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.

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
Allen Shannon - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona

An adagio skater and coach from San Diego from 2010 – to present.  Allen has recently been participating in Dancing on Ice the TV series 2021

  • Principle Adagio skater and coach from San Diego, California
  • Principle performer for over 10 years with Dancing on Ice
  • Plays Willy Bietek on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Magic On Ice
  • Disney On Ice
  • Rand Productions
  • Holiday On Ice

Specializes in:

  • Adagio
  • Pairs

Also teaches:

  • Singles
  • Moves
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.

Max Aaron - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona
  • US Mens Champion
  • Grand Prix Champion
  • 4-Time World Team Member
  • 4-Time US Medalist
  • 2-Time World Team Champion
  • Max Specializes in jump technique:
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
Timothy McKernan - Coach at Valley of the Sun Adult Skate Camp in Chandler, Arizona
  • Qualified for 10 US Nationals 2003-2012 in Ice Dancing
  • 2007 Pewter medal, Junior level
  • 2009 Pewter medal, Junior level
  • 2008 Silver medal, Junior Level
  • 2011 7th place finish at the senior level
  • 2005 Intermediate National Champion
  • 2004 Bronze Medal, Juvenile level
  • Competed for Team USA at 7 different international competitions from 2005 to 2009
  • 3- Time US Senior Shadow Dance Champion
  • Competed 2 seasons for Australia and qualified for Four Continents in 2017 & 2018