Off Ice Classes

Great Park Ice offers off ice classes to help improve flexibility, strength, agility, balance, movement, and performance!

Each of the courses are designed to accelerate a skaters' on ice development.

Figure skaters are encouraged to enroll in off ice classes to complement on ice training as the sport places substantial strength and flexibility demands on a skater’s body.

The Great Park Ice off ice instructors are distinguished and esteemed professionals with years of experience and expertise and are sure to help progress a skater's on ice skills!

 

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LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN FOR ALL OFF ICE CLASSES.  Classes will automatically pro rate at checkout.  

Current Session - October 10th - Dec 18th - LATE FALL OFF ICE CLASS SCHEDULE

Mondays
  • 3:15-4 pm Intro to Dance - Mariel Cornel (SS, B, AP and A)
  • 4:15-5 pm Hip-Hop & K-Pop Dance - Mariel Cornel (B, AP, A & HP)
  • 5:20-5:50 pm Off Ice Jumps* – Chelsea Mischuk (B, AP & A)
  • 5:50-6:35 pm Stretch for Skaters – Sabrina Eldredge (SS, B, AP, A & HP)
  • 6:35-7:35 pm Yoga for Adults - Sabrina Eldredge (Adults & ages 15+) 
Tuesdays
  • 3:15-4:15 pm Ballet 1A - Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
  • 4:15-5:15 pm Ballet 2 – Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
  • 4:25-5:10 pm Bodyworks* - Shannon Rakovsky (AP, A & HP)
  • 5:15-6:15 pm Ballet 1B - Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
Wednesdays
  • 4:15-5:15 pm Stretch for Skaters - Mia Kuneshita-Dowzall (B, A, AP & HP)
  • 5:15-5:45 pm Off Ice Axel & Double Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay (A & HP) 
  • 6:00-6:45 pm Combo Dance - Mariel Cornel (B, A, AP & HP)
  • 6:45-7:45 pm Adult Hip-Hop & K-Pop Dance – Mariel Cornel (Adults & ages 15+)
Thursdays
  • 3:15-4:15 pm Ballet 1B- Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
  • 4:15-5:15 pm Ballet 2- Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
  • 4:45-5:30 pm Bodyworks* - Shannon Rakovsky (AP, A & HP)
  • 5:15-6:15 pm Ballet 1A- Galina Barinova (level determined by evaluation) 
  • 6:30-7:30 pm Adult Ballet - Galina Barinova (Adults & ages 15+) 
Fridays
  • 3:30-4:30 pm Strength & Conditioning for Pre-Juvenile & Up* - Benoit Duboscq (HP)
  • 3:45-4:30pm Stretch for Skaters - Matt Reiner (SS, B, AP, A & HP)
  • 4:30-5:30 pm Combo Dance - Matt Reiner (B, AP, A & HP)
  • 5:30-6:30 pm Adult Movement for Skaters* - Benoit Duboscq (Adults & ages 15+)
Saturdays
  • 8:20-8:40 am Off Ice Axel* - Jessica Calalang (AP & A)
  • 10:00-10:20 am Off Ice Double Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay (A & HP)
  • 11:30-11:50 am Off Ice Single Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay (B, AP & A)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm Jazz Dance - Matt Reiner (B, AP, A, & HP)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Jazz Dance for Adults - Matt Reiner (Adults & ages 15+)
Class Locations
  • All classes will meet inside dance studio (enter Rink 4 from the ground level and turn left) unless noted
    • *Classes will meet outside of Rink 4
    • **Classes will meet outside of Rink 1
Level Key & Class Recommendations
  • SS = Snowplow levels 1-4 - recommended 1-2 classes/week
  • Basic = Basic 1-6 - recommended 1-2 classes/week
  • AP = Academy Prep - recommended 2-3 classes/week
  • A = Academy (axel & above) - recommended 2-3 classes/week
  • HP = High performance (pre-juvenile & above) recommended 3+ classes/week
  • Adults = 1-3 classes/week
Class Dates
  • Late Fall Session
    • Begins week of October 10th-16th
    • Ends week of December 12th-18th
    • No Classes Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27
    • Mon & Tue classes - 10 week session
    • Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat classes - 9 week session
Pricing
  • 1 hour classes
    • 10 weeks - $175
    • 9 weeks - $157.50
    • Drop in - $20
  • 45 min classes
    • 10 weeks - $150
    • 9 weeks - $135 
    • Drop in - $17.50
  • 30 min classes
    • 10 weeks - $125 
    • 9 weeks - $112.50
    • Drop in - $15
  • 20 min classes
    • 10 weeks - $100
    • 9 weeks - $90
    • Drop in $12.50
Policies
  • Drops ins must be paid on site the day of class.  All skaters must have a sticker to attend class. 
  • Note: Drop ins are NOT allowed for Ballet 2 or any classes that have a full roster
  • Make up policy: Two make ups per class per session are allowed
  • Please use make up request form below to apply for make up classes
Program Details
  • Please wear ballet shoes or socks and have athletic shoes

