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Figure Skating Coaches

About Private Lessons

If you are interested in private instruction, Ashburn Ice House can try to facilitate initial contact with an individual instructor by filling out the registration form below. Please remember that many instructors already have full schedules, especially during the winter months. Please make yourself available as often as possible to increase your chances of hearing from a coach.

Ashburn Ice House Instructors operate as independent contractors in regards to Private Lessons. All scheduling and payments and any contractual obligations you make with them are made directly with the instructor.

Payment for the specific type of practice ice you receive your lesson on is made directly to the front desk PRIOR to getting on the ice and is NOT included in the price of the Private Lesson. Please be sure to have your instructor explain this before agreeing to a lesson.

Instructor pricing varies from $35-$50 per half hour lesson. Ice charges vary depending on the specific type of practice ice. Please confirm all charges with the Private Lesson Instructor before the lesson.

Guest Coaches may request privileges by emailing the skating director at LTS@Ashburnice.com. Anyone found to be teaching without permission will be asked to leave the ice immediately.

Private Lesson Request Registration

Please fill this registration out to check on Instructor availability.

Ashburn Ice House Instructors Available for Private Lessons

Sharon Brusie

Sharon grew up locally and started her skating career under the tutelage of Olympic and World Figure Skating coach Audrey Weisiger. Sharon has a lifelong love of skating and as a child competed Regionally, as a singles skater, and both Nationally and Internationally as a member of a Synchronized Skating Team. She has been coaching all ages and ability levels since 1998. She coaches both moves in the field and freestyle for figure skaters. She has coached many of her students through the moves in the field tests to achieve Gold Medal status. Her skaters also compete locally and in the regional US Figure Skating Championships. Hockey players are also a favorite of hers to work with, and she has been involved in developing and training hockey players on their edge and power skating skills. Many of her hockey skaters play on travel, selects, and Little Caps Teams. 
Sharon holds a Registered and Certified PSA Rating in both Moves in the Field and Synchronized Skating and is CER compliant. Recently, she skated on the DC Edge Masters Team for 3 years where she earned bronze, silver, and a National Championship title in 2017. She also coached with DC Edge and Team Ashburn Synchronized Skating Teams for a total of 13 years, where several of her teams medaled at the Eastern Sectional Championships. 
Sharon understands the importance of setting and achieving goals. Off the ice she has found a passion for Triathlon events and trains to compete. Whatever your aspirations on the ice are she can challenge you to meet and exceed your expectations.  Professional memberships include: PSA, USFS, and WFSC.

Tina Buckingham

Tina has her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education K-12 from Mount Union College and her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland. She has been coaching skaters since 1997.
Tina works with skaters of all ages and skill levels. She has experience with both beginning and advanced level figure skaters and is able to help them with their moves in the field, jumps, spins and choreography. Her skaters compete in figure skating competitions throughout the year.
Tina also works with hockey players learning to skate to play hockey or skaters looking to improve their power and agility on the ice. Several of her students are playing on travel teams in the area.
Tina has experience working with skaters with special needs.
Tina has her Novice level freestyle and figures and two of the Pre-Silver Dances.
She has participated in competitions in Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Michigan-including the Eastern Great Lake Regional Competition.
Tina is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, United States Figure Skating and is CER Compliant. She is also certified in First Aid and CPR.

Melissa Daniluck

Melissa grew up skating in the Northern Virginia area at Reston SkateQuest and then at Fairfax Ice Arena where she skated as a member of the Capitol Steps synchronized skating team for 2 years as a Junior Classic team member.  Melissa has been coaching group and private lessons since 2000 at the Ashburn Ice House.  Melissa joined the Team Ashburn synchronized skating coaching staff in 2009.  Melissa coaches skaters of all ages in groups, freestyle, moves in the field, and synchronized skating.  Professional memberships include: PSA & USFS.  Additionally, Melissa has a Masters of Elementary Education from George Mason University and is a first grade teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools.

Leslie Fleming

Whether you're just beginning to skate or ready to test and compete, let's make reaching your goals fun.

  • 20+ years of coaching experience 
  • Gold Level Dance & Novice Freestyle completed
  • Member of Professional Skaters Association, United States Figure Skating, Washington Figure Skating Club

Available to teach both private and semi-private lessons, I offer a flexible schedule to meet your needs. From children to adults, beginners, and those with special needs, I look forward to skating together.

Daphne Frysiek

 Daphne started skating at the age of 4 in London, England.  She was a member of the British international ice dance team and medaled both nationally and internationally.

She has over 30 years coaching experience during which time she has coached skaters at all levels, from grass roots to national and international level.

Daphne specializes in Ice Dancing and Choreography.

