All SkateQuest coaches have undergone background screening and fulfilled requirements as laid out by US Figure Skating. Please take your time to read through the short biographies below to find the coach that is right for you or your child.
Private lessons typically cost $35-50 per 30 minute lesson. The fee is based on the instructor’s experience and Professional Skaters Association rating. Ice time ($6-9) and skate rental ($4) are an additional fee.
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Miranda has called SkateQuest her home rink since she began skating at the age of two. During her time on the ice, she skated as a member of the Washington Figure Skating Club and was a South Atlantic Regional medalist. She is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and is trained in Freestyle. Miranda is currently a member of the PSA, WFSC, USFS and Learn to Skate USA. She has been coaching for 7 years and enjoys sharing her love for skating with students. She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels and has worked with students as young as 2 ½ years old.
Kaitlin has been teaching group lessons and coaching private lessons for 10 years. She grew up in Northern Virginia, training in Reston and Ashburn. She was a USFSA Gold Medalist, competing all the way up through Senior Ladies. After her competitive career, Kaitlin began skating professionally. She toured the U.S. and Canada with Disney on Ice, performing many roles. Prior to that, she was the lead female soloist in Holiday on Ice’s North American Tour of Ice Age on Ice. Kaitlin has also performed in many holiday shows with Rand Productions in the Southeast; in Florida with Rosstyn Ice Show’s Tropics on Ice; and in Canada with Glisse On Ice. She also performed with the Ashburn Ice Theater, competing at Nationals. Kaitlin was the Skater’s Choice Overall Winner of the ProSkaters’ 2014 Virtual Skateoff.
USFSA Gold Medalist in Ice Dance, with two International dance tests. USFSA Professional Coach/Choreographer CER. USA Hockey member with PSA Hockey I and II Certifications. Graduate of The George Washington University, with background in elementary education. Jennifer specializes in Ice Dance, Skating skills, and Power skating for Hockey PeeWee – Midget AA/AAA.
Coach Lana is a mother of 2 and with over 25 years skating experience, has been a coach with Skatequest for the past 12 years. To this day, she continues to skate for self enjoyment while attaining certifications through the Professional Skaters Association. As a complement to these, she is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Coach Lana takes great pleasure in learning the biomechanics of figure skating, and desires to teach this in a simple, enjoyable way. Her goal is to help students of all ages, not just learn to skate, but develop a love and understanding of how our bodies perform the amazing feats that ice skating has to offer. She is a current member of PSA, WFSC, USFSA.
She is a 2 time Olympic, 10 time World and many times International competitor. She was a Gold Medalist at the ISU Grand Prix of NHK Trophy, Grand Prix Final and 4 Continents. She has 30 years skating experience and 12 years teaching experience. She is a U.S. Junior National and International level coach. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. She is available to teach all levels and ages. She is a member of USFS, PSA and ISI.
Born and raised in Canada, she has been a SkateQuest coach for 10 years. A nationally ranked Synchronized skater she teaches ages 2 through adult and specializes in special needs skaters. She holds one National Bronze Medal and two National Silver Medals (Canadian National Synchronized Skating Championships & USA National Synchronized Skating Championships). She is a CFSA Senior silver ice dancer available to teach basic skills, Freestyle, hockey drills, prelim dances/MIF and choreography. She is a USFS Category B Coach and a member of PSA, USFS and Learn to Skate USA. Her focus is to help each student achieve their skating goals by giving them the solid basic skating fundamentals that will assist them in whatever skating discipline they choose.
She is a Russian National Junior Pairs champion, Junior Worlds Bronze Medalist, International competitor, and a member of a Russian National team for six years. She was a principal skater with Disney on Ice, Moscow on Ice, and Russian All Stars. She has 20 years of teaching experience and has worked with National, International, World and Olympic skaters. She specializes in Freestyle, Pairs, and Moves in the Field.
Megan’s passion for skating began when she stepped on the ice at age 5! She is a USFSA Gold Medalist in both Freestyle and Moves of the Field. She is a member of PSA, USFS, and WFSC. Megan was a South Atlantic Regional medalist and an Eastern Sectional Championships competitor. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Dance. A coach at SkateQuest for the past ten years, Megan teaches all levels of Freestyle and Moves of the Field, as well as choreography and off-ice training.
Jennifer grew up in Northern Virginia and started skating at the age of five. She has 11 years of competitive skating experience, during which she was a regional, sectional and junior national level skater. She is a USFS double gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Freestyle. She has 12 years of coaching experience and is available to teach all levels and ages.
Jennifer is also a member of USFS and PSA. Additionally, she earned a B.A. in history from George Mason University.
Born in Reston, Virginia, Sara began her ballet training at a local studio at age 4. During her high school years, she taught seven ballet classes a week to kids ages 2-13. She spent three summers in NYC studying with renowned teachers such as Gelsey Kirkland and ABT head coach Irina Kolpakova. Through one such program, Sara was selected to premiere in a production of Cinderella with ABT stars Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III. Sara also attended summer teacher training programs, where she studied the Vaganova ballet technique and methodology with Ludmila Safronova, student of Agrippina Vaganova herself. Following graduation, Sara became the first ever international student at the prestigious Igor Moiseyev Professional Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. There she studied Russian ballet technique and international folk dance. Sara enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for ballet as well as helping students enhance their expressiveness, discipline, flexibility, technique and balance.
Katrina is a national level ice dance coach and has been involved in figure skating since 1998. She was a competitive ice dancer at the junior and senior level In the US and Australia. Katrina has been coaching since 2007. She loves coaching all levels of skaters from tots to adults, and from beginner to Junior National & National competitive skaters. She specializes in ice dancing and choreography. Katrina is a member of PSA, USFS and is CER compliant. She also graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, but skating and coaching is where her heart is at!
