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.
Barone, Nantucket Skating Club Head Coach
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
Olivia Harrington began skating at Nantucket Ice when
she was in third grade. She was one of the original members of the Island Waves Synchronized Skating Team, and was one of
the first senoirs to graduate from the program in 2012. Upon graduation from high school she attended the University of New
Hampshire for a year, then transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She competed nationally at the collegiate
level for all four years of college, and served terms as treasurer and president of her team as well. Olivia graduated from
UMass Amherst in 2016 with as BS in Public Health, a concentration in Infant and Maternal Health and minor in Gender Studies.
After college she went on to skate competitively at the adult level. Olivia now lives on Nantucket.