Skating Staff Guide

All instructors are independent contractors who use the Yorba Linda ICE facility to teach private lessons and, therefore, set their own schedules, lesson fees, and policies. Below you will find a list of our private lesson instructors, a brief biography of their background, and their contact information. Please contact our Skating Lead, Shari Jude, should you need assistance in selecting an instructor. She can be reached at 714.692.8776 ext. 4 or via email at sjude@therinks.com

Skating Professionals

Shari Heywood-Jude

Phone: 714.692.8776 Ext 4 

Email: SJude@the-rinks.com 

Skating Lead at Yorba Linda ICE. USFS Double Gold Medalist. Over 30 years coaching experience with all levels of skaters Specializes in Singles, Ice Dancing (partnered and solo), Ice Dancing Freedance,(partner and solo), and Moves In The Field. Trained under US World Team Coaches in Singles and Ice Dancing. Trained extensively in off-ice: Ballroom, Power Stroking, and Off-Ice strength. Principal performer in Ice Capades National tour 5 years. PSA/USFS.

Phone: 760.473.9525

Email: gina.deson@gmail.com

Gina was a competitive figure skating for 15 years and has been coaching since 2011. ISI and PSA member and USFS Coach compliant. She loves working with any and all ages; she has a passion for helping kids fall in love with the sport of skating like she did 20 years ago. Her goal is to teach kids on the ice and for them to walk away with lessons and skills they can use in other areas of their life. Come skate with her and have some fun!

Wendy (Xiaowen) Guo

Phone: 925-353-7121

Email:  414171531@qq.com

Chinese National Medalist, Junior Grand Prix medalist, and Grand Prix Competitor. Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and MIF (Chinese equivalent). Wendy was a principal Performer for Holiday On Ice in Europe and has her B.A. in Physical Education. Wendy specializes in off ice and on ice training. Wendy works with skaters of all levels including recreational and elite competitors. PSA/USFS member.

Michelle Hardin

Phone: 949.374.6425

Email: Shellbelle20@gmail.com

Double Gold Medalist in Senior Free-skate Test and Senior Moves in the field Test; PSA/USFS active member; PSA ranking level 3; USFS Senior ladies Regional Bronze Medalist; USFS Senior Ladies Sectional competitor; multiple Hall of Fame Awards for best choreographed programs such as Dinger Award. Jump and Free-skate training and technique taught under World and Olympic iconic coach John W.Nicks. Advanced Spin technique taught under Yvonne Littlefield. Choreography and off ice techniques taught by National ballet choreographer Diane Kovosic.Michelle’s ballet principles scale from basic technique to point and partnering. Michelle holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Fullerton in Communications focusing in the field of Entertainment. She is also CPR certified and has special needs training. Michelle has now been coaching competitive skating for 17 years and is experienced in freestyle, MIF, theater, ballet/off ice agility training for both figure skaters and hockey players, and is a skilled choreographer. Michelle has coached multiple regional, sectional and National champions here in the U.S in free-skate as well as National showcase. Her expertise is in choreography and jumps, training professional skaters now skating for Disney on Ice and Willy Beitek productions.

Stephanie Horton

Phone: 714.310.1786

Email: Steph.horton7@gmail.com

USFS and PSA member. Double Gold medalist in Freeskate and Moves in the Field. 7 Regional Competitor. Pacific Coast Sectionals Champion and National Competitor. National Collegiate Competitor. Stephanie trained under world renowned coaches such as Ronnie Robertson, Richard Ewell, and Philip Mills. Show skater with Silerwood Theme Park. Over 20 years of skating experience. She teaches all levels and all ages and helps them achieve their goals. Specialties include jumps and spin technique.

Phone: 630-731-7889

Email: anna@skatologyice.com

 

PSA Rating: Certified Free Skating and Certified Moves In The Field. Anna is a Triple Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Pairs, and Moves in the Field (Russian Equivalent). Anna is a former International competitor and was a member of The Russian National Team competing in both Senior and Junior. Trained by renowned Olympic and World Coaches: Natalya Pavlova and Nina Mozer. Anna has over 17 years of Coaching Experience in Freestyle, MIF, Pairs, Jump & Spins, Showcase /Theatre on Ice, and Power & Agility for Hockey and Figure skaters on and off the ice. Anna received a degree in coaching at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education –and Moscow Olympic College-Degree in early Childhood Development. Anna was also a Principal skater for “Disney on Ice”. Anna works with skaters of all levels including recreational and elite competitors. PSA /USFA Member..