  • All classes will be held inside the dance studio inside Rink 4 unless noted

  • For Ballet Classes, please start in Ballet 1 B.  After passing Ballet 1 B, skaters will advance to Ballet 1 A and then Ballet 2

  • Bodyworks covers basic strength, conditioning, agility, and movement

Questions? Contact our Off Ice Lead, Matt Reiner at mreiner@therinks.com.  

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Off-Ice Coaching Staff

Matt Reiner - Off Ice Lead

Matthew Reiner hails from the small rural town Springfield, Minnesota, and attributes the early formations of his artist career to his time living there. While technically taking a year of dance when he was 5, Matt wouldn’t officially study the form until he was much older. Living in Minnesota, he studied and participated in both speech and the dramatic arts, while also becoming a varsity athlete in 3 sports. Upon graduation from high school, Matt relocated to California where he studied at the University of California Irvine. It is here that he discovered his passion for dance and began training at the age of 18. While at UCI he trained in many styles, including: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Breakdancing. Matt graduated from UCI with a B.A. in both Film and Media Studies, and Criminology Law and Society in June of 2012. Afterwards, Matt became a scholarship student at the Jimmie Defore Dance Center, where he continued to train in both classical and street styles. He also began substitute teaching at Defore in 2014, and became a permanent faculty member in 2015 teaching Jazz. Matt joined Nannette Brodie Dance Theater in February of 2013. He has been a part of many tours, kid shows, and performances since joining. He also performed in both Camelia La Tejana and Hydrogen Jukebox in connection with the Long Beach opera. He also joined Inked Dance Company, under direction of Brian Moe, in 2014. And had danced in some smaller productions, including a large flash mob for Vans sneakers. Recently Matt filmed a small role in the Independent film “Waiting in the Wings The Musical: Still Waiting.”

Galina Barinova

Teaching Experience:
20 years of working with figure skaters on and off the ice

Education:
The Moscow State Academy of Choreography aka The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Class of 1990

Work:
The Bolshoi Ballet / Grigorovich Company
The Bolshoi Ballet Main Company

Stage Experience:
Swan Lake
The Nutcracker
Don Quixote
La Sylphide
Giselle
La Bayadere
Romeo and Juliette
The Sleeping Beauty
Raymonda
Spartacus
Paquita
The Golden Age
Multiple tours throughout USA, Europe, Asia

Current and former students include:
Evan Lysacek, Mirai Nagasu, Timothy Goebel, Angela Nikodinov, Kimmie Meissner, Caroline Zhang, Richard Dornbush, Vincent Zhou, Karen Chen, Gracie Gold, Grant Hochstein, Tomoki Hiwatashi, Misha Ge (UZ), Denis Ten (KAZ), Takahiko Kozuka (Japan), Carolina Kostner (Italy)

I'm offering intensive ballet training for skaters to improve artistic presentation, music interpretation, posture, flexibility and strength using methods of Russian classical ballet education in combination with the best traditions of Russian figure skating school.

Please contact Galina directly regarding private and semi-private training: galinabarinova@yahoo.com.   

