Camps, Clinics and Tournaments

Ice Skating: Summer Figure Skating School


Due to COVID-19 concerns, this camp has been cancelled for Summer 2020

August 3-7, 2020

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 8, 2020

In conjunction with the Michigan Tech Summer Figure Skating School, the Copper Country Skating Academy will sponsor its annual test session Saturday, August 8. Skaters not registered for our summer program are welcome to participate in the test session as well. Please note that Igor will only be testing Partners through Golds and Rhumba, Cha Cha Congelado and Silver Samba.

Test registration will be available on EntryEeze beginning July 1. Test registrations must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 5. Late applications will be accepted until 8:00 pm Thursday, August 6, space permitting and with a $25 late fee. Only online applications will be accepted.

For skaters who are not members of CCSA, please upload completed permission to test forms in EntryEeze.

Permission to Test Forms

For more information or questions regarding the test session, please contact CCSA's Test Chair, Adria Laplander at

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 amount of lessons and coaching desired.

Session Schedule

Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 2020
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
1:45-2:30pm Open General Session
2:30-3:15pm Open General Session
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.

Igor Yaroshenko, Guest Coach—$24

Two-time Olympian, Goodwill Games Champion, World and European competitor, five-time Ukrainian National Dance Champion and Gold Test Medalist in Moves in the Field. In addition, he coaches through Senior Moves and International Dance. Partnering/testing through Golds and Rhumba, Cha Cha Congelado and Silver Samba. Partnering sections (no testing) all Internationals except Finnstep.

Marcie Kierpiec, Guest Coach—$21

Marcie has been a part of Michigan Tech's Summer School coaching staff for more than 27 years, and she brings with her 35 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—$16

Elena Rodrigues is a USFS Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Moves, Dance and Solo Free Dance and has passed all International Dances. She has 14 years' teaching experience and 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 Associates Degree in Nursing.

Jennifer Bukovich—$13

Jennifer Bukovich has been involved in figure skating for 33 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 19 years of coaching experience and can teach through the Gold levels in all disciplines.

Jessica Comfort—$12

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 22 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 40 years and teaching professionally for the past 26 years. Along with coaching, Sherry was an 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).

Sara Rutz—$10

Sara is a member of the Copper Country Skating Academy coaching staff with 18 years' 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.

Becky Pomroy—$10

Becky comes to us with over twenty 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 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.


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 27, 2020

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Refunds, minus a $50 cancellation fee, are refundable until July 27. After July 27, 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