Nicole Lee

Phone: 714.397.1423

Email: Nicolejlee123@gmail.com

ISI and USFS certified. Over 10 years of skating and 15 years of dance and choreography experience. Extremely knowledgeable about off-ice strength and flexibility training. Currently pursuing a degree in child development, enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially Tots!

Stacy Leung

iskate50@yahoo.com

503-710-5892

Stacy was National and International competitor. Chinese National Ice Dance Sliver Medalist, Junior National Champion. Ladies Juvenile Champion. Chinese National team member for 6 years and Chinese Master rated athlete. USFS Gold medalist. Physical Education degree from Beijing Sports University. Over 20 years coaching experience she taught skaters and Seminar from Basic Skills to International Competitors. Specializes in Singles, Ice Dancing, Choreography, Edges and Off Ice Training. She enjoy teaching skaters at all levels and ages. Member of PSA, USFS.

Ashley McMahan

Ashleymc14@sbcglobal.net

714-552-6297

Ashley has been involved in figure skating for 14 years and was competitive for 8 years. She is a PSA and USFS member. She enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels. She wants her students to have fun and wants to share her love of skating with her students. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Doug Murray

909-838-3284

Dougmurray91@gmail.com

Doug has been coaching for over 28 years. He is 5 time US National Competitor, Pacific Coast Sectional Silver medalist, and USFS Triple Gold Medalist. Doug coached at “The Ice Castle International Training Center” for 24 years where he worked with national and world class skaters from around the world. He was also part of world renowned Rafeal Arutyunyan’s coaching team. He has worked with countless number of International, World, and Junior World competitors. Doug works with skaters of all levels including recreational and elite competitors. PSA /USFS member.

Tiahna Panagotacos

Phone: 951.264.2712

Email: Ttacos1996@gmail.com

USFS/ISI Member. United States Regional Competitor- 9 years competitive experience - trained under World Class Coaches. Specializes in all levels, from Tots to Advanced. Enjoys inspiring each student’s love of skating combined with experienced and skillful coaching.

China Quinn

Phone: 562-659-3333

Email: chinaloza@hotmail.com

China is a National Gold medalist for LA ICE theatre, and a World Silver Medalist for LA Ice Theatre. She is a USFS Double Gold Medalist. China trained under world renowned Frank Carrol, Christa Fassi and Dianne de Leeuw. China was also headlined in Knott’s Berry Farm Holiday Show and starred in Willy Bietak’s Freedom Crusie Ship choreographed by Chris Nolan. China works with skaters of all levels including recreational and elite competitive. (PSA member/USFS member/LTS-USA

Katie Schaefer

Phone: 714.292.0755

Email: k.schaefer414@gmail.com

USFS Gold Medalist and Regional Competitor. Over 13 years of skating and competitive training in Singles and Moves In The Field. Has extensive off ice training in strength and jumps. Training in ice dancing. Specializes in singles, choreography, power skating, edge work and off ice training. Works with Tots through Seasoned Competitors. USFS/ISI Member.

Elena Segal

Phone: 310.663.1510

Email: segalelena@yahoo.com

Elena is an international certified ballet teacher with over 30 years of experience . She received training under the Bolshoi Ballet ( Moscow ) , American Ballet Theatre ( New York ) , Royal Ballet Academy ( London ) and International Association of Dance Medicine and Science . She is a certified Teacher of ABT ( New York ) , she has CPD certificates from London , UK and Seattle , WA . In addition she has numerous education in athletic training and degree in advanced management (MBA). She has had extensive experience in the Russia at the Olympic Center and USA working with Singles , Pairs , Ice Dancers ( balance, speed, jumps, turns, classical arms , grace and stage presence ) and synchronized skating teams.

Beatrice Woelfel

Phone: 951-850-2072

Email: beatricewoelfel@gmail.com

 

USFS/LTS-USA and PSA member. USFS gold medalist in Moves in the Field and pre-gold Medalist in Ice Dance. Over twelve years of competitive singles skating. Competed internationally on Theater Team and extensive experience with competitive synchronized skating on the National level. Emphasis on ice dance, moves in the field, and edge work. Love to teach skaters of all ages!

Ashley Zdunich

Phone: 714.469.6619

Email: CoachAshleyZ@gmail.com

Involved in figure skating as either a coach or competitor for over twenty years. Experienced at coaching competitive ISI, USFS, stroking, choreography, dance, stretch, off-ice strength training/conditioning, and power skating for hockey players. Extensive dance training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, modern, and ballroom. ABA trained behavioral therapist with over ten years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities both on and off the ice. Committed to helping all skaters reach their goals whether they are competitive or recreational in nature.