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Private Instructors

Our Figure Skating programs are aimed at developing the best skaters in South Florida. Offering USFS programs, Florida Panthers IceDen provides the finest training facility for both the recreational and competitive skaters. Our top rated skating professionals will provide our members with superior coaching in our state-of-the-art facility, which includes daily sessions. All of our instructors are USFS and PSA members. Come and train like a Champion, home of the "Panthers Figure Skating Club".



Jodi is a Canadian National Champion and International Medalist. She also has Gold Freestyle, Gold Pair and Gold Dances. 

A early retirement from completive skating led to Principle Roles as a pair and soloist for the major Ice Show Producers Feld Entertainments "Disney on Ice", Willy Bietak Productions for Royal Caribbean, Holiday on Ice and Ice Theater of New York. They were again named to the Canadian team to compete in the World Professional Championships in Jaca Spain. 

While touring she took on the role of Performance Director/Manager, while choreographing and directing for different companies she was named Artistic Director of Canadian Ice Dance Theater. 

Her passion for the sport shows in her work and she has spent much of her time around the world developing pair teams in many countries. She is a Technical Specialist in Pairs. 

Jodi coaches all levels and believes in working to create well rounded athletes that become leaders both on and off the ice.

Amy Battista


Amy is from Madison, Wisconsin and has over 20 years of competitive coaching experience. While in Wisconsin, Amy was the Director of Skating for the Southern Wisconsin FSC for 12 years; running the learn to skate program, synchronized program, as well as competitive coaching. She was the chairperson for the club's annual basic skills competition that hosts over 125 skaters every year! If this wasn’t enough, Amy also directed the club's annual skating shows every year. 

Amy has coached numerous State and National Champions (State Games of America) since 1999, as well as, several Upper Great Lakes Regional Finalists, including 3 Regional Champions and a number of Regional Medalists. Amy's students have also won artistic skating championships and awards. Amy has coached competitive skaters though their Senior Moves and Novice Free skating. 

Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies with Teacher Certification for grades Pre-K to Third. Amy was also a school teacher for 9 years and has a gift of working with children. Her educational background as well as personal qualities of patience, kindness, creativity and the love of the sport of figure skating, have made coaching a perfect fit. Amy has also taught swimming, water aerobics, and coached competitive diving for 14 years coaching numerous city champions in Madison. 

As an educator and coach, Amy is organized, creative and very detail oriented. Her teaching philosophy is that every skater's goals are important whether they are to go to the Olympics or to just master a crossover. Every student Amy works with is treated with respect and value. Amy will work with skaters and parents as a "team" to help every student achieve his or her goals in the best way possible. 

In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling, sporting events, concerts, rollerblading, skiing and going to the beach. She has 2 sisters, 2 nieces and 2 nephews living in Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with them when visiting. 

Contact Information for Amy:
Cell: 608-239-3883
Resume and References available upon request.

curtis chornopsyski


Curtis competed at several Canadian National Championships under the tutelage of multi-national and world champion coach Michael Jiranek.  For over a decade, Curtis extensively toured 5 continents starring as a principle skater with such companies as Disney on Ice and Royal Caribbean International.  

Curtis then settled in New Jersey and began coaching competitive skaters on and off the ice while still performing with The Ice Theatre of New York and skating and choreographing for numerous ice, corporate and benefit shows with National, World, and Olympic champions. Curtis' television appearances include: Kurt Browning's "Tall in the Saddle", Good Morning America, The Today Show, and the Australian reality show "Skating on Thin Ice". 

In addition to Curtis' expertise in skating technique and artistry, he also brings to the Panther's IceDen knowledge and experience in off-ice conditioning with certifications as a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant through American Council on Exercise. Curtis also has a Certified Freestyle Rating with the PSA, and specializes in jumping utilizing the Pole Harness.

rebecca clark



Rebecca combines her love for the ice with her love for physical fitness in every aspect of her job here at the Panthers IceDen. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University, specializing in Strength and Conditioning. 

Rebecca is also a certified personal trainer and specializes in functional/sport specific training for her athletes. Rebecca has 20 years of skating experience and has been an accredited member of the PSA since 2002. She actively holds PSA ratings in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Group Instruction and Sports Science. 

