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Lessons for all levels of figure skating, from beginner to elite.

I'm a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist, US Figure Skating Sectional Championship Medalist and US Figure Skating National Championship competitor who started skating at 8 years old. During my competitive years I trained with some of the best freestyle and dance coaches in the world including Carol Heiss Jenkins, "Red" Bainbridge, Tom Lescinski , John "Misha" Petkavich, and Glenn Parriott. I also studied choreography with Editha Dotson and famed choreographer Jon Wertz.

Even decades after leaving competitive skating, I still love to skate and learn. In recent years I've trained with Peter Tchernyshev, Samvel Gazalian, and legendary Russian coach Marina Dubova. I continue to skate the International Dances with fellow coach Kelly Witt, and I also regularly work on my skating skills and partnering technique with Vitaliy Novikov.

I offers lessons to all levels of figure skaters, from beginner to Elite, in basic skills, moves in the field, freestyle, and ice dance (through the Internationals). I also offer training in stroking, edgework, and on-ice conditioning to both figure skaters and hockey players.

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My home rink is The Skating Edge Ice Arena in Harbor City, CA 90710.
Located near the 110 & 405 freeways.
Map and directions
Lessons are conducted on freestyle, dance, and public sessions. Availability is limited, to schedule a lesson or check availability click here
Figure skaters: Beginner to elite in freestyle, moves in the field, and ice dance.
Figure skaters and Hockey players: Stroking, edge work, and on-ice conditioning.