Ruslan Goncharov

Rebecca Healey

Becky has been coaching since 2003. She is rated through Professional Skaters Association, is a member of US Figure Skating and is CER compliant. Becky is pursuing a second degree in Exercise Science. She enjoys working with skaters of all ages on beginning hockey skating, moves in the field, freestyle skills and off-ice conditioning.

Brenda Hinkle

Over 35 years figure skating instructor experience, the last 10 at the Ashburn Ice House.  Expertise in freestyle, moves in the field, synchronized skating and basic skills, all of multiple levels and ages. 

Taylor Holz

Although having begun her skating career in freestyle in 1997, Taylor’s true passion was found in synchronized skating. Since joining the sport in 2002 Taylor has skated on teams from the beginner to senior level. As a 5-time member of Team USA with California Gold and Adrian College Synchronized Skating Teams, Taylor earned sectional and national medals. Taylor is a head coach for Team Ashburn Synchronized Skating Teams and has coached teams from beginner through IJS levels.
She enjoys coaching skaters of all levels and ages in moves in the field, and individual skills.

Taylor Hoover

Taylor started skating at the age of 4, at the Ashburn Ice House.  She skated under coaches Rashid Kadyrkaev and Vitaliy Shalin during her competitive years. Taylor is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and competed through Junior Freestyle. Taylor’s favorite memories of figure skating include training camps with Alexei Mishin and competing at U.S Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, NY. 
Taylor recently graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Health Sciences and is continuing her education at Shenandoah University for second degree Nursing.  
Whether it be taking their first steps on the ice or going to competitions, Taylor enjoys working with all types of skaters.  Taylor’s extensive training also gives her the ability to work with hockey players for power skating and agility.  

Kristin Huppi

Kristin started skating at age 8. Having grown up in Northern Virginia, she skated at Fairfax Ice Arena and then at Reston SkateQuest as a singles competitor where she trained under National level coaches.  Kristin has been coaching group and private lessons since 2000 at the Ashburn Ice House. Kristin started skating with DC Edge Adult and Masters teams in 2009 and has been skating with them ever since, winning the National Title in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017. She joined the DC Edge coaching staff in 2012.  Kristin is also a physical therapist and spends much of her time helping skaters from a rehabilitative perspective. Professional memberships include: USFS,  PSA, APTA, NSCA.

Rashid Kadyrkaev

Rashid is Executive Director of Figure Skating Development at Ashburn Ice House from 1998
Rashid has been coaching and consulting in Russia, Turkey and USA over 25 year at all level of skaters, including many skaters in US National and International team members in singles, pairs and partially dance team, mostly lifts and spins areas.
Rashid had numerous skaters who medaled US National, Internationally and other National Federations in the Figure Skating.
His teaching and specializing areas are on the intense training, jump technique, spins and choreography, off ice training and strength conditions, managing the skating careers.

Background of teaching philosophy and training schools are from coaches: Valery Tukov, Stanislav Zhuk (creator of I.J.S.), Tamara and Igor Moskvin, Tatiana Tarasova and Professor Alexey Mishin (seminars) in cities Tashkent, Moscow and St. Petersburg, USSR and Ashburn, USA.
Rashid graduated in 1986 Bachelor’s Degree from Military University of Physical Education
St. Petersburg, Russia
2003 PhD degree in Pedagogue from University of Sport – St. Petersburg, Russia
PSA Master Rated Coach in Singles, USA
PSA and USFSA member
His skating highlights career includes  
Rashid started skating the age of 7 in Tashkent, USSR.

He was a member of Soviet Union National Pairs team and competed for USSR from age 15

  • 1989- World championship, Pairs - 6th place
  • 1989- European Championship, Pairs - 4th place
  • 1989- World Professional Championship, Pairs - 3rd place
  • 1987 – 1989 U.S.S.R. National Championships – 3 time Bronze Medalists 
  • 1987 World University Games, Pairs – Gold Medalists  
  • 1986 “Moscow News” International, Pairs – Gold Medalists
  • 1980, 1981 Junior World Championships, Pairs – Silver & Bronze Medalists

Professional Skating Shows

  • 1993 – 1994 The Principal Skater in Dorothy Hamill’s “Ice Capades”
  • 1989 – 1993 Principal Skater with “Russian All Stars” directed by Tatiana Tarasova                                                                

Max Katchanov

Max is an international medalist in Ice Dancing, representing the Russian National Figure Skating Team. He was a principal skater in Disney On Ice, Ice Theatre of the Russian All-Stars as well as other international productions. He is educated in the Russian Training School for Olympic candidates and has a degree in International Master of Sports.