With nearly 15 years of coaching experience she has developed a solid teaching method both on and off the ice. Her technique is solid yet flexible by recognizing the fact that no two skaters are the identical and that coaching style needs to adapt to fit the personal needs of each student to best complement their learning style. A natural teacher, Rebecca assesses her students' needs and utilizes a well-rounded approach to help her skaters achieve their own personal success. Rebecca specializes in Moves in the Field, Choreography, and Off-Ice Conditioning.

Contact by phone (561)451-7292 or by Email:



Catherine has been figure skating ever since her grandma took her on their pond in Connecticut at age 3. She grew up skating at Panthers Ice Den with Ilona Melnichencko and Artem Torgashev. She is currently a student at Florida Atlantic University and is studying Business Management. 
Catherine has been a competitive figure skater since she was only 4 years old. She was homeschooled at age 12 to focus fully on figure skating and would be at the rink 10 hours a day 5 days a week. She has several accomplishments such as receiving over 200 medals and qualified at Regionals. In addition, Catherine has assisted over the past year as a Skating Coach for summer camp. 
Catherine has always loved the sport of figure skating. She dreamed of fulfilling the role of a coach after she stopped competing. Skating has taught her the value of setting goals, preparing and time management. She learned how to win and how to pick herself up to be even better. Catherine has been coaching since 2017 with Learn to Skate through Juvenile Level. Catherine loves putting her passion for this sport into her students and looks forward to passing that enthusiasm off to her students.
Cell: 954-778-4923




Jeanine is a Florida native and grew up skating right here in Coral Springs under the tutelage of our very own Ilona Melnichencko and Artem Torgashev. She comes to us as a double gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. Her competitive years were followed by 8 years of professional skating as semi-principal for Disney on Ice, international touring with Holiday on Ice, and various theme park and theatrical ice productions throughout the world. She has played various exciting roles such as The Evil Queen from Snow White, Mrs. Incredible from The Incredibles, and Gabriella Montez from High School Musical: The Ice Tour.  

Jeanine has been coaching since 2008 specializing in Basic Skills, Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Off Ice Training, and Power Skating for hockey players. She played 4 years of ice hockey and understands the needs of a hockey player. Jeanine is a member of United States Figure Skating as well as a certified PSA instructor. Jeanine believes all skaters need to start with a solid foundation of basic skating skills in a fun environment. She aims to instill a love for skating in all of her students. Jeanine welcomes any student of any age to join this sport, which is valuable in all aspects of life, on and off the ice.

Phone Number: 754-368-4229 




Mr. Haw is a former Canadian national competitor and national level judge in all disciplines of figure skating.  Having dual citizenship, Mr. Haw has over twenty-five years of coaching experience in Canada and eleven years in the USA.  Mr. Haw has coached national, international, world and Olympic competitors and trained many professional skaters such as Brian Orser and Kurt Browning.

He graduated with High Honors receiving his Coaching Techniques Diploma (technical, biomechanics, exercise physiology, teaching methodology etc.) from Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. He has attained the highest certification in North America attaining his Master Rating in Figures, Free Skating and Moves in the Field with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) and his Level 5 Olympic Coach in Canada!  He is also one of the authors of the Moves in the Field! 

He is a former US Figure Skating Technical Specialist, voted Coach of the Year and has served on both Canadian and PSA national coaching committees.  He is also a presenter at PSA, National and International seminars in Canada, Mexico and the USA. Mr. Haw is a proud advocate of coach’s education and is a natural teacher.  When he coaches, he is positive, productive and always adds a bit of humor!

Contact: Cell: 954-952-5248



My name is Jackie Jablon. I have been skating for seventeen years and have competed competitively for 14 of those years. For the past three years, I have been working in ice shows around the world as a professional ice skater. I really enjoy coaching and I specialize with beginner skating skills. Skating is my passion and I love what I do!


Alexander "Sasha" was born in Moscow Russia and started skating from the age of five at the prestigious "Central Army Club" CSKA in Moscow. During his competitive career he was trained by coaches Stanislav Zhuk, Victor Kudriavtsev and at last he was coached by Rafael Arutyunyan. Sasha has won several National and International competitions and was one of the first quad jumpers. He is a Master of Sport in Russia.  

