Private Lessons

Private lessons are available to all skaters, regardless of age or skill level. Private lessons are an opportunity for one-on-one learning specific to a skater’s individual needs which will help them learn and progress at an accelerated pace. Once a skater begins private lessons, they can choose to participate in skating competitions and advanced testing.

Please note, private lesson fees are paid directly to the Skating Instructor and do not include ice time or skate rentals, which should be paid at the front desk. Lesson fees vary based upon the Skating Instructor's qualifications and credentials.  

You may contact our Skating Instructors directly to inquire about private lessons.  We recommend observing our Skating Instructors teaching group classes or private lessons.  If you would like assistance in selecting a Skating Instructor based upon your availability, goals, and skill level, please email Skating Manager, Michelle Lauerman, at mlauerman@therinks.com.  

Great Park Ice High Performance Coaching Staff

Rafael Arutyunyan, Head Coach of High Performance Team

 

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Rafael, please click here and complete the form.

Arutyunyan’s current coaching roster is comprised of elite talent including reigning 2018 World Champion, Olympic team medalist and three-time and 2019 US National Champion Nathan Chen; 2017 and 2019 US National Bronze Medalist and three-time World team member Mariah Bell; three-time Czech National Champion and European Bronze Medalist Michal Březina; 2016 World Junior Champion Marin Honda and 2016 Korean National Champion Eunsoo Lim.  Arutyunyan’s former roster includes two-time Olympic medalist, five-time World Champion, and nine-time US Champion Michelle Kwan; 2016 World Silver medalist, three-time US Champion and 2014 Olympic team medalist Ashley Wagner; 2016 US Men’s Champion, 2018 Olympic team medalist, and Season 26 Winner of Dancing with the Stars Adam Rippon, three-time World Champion Mao Asada, and 2008 World Champion and 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle.

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Vera, please click here and complete the form.

2016 PSA Coach of the year. 30+years coaching experience. Specializes in jumps, spins, choreography, and understanding edge control with skating skills.

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Nadia, please click here and complete the form.

2016 PSA Coach of the year. Russian National Team Skater. Jr. World Bronze Medalist. Jr. Olympic Games Gold Medalist. Coach of 2018 U.S. Men's World Champion Nathan Chen and many other international competitors. Former skaters include Mao and Mai Asada.

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Todd, please contact him directly at tsand@artisticedge.net.            

2014 PSA Developmental Coach of the Year, ISU Technical Specialist - Singles/Pairs & Technical Panel 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Coach of National, International and World Championship competitors including Chris & Alexa Knierim. Specializes in coaching pairs and single skaters from the beginner to elite level, as well as jump work on the pole harness and stroking/power skating.

 

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Jenni, please contact her directly at jmeno@artisticedge.net.

2014 PSA Developmental Coach of the Year. Coach of National, International and World Championship competitors including Chris & Alexa Knierim. Specializes in coaching skaters at all levels in pair skating and singles skating.

Christine Fowler Binder, High Performance Team – Pairs

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Christine, please contact her directly at christinefowlerbinder@yahoo.com. 

President of the Professional Skaters Association and US National Junior Dance Champion. Coach of National, International and World Championship competitors including Chris & Alexa Knierim.

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Robin, please contact him directly at robin.szolkowy@yahoo.de.

Five-time World champion, four-time European champion, 2010 and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, four-time Grand Prix Final champion, and eight-time German national champion.

Frank Carroll, High Performance Consultant

If you would like to express interest in a private lesson with Frank Carroll, please click here and complete the form.

Frank Carroll has coached numerous notable and champion figure skaters to National, World, and Olympic Titles including 2010 Olympic champion, 2009 World champion and two-time U.S. national champion Evan Lysacek; 1998 & 1992 Olympic Medalist, five-time World champion and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan; and 1980 Olympic Medalist, two-time World champion and four-time U.S. champion Linda Fratianne.

