Figure Skating Coaches

Our figure skating coaches are excited to bring their love and passion for the sport to you!

Figure Skating Coach Biographies

JENNIFER DANOWITZ

Jennifer is a USFSA, ISI, ProSkaters, and USA Hockey member. She has 20 years of skating experience in both ice hockey and figure skating. She skated with Disney On Ice for four years, and specializes in character/theatrical skating instruction. Jennifer was also Captain of the University of Connecticut ACHA Division I/II ice hockey team, where she was All-American (2010), UConn Outstanding Athlete Leader of 2009, and Academic All-American (2009, 2010).

In addition to working with figure skaters, Jennifer has also coached skating skills to ice hockey players of all ages and abilities—from beginners to camps for high school and Junior’s level players.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

jennifer.danowitz@gmail.com

IVAN DIMITROV

Coach Ivan was born in 1986 in Sofia, Bulgaria and competed at U.S Nationals in both 2011 and 2012, achieving a Top 10 finish in 2012. Ivan is also a Bulgarian Junior National Champion and competed at both Junior World Championships and the Grand Prix Series.

Currently, Ivan coaches U.S. Regional and Sectional level competitive skaters, and he enjoys working with Beginner to Senior level skaters as well as adult skaters. He is a proud member of USFS and PSA and is certified at the CER A level.

coachivandimitrov@gmail.com

PAVEL DIMITROV

Pavel Dimitrov is a Bulgarian skating coach. He has over 24 years of coaching experience and has coached skaters at multiple international competitions, including European Championships, World Championships, and the Olympic Games.

He enjoys working with skaters at all levels to develop their skating skills and love of the sport. Specialized in skating skills, freestyle, choreography, pairs and ice dance. Pavel is a proud member of USFS and PSA and is certified at the CER A level.

kfp_shampion@abv.bg

PATRICK "PETE" ROBERSON

Patrick “Pete” Roberson has over 20 years of experience in competitive skating and coaching. He competed at the regional, sectional, and national level and trained in multiple locations including Georgia, California, and New York. He also studied at the Atlanta School of Ballet and has attended numerous off-ice training seminars with the Atlanta Braves.

He is a proud member of US Figure Skating, PSA, and Champions’ Edge Skating Club.

atlfalcon.roberson@gmail.com

 

LISA HEALY

Coach Lisa was a South Atlantic Regional competitor as well as medalist. She has over 20 years of coaching experience for freestyle, MIF, synchro and dance teams and she has coached up to Sectional competitors. She has passed PSA ratings exams in freestyle, dance, team, and groups and is a member of USFS as well as an ISI Gold level judge.

Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Sport Coaching and a B.A. in Psychology and she also holds a Florida teaching certificate in K-6, Gifted Education and ESOL.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

lisahealy@outlook.com

LAIA BOVÉ IMHOFF

Laia was born in Barcelona, Spain. She competed nationally and internationally for the National Selection Team in both Freestyle and Theater on Ice at the Junior and Senior level. She also skated professionally with both Holiday on ice and Disney on Ice shows for 5 years.

She has more than 10 years of coaching experience from beginners to Senior skaters, and is also a seasonal coach in Barcelona, Spain. She is a proud member of USFS and PSA and is certified at the CER A level. Laia is also a Yoga Alliance 200h certified teacher.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

laiaboveimhoff@gmail.com

SERGUEI KOUZNETSOV

Coach Serguei was a member of the Russian National Team and is the Men's 1992 Cup of Russia Gold Medalist, the Men's 1991 Russian Nationals Silver Medalist and was a 5-year principal skater for Disney on Ice.

Serguei has over 23 years teaching experience and is a Senior US National Championship, International, Grand Prix and Junior World’s Coach. Serguei also specializes in teaching Power Hockey skills.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and is a member of the PSA and USFS and is CER A certified. He is available to teach all levels and ages.

He is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

serguei90@hotmail.com

NOELLE KOUZNETSOVA

Noelle was a former competitive gymnast and coached gymnastics for 14 years. She has been teaching private lessons and basic skills since 1999 and is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and is a CER A certified coach with US Figure Skating.

She specializes in basic edges, jumping bio-mechanics, off ice conditioning and Adult Moves in the Field. She is available to teach all ages and levels but especially enjoys teaching adults who are new to figure skating.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

noellek27@hotmail.com

JENNA DISPENZA

Jenna Dispenza, who was born in Arizona and grew up Canada was a 2011 and 2012 U.S. National Ice Dance competitor. She has 20 years of skating experience and 9 years of coaching experience teaching all levels from Learn to Skate classes to international skaters. She holds her US Gold/Senior tests in Moves in the Field, Free Dance and Pattern Dance, as well as Canadian Gold tests in Freestyle, Skills, Dance and Interpretive. Jenna enjoys sharing her love and passion for the sport through a wide variety of disciplines including Freestyle, Moves, Ice Dance, in addition to skating skills/footwork, choreography, holiday show production and beginner skating skills. 

