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  (802) 735-8518   Coach Melody is an Adult International and National level coach, as well as an active and accomplished member of U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association as a full time coach, choreographer, and competitive adult figure skater. She is a gold medalist at the 2018 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships (Adult Nationals), while also coaching a student to achieve gold medals at both the 2016 and 2018 Adult Eastern Sectionals, and a bronze medal at Adult Nationals in 2018. Melody teaches group and private lessons all over Vermont and surrounding states. She loves coaching beginners through advanced students of all ages, recreational and competitive skaters. Please contact her for lesson rates and more information.
Candace Elmquist  Candace is a PSA-certified coach for USFS instruction. Candace passed her Moves in the Field Pre-Bronze (adult equivalent to pre-preliminary/preliminary) and Bronze (adult equivalent to preliminary/pre-juvenile) tests in August 2021. Candace skated Moves in the Field as a child, passing Intermediate Moves in the Field in 2010, and then took a break from skating until a few years ago. She is now working on her Silver Moves (adult equivalent to pre-juvenile/juvenile).

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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: $58/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: $66/hour

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: $70/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. Julie has taught private and group lessons for the past 42 years. She is available to teach all ages, from 3-year-olds through adults and has some slots still open for this winter. Rate: $54/session, Intro to Private Lessons: $27 per 1/2 session

Stephanie Siclari  Stephanie has been coaching all levels of figure skating for over 15 years. It is her passion to motivate and inspire all levels and ages of skaters by encouraging each skater to be the best version of themselves and to reach their fullest potential through building confidence and positivity. She is the creator of SKATERFIT- online and in-person off-ice and on-ice training programs.  Stephanie is a 2x U.S. national champion and Team USA member in synchronized skating. She was a senior ladies competitor, Connecticut Nutmeg State Champion, and has participated in the Ice Capades, Symphony On Ice, and Hot and Gold ice shows, as well as numerous local ice shows. She holds a gold medal in moves in the field and freestyle and has passed the 3rd figure test and 2 pre-gold dances. She began her coaching career in her home state of CT and also coached in Las Vegas, NV where she co-coached the Las Vegas Ice Theatre team to a national pewter medal in their inaugural season. Additionally, her students have tested and competed at various levels, including regionals. Her skaters have also competed at the US National, International, and World Synchronized Championships. Stephanie works with skaters around the country and world for on-ice and off-ice lessons.  When not skating, Stephanie enjoys running, yoga, hiking, and spreading kindness and positivity!  Rate: $70/hour

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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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