In 2017 Russia's main ice rink also holds weekly games, dance lessons and skating drills. Every Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the rink transforms into an icy dance floor, where a team of professional trainers offers dance lessons on the ice. This is a great opportunity to learn different styles and movements.
On January 13, there will be a lesson on the European style. On January 20 the rink will transform into a school for Eastern dances, and on January 27 visitors will learn to two-step on the ice, along with other techniques favoured among Texas cowboys.
Weekend mornings at the rink will also start with skating drills. Professional trainers and a whole regiment of exhilarating exercises await visitors right on the ice. During the workout, fitness drills to warm up all of a person's muscle groups will alternate with dance movements to rhythmic music. Skating drills will be held every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Right after the morning warm-up, active games will commence at the rink, where anyone can join in at any time. Relay races, "stand still", thread the needle, fun competitions and humorous contests are all great opportunities to spend time on the ice in a fun and active way! To participate, all visitors need to do is get a bright band from any of the animators, who are also right there. Larger games will be held every Saturday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Members of the "Funny Friends" crew will also be on the ice at the same time for the youngest guests of VDNH at the children's skating rink. Brightly costumed characters from the most beloved cartoons will play games with the youngest guests to help them make their first steps on the ice, and also entertain them with fun contests, conga lines, and other games and entertainment.
With these cartoon characters children not only learn how to skate, but can also take pictures and chat with them. The "Funny Friends" entertainment programme will be held every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.