Skating Lessons Come to Denver

Take up a new, classic pastime: rolling at the rink.

Denver Skates is a fast-growing hub for long-time and novice roller and inline skaters in the metro area. They’ve taught and hosted close to 400 people ages three to 73 since 2018. The group recently added Kids Roller Skating Fundamentals to their offerings.

Hailley Ciriacks teaches the students, ages four to 12. She has experience in swim coaching and education; her goal is to open skating to disabled skaters including hard-of-hearing folks. She’s excited to help build up a new generation of roller skaters.

“Kids’ lessons have been a blast,” she says. “We mix learning the importance of skate and safety fundamentals with interactive games like freeze tag and red light green light to reinforce learning in a way that’s fun for everyone, instructors included! I always explain that I have two rules: be safe, and have fun.”

All students are required to bring and wear a helmet, knee pads, and wrist guards. Roller skates can be rented at the current lesson location, Roller City West in Lakewood. Weekly classes cost $25 for a drop in and $100 for four sessions. Ciriacks and all Denver Skates instructors are also available for private lessons. See online for details and registration.

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