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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FALL OFF ICE CLASS REGISTRATION OPENS SAT, 7/30 AT 1:00PM!

Upcoming Session - FALL OFF ICE CLASS SCHEDULE

Mondays
  • 3:30-4:00pm - Intro to Off Ice Training - 5 & 6 years old - Ashley Medina - SS & Basic (30 mins)
  • 4:00-4:45pm - Stretch & Pilates - Ashley Medina - Basic, AP, A, HP & Adults (45 mins)
  • 4:45-5:45pm –Beginning/Intermediate Lyrical & Contemporary - Ashley Medina -  AP, A & HP (1 hour)
  • 5:45-6:30pm - Yoga for Skaters - Sabrina Eldredge - AP, A & HP (45 mins)
Tuesdays
  • 3:15-4:15pm - Ballet 1A (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Must be evaluated before added (1 hour)
  • 4:15-4:45- pm – Bodyworks*  (ages 5-9) - Shannon Rakovsky & Sean Rabbitt - Basic, AP & A - (30 mins)
  • 4:15-5:15pm – Ballet 2 (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Must be evaluated before added (1 hour)
  • 5:15-6:15pm – Ballet 1B (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Beginners/New to GPI ballet start here (1 hour)
  • 5:30-6:00pm – Off Ice Double/Triple Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay - A & HP (30 mins)
Wednesdays
  • 4:15-5:15pm – Stretch for Skaters – Mia Kuneshita-Dowzall - Basic, AP & A (1 hour)
  • 5:15-6:00pm – Bodyworks (ages 9+)* - Shannon Rakovsky - A & HP (45 mins)
  • 5:30-6:30pm - Yoga for Adults  (ages 15+) - Sabrina Eldredge - Adults & Young Adults (60 mins)
Thursdays
  • 3:15-4:15pm – Ballet 1B (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Beginners/new to GPI ballet start here (1 hour)
  • 4:15-5:15pm – Ballet 2 (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Must be evaluated before added (1 hour)
  • 4:15-5:00pm – Stretch & Strength* - Shannon Rakovsky - Basic, AP, A, HP & Adults (45 mins)
  • 5:15-6:15pm – Ballet 1A (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Must be evaluated before added (1 hour)
  • 5:30-6:00pm - Off Ice Single Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay - Basic & AP (30 mins)
  • 6:30-7:30pm - Adult Ballet – Galina Barinova (1 hour)
Fridays
  • 3:30-4:30pm* – High Performance Strength & Conditioning – Benoit Duboscq - HP (1 hour)
  • 3:30-4:30pm – Pilates - Ashley Medina - Basic, AP, A & Adults (1 hour)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – Acro & Stretch – Ashley Medina - AP, A & HP (1 hour)
  • 5:30-6:30pm* - Adult Movement for Skaters (ages 15+) - Benoit Duboscq - Adults & Young Adults (1 hour)
  • 5:30-7:00pm- High Performance Combo Dance - Matt Reiner - HP (1.5 hour) Class Starting on August 12th
Saturdays
  • 9:00-9:20am – Off Ice Axel Class** - Jessica Calalang - AP & A (20 mins)
  • 10:40-11:10am – Off Ice Double Jumps** - Nate Bartholomay - A & HP (30 mins)
  • 1:00-2:00pm - Combo Dance Class - Ashley Medina - Basic, AP, A & HP (1 hour)
  • 2:00-2:30pm - Intro to Off Ice Training (ages 4-6) - Ashley Medina - SS & Basic (30 mins)
  • 2:30-3:00pm – Primary Ballet Prep (ages 5 & 6) – Ashley Medina - SS, Basic & AP (30 mins)
  • 3:00-4:00pm – Jazz (ages 7+) - Matt Reiner - Basic, AP & A (1 hour)
  • 4:00-5:00pm - Adult Jazz (ages 15+) - Matt Reiner - Adults & Young Adults (1 hour)
Sundays
  • 1:00-2:00pm - Intro to Off Ice Training (ages 6-14) - Ashley Medina - SS & Basic (1 hour)
  • 2:00-3:00pm – Stretch & Pilates – Ashley Medina - Basic, AP, A, HP & Adults (1 hour)
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 - recommend 1-2 classes/week
  • Basic = Basic 1-6 - recommend 1-2 classes/week
  • AP = Academy Prep - recommended 2-3 classes/week
  • A = Academy (axel & above) - recommended 2-3 classes/week
  • HP = High performance (juvenile & above) recommended 3+ classes/week
  • Adults = 1-3 classes/week
Class Dates
  • Fall Session
    • Begins week of August 1st - 7th
    • Ends week of October 3rd - 9th
    • No Classes Fri, Sept 2nd - Mon, Sept 4th
    • Tues, Wed, Thurs classes - 10 week session
    • Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun 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, Shannon Rakovsky at srakovsky@therinks.com 

