Meet Our Coaches

Come join us for our third annual Adult Skating Camp featuring Olympian’s and World Class coaches in the beautiful recently remodeled Ice Den Rink in Chandler Arizona.

Randy Gardner - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Randy is a U.S. National and World Pair Figure Skating Champion, two-time Olympian with his pairs partner Tai Babilonia, as well as a producer, director and choreographer. In 1992, to add to an already remarkable list of achievements, Tai and Randy were inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame

Mr. Gardner is a skating coach, specializing in teaching private lessons, classes and producing international skating seminars and clinics. He has also provided choreography for some of the best known skating stars in the business, along with numerous television specials, national commercial spots and tours around the globe.

Vaughn Chipeur - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

COMPETITIVE HISTORY

  • Member of the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team
  • Member of the 2009 World Team
  • Two Time Canadian National Men’s Silver Medalist
  • Six Time Canadian National Medalist
  • 2009 World Team Trophy Medalist
  • International Medalist

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

  • 2010 & 2011 ISF Entertainment, Rock and Roll Fantasy
  • 2010 – 2011  Onboard the Mariner of the Seas.
  • 2011 – 2012 Onboard the Liberty of the Seas.
  • 2012 – 2013 Onboard the Explorer of the Seas.
  • 2013 – 2014 Robin Cousins’ ICE, touring the UK.
  • 2014  Hot Ice 2014, Blackpool England.
  • 2014 – 2015 Holiday On Ice, Platinum, Europe and the U.K.
  • 2015 & 2016 Hot Ice, Blackpool, England.
  • 2015 – 2016 Holiday On Ice, Believe, Europe and the U.K.
  • 2016 – 2017  Onboard the Oasis of the Seas.
  • 2017 Principal Skater, Rock On Ice, Broadway on Ice, Mexico
  • 2018 Choreographer and Principal Skater, Ucha Atayde Productions, Mexico
  • 2017 – 2019 Full Time Coach at the Royal Glenora Club, Edmonton, AB.
  • 2018 – Present Technical Representative and Brand Ambassador for AURA Skates.
Elin Schran - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Elin Schran is the founder of Joy Skate Productions which specializes in high energy, family-friendly skating shows. Joy Skate  seeks to make the joy of skating accessible to all through workshops designed for skaters of all ages and skill levels, as well as differently-abled skaters.

Elin is also the innovator of IceFlow, a yoga-inspired skating edge class. She is a choreographer and performer with experience in many shows including Ice Capades. She especially loves working with adult skaters. She taught for five years at Dorothy Hamill’s Fantasy Skating Camp, and is thrilled to be back as a coach at the Valley of the Sun Adult Skating Camp!

Diane G Miller - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Master Rated National and International Figure Skating Coach, holding a Master Rating in Freestyle, Figures, Sports Science and Moves in the Field.

  • 2015 U.S. Figure Skating/PSA “Pieter Kollen” Sport Science Coach of the Year
  • 45 years coaching experience
  • International and National Coach
  • World Team Alternate
  • 9 time Nationalf and International Competitor
  • PSA Level V Ranking
  • Professional Skaters Association Honorary
  • United States Olympic Committee Chair Resident Figure Skating Program Member

Diane presently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she continues to coach and present at seminars around the country

Todd Gilles - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona
  • U.S. Figure Skating Quadruple Gold Medalist (Freestyle, Moves, Free Dance, and Compulsory Dance)
  • U.S. Junior Ice Dance National Champion
  • U.S. Novice Ice Dance National Champion
  • 2-Time Alternate for the Olympic Games
  • 3-Time World Figure Skating Championship Alternate
  • Skated in shows in the U. S. (including recently televised in Ice Dance International on PBS
  • Specializing In: Ice Dancing, Moves in the Field, Footwork, Choreography Edge Work, and Power Stroking
Peter Sasmore - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona
  • USFS Gold Dance Medalist and International Dance Medalist
  • Gold Free Dance
  • Alternate for the Olympics
  • 30+ years teaching experience, coaching competitors at all levels on U.S. National and International teams (except for pairs)
  • Specializing in ice dance and choreography
  • Concentrating on fundamentals of stroking and edge execution, with emphasis on body alignment.
Husband and Wife team of Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn - Coaches at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Husband and Wife team of Frank Sweiding and Anita Hartshorn

  • President & Co-Owners of Glacier I.C.E., Inc. (a Full service Ice show production company)
  • USFS Gold Medalists and competitors
  • World Professional Champions
  • Coaches for over 25 years including international skaters from US, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Canada, UK, & Sweden
  • Extensive Ice Show experience both past and present
  • Casting Director for “Ice College” Phantasialand, Bruhl, Germany,  Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, Germany-  Ice Show co producers, performers. Company manager and performance director
Trina Pratt - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Trina Pratt is an enthusiastic coach for skaters of all levels and disciplines and has made lifetime friendships through competition and coaching adult skaters. She understands that positive training environments and positive reinforcement support all levels of skater’s efforts and achievements.  Trina is excited to be invited to the 2020 Valley of the Sun Adult Skating Camp, and hopes to be a source for all skaters in need of ice dance technique whether solo or with a partner, as well as choreography. She looks forward to visiting with current friends and making new one while having fun and learning!

  • 2 time US National Ice Dance Champion in Novice and Junior levels (2003 & 2005)
  • 4 time Junior Grand Prix Medalist
  • 2011 Adult National Ice Dance Champion and coach/choreographer with Justin Ly
  • Team USA member for seven years
  • Coach and choreographer to National Champions and competitors in the Juvenile-Senior levels of ice dance, solo ice dance, and singles
  • Trained in modern dance with Kathy Johnson
  • 2013 Choreographer for Shipstad Entertainment
Russ Witherby - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Coach Experience

  • International & National Coach since 1996
  • Member PSA
  • USFS Judge’s Committee
  • USFS Gold Medals in Dance, Free Dance, International Dance
  • Instructs all levels of Dance, Choreography, Freestyle, Moves in the Fields & Stroking
  • US Ice Dance Champion 1992
  • US Olympic Team Member 1992
  • National Competitor
  • International Competitor
  • Olympic Competitor

Russ is a National International Coach who has been teaching since 1996. He is a member of the PSA and serves on many USFS committees including the Judges Committee.

As a Skater, Russ was a National, International, World & Olympic Competitor for Team USA in Ice Dancing.
1992 US Ice Dance Champion, 1992 US Olympic Team.
As a coach, Russ enjoys working with skaters at all levels and holds USFS Gold Medals in Dance & Free Dance, as well as International Dances.

Russ teaches all levels of Dance, Choreography, Freestyle, Moves in the Fields and Stroking.

Douglas Razzano - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

Coaching Certificates and Ratings/Rankings: PSA Certified Group

Specialization/Areas of Focus: Freestyle, Choreography, Moves in the Field, Power Skating.

Career Highlights:

  • National and International Coach and Choreographer
  • US Figure Skating Board Member
  • US Figure Skating Nominating Committee Member

Skating Achievements:

  • International Champion
  • National Medalist
  • Grand Prix Competitor
  • World Team Alternate
  • Double USFS Gold Medalist
Marie Stroukoff - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona
  • PSA MASTER RATED MOVES
  • USFS DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST
  • COACHING ICE DANCE, MOVES
  • FREESTYLE AND FIGURES
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITOR
  • COACH of Nationally Ranked Skaters
  • Over 25 years experience