With the summer session starting in just a few days, we wanted to introduce you to the off-ice instructors who will be leading our summer off-ice classes.
Check out the descriptions below for more information about the summer off-ice programming!
This Summer Michelle will be teaching off-ice on Mondays and Thursdays for skaters registered in the COMP-1, COMP-2 and Pairs packages.
Michelle has a passion and love for figure skating. She has been skating for over 25 years but was considered a late bloomer as a competitor. Michelle consistently places among the top skaters at the Canadian National Championships, most recently placing 4th at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Over the course of her skating career, Michelle has proudly represented Canada at international competitions. Notably, she competed at the 2018 ISU Four Continent Championships, in Taipei City, where she skated two clean programs and finished 15th.
Throughout her ongoing career, Michelle is fortunate to have learned from some of Canada’s top coaches and skaters, both on and off the ice. She is a Skate Canada NCCP provincial coach and choreographer with over 10 years of experience. Michelle is also a certified Personal Training Specialist and teaches group fitness classes to skaters of all ages and abilities. Michelle is very involved in her skating community, and loves to perform in ice shows and teach at seminars.
Monday’s off ice class will be a Strength Cardio class. We will focus on lifts for pairs and jumps for singles and adding them into cardio circuits.
Thursday’s off ice class will be a Strength/Core/Stability class. This class will focus on basic strength, core and stability necessary to skating.
This summer Josephine and Nicole will be teaching off-ice on Tuesdays here at Skate Oakville.
Since 2012 Josephine has successfully completed multiple certifications. Among her long list of qualifications are; her Essentrics Instructor Certification (Level 4), Barre Fitness Instructor Certification (IBBFFA), Hollistic Nutritionist Certification (Alive Academy) and a classical Pilates Certification with second generation Pilates instructor Maria Earle, who studied under Pilates elder Kathy Grant.
Josephine has taught at various clubs and centres throughout Toronto. The list includes Equinox, her own boutique fitness studio and several sport clubs. Since 2019 Josephine has been teaching here at Skate Oakville.
Nicole is an experienced essentrics and water rowing instructor teaching out of various studios throughout the GTA and Vancouver Island. Over the past four years she has continued developing her teaching style. Her passion for movement and overall wellness is the focus of every class.
On Tuesdays, skaters will be doing an essentrics class. This class was designed by a ballerina and a physio therapist and will focus on posture, elongating our muscles and injury prevention.
New to Skate Oakville this summer is Chelsea who will be teaching an acting class every Wednesday. An alumnus of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program, Chelsea has been working in the performing arts for nearly twenty years with roles in Music Theatre, TV Commercials and Series’, as well as choreographing and directing. Some of her favourite credits include: Anne Of Green Gables (Drayton Entertainment) Scene’s From The 19th Hole (Red Leaves Play House), A Christmas Carol (Upper Canada Playhouse), A Gift To Last (Upper Canada Playhouse), and Love, Loss, And What I Wore (West End Studio Theatre).
Most recently, Chelsea co-produced and directed Songs For A New World with We Are Here Productions in which all proceeds went to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Chelsea’s ongoing passion project, Cue To Cue- the performers’ podcast, blends her passion for the arts with connecting with others. With 150+ episodes, Cue To Cue is a space where artists can come to be inspired, encouraged to take risks with their creativity, embrace their authenticity, and learn from other artists.
As both an acting and singing coach over the past twenty years, Chelsea has worked with artists of all ages and is passionate about arts education. She is currently Teaching at Anthony Meindl’s Acting Studios in Toronto as well as private vocal lessons
We are so looking forward to the Wednesday class with Chelsea which will focus on expression and theatrical movement.
On Friday’s Skate Oakville COMP and Pairs skaters will be lead through an extreme flexibility class by Erica. As a former dancer and now flexibility/yoga coach, Erica will focus on intense stretching to increase flexibility.
Erica has had a passion and deep love for artistic movement from a very young age. Growing up as an acro dancer at Studio PAVAS in Mississauga, Ontario, she taught her first dance class at the age of 15. Over the past 8 years she has taught many different styles and levels of dance classes from musical theatre to jazz to acro to strength & flexibility.
As a teacher, Erica is committed to continuing her education with a strong focus on strength, flexibility and mental skills for competitive athletes. She is Acrobatice Arts Module 1& 2 certified, Alixa Flexibility Module 1 certified and a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with 400 hours of total training. Her goal as a teacher and coach is to use holistic practices, like yoga, to help athletes prioritize their overall wellbeing while pursuing what they love most.
On Friday’s Skate Oakville COMP and Pairs skaters will be lead through an extreme flexibility class by Erica. These classes will focus on intense stretching to increase flexibility.