Great Park Ice Coaching Staff

Contact: mlauerman@therinks.com

Number of Years Teaching: 22

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Master Free Skate
Master Moves in the Field
Master Program Director
Master Group

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Gold Medalist
Regional Competitor

Students Achievements:
USFS Gold Medalists
Regional Competitors

Professional Accomplishments:
Presented at PSA Conference, Nationwide Seminars, Ratings Prep, Foundations in Coaching, LTS Workshops, NARCE

Additional Accreditations & Certifications:
Learn to Skate USA Business Development Specialist - Pacific Coast
PSA Board of Governors - Pacific Coast 

Educational Background:
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - University of Kansas

Contact: c.alba93@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon!

Contact: sk8bkb@aol.com

Number of Years Teaching: 5 years

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Triple Gold medalist in moves in the field, freestyle, and pairs skating 
National medalist in Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, and Junior
Top 10 in the nation in Senior
Medalist in various different Junior Grand Prix events
Attended Junior Grand Prix final Events
Top 10 at Junior Worlds

Students Achievements:
National and International competitors

Professional Accomplishments:
Former principal skater with Disney On Ice. 

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I specialize in Singles and Pairs skating. I work with all levels and ages. I enjoy working on edges, spins, jumps, and polishing programs and I love to give kids a solid base knowledge of skating to set them up for a bright future. 

Jessica Calalang

Contact: jcalalang24@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 6

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Pairs
Current member of Team USA
National and International Medalist

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I work with all levels and ages. I am passionate about teaching quality technique for edges, spins and jumps.  I also enjoy giving the knowledge I have learned over the years, down to the younger generation of skaters.  

 

Contact: jcassarj@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching:

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Master Free Skate
Master Choreography

Skating Competitive / Background:
2 Time US Open Grand Champion
10 Time US National and International Competitor

Student's Achievements:
National & International Choreographer & Coach

Trista Demuth

Contact: tristademuth@gmail.com

Number of Years Coaching: 10

Skating / Competitive Background:
Gold Free Skate
Gold Movies in the Field
Regional Competitor

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Registered Free Skate
Registered Moves in the Field
Level 1 Ranking

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science Degree - Communication
California Polytechnic State University Pomona (2013)

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I work well with developing all ages of skaters from beginner to competitive and strive to build confidence, determination and personal growth.

Contact: todd.eldredge@olympian.org

Number of Years Teaching: 21

PSA Ratings / Rankings: 
PSA Basic Accreditation

Skating / Competitive Background:
World Champion (1996)
3-Time Olympian (1992, 1998, 2002)
6-Time U.S. Figure Skating Champion
(1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002)
6-Time World Championships Medalist
(1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame (2008)
5-Time Skate America Mens’ Champion
Record holder for most wins
11 Years Touring with Stars on Ice
10 Years Touring with Champions on Ice
U.S. Figure Skating Honorary Member
Gold Medalist in Freestyle & Figures

Student's Achievements:
Coach of Regional, Sectional & National Competitors including National & World Champions

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
As a coach I like to inspire figure skaters and hockey players of all ages to achieve their goals and dreams, whether that’s competing in the Olympics, playing in the NHL or helping new skaters simply glide across the ice without falling.

Garnet Fiordalisi

Contact: tahoegarnet@yahoo.com

Number of Years Coaching: 33

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Senior Rating

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Double Gold Medalist
German National Medalist
Junior World Medalist
St Gervais/ Oberstdorf Grand Prix Champion
Skate Canada Medalist
Soloist with  Robin Cousins “Ice Majesty” 
Soloist Bietak “Festival on Ice"

Students Achievements:
National and International Competitors

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
My love for skating ,experience and strong technical background enables me as a coach , to bring out the best in my all my skaters in a positive environment.

Amanda Gelb

Contact: amandagelb@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 6.5 years

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Gold Medalist
2012 Novice Regional Champion
2012 Novice Sectional Bronze Medalist
2012 U.S. National Bronze Medalist
2013 Junior Regional Champion
2013 Junior Sectional Pewter Medalist
2013 U.S. Junior National Competitor
2014 Junior Silver Regional Medalist
2014 Junior Sectional Competitor

Additional Accreditations & Certifications:
Certified Personal Trainer

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
My coaching specialties are on ice technical skills, off-ice training, and artistry. I enjoy teaching all levels and ages in figure skating because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the sport I have dedicated my entire life to and love!