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Current Session - SUMMER OFF ICE CLASS SCHEDULE

MONDAYS

3:15-4:15pm - Primary Ballet Prep (ages 4-6) - Ashley Medina  
4:15-5:15pm - Pilates - Ashley Medina
5:15-6:15pm –Beginning/Intermediate Lyrical & Contemporary - Ashley Medina 

TUESDAYS

3:15-4:15pm - Ballet 1A (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Starts 7/5
4:15-5pm – Bodyworks* - Shannon Rakovsky & Sean Rabbitt  
4:15-5:15pm – Ballet 2 (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Start 7/5
5:15-6:15pm – Ballet 1B (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Starts 7/5
5:30-6pm – Off Ice Single Jumps* - Nate Bartholomay 

WEDNESDAYS

2:00-2:30 pm – Stretch for Skaters – Tara Baldoz - NEW CLASS!
5:15-6:00pm – Bodyworks* (ages 9 & up) - Shannon Rakovsky 

THURSDAYS

3:15-4:15pm – Ballet 1B (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Starts 7/7
4:15-5pm – Stretch & Strength* - Shannon Rakovsky 
4:15-5:15pm – Ballet 2 (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Starts 7/7
5:15-6:15pm – Ballet 1A (ages 7+) - Galina Barinova - Starts 7/7
6:30-7:30pm - Adult Ballet – Galina Barinova - Starts 7/7

FRIDAYS

2:30-3:30pm – High Performance Strength & Conditioning – Benoit Duboscq - NEW CLASS!
3:30-4:30pm – Pilates - Ashley Medina 
4:30-5:30pm – Acro & Stretch – Ashley Medina
5:30-6:30pm - Adult Movement for Skaters - Benoit Duboscq

SATURDAYS

9:00-9:20am – Off Ice Axel Class** - Ellie Kawamura  
10:40-11:10am – Off Ice Double Jumps** - Nate Bartholomay  
2:00-3:00 pm – Combo Dance – Ashley Medina 
3:00-4:00pm – Jazz (ages 7+) - Matt Reiner  
4:00-5:00pm - Adult Jazz - Matt Reiner

SUNDAYS

1:00-2:00pm - Primary Ballet Prep (ages 7+) - Ashley Medina  
2:00-3:00pm – Stretch & Pilates – Ashley Medina 

SUMMER SESSION DETAILS

CLASS DATES

  • Late Summer Session
    • Begins week of June 27th - July 3rd
    • Ends week of July 24th – July 30th
    • NO classes July 1st – 4th 

PRICING

  • 1 hour classes
    • 5 weeks - $75
    • 4 weeks - $60
    • Drop in - $20
  • 45 min classes
    • 5 weeks - $56.25
    • 4 weeks - $45 
    • Drop in - $17.50
  • 20-30 min classes
    • 5 weeks - $50 
    • 4 weeks - $40 
    • Drop in - $15

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

Off-Ice Coaching Staff

Shannon Rakovsky - Off Ice Lead

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.

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.   

Ashley Medina

Ashley Nichole was born and raised in Orange County, California. She has worked at the “Happiest Place of Earth” for 7 years and enjoys performing in holiday spectacles such as Disney Presents A Christmas Fantasy Parade. She has toured Tahiti performing in Te Varua Ori’s Te Ora  and is currently a dancer at Nonosina Polynesia. Although she is well versed in dance of many genres, she maintains a foundation for her dance skills in Neo-classical Ballet. Although Ashley Nichole savors performing, her passion is in mentoring upcoming skaters/dancers.As Mikhail Baryshnikov has said “Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun.”

This is the teaching philosophy Ashley Nichole adheres to for her classes.

If you would like to express interest in a private Ballet lesson with Ashley Nichole, please contact her directly at balletforskaters@gmail.com.

Dance With You Soon! - Ashley Nichole

Mentors:

  • Mentor Erin Landry of Philadanco emphasis in Ballet/ Latin
  • Ra’atira Tiana Nonosina Liufau of Nonosina  Polynesia emphasis Tahitian 
  • Kumu Mahealani Mika of Nonosina Polynesia emphasis Hula

Matt Reiner

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.”

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 Double Gold Medalist
2020 USFS Sectional Competitor

Additional Languages:
Japanese

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