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Submitted by annarbor on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 5:52pm.
Phone: (734) 476-7481
Field Moves, Dance, Synchro, Off-Ice Condidtioning
Senior MIF, PreGold Dance, Int FS
I began skating at the age of 6 and immediately loved the sport. I was a competitive synchronized skater at the National level from 1991-2001. I also tested and competed in freestyle, dance, figures, and field moves. I then went to Miami University and was a member of the Varsity Synchronized Skating Team all four years of college as well as team captain and club president during my senior year. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Engineering Management. As a part of the Miami Team, I was a: 1999 US National Champion, 1998/2001 US Silver Medalist, 2000 US Bronze Medalist, 1998/99 Toronto International Bronze Medalist and Spring Cup Silver Medalist, 2001 Prague Cup Champion,1998/1999/ 2001 World Team Member, Miami University Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Awardee, Thomas J Fisher Outstanding Skater Awardee.
I received my Novice Synchronized Skating Judge*s appointment in 2001 and judged Pacific Coast Sectionals in 2002.
I have coached for the past 14 years, the last 9 years here in Ann Arbor. I specialize in synchronized skating, field moves, ice dancing, and power skating. I have taught at the Miami University Summer Figure Skating School and Summer Synchronized Skating School for 5 years as well as at various camps and summer skating schools in the Baltimore - Washington area. In the summer of 1999, I traveled to Madrid, Spain to introduce Moves in the Field and Synchronized Skating to the skaters and coaches. I conducted Moves in the Field and power skating classes, taught ways to use field moves in choreography, gave private lessons in ice dancing, team taught freestyle to skaters of all levels along with the Spanish coaches, and started the first Spanish Synchronized Skating Team.
As a coach for the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club, I work with skaters on field moves, stroking, and ice dancing. I have coached skaters past every level of field moves from pre-preliminary through senior moves. My student was the first to pass the new novice field moves in September of 2010.
As the director of the synchro program here, I have taken the Hockettes Junior Synchronized Skating Team to two U.S. National Championship Titles and two trips to the World Challenge Cup for Juniors. I have coached teams to the U.S. National Championships in every level of the sport and earned numerous Midwestern Sectional Championship titles for the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club. In 2005 I was nominated for the P.S.A/U.S.F.S Developmental Coach of the Year and Choreographer of the Year. I was named the 2005 Synchronized Team Coach of the Year by the same organizations. I have worked with the P.S.A. and U.S.F.S. in seminars across the country to promote improved edge quality and unique step sequences among our U.S. synchronized teams. Finally, I have attended educational seminars each year to expand my knowledge and improve my coaching technique in the areas of field moves, ice dance, stroking, and synchronized skating.