Contact: darkat571@yahoo.com

Number of Years Teaching: 20

PSA Ratings:
Certified Free Skate
Certified Pairs

Skating / Competitive Background:
3 times Russian national champion in pair skating
3 times European Champion in pair skating
4 times World Champion in pair skating
2 times Olympic Champion
25 years of skating  in the shows with Stars on Ice and Champions on Ice

Students Achievements:
Coach of regional champion, sectionals and nationals competitors
World championship competitors.

Contact: alyssaphatfield@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon!

Contact: tiffanyho88@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Gold Medalist - Moves in the Field
USFS Junior Free Skating Test
Two time Regional Medalist
Two time Junior National Competitor
International Ensemble Performer for Disney on Ice
Ensemble Performer for Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas Ice Show

Educational Background:
2018. B.A. degree from University of California Riverside

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I share my passion of skating by working with those looking to build skills through individual instruction, with the potential of reaching a competitive level.

Brian Johnson

Contact: brianjohnsonfigureskater@gmail.com

Number of Year Teaching: 3

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS 4 time Gold medalist in Moves in the field, Freestyle, Pairs, and Compulsory Dance
Current Team USA National and International Competitor 
National and International medalist in Pairs

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I specialize in teaching singles and pairs. I also partner with people who want to learn pairs. I try to make skating as fun as possible while learning as much as possible!

Contact: ellieh.kawamura@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon!

 

Contact: alexaknierim@gmail.com 

Skating / Competitive Background:
2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist Team Event
2 time US National Pairs Champion 
5 time World Championship Competitior
Four Continents Silver & Bronze Medalist
Grand Prix Medalist
International Medalist

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I believe every skater’s journey in figure skating is unique and special to them. I strive to help athletes keep their passion and drive ignited while learning new moves.

Contact: camonlychris@gmail.com

Skating / Competitive Background:
2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist Team Event
2 time US National Pairs Champion 
5 time World Championship Competitior
Four Continents Silver & Bronze Medalist
Grand Prix Medalist
International Medalist

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
My passion in teaching skating is being able to share all of my experience and knowledge. Ultimately helping skaters of all ages achieve their goals and dreams in the sport.

 

Christine McGuern

Contact: cmcguern10@yahoo.com

Bio Coming Soon!

Contact: alinamilevska@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 6

Skating / Competitive Background:
Ukrainian National champion and Olympic team member

Students Achievements:
National and international choreographer
Gold medalist moves in the field coach

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
Beginner - Senior Coach

Grace Orpiano

Contact: graceo.skate@gmail.com

Number of Years Coaching: 9

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Registered Free Skating
Level 1 Ranking

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
Interested in teaching skaters of all ages and skill levels the proper techniques to enhance their overall development- specializes in jump technique and moves in the field.

Contact: ice21@yandex.ua

Number of Years Teaching: 6 years 

Competitive / Skating Background:
Ukrianian National Medalist in Senior Pairs 
Ukrianian National Champion in Junior Pairs 
International Competitor  
Principal skater with various different shows including Champions on ice, Holiday on Ice, Bietak Productions, and Disney on Ice 

Students Achievements: 
National and International Coach
National, World, and Olympic Medalists 

Education:
Bachelor's Degree in Administrative Management and Specialist Diploma in Physical Education 

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I specialize in teaching singles and pairs. I also specialize in on ice pole harness, off-ice training, and the "spinner" which includes learning to do off-ice jump rotations. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels.

Sean Rabbitt

Contact: seanrabbitt@ymail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 10.5

Skating / Competitive Background:
Member of Team USA
Skate Canada Autumn Classic International Bronze Medalist
13 time US National Competitor - 3 top 10 finishes (2019 8th place finish) 
4 time Pacific Coast Sectional Senior Mens Champion (2016-2019)

Students Achievements:
Coached skaters to Pacific Coast Sectionals since 2015
International Choreographer for skaters competing on the Junior Grand Prix and other international competitions, to include skaters from: USA, Japan,, Philippines, & Indonesia
Guest coach for the Los Angeles Ice Theater

