SportQuest Skating Academy, Parade Ice Garden – Figure Skating Minneapolis, MN
Friday January 19th 2018


Page Lipe




Page Lipe, Founder & Director of SQSA

  • A.B. from Dartmouth College in Psychology & Education
  • USFS Double Gold medalist in Figures & Freestyle
  • Eastern Sectional Competitor
  • Principal Understudy Corps de Ballet in Ice Capades
  • Coach for 35+ years
  • PSA Mater Rated in Freestyle & Group Instruction
  • PSA Level V Ranking (International Coach)
  • Coached ISI levels through FS 10 & USFS Senior tests
  • Member USFS, ISI, and PSA Category A Coach
  • ISI Gold Judges Certification
  • Not currently accepting new students

Raleigh Weld




Raleigh Weld, Assistant Director of SQSA

  • Assistant Director of SportQuest Skating Academy
  • Director, SQSA Learn to Skate program
  • USFS/ PSA Category A coach
  • ISI / USFS / PSA member
  • ISI Gold Certified Judge
  • Coach of state and regional competitors
  • Summer SQSA Skate Camp director
  • Full time skating professional
  • B.A. Communications – University of Minnesota
  • Not currently accepting new students (due to lack of availability)





Gina Bianco

  • BA English BA Speech Communication NDSU, 1996
  • U. S. Figure Skating member since 1981
  • Coaching professionally since 1991.
  • Private coach for local, state and regional competitors
  • Freestyle, Moves in the Field, choreography and music editing group lessons and Learn to Skate program development.
  • PSA, ISI, Hockey Level II
  • Currently accepting new students





Peter Biver

  • BBA from St. Norbert College
  • USFS Five time Gold Medalist: Moves, Freestyle and Pairs, Solo Free Dance and Compulsory Dance
  • USFS Senior National Competitor in Pairs
  • USFS Regional, Sectional and National Coach and Choreographer
  • PSA rated certified Moves and Freestyle; registered Pairs and Ice Dance.
  • ISI Gold Judge and WeSkate Coaching Certification
  • Available to partner pair and dance tests
  • Currently accepting new students





Surya Bonaly

  • Specialization:  Freestyle, Pairs, Jumps, Spins & Choreography
  • Professional Background/Experience:
    • Professional figure skater, coach and choreographer
    • Coach for 15 years +
    • Member of USFS & PSA (Professional Skaters Association)
    • PSA Category A coach
    • International skating coach consultant
    • Full time skating professional
  • Achievements:
    • 1991 World Junior Champion
    • 10 time French National Champion
    • 6 time European Champion (1991 – 96)
    • 3 time World Silver Medalist (1993, 94, 95)
    • 2 time Goodwill Games Champion (1994, 2000)
    • First female skater ever to land a back flip on one foot, which is called the “Bonaly”
  • Currently accepting new students



Debbie Einzig

  • Parade Professional since 1991
  • Member PSA
  • ISI Gold Judges Certification
  • USFS 7th Figure & Jr. Ladies Freestyle
  • Former Upper Great Lakes Competitor
  • B.S. from University of Minnesota
  • Coached ISI Tot through Freestyle 9
  • Coached USFS Pre-Preliminary through Senior Moves in the Field & Freestyle
  • Currently accepting students at all levels; specializing in ISI & USFS Moves, Freestyle & Choreography.





Sarah Ernest

  • USFS Gold Medalist
  • Competitive skater through Senior Ladies level
  • Member of USFS and PSA
  • PSA Category A Coach
  • Coaching for 18 years
  • Coach of State, Regional, and National Showcase Competitors
  • Assistant Coach of the Minnesota Ice Theatre Team
  • Learn-to-Skate Director for 9 years
  • Ice Show Director for 9 years
  • Full Time Skating Professional
  • Specialize in Freestyle and Moves in the Field
  • Currently accepting new students

Natalie Fredricks



Natalie Fredricks

  • ISI Gold Judge Certified
  • ISI Professional Member
  • High School Theatre Choreographer 10 years
  • Former Dance Team Coach 5 years
  • Former Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader
  • ISI Coach 15 + years
  • Currently accepting new students





Caryn Kadavy

  • Specialization:  Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Jumps, Spins & Choreography
  • Professional Background/Experience:
    • Professional Figure Skater, Coach and Choreographer
    • PSA Rated – Certified Freestyle
    • PSA Rated – Certified Sport Science
  • Achievements:
    • 1995 – 1988 US Championship Ladies Figure Skating Silver & Bronze Medalist
    • 1987 World Championship Figure Skating Ladies Bronze Medalist
    • 1988 United States Olympic Figure Skating Team Member – Calgary, Canada
    • Seven-Time Professional Skating Competition Champion
    • 2007 Professional Skating Association Sonja Henie Award
    • Double USFS Gold Medalist – Figures & Freeskate
    • Pre-Gold Dance Medalist
  • Personal Background:

Extensive experience in performance, technique, choreography and an individualized coaching approach. Committed to successful skill and performance development of young skaters in order to advance their skating achievements and inspire their appreciation and love of the sport.

