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May 17, 2019

The 2019 Professional Skater Association Conference was in Palm Springs this year. Coaches from across the nations gathered for professional development, networking and seeing many friends. This year, I was honored with the opportunity to facilitate a presentation for...

March 4, 2019

Inspiration comes in all sizes, shapes, colors and configurations.  I never know when I will see or feel something that inspires me to create choreography.   

In late February, I traveled to Colorado Springs to choreograph a new long program for my student of...

May 24, 2018

Those of us who have been in and around figure skating for many years remember the legendary Don Jackson. He was the 1962 World Figure Skating Champion and devoted his life to figure skating as a world class skater, show skater, highly regarded coach as well a global a...

March 1, 2018

As I was sitting at the gate at San Jose International Airport waiting to board my flight home to Southern California, I found myself overcome with emotion.  I assumed this was triggered by the wonderful four days I just spent working in the Bay Area with two of my for...

January 22, 2018

With the Olympics only a few weeks away I wanted to share, “The Secret Sauce for Competition Readiness”, which is a compilation of  interviews with elite coaches and sports mind professionals on how they get their skaters mentally in the game for competition. I was hon...

January 16, 2018

Writing blogs requires inspiration and a gem of an idea. It is just like when I am choreographing. When I am inspired the choreography comes rushing out like Niagara Falls.  I don’t know how or where it comes from, and have little control of how it leaves my body. The...

January 9, 2018

In a perfect world choreographers would have the luxury of having all of their skaters in their building all of the time to work on their creations. This type of consistent choreographic coaching and practice allows skaters to grow without feeling rushed because they h...

October 23, 2017

The development and nurturing of young athletes is a critical component for success when working with any of my skaters. Having the opportunity to take skaters from their beginnings all the way through their career is one of the most rewarding aspects of choreographing...

August 8, 2016

After working closely with our skaters to create pieces that fit them and the music so well sometimes we experience programs that never quite develop into what we see in our mind’s eye.  Many issues can affect the final outcome of any program. Sometimes this disparity...

June 2, 2016

As we all prepare for this coming season new choreography, jumps, and spins are on our radar. The bar keeps raising on transitions and levels. Choreography can bring fresh ideas and increased points to your programs.

Your choreographer will present and develop subtle mo...

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