Jenna is a proud member of US Figure Skating, PSA and Learn to Skate USA. She has her PSA Registered Free Skate Accreditation, Masters in Sports Science & Medicine from PSA and CER A. Jenna also received her BBA from Florida International University with Summa Cum Laude.  
She is a proud member of Champions' Edge Skating Club.
 

Skatewithjenna@hotmail.com

MELANIE ROGERS

Melanie is a Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Freestyle. She is a Sectional and National medalist. In addition, she holds a Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

Rogers.mel@gmail.com

JENNY SEYMOUR

Jenny has 15 years of synchronized skating experience. She skated competitively in the Junior, Senior, Collegiate, and Adult level divisions. She was a member of Team USA and competed overseas in both the Junior and Senior division. Jenny represented Team USA and competed overseas in Finland, Sweden, France, Croatia, and England. In 2003, her Junior team won the French Cup Championships.

Jenny also won 3 National gold medals in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Jenny graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a BA in Education. She has been teaching elementary education in Pasco county since 2008.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

jensk8s812@gmail.com

SANDRA STRONG

As a child, Sandra trained in New York. She won the North Atlantic Regionals and Empire State Winter Games. After college, she turned professional and met her husband while skating with Royal Caribbean International. They spent the next eight years at sea together, visiting over sixty countries. As an adult, Sandra took on pairs training and completed two professional contracts as a pair skater.

She has also been featured as a principal with Ice Theatre of New York and for Dollywood and Busch Gardens and had the privilege of skating for families of the Make A Wish Foundation and teaching outreach programs in New York City.

She is a proud member of the Champions' Edge Skating Club.

sndskates@gmail.com

STANIMIR TODOROV

Stanimir is a former Bulgarian international competitor at the World Junior Championships, European Championships, World Senior Championships, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He has over 10 years of coaching experience with national and international skaters from beginners to senior international competitive level.

Stanimir specializes in all levels of freestyle, pair skating, skating skills and off-ice training. He is certified at the CER A level.

He is a proud member USFS, PSA, and Champions’ Edge Skating Club.

stano1982@abv.bg

LONNIE WINN

Lonnie has 10 years of competitive experience and 15 years of coaching.
Her extensive background includes training under elite coaches.  She also studied at the Orange County School of Ballet as well as the Idyllwild School of Music and Arts.  She is a graduate of Del Mar Media Arts in Del Mar, California.

Lonnie is available to instruct and train skaters of all levels.  She specializes in choreography, singles, and moves in the field.

She is a proud member of USFSA, PSA at the CER A level, and Champions’ Edge Skating Club.

 

lonniewinnlvs2sk8@gmail.com

VINNY DISPENZA

Vinny Dispenza, who grew up in Miami was a 2011 and 2012 U.S. National Ice Dance competitor, and 2008 Jr. U.S. Nationals competitor. He has 20 years of skating experience and 10 years of coaching experience teaching all levels, from Learn to Skate classes to international skaters. He holds his US Gold/Senior tests in Moves in the Field, Free Dance and Pattern Dance, as well as tests in Free Skate and Pairs. Vinny is dedicated to helping his skaters reach their goals by sharing his love and enthusiasm for the sport and teaches a wide variety of disciplines including Freestyle, Moves, Ice Dance, in addition to specializing in skating skills/footwork, holiday show production and pole harness experience for all level of jumps. 

Vinny is a proud member of US Figure Skating, PSA and Learn to Skate USA. He has his PSA Registered Group Accreditation, Masters in Sports Science & Medicine from PSA and CER A. 
 
He is a proud member of Champions' Edge Skating Club.
 

Luvs2skate1990@hotmail.com

BONNIE RETZKIN

Bonni has over 30 years of coaching experience and has taught at every level from beginner to the World and Olympic level.
She is passionate about developing skaters and helping her students find the joy in skating no matter what level they compete in.  She has experience with one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons. Bonni is a PSA rated coach and not only does she coach figure skating but she also understands the importance of skating fundamentals for students to excel in hockey.

 

bonniretzkin@optonline.net

SHARI KLUTZ

Skating Programs Executive Director

shari@floridahospitalcenterice.com