LA Kings Icetown is an International Training Center that provides private figure skating lessons to skaters of all ages and skating abilities. Taking private lessons from one of our skilled figure skating professionals allows you to improve your own skills faster and at your own rate of learning while preparing you to pass a new test level and/or participate in competitions.
Arranging Private Lessons
If you would like additional information regarding private lessons, please contact the Director of Figure Skating. You may also come by and observe our professional coaching staff. They are available to meet with you directly to schedule a day and time for your lesson.
- Lesson fees do not include the price of admission and/or skate rental. These fees are payable directly to the rink.
- Our coaches operate as Independent Contractors who use our facility to teach their private lessons; therefore, they set their own schedule based on their availability and payment for the lesson is made directly to the coach.
- If you are enrolled in Skating Academy, you receive public session admission for free with your membership; take advantage of this benefit and use it to take some lessons!
The cost for private lessons varies depending on the instructor and their skill level.
Meet Our Coaches
Icetown boasts a talented and diverse coaching staff who are ready to help your skater meet his or her goals. You may contact any coach directly regarding private lesson rates and availability or complete the form at the bottom of the page for a referral.
Melissa Knutson, Figure Skating Director
Specializing in beginner and advanced jump technique and stroking/power skating/moves in the field, Melissa, a USFS Gold test medalist in Figures, Freestyle, and Dance, has 25 years of full-time coaching experience. She is a coach of Regional, Sectional, and National competitors, including the Riverside Illusions Synchronized Skating Team from 2005-2007. In addition to being a USFS, PSA, and ISI member, Melissa also has a B.A. in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from University of Pittsburgh. Melissa has been the Figure Skating Director at Icetown Riverside since 2013.
Contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 855-0385.
Monica Sheya-Viola, Figure Skating Director
Monica is a PSA exam-certified coach in the discipline of Freestyle as well as an ISI World Coach and Gold-Certified Judge. Monica has been an experienced, full-time coach for 26 years and has tested Gold in USFS Figures and Freestyle. She has been the head coach of USFS Gold medalists, regional, national, and international competitors. Monica specializes in beginner and advanced jump technique, stroking/power skating/moves in the field, music editing, and choreography and program design. She is also trained to teach skaters with special needs and who are vision- or hearing-impaired. Monica is a USFS, PSA, and ISI member and has been the Figure Skating Director at Icetown Riverside since 2013.
Contact Monica at email@example.com or (951) 264-4233.
As an Olympic, World, and Junior World coach, Tammy has received several awards including the US Olympic Committee Developmental Coach Award (2005), the USFS/PSA Developmental Coach of the Year Award (2005, 2012, 2013), and the USFS/PSA Coach of the Year Award (2017). She has also served on several US Figure Skating committees as well as the Board of Directors for both US Figure Skating and Professional Skaters Association. A USFS Gold medalist in Freestyle and Figures herself, Tammy has coached numerous national and international competitors including 2017 US Women’s Champion Karen Chen, 2017 World Junior Champion Vincent Zhou, 2011 US Men’s Silver Medalist Richard Dornbush, five-time Australian National Champion Brendan Kerry, and many more. Tammy is a USFS and PSA member who specializes in beginner and advanced jump technique, stroking/power skating/moves in the field, and video analysis.
Stephanie has been an experienced, full-time coach for over 10 years and is a USFS, ISI, and ACSM member. In addition to being a USFS Gold medalist in Moves in the Field, she was the 2007 US Adult Figure Skating Championship Gold Medalist and team captain of the Riverside Illusion Synchronized Skating Team from 2004-2006. Stephanie has experience as the head coach of Riverside Theatre on Ice and as the assistant coach of Sectional and National Synchronized Figure Skating team. She holds a Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and is a certified Pilates instructor as well as an adjunct professor of health and exercise science at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.
As a Professional Skaters Association exam-certified coach, Elaina enjoys teaching freestyle, beginner and advanced jump and spin technique, and stroking/power skating/moves in the field. In addition to being a USFS, PSA, and ISI member, she is also an ISI World Coach and Silver-Certified Judge. Elaina has five years of ballet and gymnastics experience and more than 15 years of figure skating experience. She completed the Icetown Coaching Intern Program.
Using her experience as an accomplished skater, Felicia specializes in beginner and advanced spin and jump technique, choreography, and music editing. She is the 2002 US National Junior Bronze medalist, the 2002 ISU Junior Grand Prix Bronze medalist, and a five-time US National competitor and member of Team USA. Felicia is a USFS Sectional Technical Specialist and a PSA exam-certified coach in the disciplines of Choreography, Freestyle, and Sports Science; she has a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Riverside. Felicia served as the Figure Skating Director at Icetown Riverside from 2009-2013.
Julie specializes in spin/jump technique, stroking/power stroking, and off-ice training for jump rotation technique, endurance, and injury prevention. She is the 2005 Junior National Chamption and has competed regionally and nationally throughout her career. She graduated from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA with a degree in Sports Medicine.
Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 227-0339.
Roberta is a USFS Gold medalist in Moves in the Field and Freestyle who specializes in beginners and first time skaters as well as adult skaters. She participated in the Icetown Coaching Intern Program and excels in teaching stroking/power skating/moves in the field, double jumps, and axel.
Roberta can be contacted at (951) 313-8064.
In addition to being a member of both USFSA and PSA, Nicole is also a USFS Gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She has been trained by Olympic and World coach Tammy Gambill and specializes in Freestyle/Moves in the Field/Stroking, choreography, and beginner/advanced spin and jump technique. She is also AED certified.
Contact Nicole at email@example.com or (909) 206-9166.
Contact Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-710-5892.
A USFS Silver medalist in Moves in the Field, Michelle has experience as a Regional and International competitor. She began her coaching career in the Icetown Coaching Intern Program and specializes in stroking/power skating/moves in the field and synchronized skating, but excels in teaching skaters of all levels from basic skating to freestyle. Michelle graduated from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 2014 and is a USFS and ISI member.
Contact Michelle at (951) 743-7886.
A three-time National champion of Australia, Robby has enjoyed great international sucesses as both a competitor and a coach. In addition to being the Australian representative at both the 2005 and 2006 Junior Grand Prix and 2006, 2008, and 2009 Four Continents Championships, he has also been a Polar Bear Ice Skating World coach and the coach of a 2013 Taiwanese National team member. His skating career has taken him all over the globe as he has trained in Australia, Turkey, Latvia, and the United States. Robby specializes in skating exercises for jumps, choreography, and jump, spin, and stroking techniques.
Contact Robby at (951) 423-5662.
With experience as an ISI and USFS competitor, Katie uses her 15-plus years of skating and classical ballet experience to pass on her knowledge of and excitement for the sport of figure skating to her students. She enjoys teaching skaters in her group lessons as a part of Icetown's Skating Academy and skating camps as well as in private lessons. She currently attends LA Sierra University in Riverside, CA.
Contact Katie at (909) 583-3184.
Tyler completed the Icetown Coaching Internship Program in 2014 and specializes in beginning figure skating fundamentals. He is a member of USFS and ISI. Tyler is enrolled in the Business and Construction Management Program at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.
Sean is a current Senior Men’s competitor for the United States who has competed at the international level. An 8-time Southwest Pacific Regional Medalist (2009-2017), Sean took 8th place in the Senior Men’s category at the 2017 National Championships. He has 15 years of training in multiple styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. Sean specializes in all around technique (jumps and spins) for skaters of all levels, as well as choreography.
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