Coaches & Private lessons

SkateQuest boasts an elite staff of coaches with experience teaching beginners through international competitors. Please take your time to read through the short biographies below to find the coach that is right for you or your child.

When you’re ready, complete and submit the Private Lesson Request form at the bottom of the page.

 

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Our Coaches

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.
Miranda Allison
Bio
Miranda has called SkateQuest her home rink since she first began skating at the age of two. During her 19 years of skating experience, she skated as a member of the Washington Figure Skating Club and was a South Atlantic Regional medalist. She has completed her Intermediate Freestyle test and is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field. Miranda is currently a member of the PSA, WFSC, and USFS. She has now been coaching for 4 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for skating with her students. She is available to teach both group and private lessons and is available to take students to test sessions and non-qualifying competitions.
Traci Coleman
Bio
Traci is a Professional Skaters Association (PSA) rated coach with a Level VII Ranking having trained skaters from beginners to National, International, Junior Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix Final, Grand Prix, Junior World and World level competition. Fifteen skaters, coached by Traci, have qualified for Nationals and won nine medals and five championships to date. She has coached seven International skaters representing the U.S. and three other countries. Traci has received the prestigious Developmental Coach of the Year Award. She enjoys developing young skaters to their fullest potential. In addition, Traci holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas.
Michelle Daichman
Bio
Michelle has 29 years of skating experience and has been coaching in various capacities throughout her skating career. She is a USFS Gold Medalist in ice dance and has completed her Junior test in Free Dance. Michelle is an 8 time National Champion in the disciplines of synchronized skating, solo ice dance and showcase. She continues to compete as a member of DC EDGE Synchronized skating team, in adult competitions and at the Senior level in solo ice dance. Additionally, Michelle has a BA from Hofstra University in Journalism. She is a member of USFS and PSA.
Cherie Farrington
Bio
Cherie has been coaching full time since 1990 and has been at SkateQuest since opening. She holds two PSA Master level ratings and is a Certified Moves coach. Many current private lesson students have been with her over 6 years and remain motivated through clear guidance, positive feedback and fun opportunities. Students choose to (1) skate for fun and good health, (2) take USFS tests, and/or (3) participate in ice shows and competitions. Her specialties are: fundamentals, choreography, moves-in-the-field and freestyle. She is a professional member of USA Gymnastics, PSA, US Figure Skating, and the WFSC.
Jennifer Johnson
Bio
USFS, PSA and USA Hockey member with Category B Continuing Education and PSA Hockey I. She is currently preparing to take the USFS Gold Ice Dance test. A graduate of The George Washington University with experience in elementary education, she loves working with pre-school through elementary ages, and specializes in Basic Skills, Introductory Ice Dance, and Hockey power skating.
Lana Jones
Bio
Coach Lana is a proud mother of 2 and has been instructing students at Skatequest for 6 years. She began skating in her early teens and has accumulated over 20 years skating experience. While having been trained herself by the industry’s finest, Lana shares that knowledge and love of sport with her own students. Over the years, Lana has coached countless children and adults toward their personal goals with a strong focus on positive reinforcement, self-confidence and enjoyment in sport. She has been a continuous member of USFSA, WFSC and PSA, through which she continues her certification and education. Lana calls it a privilege to do for a living what she loves.
Ross Lansel
Bio
Ross Lansel started skating at the age of three in British Columbia. He started playing hockey and was then introduced to figure skating at the age of six. As a hockey player he won a provincial title. As a figure skater, Ross was a provincial gold medalist (equivalent to South Atlantics Regional), a national competitor, and a principal Disney on Ice skater. Ross has a passion for coaching and has excelled at it, coaching Olympic, international, and national competitors. He was one of four coaches that started an elite seminar group, Grassroots To Champions (G2C). With G2C, he traveled all over the United States and Canada to conduct seminars. After G2C, Ross created a new seminar series, HOP, with two other coaches. Ross has an excitement for coaching and is looking forward to helping all skaters at every level achieve their goals. Ross specializes in choreography, pole work, and technical aspects of skating.
Tatyana Malinina
Bio
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.
Marion Monaghan
Bio
Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the USA in 2006. A former nationally ranked Synchronized skater for over 15 years who retired after the birth of her twins. She is the mother of 4 children & teaches skating from 2 thru adult. She holds 1 bronze medal as well as 2 silver medals from the Canadian National Synchronized skating championships & USA National Synchronized skating championships. She is a CFSA Senior silver ice dancer who is available to teach basic skills through Freestyle, hockey drills, prelim dances/moves, choreography & off-ice . She teaches both group/private lessons and is a member of the PSA and WFSC. She enjoys working with tots, adults, group lesson skaters, and specializes in special needs skaters. 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 currently working on achieving her PSA coach ratings.
Olga Neizvestnaya
Bio
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 12 years of teaching experience and has worked with National, International, World and Olympic skaters. She specializes in Freestyle, Pairs, and Moves in the Field.
Liudmila Nelidina
Bio
Liudmila started skating at the age of three in Moscow, Russia. She participated in many World and International competitions (ISU Grand Prix, Skate America, Cup of Russia 2002, World Figure Skating Championship 2003). Liudmila left her mark on figure skating history when on Skate America 2002 she became the first European women who jumped Triple Axel. She sees the sport as a tool to teach invaluable life lessons. She concentrates on the importance of details, self awareness, practice, and hard work. She ignites a fire and passion for self perfection in her students guiding them but allowing them to explore their own ways. She is dedicated to developing strong foundations in all aspects of skating (jumps, spins, artistry, moves in the field, flexibility and strength) to shape and mold successful, well rounded, polished skaters. Liudmila has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Psychology. She has over 12 years of extensive coaching experience. She specializes in building up complicated elements of perfect quality. Her approach is to understand strong and weak sides of students, help them to improve their strong points, overcome their weakness to make easier and faster elements perfection. She is available to teach all levels and ages. She is a member of USFS and PSA.
Megan Noss
Bio
She is a USFS Gold Medalist in both Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She is a member of the PSA, USFS and an ISI Gold judge. As a competitive skater, Megan was a South Atlantic Regional medalist and Eastern Sectional competitor. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Dance. She is available to teach all levels of Freestyle and Moves in the Field, as well as off-ice training and choreography.
Donna Reed
Bio
She is a U.S. and Canadian Gold Medalist in Figures, Freestyle, and Dance. She trained at Lake Placid Olympic center and is a Junior Nationals coach. She teaches all ages competitively and recreationally in Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Basic Skills. She is a member of the USFS, PSA, and WFSC.
Jessica Richards
Bio
She is a Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She competed numerous times at the higher levels at Eastern Sectionals by qualifying through South Atlantic Regionals. She competed at every level in the USFS competitive structure. She is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in English and a focus in creative writing. She has a long history at SkateQuest, as this was her home rink during her 13 years of competitive skating.
Vasiliy Serkov
Bio
Vasiliy was a U.S. Nationals,European and World Championships skater, earned title of Latvian National Champion. He has almost two decades of coaching, he is Master rated by Professional Skaters Association. He is a U.S. National and Sectional level coach and specializes in Moves in the Field, Powerskating and Choreography.
Roman Skornyakov
Bio
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.
Chrissy Stauffer-O'Connor
Bio
She won a National and International Synchronized Skating title with her Miami University of Ohio Senior Synchronized skating team. She also won a National title with the DC Edge Masters Synchronized skating team. She was ranked 9th as a member of the US Figure Skating World team. Until the current season, she had coached synchronized skating with the Capitol Steps until the 2013-2014 season. They merged with DC Edge for the 2014-2015 season and she coached there for the next 2 seasons. She has taught private lessons in Moves, Dance, Freestyle, and Stroking since 2007. She is a USFS Gold Medalist in Dance, Free Dance, and Moves in the Field. She is a member of the PSA, USFS and LTSUSA.
Nataliya Tymoshenko
Bio
She graduated from the Kiev University of Physical Education and Sport with a degree in Figure Skating. After graduating, she was a principal skater in the Ukraine Ballet on Ice, Cypress Gardens Ice Skating Show, Seattle Ice Theater, Magic on Ice, and Wheeler Productions. She is available to teach private lessons in Freestyle and Moves in the Field.
Barbara Walker
Bio
Coaching freestyle, moves in the field, dance, and power skating for almost 20 years at all levels and for all ages.  USFS Category B Registered Coach, and a member of PSA, USFS, Learn To Skate USA.  USFS Gold medals in Dance, Free Dance, and Moves-in-the-field, Novice Freestyle, and 6th Figure tests.  Over 18 years of National and International competitive experience in dance and synchronized skating; including being two-time National champion in dance, and I am still competing.

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