Skating Professional Coaches

Hiring a Private Coach
This is a good article from US Figure Skating on how to select the best coach for you or your child.
Proper Procedures for Changing Coaches
Following these steps will help you make the switch to a new coach and still maintain a comfortable relationship within the rink.

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Champlain Valley Skating Club approved coaches:

Melody Benson (610) 704-8205  Melody is an active member of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association as a full time coach, choreographer, competitive adult skater, and trial official. She won a gold medal at the 2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships (Adult Nationals), while also coaching a student to achieve a gold medal at both the 2016 and 2018 Adult Eastern Sectionals, and a bronze medal at Adult Nationals in 2018. She did most of her training and skating tests in the Philadelphia area and Wilmington, DE., alongside many National, World, and Olympic competitors, where she had the great opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and choreographers in the country. Melody also teaches group lessons at Leddy Park Arena for Burlington Parks & Recreation. She loves teaching beginners through advanced students, young children through adults, and both recreational and competitive skaters. Please contact her for lesson rates.

Vera Bowen (802) 496-3770 Vera is a former National Jr. Dance champion and  completed her Gold Dance and 7th figure tests.  Her students have won National Jr Dance titles, competed in Sr. Dance and Internationally.  She teaches all aspects of figure skating and her students have passed their Gold Dances, Gold Free Dance, International Dances, 8th figure tests, Senior Moves and Senior Freestyle.  Vera has students who range in age from pre-teen to octogenarians.  Vera is member of the PSA and is Master Rated in Dance and Free Dance and has been a PSA Examiner. Rate: $60/hr

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Jillian Geiss Frascoia  802-318-2364 Jillian is a member of US Figure Skating, Learn to Skate USA and the Professional Skaters Association. She is the director of the Vermont Skating Academy which is a Learn to Skate USA program at the Essex Skating Facility which includes group lessons, introduction to private lessons and competitive freestyle ice. She was a New England Regional competitor at the Novice level and has her Junior Freestyle Test, 5th Figure and Pre Silver dance tests.  Jillian has been instructing for over 30 years in this community and been a member of CVSC for 37 years and is currently an active board member and professional liaison for the club. She enjoys teaching both competitive and recreational figure skaters of all ages. Jillian is a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Rate: $54/hr.


Martha Harding  (802) 238-0686 – Martha is a member of the PSA and a Master rated professional in Figures, Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Group, and a Registered rated professional in Team skating. She has passed her 8th Figure, Senior Freestyle and Silver Dance tests and has 35 years of experience teaching. Her students range from children to adults, and include both recreational and competitive skaters. Her students have medaled at Regionals, Sectionals, Adult Nationals and Collegiate Nationals competitions. Martha is a professional for On Thin Ice and Vermont Children’s Theatre On Ice. Rate: $63/hour


Gabrielle Kalinen (802) 881-9032  Gabrielle is an active member of US Figure Skating and the PSA and holds a gold singles and pairs judging appointment with the US Figure Skating Association.  She has passed her Senior Moves in the Field and Intermediate Freeskate tests.  She has skated competitively for 12 years and has placed in the top 10 for qualifying rounds at New England Regional’s at the intermediate level.  She is currently a senior at the University of Vermont and is an active member of their skating club as the treasurer and freestyle chair.  Additionally, she is captain of the UVM Ice Cats who perform at the UVM Men’s varsity hockey home games.  She loves working with people ranging in all ages and abilities.  Rate:  $46/hour, $20 Intro to Private/half session.

Jennifer Lupia  (802) 309-0419 – Jenn’s web page Jenn’s FaceBook page  2017 World Figure Silver Medalist,  World Figure Hall of Fame Inductee plus  Gold Medal Status in Dance, CFSC Dance, Figures, Freestyle, Free Dance, Moves in The Field, PSA Rated Registered MIF & FS, Power Hockey Level 2.  As a coach, Jennifer’s objective is to encourage her students to set goals and achieve their dreams. She instills a sense of diligence and dedication as well as the joy of skating through creativity. Plus every summer Jennifer takes skaters to Lake Placid for a training camp.  Jennifer coaches all levels and abilities. She does have some lesson slots still open. Rate: $64/hour


Julie MacDonald  (802) 863-3031 – Julie is a member of US Figure Skating and the PSA.  She has passed the ISI Freestyle 3 and Figure 1 tests, the US Figure Skating Preliminary Freestyle, Moves and Figure tests, and Preliminary Dances. Julie teaches group lessons for the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department and the Essex Skating Academy.  She is the coordinator of the Advanced Group lesson skating class at Leddy Arena, and also teaches Beginner Hockey Skating Skills. Julie has taught private and group lessons for the past 39 years. She is available to teach all ages, from 3-year-olds through adults and has some slots still open for this winter. Rate: $50/session, Intro to Private Lessons: $20 per 1/2 session

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Patricia A. Stokowski, PhD, (802) 383-8951 – Patricia is a Gold Medalist and specialist in ice dance who coaches all ages / all levels in ice dance and moves in the field.  Her students have competed and medaled at Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, New England regional and Eastern sectional ice dance competitions, and Adult National Championships, and her teams have placed within the top six at Junior National Championships. She is eager to share her love of ice dance with both competitive and recreational skaters! Beyond the rink, Pat is a Professor in the Rubenstein School at the University of Vermont.  Rate: $63/ hour

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