Private Figure Skating Lessons

Private Skating Lessons are available at the George S. Eccles Ice Center. We have, on staff, several talented skating professionals who are qualified to teach all levels of figure skating, hockey and power skating.

What are the benefits of taking private lessons?
One on one instruction allows for more rapid progression.
Private lessons allow for a more personalized training environment.
A coach can prepare skaters for competitions and special events such as ice shows and exhibitions.

How do I choose a coach?
Read the list of qualifications for each coach.
Observe the coaches at work. Watch each instructor teach and take note of the qualities and teaching techniques that you like. This is a good way to determine which coach will work best with you and your child(ren).

How do I set up private lessons?
Speak with the coach directly to arrange for lessons, by calling or emailing the coach.

Things to remember
Each Ice Time or Freestyle is paid for at the front desk, while private lesson fees are paid directly to the coach.
Skaters do not need to complete all classes in the Learn-to-Skate program to begin private lessons.
Skaters can simultaneously take Learn-to-Skate and private lessons.


*Over 11 years personal skating experience including participating in local and regional competitions, ice shows, and off-ice training.
*USFS Novice Moves-in-the-Field and Intermediate Freeskate.
*Two-time recipient of the Eccles Ice Center Merit Scholarship.
*Eccles Ice Center group skating coach.
*Participated in Eccles Ice Center group lessons internship program.
*Eccles Ice Center front desk employee.
*Full-time student at Utah State University studying English and Family & Human Development.

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Professional show skater for 6 years with Disney On Ice. Also performed for Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan and cruise ship shows. Trained in Yokohama, Japan, and was a competitive skater for 15 years. Competed on all levels on the Japanese team and in 1998 became a Novice National Medalist. Competed with the Japanese National Team, Junior and Senior levels. Participated in the Junior Grand Prix of Canada in 2004, and skated in many other international figure skating championships. Pairs skater with husband, John McKinnon. Fluent in English and Japanese. Specializes in all levels and disciplines of figure skating.

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Figure skating coach since 1996. Professional show skater for 12 years with Disney on Ice. Skated in the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. Pairs skater with wife, Hiroe Kakisawa, and starred in Disney On Ice’s Lion King as Simba and Nala in the show. Skated competitively for 19 years. Regional champion, qualifier for Junior Nationals and two time medalist at Collegiate Nationals. Completed USFSA Gold Freestyle test and Gold Moves in the Field test. Also passed USFSA Novice Pairs Test. Specializes in all levels and disciplines of figure skating.

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*Competitive Figure Skater with USFS for 8 years with the prestigious Dallas Figure Skating Club – trained under national and world renowned coaches, Christopher Pottenger, Olga Ganicheva, and Allen Schramm.
*Coaching experience includes 3 years at home rink in Dallas and a summer at University of Denver. Skate Coach for EIC School Outreach and Learn-to-Skate programs.
*Tested as far as Juvenile Moves-in-the-Field and continue to work towards Senior moves.
*Experience judging through the Dallas Figure Skating Club.

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