  • Currently accepting new students





Ari Lieb

  • Former National & International Team Member
  • Member PSA
  • Senior Rated Dance
  • Coached National Level Skaters
  • Specialize in Moves in the Field & Ice Dancing
  • Currently accepting new students



Char Martin

  • Professional Skaters Association
    • Certified Coach
    • CER Category A Coach
  • Ice Skating Institute
    • Gold Level Judge
    • District 10 Referee
    • District 10 Board Member 2003-2010
    • Worlds Skater, Coach, Judge, and Referee
    • National Seminar Speaker/Presenter
  • United Skates Figure Skating
    • Competed and tested in Figures, Freestyle, Synchronized Skating, and Dance
  • I have been a Skating Director (St Louis Park Ice Arena, Parade Ice Garden, Plymouth Ice Center) and Coach for 35 plus years. I have coached many different levels, and ages of skaters. I have been involved with skating all my life in many different capacities.
  • Competition Director for Skate Parade annual competition
  • Currently accepting new students





Val Matzke

  • USFS Double Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle.
  • Northwest Regional Champion and Pacific Coast Sectional Competitor.
  • Competitive skater through the Senior Ladies level.
  • Soloist with Ice Capades National tour and Holiday on Ice International tour for 13 years.
  • Coaching for 22 years.
  • Coached ISI through FS 10, USFS Senior Free and Canadian Gold Free tests.
  • Member of USFS, ISI & PSA (Professional Skaters Association)
  • PSA Category A Coach.
  • PSA Master rated in Freestyle instruction.
  • PSA Level IV Ranking (International Coach).
  • Experienced Learn to Skate director for six years
  • Full time skating professional.
  • Currently accepting new students





Kirsten Olson

  • BA from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Interpersonal Communication
  • Skating Programs Director for the City of Plymouth since 2014
  • Featured presenter on
  • Member USFS, PSA and ISI
  • Five time Minnesota State Champion
  • Five time U. S. Nationals competitor
  • Former Team USA member
  • USFS double gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Free Skating
  • Coach of Regional and Sectional competitors
  • PSA Category A coach
  • ISI Gold judge certification
  • Coached USFS levels through Senior Moves in the Field and Junior Free Skating
  • Currently accepting students; specializing in freestyle, moves, and choreography

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Kelly Corcoran Smith

  • Triple Gold Medalist in Moves, Freestyle and Dance
  • Silver Medalist in Pairs and International Ice Dances
  • B.S.B.A in Marketing and Music from the University of Denver
  • Graduate of the The Blake School
  • 5 Time Midwestern Sectional Competitor
  • 4 Time National Ice Theatre Competitor
  • 1996 Minnesota State Novice Champion
  • National Collegiate and Inter-Collegiate Team Championship’s Competitor
  • Extensive background in dance; trained in ballet, modern and jazz
  • PSA, ISI, USFS member and Category A certified coach
  • Professional Skater: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, BROADWAY ON ICE, Harvard’s An Evening with Champions, Woodstock Productions & Knott’s Berry Farm, Dynamic Shows, Shipstad Entertainment, Advanced Entertainment Group, Beaver Creek Resorts, Sun Valley Battle of the Blades, Skating Club of Vail, Ucha Atayde Entertainment, Showtime on Ice
  • Former Artistic Director for Ice Theatre of the Rockies, Showtime on Ice and Ucha Atayde Entertainment Mexico
  • Former Head Coach for the University of Denver Intercollegiate Team
  • Professional Music and Video Editing Production, Former Blocker/Assistant Director for NBC Sports and IMG Media





Katrina Stewart

  • BS Biology, Bemidji State University
  • USFS Gold Medalist
  • Upper Great Lakes Regional Competitor
  • 1996 Minnesota State Intermediate Ladies Champion
  • Full time skating professional 15 years experience
  • 7 years USFS program director experience
  • PSA rated
  • PSA Level ll ranking (qualifying regional competitors)
  • USFS/PSA Catagory A coach
  • ISI Member
  • Currently accepting new students





Sheila Thelen

  • PSA Master Rated
  • Executive Director of Grassroots to Champions & Senior staff
  • Designer & President of Champion Cord & Champion Skating Harness
  • ISI, USFS & PSA member
  • ISI Gold Judge Certification
  • PSA Category A Coach
  • Presenter at International conferences for over 15 years
  • Nominated for the U. S. Figure Skating Sports Science Award
  • Senior presenter and award winning video –
  • Dartfish specialist (computer slow motion video analysis)
  • Currently accepting new students





Carey Tinkelenberg

  • PSA Master Rated
  • Board of Governors, Professional Skaters Association
  • Business Development Specialist, Learn to Skate USA
  • Founding Owner/Director Northfield Skating School
  • B.A. Psychology, Carleton College
  • Coach of Gold Test skaters, state finalists, regional competitors and international seminars
  • Gold Test skater, trained in Boston, MA with Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson
  • U. S. Figure Skating consultant, presenter and member of multiple governing committees
  • New England Regional Silver Medalist and Easter Sectional competitor, singles
  • Author of leadership and program management articles for SKATING magazine, PS magazine, and RINK magazine
  • Entrepreneur class trainer at WomenVenture





Sandy Wittmann

  • PSA Master Rated in Moves in the Field
  • PSA Senior Rated in Senior Freestyle
  • PSA Category “A” coach
  • USFS Category A coaching certification
  • PSA Level III Ranking
  • ISI District 10 Test Chair
  • ISI Gold level judge/referee
  • Assistant Director (ISI) 10 years
  • Presenter at ISI World Conferences and local seminars
  • Judged at the State Games of America, 2005 as ISI representative
  • Adult Camp Director, 2016
  • Coached ISI Freestyle 9 skaters, USFS Gold Freestyle, Moves in the Field skaters, Canadian Gold freestyle skaters MN State/ regional/sectional and adult champions and skater
  • Coaching since 1985
  • Full time skating professional
  • Currently accepting new students

Abbreviations Key:

USFS:  United States Figure Skating
ISI:  Ice Skating Institute
PSA:  Professional Skaters Association
CER:  Continuing Education Requirement