Professional Accomplishments:
Coached many seminars around the US and Japan, to include:
- Head coach at Usunomiya Figure Skating Club Spring Camp in Nikko, Japan since 2015
- Skate Dance Dream Tour show and workshop
- Tammy Gambill's Summer Workshop
- US Figure Skating Components Camp/Excel Summit
- Special Guest in various shows around the US and Japan

Educational Background:
Studied at Fullerton College
17 years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, various forms of dance

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I enjoy working with all skaters from axels to elite, but especially enjoy the process of taking the skaters from just learning solid technique and elements, to creating and understanding the passion they have for the sport and channeling that passion into something unique and specific to them.

Contact: kristenarobles@gmail.com

Number of Years Coaching: 8

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Gold Medalist
National & International Competitor

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Registered Free Skate
Registered Moves in the Field
Level 1 Ranking

Educational Background:
BS Biology
MS Teaching Credential

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I love coaching skaters of all ages and levels but am passionate about developing beginner skaters who love the sport and whose goal is to pursue competitive figure skating.

Contact: jakobromo@gmail.com

Bio Coming Soon!

Deividas Stagniunas

Contact:  deividas.stagniunas@olympian.org

Number of Years Coaching: 10

Skating / Competitive Background:
Former Olympian (2014)
7 time Lithuanian National Champion
2 time Lithuanian Junior National Champion
Selected to represent Lithuania as the Flag Bearer at 2014 Winter Olympics
Multiple medals from Grand Prix events and various international competitions

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
Teach all the levels on all types of skating skills from speed, power, to control the edge, control and learn body positioning and leans, and all the other fun fundamentals of Skating Skills and also of course Ice Dance because I love it.

Junichi Takemura

Contact: junichitakemura@yahoo.co.jp

Number of Years Teaching: 8

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
PSA Ranking IV

Skating / Competitive Background:
Japanese 8x National Competitor
Japanese 7th Test (equivalent to U.S. Senior Test)
Principal Soloist for Holiday on Ice
Principal Soloist for Disney on Ice
Principal Soloist for Willy Bietak Productions

Students Achievements:
National and International Coach

Educational Background:
Bachelor Degree from Hosei University in Japan

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I specialize in jumping pole harness, jump technique and skating skills. I enjoy developing skaters from a grassroots level to a nationally competitive level in skating.

Kelly Takemura

Contact: keverett0506@yahoo.com

Number of Years Teaching: 8

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
PSA Ranking IV
PSA Registered Freestyle Rating

Skating / Competitive Background:
Senior Gold Medalist Moves in the Field
Senior Gold Medalist Freestyle
Qualifying Senior Competitor
Principal Skater for Holiday on Ice
Disney on Ice
Willy Bietak Productions 

Students Achievements:
National and International Coach

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science : Communications
The Pennsylvania State University

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I'm passionate about teaching skaters from the beginning levels to National qualifying levels. I specialize in choreography, spins, and polishing programs.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend all skaters start in our group lesson program because it is fun to learn in a group, a great value, and you will be exposed to many of our wonderful staff!

Our Learn to Skate Classes break down to $18.75 per week and include: weekly 30 min lesson, public session on the day of the class, skate rental, 5 extra practice passes per session.

Private lessons range from $35-$50+ per 30 min depending on the instructor plus ice time and skate rental.

The Basic 4 level is a great time to start supplemental private lessons as the skill set becomes more difficult at this level.  Additionally, if your skater is interested in doing competitions and shows (available to skaters of ALL levels), a private lesson coach and assist you with these skating opportunities.   

You can schedule lessons during any of our Public Sessions or Freestyle Sessions (figure skating practice).  Please remember the ice time fee is to be paid to the rink in addition to the lesson fee.

To schedule lessons, you may contact any of our coaches directly, or you can contact Skating Manager, Michelle Lauerman, if you would like assistance in finding a coach based on your availability, desires, and goals.  

Private lesson fees range from $40-$60 per 30 min depending on the qualifications and credentials of the instructors.  Ice time fees (public or freestyle) and skate rental are paid to the rink in addition to the coaching fee, which will be paid directly to the instructor.