Shannon Rakovsky

Contact: srakovsky@therinks.com 

Number of Years Coaching: 12

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Gold Medalist
Regional competitor
Two-time National Showcase competitor and medalist in 2007
Holiday On Ice Show Skater - 3 years (Believe & Atlantis)
Principal Skater & Choreographer for Chill Entertainment
Creator of USFS FitSkate

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Senior Rated Group

Educational Background:
BS Nutrition Dietetics
Master Choreography Techniques - American Ice Theatre
Performance Enhancement Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I love coaching skaters of all ages & abilities. Choreography and power skating are my passions. I want to share my love for skating with all skaters and show them they have a place to belong regardless of their skill level or skating discipline. I specialize in edges, transitions, “show tricks”, jumps, spins & power hockey skills.

Megan Wessenberg

Contact: meganwess798@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 4

Skating/Competitive Background:

USFS Triple Gold Medalist (moves in the field, freestyle, pairs)

Team USA Member- Singles 2015-2020

U.S. Figure Skating Championships Top 6 Finish- Senior

U.S. Figure Skating Championships Bronze Medalist- Junior

ISU Senior and Junior Grand Prix Competitor

Coaching Specialty and Philosophy:

I enjoy working with skaters of all ages and skill levels. In my coaching, I strive not only to have my skaters improve in their technical abilities, but also to learn how to challenge themselves and overcome adversity. I believe that each skater’s on-ice experience contributes to overall personal development and the lessons that they learn from the sport can be applied to many different aspects of their lives.

Sean Rabbitt

Contact: seanrabbitt@ymail.com

Number of Years Teaching:

13 years coaching

PSA Ratings / Rankings:
Registered Free Skate

Skating / Competitive Background:
Member of Team USA
Skate Canada Autumn Classic International Bronze Medalist
14 time US National Competitor - 4 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:

National Academy of Sports Medicine-CPT

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

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:

Specializes in jump technique and program components (choreography/skating skills). I enjoy working with all skaters from basic levels to the elite, most importantly I 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. 

Additional Languages:
Japanese

Contact: ellieh.kawamura@gmail.com

Number of Years Teaching: 8

Skating / Competitive Background:
USFS Double Gold Test Medalist
Former Team USA competitor
5-time USFS Regional Champion
2-time USFS Sectional Champion
3-time USFS National Championships Medalist
Silver Medalist at the USFS National Champions in Junior Ladies
2-time Team USA International Medalist
ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Competitor
USFS Theatre on Ice National Medalist
ISU Theatre on Ice Nations Cup Competitor

Additional Languages:
Japanese

Mia Kuneshita-Dowzall

Contact: mkdowzall@gmail.com

Skating Background:
USFS Triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Free Skating, and Partnered Pattern Dance
Pacific Coast Sectional Championships Competitor - Junior Ladies
Southwest Pacific Regional Championships Top 5 Finish - Junior Ladies
10+ years of Classical Ballet Training

Professional Accomplishments:
Figure Skater in TSMxLenovo Stay Cool Commercial

Education:
Currently studying Psychology (B.S.) at University of California Irvine

Additional Languages:
Japanese

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
I love working with skaters of all ages and levels, valuing every minute on the ice as an opportunity to improve. I adjust my teaching methods to the unique personality type and different learning style of each student, and I strive to be patient and understanding with all of my skaters. My goal is to encourage skaters to find the fun in skating, while technically challenging them every step of the way. I am also passionate about incorporating the importance of body awareness learned in classical ballet as they grow as a skater.

Contact: starlaser5@yahoo.com

Number of Years Teaching: 18

Competitive / Skating Experience:
Five time Senior National Pair Medalist
World Championship Competitor
2014 Olympic Competitor
Current Team USA Member

Coaching Specialty / Philosophy:
He specializes in elite jump technique, pole harness, and freestyle for all ages and levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please wear fitted skating or dance clothes and ballet, jazz or dance shoes for the ballet classes. 

Please wear athletic clothing and shoes for the Techniques and Training classes. 

 

More Information

For more information, contact:

Great Park Ice Figure Skating
gpifigureskating@therinks.com
949-774-1615