For over decade Sasha worked as principal soloist at Disney on Ice, Willy Bietak productions and Holiday on Ice around the world and was recognized for his incredible jump technique and ability. 

During that time Sasha was invited to guest coach and present seminars in many different countries to improve skating skills, jumps and spins. Now as a coach Sasha along with his wife, coach Jodi Barnes, works with all levels of skaters helping build a strong skating foundation. He believes training a strong competitor must be done on and off the ice.




Vitali is a former single and pair skater. He started skating when he was 3 years old. After achieving his goals in single skating, Vitali decided to take on a new challenge and became a pair skater. Vitali is a former Jr. and Senior Champion of Belarus and Israel in Single and Pairs and he competed internationally for Belarus and Israel. He has 35+ years of skating and 20+ years of coaching experience. After his competitive career was over, Vitali coached and performed many shows around the World as a Principle Skater including: Filippe Candeloro’s “La Belle et la Bête”, Disney on Ice “Princess Classics” and “Lion King”, Holiday on Ice “Energia”, Willy Bietak “Ice Under the Big Top” and “Ice Dancing”, Orange Tree Production “Noel Sur Glace”, “Cirque on Ice” and “Viva Las Vegas.”  

 Vitali has coached skaters from numerous countries including Belarus, Israel, Russia, France and the USA. He coached National Champions, European, World and Olympic skaters. He is well versed on the International Judging System and continues to develop his knowledge by meeting and discussing with world known specialists in the field. Vitali and his wife Tatiana moved to USA in 2009 to help develop figure skating and hockey programs at an ice rink in Texas.

Vitali has a Bachelor Degree with top honors in Sport Science and Physical Education from the Belarus State University. He holds Florida Teacher Certificate for grades K-12 and is currently working on his Master's Degree. His knowledge, professionalism, friendliness and love of the sport helps his athletes to discover their potential and to achieve their goals while also having fun. He is an expert in jump technique and spins and power stroking. He also specializes in off-ice conditioning, jump training and stretching. Vitali is proud to coach at Florida Panthers IceDen and loves Florida. Vitali and his Tatsiana have two boys Mark and David.

Contact: 281-902-2417




Aleksey Morkovkin was a member of the Russian national team for six years and was the winner of numerous regional and local pairs skating titles in his home country, including the Moscow Open championship.
Beginning his career in 70's and training under two-time Olympic Champion Alexander Zaitsev, Aleksey developed a strong fundamental freeskating technique which led to a long post-competition career as a top professional performer worldwide. 
For nearly a decade he was the star of the Disney On Ice productions of Toy Story and Aladdin, touring worldwide and also working as assistant performance director and choreographer to 45 professional skaters.
He also toured all through Europe and the Caribbean while working for renowned skating producer Willy Bietak performing on Royal Caribbean’s premiere luxury ships among other shows throughout the world.
Aleksey joined Panthers Ice Den in 2011 and became a U.S. citizen in 2013.

He is the founder of Florida on Ice, which brings skating students and their coaches from Russia to the U.S. for several weeks of high-level training, sightseeing and immersion in American culture. It is this international exchange of ideas — something Aleksey first encountered while touring with skaters from every corner of the globe — that he says keeps him continually moving forward in skating, even after 40 years in the sport. He speaks English, Russian and Spanish.

In addition to his work with figure skaters of all levels, Aleksey has coached speed skaters and hockey players too, substantially improving their strength and speed on the ice. He is an expert in jump technique, spins and power stroking, and also specializes in off-ice jump training and stretching. Aleksey is well-versed in the ISU’s International Judging System (IJS) and is a longtime member of the Professional Skaters Association. He holds an “A’” coach’s certification from U.S. Figure Skating. 

He welcomes your inquiries at
Phone number:  (404)435-2504

julie mulvey



Julie has over 30 years of skating experience. She completed all figure skating test levels to achieve her U.S. Senior Gold in Free skate, U.S. Senior Gold in Moves in the Field, as well as competed in several competitions throughout the country. She carries several PSA ratings, including: Master Sports Science, Certified Free skate, Certified Moves in the Field, and Registered Group Instructor with the Professional Skaters Association. In 2010, Julie was inducted into the distinguished PSA Ranking System as a Level II Instructor.

