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Private lessons usually run 30-minutes (other options also available). Lessons for Beginner through Freestyle 1 are taught during public sessions. Lessons for levels above Freestyle 1 are held during any freestyle session. Private lessons enhance group class experiences, encourage skaters to improve skills, achieve goals and boost self-confidence. We offer a variety of coaches, each with different styles and techniques, to suit your needs.  After reviewing the staff bios, contact the pro of your choice.  Please take note that admission to the session, as well as the instructor’s rate, is due at the time of the lesson.
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John Castro- Tie, Skate School Director, for the past 20 years has coached and choreographed for both ISI and USFS competitors. John has choreographed competitors from beginner to advanced. John is the former VP of the Skating Club of New York and competitor chair for Middle Atlantic Championships.  John is also a psychotherapist in private practice.

(917)-597-4256
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Carole Liotti, Assistant Skate School Director holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Adelphi University and has 13 years of coaching experience. She is a USFS Gold Medalist, USFS and PSA member. She has trained at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, and is a former North Atlantic’s, Empire State Games competitor. Carole also manages The Great Neck Synchronized Skating program and coaches synchronized skating. She enjoys giving back to the sport and coaching students from beginner to advanced levels.

(516) 754-5713      
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Alexandra Duschl is a gold medalist in both Moves in the Field and Freestyle.  She has trained in Europe and competed internationally. She has been teaching all levels for 14 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Alexandra is currently working towards obtaining the requirements for licensing in Psychotherapy.

(516) 662-5061    

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Tracey Doyle Has earned a bachelor’s degree from C.W. Post and is a USFS Double Gold Medalist. She was a competitive singles skater and has thirty years of coaching experience teaching beginners through USFS senior level.

(914) 774-1223
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Milada Z. Kubikova-Stastny has competed in the European Championships, World Championships and the Olympic games as a pair skater. Milada also worked as a Skate School Director for 16 years. She has over 30 years experience teaching all levels and ages. Milada is PSA Master rated in Figures. Free Style, Pairs and Group instruction.

 (516) 426-5011    
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Kristina Layton has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. She has 9 years of coaching experience.  She is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the field.  Kristina has competed in several Empire State Games competitions and is a junior level freestyle skater. She loves working with children and is passionate about teaching. She coaches all levels of skating.

(516) 477-3570     
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Serguei Soukhanov is a former Russian National Senior Team member and competitor.  He performed for over 10 years as a principal in Stars on Ice. Serguei has a master’s degree in Physical Education and Sport and is a professional member of the PSA and USFS. Serguei more than 25 years of experience teaching beginners through USFS Senior level, and USA Hockey players.

(516) 263-2023     
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Danielle Starkman has over 12 years of coaching experience.  Danielle loves to share her passion for figure skating with skaters of all ages. She encourages her students to reach their fullest potential while having fun. Danielle works very well with beginner skaters of all ages.

(516) 286-6618

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Erica Starkman has been coaching for over 15 years and was a competitive ice skater who trained with Olympic coaches. She specialize in coaching recreation and competitive skating, and power skating.

(516) 286-6619
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Bonni Retzkin is an accomplished figure skating coach with years of coaching experience. Bonnie loves to share her passion for skating with others, and welcomes students of all ages and abilities. She teaches all levels from beginner to advanced skating.

(516) 343-8501

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Matt Thomas is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist and Eastern Sectional champion in Ice Dance. Over the last 29 years, Matt has gained extensive experience in competitive and recreational skating. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in music and believes in the importance of having a balance of academics, arts and physical fitness.

 (716) 870-6463
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Emily Mincone has 7 years of coaching experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Adelphi University.  Former USFS, ISI test skater and competitor. I love coaching children because I am able to inspire them to do what they love and follow their dreams.

 (917) 285-0403
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Joann Perahia has been a recreational skater for over 35 years, winning Gold medals and has participated in recreational performances with the Ice Theatre of New York in the 90’s.  Joann is a Retired IT Consultant and Acting Talent Manager. She teaches Adult Ed classes on the entertainment industry and her specialty is with beginner skaters both children and adults.

(917) 593- 7808

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Jenna Politoski USFS registered coach and former New York Islanders Ice Girl. Jenna is currently studying at Hofstra University to receive her Master’s Degree in Education. Jenna loves to share her passion for skating with others, and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.

(516) 368-4217
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Hallie RothSinger USFS registered coach, USFS Gold Medalist, and Skated on Skyliners for 6 consecutive years.  Hallie has 2 years of coaching experience. She coaches beginner skaters through Learn to Skate USA.

(516) 965-4539
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