About Phillip




Coach and Skater – Working Together to Teach this Exclusive Seminar

August 28, 2019

The Denver Figure Skating Club hosted its Skating Stars Technical and Performance Seminar on September 1, 2019 with “skating legends Phillip Mills and Max Aaron. Come and sharpen your skating skills, mental attitude and physical performance during this intensive event. Separate tracks will be offered for skaters, parents and coaches.”

Phillip Mills featured in Japanese Short Documentary about their Elite Skater Kazuki Tomoro

July 17, 2019

Phillip had the the honor to create Kazuki Tomoro's short program for the season; Misha Ge choreographed his Long. While the choreography was taking place at the Lake Forest Ice Palace in Lake Forest, CA, Fuji Television sent out a camera crew to tape the process. They created this short documentary which is mostly in Japanese. However, Phillip's creative process and comments are in English. The Japanese truly love their skating icons! Hope you enjoy it.


View full video here.  

PSA Conference 2019

May 17, 2019

Phillip Mills selected to present a workshop on the intersection of IJS changes and choreography.  

Phillip at Camp Again

April 15, 2019

For over 10 years, Phillip Mills has been assisting skaters to improve their presentation and skating skills through his Creative Edge program in rinks across the country.

From June 10th to 12th, Phillip will once again be putting in this seminar at Shattuck St. Mary’s.

Phillip at Seattle Skating Club

February 14, 2019

The Skating Club of Seattle is once again offering its annual skating seminar on March 3rd featuring choreography by Phillip Mills, ballet and its application to the ice by Michelle Mills, and exercise and sports science training by Danielle Heller. Additional information can be found at www.seattleskatingclub.net .

Misha Ge’s Gift

December 17, 2018

Recently the Coach’s Edge published a new blog about Misha Ge’s ten year history with Phillip and the wonderful custom Gold Seal blades Misha had inscribed for him. Click to read the full story. 

2019 Sectionals

November 19, 2018

Congratulations to Phillip's skaters on their stellar performances at U.S. Figure Skating Sectionals last week.


Senior Ladies Pacific Coast Bronze Medalist

Brynne McIsaac


Junior Men Midwestern Champion

Chase Belmontes 


Junior Men Pacific Coast Silver Medalist

Eric Sjoberg  


Pacific Coast Juvenile, First Alternate - 5th place

Sonia Wang

World Figure Skating Tribute to Tatsuki Machiida

November 8, 2018

Japan's World Skating magazine created a full book honoring World and Olympic competitor, Tatsuki Machida. Phillip's choreographic work is highlighted in the publication. 

July 2, 2018

Phillip is excited to be invited to Lakewood Ice Arena to join Rafael Artuyunyan‘s team.

This photo is of Junior man, Eric Sjoberg, who has been picked to be part of the 2018-2019 USFS International Selection Team. 

Shirley Hughes Seminar 2018

June 16-17, 2018

Shirley Hughes once again tapped Phillip Mills to lead her summer seminars in Alexandria, Virginia.  This year he focused on skating and choreography skills with an eye on the new IJS rule changes.

2018 U.S. Championships

January 8, 2018

The 2018 U.S. Championships were full of great skating and surprises. I’d like to send my best wishes to all of the skaters who competed at Nationals last week. So much hard work, preparations and heartfelt skating was put into each of their performances. And a special congratulations to all of my National competitors.  

Senior Ladies

Angela Wang

Brynne McIsaac

Senior Pairs

Joshua Santilian and Jessica Pfund


Junior Ladies

Lily Sun


Junior Pairs

Griffin Schwab and Ainsley Peterson


Novice Men

Chase Finster

Skating Forward - Olympic Memories, Olympic Spirit

October 5, 2017

Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz' new book, Skating Forward - Olympic Memories, Olympic Spirit has just been published. She covers the story of 11 skaters who have overcome major adversity to "Get Up" to take back their joy in skating. I am honored to have my story included as a chapter in her book. 

Joelle Lin Wins Taiwanese National Championship

August 2, 2017

Joelle Lin, Novice lady, won the Taiwanese National Championship on August 30, 2017. Coach and choreographer Philip Mills said, “Slava Zagorodnyuk, Joelle’s technical coach, and I are incredibly proud of Joelle, in fact everyone she trains with at Lake Forest Ice Palace is thrilled for her success. She is such a hard worker and it is wonderful to see all of that effort pay off. We are looking forward to the future.”


On August 1, 2017, Joelle and her family traveled to the Asian Trophy international competition in Hong Kong and she placed a strong 5th out of Novice ladies from ten different Asian countries.

Max Aaron Gets New Short Program

December 16, 2016

Ice Network, December 16, 2016:  According to Mills, “Max decided to go in a different direction with his short program after Cup of China in late November. I flew to Colorado Springs and choreographed the new program in a day and a half. I told him, 'I just want you to be who you are. You're strong, you're fast, you're powerful -- let's trade on those three assets in your skating.’ I thought the new music he chose was a great idea. I choreographed it as a very strict, classic paso doble. It's all there: the Spanish port de bras (arm carriage), the stomping and clapping."

Congratulations to Angela Wang on becoming the Senior Ladies' Champion at the 2017 Pacific Coast Sectionals!

November 21, 2017

September 7, 2016

Phillip Mills shares his thoughts on choreography

Max Aaron takes to the ice at the Collegiate Championship

July 30, 2016

The Lion King makes its first outing!