Elizabeth Kiken

Elizabeth has been coaching for more than a decade and is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, USFS and is CER compliant. She has International Dances, her Gold Freedance, 7th Figure and Novice Freeskate. She has toured around the country for competitions and shows (including 'Dreams on Ice', a Nancy Kerrigan special, aired on NBC). She has been certified since 1994 to teach Moves in the Field. Elizabeth is available to teach moves in the field, ice dancing, stroking and technique, and freestyle. She enjoys working with skaters of all levels (in English or French) to help them reach their goals.

Andrey Kryukov

Andrey Kryukov- Andrey has been coaching in the US for over 20 years at the highest levels. His skating career highlights include 1998 Olympic Games Competitor & 7-time World Competitor. Over his coaching career, Andrey’s skaters have medaled at the Regional, Sectional, US National levels. He has also coached skaters to the World Championships and the 2014 Olympic Games.
Andrey holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Education with extensive training in physical preparation for skaters. Specializing in jump technique, moves in the field, off-ice conditioning, he works with skaters from all levels to reach their potential.
PSA/USFS member

Kelly Kryukov

Kelly Kryukov- Kelly’s skating career began in Canada where she achieved Gold level in figures, freestyle and dance. Now coaching for over 25 years, she instructs skaters of all levels, focusing on moves in the field, spins and off-ice conditioning.
PSA/USFS member

Piper Kuesters

Piper began Figure Skating at the age of 7.  Training at rinks in Upstate New York and Lake Placid with Olympic coaches Richard Callahan, Mark Militano and Ron Luddington. When her family relocated to Northern Virginia she practiced at rinhks in Fairfax, Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware. She pursued all disciplines of skating-testing in figures, freestyle, dance, pairs. Piper competed at the Regional and National level in singles, pairs and synchronized skating. She is an advanced Freestyle skater and a Gold level dancer.
She has been coaching for 18 years at The Ashburn Ice House and Kettler Iceplex. Working with individuals, helping them pursue their skating dreams. Training them to compete at local and regional competitions. She is an accomplished Moves in the Field instructor and has successfully coached her students to Gold level status. She coaches skaters at the recreational level as well as young hockey players seeking to improve their technical skills. She has been called Skating "mom" by her students. If you are looking for a passionate, dedicated professional then Piper is the coach for you. She will guide and advise you in a sport that is not highly structured and create a personalized training path for your son or daughter so they can successfully achieve their goals.
Piper holds a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a mom raising three children in the Ashburn community. She understands how it is to be a parent of an athlete.
United States Figure Skating and Professional Skating Association member and completed the Coaches Compliance requirements.
Piper strives to develop not only individuals who excel in the Sport of Figure Skating but also become confident young people of upright character who lead positive, productive lives long after they have hung up their skates.

Kitty Kelly McGorry

As an amateur, Kitty Kelly McGorry competed Nationally and Internationally for Canada. She is a double gold medalist in figures and freestyle in both Canada and the United States. After turning pro, she performed as a principal in Ice Capades for 7 years, performed in 2 TV Specials and performed with Ice Theater of New York and Icesemble in Chicago. While in Chicago, she got her Theater Degree at Northwestern University, and also studied drama at Yale. Kitty has been coaching competitive skaters for the past 15 years. Her students have competed at the Regional, Sectional, Junior National, National and Adult National levels. She is the Director and Choreographer for Capital Theatre on Ice. She also coaches synchronized skating for Team Ashburn. Kitty McGorry coaches Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Power, Synchronized Skating and Choreography.

Cassandra Milosh

Cassandra is a national-level synchronized skating coach and the Director of Skating for the Team Ashburn Synchronized Skating teams.  She grew up in the Greater Boston area and is a life-long synchronized skater, having participated in the sport since 1995.  She has earned many national and international medals with The Colonials Synchronized Skating teams as a member of Team USA.  She also won two national championships with the Esprit de Corps Adult synchronized skating team representing the Hayden Recreation Center FSC.  Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, Cassandra was the Assistant Coach of the Adrian College Varsity Synchronized Skating and Figure Skating teams in Adrian, Michigan.  Cassandra has coached synchronized skating teams from the beginner though elite-senior levels.  She enjoys coaching skaters of all ages in the development of strong individual skating skills with a focus on the quality and execution of the basics, as well as moves in the field.  Cassandra is a member of PSA, USFS, is CER compliant, and a certified Elementary Education teacher.

Inna Ovsiannikova

Sydney Rose

Sydney Rose is a Team Ashburn alumni who has skated and competed since the age of 8 years old.  Sydney studied IDLS Elementary Education at James Madison University.  She has served as both a head coach and assistant coach to the Team Ashburn Preliminary and Exhibition teams over the past three seasons and will be coaching exhibition and pre-juvenile this season. 