He is a 2 time Olympic, 7 time World, and many times International competitor. He has 13 years teaching experience and has worked with National, International, World and Olympic skaters. He is a U.S. Junior National and Sectional level coach. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He is available to teach all ages and levels in Figure Skating and Power Skating.
Nataliya graduated from the Kiev University Of Physical Education and Sport with degree In Figure Skating. After graduating, she was a principal skater in the Ukraine Ballet on ice, Cypress Gardens Ice skating show, Steve Wheeler Production, Willy Bietak Production. She has 10 years of coaching experience. She choreographed programs for national and international skaters. Nataliya specializes in teaching skating skills, Moves in the Field, choreography, spins For all levels. She is a member of PSA and USFSA.
- Certified personal trainer.
- Trainer to Olympians and national competitors
- Former owner, 2 Gold’s Gyms; owner-coach MG Gymnastics, which produced international athletes for 20 years
- AFAA certified Aerobic instructor for Sport & Health, Crunch and OneLife gyms, CPR
- Specialties: athletes, assessing potential liabilities in athletes, with exercises to enhance potential
Tasha is a native of Moscow, Russia. She specializes in Figure Skating, Power Skating, and Off-Ice Training.
Tasha skated professionally for seven years as a Principal Performer with the Russian Ice Theater, Russian Starts on Ice, and Disney on Ice. During this time, she also coaches figure skating in various locations as she travelled around the world. After moving to the United States, she began to coach ice hockey, also.
USA Hockey – CEP Level 4 Ice Hockey Coach and Certified Ice Hockey Director
Certified “Master of Sport” (Moscow)
Private lessons typically cost $35-45 per 30 minute lesson. The fee is based on the instructor’s experience and Professional Skaters Association rating. Ice time ($6-13) and skate rental ($4) are an additional fee.
Shaylun Young- Elite Hockey Science
- Entering his 16th year as a Hockey Skills Instructor
- Founder & Head Instructor - Elite Hockey Science Micro Skills Center
- Director of Player Development - Elite Hockey Science Reston
- Director of Hockey - Skatequest
- 2X NCAA National Champion - Middlebury College
- Prep School Hockey
- Has worked with NHL, AHL, OHL, WHL, NCAA players
- Level 5 Certified Instructor- Elite Hockey Science
- Website: ehockeysciencereston.com
- Email: Ehockeyscience@gmail.com or Syoung@skatequest.com
Sean McLaughlin- Elite Hockey Science
Entering his 8th year as a Hockey Skills Instructor
Head Instructor - Elite Hockey Science Micro Skills Center
Head Coach- Freedom High School
Assist. Coach - 15U High Performance - Team Under Armour
ACHA College Hockey - U. of Kentucky
Level 3 Certified Instructor- Elite Hockey Science
Linda coaches all levels of power skating, from first-time skaters to college hockey players, and all ages, from pre-school to adult.
She is a USFS double gold medalist in Figures and Freestyle and spent her summers training in Lake Placid, NY. Most of her instruction is private or semi-private lessons but she works with club teams as well. Her former and current students include players selected in the OHL Draft and the USHL Futures Draft, a Hobey Baker Nominee currently playing in the ECHL and USA Hockey Festival Camp attendees.
Many of her students have gone on to play in the USHL, NCAA Division I and III colleges, as well prep school and club college hockey.
Coaching has been Linda's passion for 38 years. For the past 21 years she has focused primarily on power skating, geared specifically to the needs of hockey players and goaltenders. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA).
NATALIA “Tasha” ZAGORODNIKOVA- Elite Hockey Science
Figure Skating, Power Skating, and Off-Ice Hockey Specific Training
USA Hockey - CEP Level 4 Ice Hockey Coach
USA Hockey - Certified Ice Hockey Director
Certified “Master of Sport” (Moscow, Russia)
Natalia is a native of Moscow, Russia were she spent her youth skating and training in the rink of Moscow’s premier hockey club, CSKA. She was influenced by some of the world’s best hockey players like Pavel Bure. Her figure skating coaches were Tatiana Tarasova and Stanislav Zhuk.
Following her competitive career Natalia skating professionally for seven years as a Principal performer with the Russian Ice Theater, Russian Stars on Ice, and Disney on Ice. During this time she also coached figure skating in various locations as she traveled around the world.
After moving to the United States, she decided to bring her experience and knowledge of skating techniques to ice hockey, “the greatest sport on earth.” Natalia has developed and perfected new teaching methods with a unique approach based on research in neuroscience and biomechanics. By working closely with strength coaches, shooting and stickhandling coaches her approach to teaching has now reached the cutting edge of new research for the ever-changing game of ice hockey.
From years of collaboration and experience, Natalia has created Voodoo Slideboard Systems, a combination of on-ice and off-ice hockey specific training designed to teach skating from the simple basics of delineated form. This method is easy to understand, remember and learn. Results from this method of simplifying power skating are visible immediately in the way players skate and play. Within a very short time period it’s possible to see that this method is extremely functional and most efficient for today’s game of hockey which is quicker, faster, and more agile than ever. Skating training for hockey players should be done not as a separate skill but as a tool to enable better and faster passing, to shoot quicker, stronger, and more accurately.
Voodoo Slideboard Systems was designed to make athletes into better all around hockey players in addition to becoming great skaters. Locations where Natalia has used this system: Hockey International Academy, Tampa Bay Juniors and Dells Ducks (6 years) USA Hockey Clinics (multiple years and locations) Three years at Finland Puck Camp (top Finnish prospects sponsored by “Puck Agency.”) Baraboo, Wisconsin High School Girls Ice Hockey Team (Natalia was their head coach).