Max Aaron puts out two strong programs at the Collegiate Championship.Story here

Phillip Mills Elected to 2016-2017 PSA Board of Directors


Congratulations to Phillip Mills for being elected to the 2016 -2017 Board of Directors for the Professionals Skaters Association (PSA).

Choreography Seminar by Phillip Mills at OlympicView Arena

April 16-17, 2016

Phillip Mills: Choreographer to over 25 US National Champions in Singles, Paris, and Dancing offers a Choreography Seminar at OlympicView Arena near Seattle, Washington.

"Phillip really has given him two great programs and he has a great belief in Max!" - Tom Zakrajsek

March 2016

Mills helps Aaron breathe new life into his skating

Congratulations to the following skaters who will be competing at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Campionships


Sierra Venatta - Novice Ladies

Chase Belmontes, Paolo Boremeo - Junior Men

Max Aaron - Senior Men  

Isabella Gamez & Griffin Schwab - Novice Pairs  

Ai Setoyama & David Paridis - Junior Pairs  


Mills Brings the Artist Out in Aaron

December 2015 

Kayla's Gala

November 2, 2015


On August 23, eight year-old figure skater Kayla Chua’s life turned upside down. The unimaginable happened. Her 41 year-old father passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Kayla skates at the Lake Forest Ice Palace taking lessons from World and Olympic renowned choreographer, Phillip Mills and her coach, Rose Kathy. They have created an amazing Gala for Kayla, an ice skating show which will be a fundraiser for the Chua family.

Aaron wins first Grand Prix title behind stellar free

October 25, 2015


Phillip shared, "I remember clearly when Tatsuki Machida made this big step in development that Max made at Skate America.


This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Max and his artistic potential."

Jump-happy Aaron sets pace in tight men's field

October 24, 2015


"Tom and I have really worked on the mental aspect; we changed our direction," Aaron said. "Having Phillip Mills is a big part of that: helping me along the way, working with the programs and making sure I stick with my goals. My sports psychologist, Dr. [Alex] Cohen, is also making sure I'm on top of my mental game."

'More artistic' Aaron leads after personal-best short

September 24, 2015


“Choreographer Phillip Mills worked extensively with Aaron during the offseason, and it showed. His musical interpretation was stronger than in the past and his program components averaged 7.6, the highest of the event.”

2015 Nationwide Seminar "Components & Choreography"

September 13, 2015


Phillip Mills, choreographer and coach,  will present the PSA’s September 13, 2015 Nationwide Seminar, “Components & Choreography.” This interactive day will include off-ice video instruction, discussion and a choreographic workshop on ice for coaches covering Preliminary through Intermediate levels. Coaches are encouraged to bring music of one of their skater’s programs for new ideas and possibilities. Please put the music on your phone.


The Creative Edge Seminars

June 6, 2015


Phillip's most recent Creative Edge Seminar in Madison, Wisconsin.


Skating Magazine

May 2015


“Choreographer Phillip Mills has developed the footwork for many of the sports best skaters, including 2014 World silver medalist Tatsuki Machida of Japan.”


The Skating Lesson Interviews Phillip - Part Two

May 14, 2015


In recent years, Phillip Mills has worked with two of USA’s biggest stars: Ashley Wagner and Max Aaron. In part two of our interview with Mills, we discuss the success and stumbling blocks of Ashley Wagner, the psychological aspect of competition, the retirement of Tatsuki Machida and what to expect from Max Aaron this season.


The Skating Lesson Interviews Phillip - Part One

May 12, 2015


Phillip Mills is one of the leading choreographers in the skating world. Over the last few decades, Mills has worked with many top names: Tatsuki Machida, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Jill Trenary, Ashley Wagner, Max Aaron, among countless others. In Part One of our interview, we discuss Mills’ transition from a professional ballet dancer into the skating world, his choreographic process and some of his iconic pupils.


Aaron Striving to Become More Balletic on the Ice

April 27, 2015


Former U.S. champion enlists Mills to help boost components scores. One of the few U.S. skaters to regularly perform clean quads, Max Aaron now is getting serious about the artistic side of his skating.


The Firebird Takes Flight, International Figure Skating - April 2015

Susan D. Russell, Executive Editor of International Figure Skating Magazine, interviews Phillip Mills and Tatsuki Machida about his retirement.


What a Courageous Decision From Both Tatsuki Machida and Phillip Mills

January 5, 2015


With bitter disappointment (it is indeed terribly hard to watch a skater with such a huge potential and wonderful career ahead leave the competitive arena so soon, too soon), I invite you to travel back in time and see Tatsuki Machida in the framework of his last international competition, the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona.


Tatsuki Machida Makes his Mark

December 31, 2014


The figure skating world was chock-full of crazy costumes, collisions and of course controversy this past year. There were some incredible performances that will forever stand in our memory as greatness was revealed and victory achieved, while other performances will be remembered by the tears that were shed as dreams were dashed.


The Japanese men’s field is so incredibly talented that it has to be difficult to stand out and be noticed among such a deep field, yet that is exactly what Tatsuki Machida achieved at Skate America. Skating one of the most outstanding free skates of the entire season, Machida wowed the audience, including the judges, with his extraordinary skate. His jumps were technically brilliant, his artistic ability awakened and his passion was captivating. It will be a skate that will not soon be forgotten.


Machida Announces Retirement

December 2014


After working with Tatsuki Machida for three seasons Phillip had this to say after learning about his retirement announcement, "I wish him well in all of his endeavors. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Tatsuki for the past three.”



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