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

Phone: 714.692.8776 Ext 4 

Email: SJude@the-rinks.com 

Skating Manager 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: 714.469.6619

Email: CoachAshleyBalch@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.

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!

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. Anna works with skaters of all levels including recreational and elite competitors. PSA/USFS member.

Phone: 949.374.6425

Email: Shellbelle20@gmail.com

Double gold medalist in singles freeskate and moves in the field; 17 years of teaching all levels of figure skating including beginners, recreational skaters, regional/national skaters, and beginner hockey levels. Skilled member of PSA, ISI and USFS with an extensive expertise in jump technique taught by John Nicks along with a passion for choreography. CPR certified.

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..

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!

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.

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.

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.

Jacqie Shaffer

Phone: 714.396.8592

Email: coachjacqie@toepicksandtoeloops.com

Member of USFA, PSA, ISI and has a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. USFA Double Gold Medalist. Many years of competitive experience and holds a national ranking. Whatever the skater’s goals or wishes may be, from wanting to be a national competitor, to learning to skate faster than their friends, they are all equal in value and they all start with the same thing—that first lesson! Specialties incl: Moves In The Field and Freeskating.

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!

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