Nohely Sanchez

Nohely Sanchez has been skating for 13 years and has worked with National and International-level coaches.  She has been competing since 2008, and has been a part of the Capital Theatre on Ice teams for the last four years, representing her rink at the National Championships.  She has passed her Novice Moves in the Field and Intermediate Freestyle tests, and she continues to develop her technical skills, working towards achieving Gold Medal status.  She also has experience in ballet.As a coach, Nohely works with all ages and levels, but she particularly enjoys teaching jumps and spins.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and she is happy to coach in either language.  She is a USFS and PSA member.

Katrina Shalin

Katrina has been involved in figure skating since 1998. She has ten years of skating experience and nine years of ballet training. She was a competitive skater at the junior and senior level. She is a US National Competitor and an Australian National competitor. She has also passed her senior tests in moves-in-the-field and ice dance. She has been coaching since 2007. Katrina coaches all levels of skaters from tots to adults, and from beginner to Junior National & National competitive skaters. She specializes in ice dancing, moves in the field, stroking, choreography, ballet and off-ice conditioning.

Vitaliy Shalin

Vitaliy started skating at the age of 4 in Ukraine. He traveled throughout Europe and competed nationally and international in ice-dancing for Ukraine., France, and United States. He has 10 years of coaching experience and has coached skaters to sectional, junior national, and national level. He teaches kids to adults of all levels, from beginners to the Junior National/National competitive level. He specializes in ice-dancing, power stroking and moves in the field.

Tommy Steenberg

Tommy Steenberg is a PSA Master Rated Choreographer and Certified Free Skating Coach. He competed internationally for Team USA for 8 years. His competitive accomplishments include: 3x Junior Grand Prix Champion, 10x national competitor (2001-2010), 3x national medalist (intermediate, novice, and junior), 2008 Regional and Sectional Champion, and 2008 Junior World top 10 finisher. He won the 2010 Young Artists Showcase Choreography Competition and guest choreographed for the Ice Theatre of NY. From 2010-2012, he performed with the George Mason University Dance Company. Tommy has been a faculty member for Audrey Weisiger’s Grassroots to Champions nationwide seminars since 2008. In 2013, he graduated from the GMU Honors College with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Accounting and is a CPA. He is a triple gold medalist (Moves/Freestyle ’05, Solo Free Dance ’17), CER Category A compliant, and specializes in jumps, pole harness, spins, choreography, and footwork.

Sandy Hurtubise-Ulmer

Triple Gold Medalist.
30 years coaching.
National,International athlete in Singles and Pairs.
National. International coach in Singles and Pairs.
U.S. Figure Skating Official.
National Technical Specialist in Singles and Pairs.
Graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Individual and Family Studies(B.S.).

Sandy has worked with Don Laws, Ron Ludington and Richard Callahan.

  • Jr. Pairs National Silver Medalist
  • Championship Pairs Olympic Alternate

Sandy has had many of her own student medal at Nation Level Competitions.

Teaching motto: You are what you practice!

Madison Vinci

Dani Viola

Dani has been skating since 2000. She started out as a singles competitor, as well as taking dance with the professional company at City Dance and working out with a personal trainer who taught many Olympic athletes in VA. She has her Gold in Moves in the Field and has passed her Junior level in Singles.  In 2010 she moved in to pairs and went to California to train with Olympic coach John Nicks and Scott Wendland. That year she made it to the 2011 sectional championships and left with a proud 5th place. In 2012 she changed partners and went to Colorado with famous pair coach Dalilah Sappenfield at the World Arena Olympic training center.   In 2012 Sectionals Dani and her partner placed 2nd and made it to the 2013 National Championships in San José, CA where they earned 6th in the nation. This is Dani’s first year coaching but she excited to teach all she has learned in Skating. Dani is featured in the U.S. Figure Skating "Skate Coach" app for pair skating. Some of Dani’s skating is posted on YouTube under her name.

Inna Volyanskaya

Inna was a pair skater with the Soviet Union National Team, twice placing first in the Soviet Union Cup. Inna also had a lot of success internationally achieving gold, silver, and bronze medals in various international competitions. Inna studied and graduated from the Moscow University of Physical Culture. After competing for many years, Inna was chosen for the leading role in Tatiana Tarasova’s ice theater known as “Russian All-Stars” performing all around the world. Later Inna was chosen to skate as Princess Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Cinderella in in the ice show “Cinderella”, Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, and Ariel in Disney on Ice’s “The Little Mermaid”. In 2002, Inna began her coaching career and coach’s beginner to senior level skaters. Inna specializes in jump technique, choreography, moves in the field, spins, off-ice conditioning, and stroking. 

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