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 Fall Class Schedule - October 10th - December 18th

Tuesdays

3:15-4:15pm - Ballet 2 - Galina Barinova 

4:15-5:15pm - Ballet 1 - Galina Barinova 

4:15-5:00pm - Bodyworks (ages 5-9) – Shannon Rakovsky* 

5:15-6:15pm - Ballet 1 - Galina Barinova - NEW CLASS STARTING 11/2

Wednesdays

4:15-5:15pm - Stretch Class – Mia Kuneshita-Dowzall 

5:15-6:00pm - Bodyworks (ages 10-14) – Shannon Rakovsky 

Thursdays

3:15-4:15pm - Ballet 1 - Galina Barinova 

4:15-5:15pm - Ballet 2 - Galina Barinova 

 

Saturdays

9:50-10:20am - Off Ice Warm Up & Stretch – Megan Wessenburg**

3:00-4:00pm - Jazz 1 (ages 7+) - Matt Reiner 

4:00-5:00pm - Hip Hop (ages 8+) - Matt Reiner 

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

Bodyworks covers basic strength, conditioning, agility, and movement

Class Dates

  • Classes begin week of October 11th – 16th and end week of December 13th – December 18th  
  • NO classes November 24th, 25th, or 27th (Week of Thanksgiving) 

Registration

  • Late registration is still open for our late fall off ice classes
  • Registration will automatically pro rate

Program Fee

1 hour Dance Classes

  • 10 weeks - $125
  • 9 weeks - $112.50

45 min Bodyworks Classes

  • 10 weeks - $100
  • 9 weeks - $90

Drop ins - $20 per class

  • Must be paid on site the day of
  • Skaters absolutely must have sticker to attend class

Note: Drop ins are not allowed for Ballet 2 or any classes that have a full roster

Make ups can be scheduled by emailing: gpifigureskating@therinks.com

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

Off-Ice Coaching Staff

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.”

 

 

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

Great Park Ice Skating School Lead – Sharon Smith
ssmith@therinks.com

Great Park Ice Skating School Lead – Jacqie Shaffer
jshaffer@therinks.com

Great Park Ice Skating Manager – Michelle Lauerman
mlauerman@therinks.com

The Rinks Figure Skating Director – Alex Chang
achang@therinks.com