Private Lessons

Since private lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of the skater they allow a skater to progress

at their own pace and to work on skills without being limited to the curriculum of the group sessions. 

Skaters do not need to have "completed" the Learn to Skate sequence before switching from group to private lessons. 

If a skater wants to devote more time to the sport and is interested in competing, performing, or testing, it is important to work with a private coach. Private lessons can be occasional - as a supplement to group lessons - or part of a regular schedule. If a skater is "stuck" on a particular move, spin, or jump, working one-on-one with a coach can aid mastery. If a skater finds herself repeating a particular level of group class, working with a private coach can help the student to avoid growing frustrated or discouraged. Private lessons are set up directly with a coach;fees are paid to the coach and the rink is paid for the use of the ice.

Finding the Right Coach
There are many factors involved in selecting a coach. Things to consider are personality, learning and teaching styles,
experience and technical know-how. Keep your child's personality and needs in mind when interviewing and selecting a coach.



Kristin Barone, Nantucket Skating Club Head Coach
After 13 years of amateur skating, Kristin Barone turned to coaching.  During her amateur years, she competed in several competitions across the country and Europe.  She earned 9 National medals at the juvenile, intermediate and junior levels of synchronized skating and the silver cup in Louviers, France.  In addititon to synchronized skating, Kristin has experience in singles skating as an intermediate lady, ice dancing at the pre-silver level, school figures, and even varsity ice hockey.  Kristin's passion for coaching comes from her amazing experiences she had as an amateur.  During her years of coaching, she has coached skaters through the novice level, and has started the synchronized skating program here at the Nantucket Skating Club.  Kristin lives on the Cape with her two children.

Belinda Dorn Yancy

Belinda Yancy began skating at the Washington Figure Skating Club at the age of 8.  During her eight years of training, she tested in USFSA school figures and freestyle and competed in numerous competitions.  After a skating hiatus, her love of the sport was rekindled after attending the 2002 World Figure Skating Championships in Washington, DC.  In 2012 Belinda participated in the Dorothy Hamill Fantasy Camp where she had the unique opportunity of learning from Olympic and World Class skaters.   She has coached group classes and private lessons for both the Nantucket Skating Club and Nantucket Ice and is the assistant coach for the Nantucket Island Waves synchronized skating team.  Belinda lives on Nantucket with her two daughters who are also figure skaters.