Our family has been skating at Iceland for about 20 years. We have been involved with many full theatrical productions at Iceland, and also recital-type shows. Sacramentans don't realize what a gem they have with Iceland - it's the perfect setting for family-type shows in an intimate atmosphere. It is also a great place to train - we have had, over the years, Olympic and National champions skate at Iceland (landing triple jumps!) who couldn't wait to come back because of the atmosphere and excellent ice quality. We also have Senior -level skaters training there for upcoming competitions, in addition to a fantastic hockey program. Check the website for upcoming shows. I admit that the rental skates are not so great, but this is not an unusual situation - we skate at several other rinks in Northern CA. and have found this to be the situation at every other rink also. At Iceland, I happen to know that there is someone working there who regularily sharpens the skate blades. If you seem to be sliding all over the place, try asking for a different pair of skates. If you are having trouble learning how to skate, they have group lessons on Saturday mornings - the only USFSA skating program in this area. You can usually ask one of the more experienced skaters (they are the ones in the middle of the ice, spinning and jumping)-almost always they will be happy to show you some basics! We're always willing to help people have more fun and become better skaters.