Camps, Clinics and Tournaments

Ice Skating: Summer Figure Skating School

 

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August 2-6, 2021

Updated COVID-19 Requirements effective August 15, 2021

*Face coverings are required upon entry regardless of vaccination status, but may be removed during exercise/physical activity in the Student Development Complex and Gates Tennis Center. Please reference and adhere to all posted signage for specific arenas inside the Student Development Complex.

 

Camp Overview

Take your skating to the next level with Michigan Tech’s Summer Figure Skating School at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. All skaters, beginner through advanced, will learn new skills and techniques through private lessons with our highly qualified coaching staff.

US Figure Skating (USFS) test session - August 6-7, 2021

In conjunction with the Michigan Tech Summer Figure Skating School, the Copper Country Skating Academy will sponsor its annual test session on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7. Skaters not registered for our summer program are welcome to participate in the test session as well.

The following tests will be offered:

  • Dance: Preliminary through Gold. (Philippe Poirier is managing a foot injury at this time and is not able to partner International Dance Tests.)
  • Moves: Pre-Preliminary through Senior
  • Freestyle: Pre-Preliminary through Senior
  • Contact the test chair for Adult, Pairs, Figures, or Free Dance tests

Test registration is now available on EntryEeze. Test registrations must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 4. Late applications will be accepted until 8:00 pm Thursday, August 5, space permitting and with a $25 late fee. Only online applications will be accepted.

For skaters who are not members of CCSA, please upload the completed Permission to Test Form in EntryEeze.

For more information or questions regarding the test session, please contact CCSA's Test Chair, Yongmei Jin at ymjin@mtu.edu.

Session Guidelines

Sessions are open to skaters of all levels. Private lessons will be provided by coaches contracted by Michigan Tech. Skaters must indicate on their registration form the number of lessons requested and their first, second, and third choice for coaches. Coaching assignments will first be made based on the order of the registrations received, but all requests may not be able to be honored regarding the number of lessons and coaching desired.

Session Schedule

Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

8:00-8:45am

Open General Session

8:45-9:30am

Open General Session

9:30-10:15am

Open General Session

10:15am

Resurface

10:30-11:15am

Open General Session

11:15am-12:00pm

Open General Session

12:00-12:45pm

Open General Session

12:45pm

Resurface

1:00-1:45pm

Open General Session (N/A Friday)

1:45-2:30pm

Open General Session (N/A Friday)

2:30-3:15pm

Open General Session (N/A Friday)

3:15pm

Resurface

3:30-4:15pm

Open General Session

4:15-5:00pm

Open General Session

 

 

Professional Coaching Staff

Coaching fees are based on 15-minute private lessons and are paid at the end of the week, directly to your coach. Skaters must indicate on their registration form the number of lessons requested and their first, second, and third choice for coaches in each discipline. Coaching assignments will be made on a first come first served basis.

Philippe Poirier, Guest Coach—$24

Philippe Poirier, a former French Canadian figure skater, has been skating for more than 35 years. He competed in both singles and ice dance. His testing credentials include Gold Free Skate and International Pattern Dance (Skate Canada Diamond Dance Test). He has been a part-time dance partner for 25 years for skaters of all ages and all levels.

After getting his MBA in management in Quebec, Philippe decided to join the ice show as a professional skater. He toured with Holiday On Ice for 8 years, and also with Robin Cousins’ ICE for its inaugural UK tour. He traveled to more than 50 countries, exploring different cultures and meeting people throughout the world. Philippe has also worked as an executive manager for a Canadian contemporary dance company, which allowed him to combine his enthusiasm for cultural business management and his passion for dance. He moved to the USA 5 years ago and is currently coaching in the Philadelphia area. 

Philippe teaches all levels of pattern dances and free dance, MIF, choreography, stroking, and edge class.

Michael Solonoski, Guest Coach—$21

Michael Solonoski is a former senior national competitor, international competitor, and Team USA member. He holds an architecture degree from Drexel University and earned four Collegiate National medals. Michael toured internationally as a principal skater for 5 years and coaches regional, sectional, and national level competitors in the Philadelphia area. He teaches freestyle, moves in the field, enjoys choreographing and music editing. His approach assesses students' short and long-term goals and develops a training plan of structured on-ice and off-ice training. Michael still loves to skate and to share his passion for the sport and all of its valuable life lessons.

Michael teaches all levels of Freestyle, MIF, and choreography.

Marcie Kierpiec, Guest Coach—$22

Marcie has been a part of Michigan Tech's Summer School coaching staff for more than 28 years, and she brings with her 36 years of coaching experience. She is a Junior National Coach who spent 19 years in Delaware as a staff professional at both the University of Delaware Training Center and the Skating Club of Wilmington and now currently resides in Michigan. She has to her credit US and Canadian Gold Dances, Senior and Junior International Dances, Novice Freestyle, Silver Free Dance, 6th Figure and is a certified Level 4 hockey coach with USA Hockey. Marcie coaches all levels of dance, choreography, moves in the field, and P.O.W.E.R. Hockey, and specializes in the latter two disciplines. In addition to her skating and coaching credentials, Marcie holds both a BA (Michigan State University, ’91) and MA (West Chester University, ’11) in French. She recently completed her BS degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. In addition to coaching figure skating at various camps in Michigan and Wisconsin, she is a full-time P.O.W.E.R. Skating instructor and off-ice strength coach for Tier 1 AAA hockey teams in the metro Detroit area.

