Every Figure Skating Coach at Ion is fully certified and in good standing with the US Figure Skating Association. Ion coaches helps facilitate a safe and welcoming environment to allow you or your skater to achieve their skating goals.
Ice Dance Academy Head Coach
Alexei is an International Ice Dance Coach and Choreographer with a proven track record in developing Ice Dancers from the ground up. He is renowned for his creative approach to integrating choreography and his ability to develop exquisite technical skills amongst his athletes. In 2003, he co-founded the WISA Skating Academy with Elena and together have produced National, International, and World Champions at all levels while creating life-long memories amongst his skaters. His success in developing World Class Ice Dancers stems from his competitive career as a Russian National Champion and International medalist, and his professional career as a principal performer for International Ice Show Productions.
Alexei continues to dedicate his professional career to developing the next generation of World Class Ice Dancers.
Ice Dance Academy Head Coach
Elena is a world renown Ice Dance Coach and Choreographer. Her devotion towards developing athletes and World Class Ice Dancers has contributed to the success her skaters have achieved. Since co-founding the WISA Skating Academy in 2003 with Alexei, they have produced more than 67 National Champions in every level of Ice Dance, and numerous International and World Champions. Her competitive and professional career as a principal performer for leading Ice Show Productions, has been pivotal in developing skaters and choreographing unparalleled performances.
Elena continues to share her passion and expertise and serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Ion Dance Academy by Wisa.
Ice Dance Coach
Vas is a Master Rated PSA coach with over 25 years of experience in ice dance, moves in the field, and power skating. From brand new skaters to International competitors, Vas shares his knowledge and expertise in ice dance to skaters of all ages and levels. Prior to his professional coaching career, he was the National Champion for Latvia, German National Competitor, US National Competitor, and competitor at the World Championship and European Championship.
Freestyle, Pairs & Power Skating Coach
Rashid is a National and World Medalist for the Soviet Union and competed at both the World Championships and European Championships in Pairs. After his competitive career, he turned professional and toured with the Ice Capades. He has been coaching singles and pairs since 1990 in Turkey and 1994 in the US. Since then, he has developed National Champions and International Competitors.
Freestyle & Power Skating Coach
Bert is a US National and International medalist in singles and pair skating as well as a regional and sectional champion in both disciplines. As a professional skater he was a featured performer for 15 years in various different companies including “Kings On Ice”, “Holiday On Ice” and “Disney On Ice”. Bert also brings over 25 years of coaching and professional skating experience in single skating, pair skating and power skating.
Meagan is an accomplished freestyle competitor, show skater, and coach. During her professional career, she toured across Canada, the US, and Europe as a show skater for various Ice Show Productions such as Holiday on Ice and Disney on Ice. Today, she dedicates her time to teaching the future generation of figure skaters of all levels and ages.
Maria Elena Pinto
Maria Elena is an International freestyle coach to both recreational and competitive figure skaters with a focus on teaching technique and creating a positive environment for her skaters. During her competitive career, Maria Elena trained with Olympic coaches such as Mr. Gus Lussi, Peter Burrows, and other world class coaches which prepared her for a professional career performing in International Ice Show productions such as Nutcracker on Ice (arena tour), with Olympic gold medalists Brian Boitano, Oksana Baiul, and Viktor Petrenko, along with numerous Internationally touring shows for over 5 years.
Ice Dance Coach
Yullia is an accomplished International Ice Dancer with an extensive competitive career in Freestyle and Ice Dance. She is National Champion of Belarus, Turkey, and Ukraine (Ice Dance and Freestyle), former member of the National Team of Ukraine, Belarus, and Turkey, and participant of the 2021 World Championship (Olympic qualifier). Coached by the world’s best ice dance and freestyle coaches during her competitive career, Yulia now shares her knowledge and passion with skaters of all ages and levels.
Ice Dance Coach & Choreographer
Jimmie is a professional dancer with extensive training in hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and African dance. As a dancer, he performed with Iconic artists such as Eve, Ciara, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar, and served as the principal performer in Jennifer Lopez’ Vegas residency, “All I Have”. After his professional career, he took on a new role as a choreographer and has been invited to teach around the world including New York, Israel, Italy, Paris, and Barcelona. Today, Jimmie brings with him his diverse and technical dance background to elevate the performances of Ion Figure Skaters.
Director of Learn to Skate program
Sergii is an experienced international freestyle coach, ISU Ice Dance Technical specialist, and National Single Technical specialist. With over 17 years of coaching experience, he's served as head coach of the Ukrainian government school of winter sports for over a decade. Sergii is a Silver medalist in Ukrainian National Championships and the Winter Universiade 2003. He specializes in harness lessons and levels of difficulties of elements in freestyle and ice dance.
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