Elena Rodrigues, Guest Coach—$17

Elena Rodrigues is a USFS Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Moves, Dance, and Solo Free Dance and has passed all International Dances. She has 15 years of teaching experience, has been on the coaching staff for the Eagle River summer skating school since 2013, and currently coaches at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, WI. She specializes in teaching all levels of freestyle, choreography, and moves in the field but has also had much success coaching skaters through high-level ice dance tests. She has passed the Registered Sports Science exam and Basic Accreditation through the Professional Skaters Association and is actively pursuing more ratings. She is also a coach to Regional competitors at the qualifying level. As a skater, Elena was an ISU Junior World, ISU Four Continents, and Winter University Games competitor. Elena earned a BS in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University with a double minor in Coaching and Management and Organizations where she competed for both the Miami University Synchronized Skating program and also the Intercollegiate Freestyle Team. Elena also has earned an Associate's Degree in Nursing.

Jennifer Bukovich—$13

Jennifer Bukovich has been involved in figure skating for 34 years. She has tested through her Adult Freestyle, Adult gold, Adult Moves, Junior Moves, Pre Gold Dance, and Novice Freestyle. During her skating career, she competed in several states, which included regional competitions. Jennifer has 20 years of coaching experience and can teach through the Gold levels in all disciplines.

Jessica Comfort—$12 (available Monday - Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm)

Jessica is a member of the Copper Country Skating Academy professional coaching staff. She has earned her USFS Gold Medal in Dance. Also to her credit are Canadian Gold Dances, Intermediate Freestyle, Novice Moves in the Field, 3rd Figure, and Intermediate Free Dance. She has 23 years of active coaching experience including Basic Skills, small group instruction, and private lesson instruction working with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Sherry Karnosky—$10

Currently coaching for the Copper Country Skating Academy, Sherry has been skating for 41 years and teaching professionally for the past 27 years. Along with coaching, Sherry was a USFS trial and appointed Judge for eight years. She has a BS and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaching certificates gained in Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan. Areas of expertise include the compulsory dances from Preliminary to Gold and the development of posture and carriage for dance, along with the Moves in the Field (Pre Pre to Juvenile) and Freeskating (Pre Pre through Pre Juvenile).

Becky Pomroy—$10 (available Monday - Wednesday)

Becky comes to us with over 20 years of coaching experience and will teach through Intermediate Moves, Pre Juvenile Free skate, and Pre Silver Dances. Becky also enjoys coaching hockey power and edge classes. 

Prior to moving back to the Keweenaw in September, she was the director of the Iron Mountain Skating Club for 9 years. “I thoroughly enjoy introducing skaters to the first steps of testing beyond Basic Skills, as well as coaching adult skaters.” She has three children all of who are involved in figure skating and hockey. When not at the rink, she can be found in the local emergency department working as a Registered Nurse.

Nicole Rossi—$14

Nicole Rossi is a USFS Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Dance, and Solo Free Dance and has passed all International Dances. She has passed through Novice Freestyle but can teach through Senior Freestyle. During her skating career, she competed at regional competitions, as well as the intercollegiate level. She has 10 years of teaching experience, has been on the coaching staff for the Eagle River summer skating school and clinics since 2016, and currently coaches at Copper Country Skating Academy and L’Anse Baraga Figure Skating Club. She specializes in teaching all levels of moves in the field, ice dance, freestyle, and choreography. Nicole earned a BS in Community Health from Northern Michigan University while skating on their Intercollegiate Freestyle Team.

Sara Rutz—$10

Sara is a member of the Copper Country Skating Academy coaching staff with 19 years of coaching experience. She is the former director of the Michigan Tech Learn to Skate Program and the Summer Skating School and has worked with skaters of all ages and levels. Sara earned a degree in Elementary Education from Alma College and currently teaches at Houghton Elementary School. 

Cost

Registration Fee

A $40 registration fee is required of all Figure Skating School participants.

On-ice, 45-minute Practice Session Fee

  • 10 sessions or less per week: $20 per session
  • 11–20 sessions per week: $18 per session
  • 21 or more sessions per week:  $16 per session
  • Drop-in on any session: $25 per session (Purchase session in the SDC Recreation Office.)

Deadline to register: July 25, 2021

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Refunds, minus a $50 cancellation fee, are refundable until July 19. After July 19, refunds will be issued for medical reasons only.

Special Requirements

A packet of required forms will be sent to participants via email once their application is processed. The required forms must be submitted prior to the start of camp.

Based on the nature of the Michigan Tech Figure Skating School and variable programming for each individual, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that their child is picked up by an authorized release person each day.


Meet the Coordinator

Jada Gullstrand

Jada Gullstrand is the Director of Programming and Membership Services at the Student Development Complex. She joined the Athletics and Recreation Department at Michigan Tech in 2010.

Prior to returning to her roots, Gullstrand spent 6 years as the Marketing and Programs Manager at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy. Following her time in Florida, she was hired as the Marketing Manager for FMC Ice Sports in Pembroke, Massachusetts where she worked in the Corporate Office and oversaw 22 ice rinks throughout the state for programming, membership, and special events promotion.

She is a 2002 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Gullstrand and her husband, Ben, have two sons, Gage and Gunner. They reside in Houghton, Mich.

Phone: 906-487-2975
Email: jmgullst@mtu.edu