 Julie has produced several State Champions and Regional level skaters with her teaching experience of over 15 years. She specializes in all levels and ages. Julie clearly loves what she does and you can see it in every lesson! 



Free Skate / Moves in the Field / Choreography / Power Skating / Basic Skills / Off Ice  
Membership with USFSA and PSA
Safe Sport Compliant
Completed a background check with USFSA
Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field 
Intermediate Free Skate 
Competitive Skater in Florida 
Professional Experience:
  • Teaching since 2001 (recreational, competitive and hockey skaters )
  • Over 5 years as Figure Skating Director 
  • 4 years as a Figure Skating Club President 
  • Hockey Director experience 
  • Pre School Teacher's assistant experience 
Coaching Philosophy :
Lisa believes every skater needs to have strong skating skills before continuing their path in Figure Skating or Hockey. ("Don't give up. Great things take time") She strives to help each skater achieve their personal goal with fun and positivity!
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it"- Lou Holtz 

adrian schultheiss



Adrian is a Swedish Olympian, 4-time World and 5-time European competitor. He placed 9th in the World Championships 2010 in Torino and top 6 in the European Championships 2008. He is a Swedish, Nordic, Junior GP and European Youth Olympic Festival gold medalist. First Nordic skater to successfully land a quadruple jump (Olympic Games 2010). 

Adrian started teaching Figure skating on the side of his active skating carrier in 2008 and now resides in Miami since 2013 after one year of coaching in Rome, Italy. He has 4 Years of education in the Swedish Olympic Committee Talent program, which includes mental training, diet and health, media training, fitness, strength and conditioning, sport specific injury prevention. Program teachers include full staff of Swedish Olympic Committee. 4 Years of education in the Nordic Development Project (as a skater). Teachers included Frank Carrol, Barry and Verly Bartlet, and Viktor Kudriatsev. During his active carrier, he has also had the opportunity to work with Alexei Mishin, Rafael Arutunian, Priscilla hill, Evgeni Loutkov, Christina Helgesson & Regina Jensen, Maria Bergqvist, and Tony & Denny Hulten (Twisted Feet). He has a Swedish Figure Skating Associate Level of 3B and studied at the Aspero Sports Gymnasium in Gothenburg, Sweden from 2004-2008. He is a PSA Member and a registered coach of U.S. Figure Skating. Speaks fluent English, Swedish and German.

He enjoys teaching all levels of skaters from beginners to build a strong foundation up to seniors to sharpen and peak them. He believes that each individual should always have high dreams and set up goals to help them achieve them. He does full overview of skaters training schedule, on and off the ice. Teaches: jumps, spins, skating skills, moves in the field, IJS programs and choreography. He also does music editing and is available for pole harness lessons.

To schedule a private lesson contact him at:
Phone: 305-744-4352

svetlana serkeli


Skating Experience
Svetlana Serkeli is a professional ice dancer who has competed and represented the Soviet Union at national and international competitions for over ten years under the coaching of
Olympic Champion Lyudmila Pakhomova. She is a winner and medalist of many national and international competitions, as well as a two-time junior national champion of Russia in Ice
Dance. Other achievements include: Colorado Springs Junior World Championship - 5th place, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia Junior World Championship - Silver Medalist.
Professional Experience
Svetlana holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Moscow State University of Physical Culture, with an emphasis in figure skating coaching, as well as over 20 years of skating and over 25 years of coaching experience. Svetlana was a coach and choreographer of multiple medalists at USA Regionals, Sectionals and National Championships. She was previously a figure skating and ice dancing coach with an ice skating club in Cologne, Germany where she trained young skaters and talents on regional, national, and international basis. Prior to that, she was a figure skating coach and team choreographer at the Special Sport School of Central Sport Club of Army in Moscow. Svetlana is a member of PSA, USFSA and specializes in ice dance, choreography, and moves
in the field.

Coaching Philosophy
Svetlana’s philosophy is based on building strong skating skills early and continue to develop them for every individual skater as they grow. She really believes that strong foundational skating skills will enable fast progress and will help every athlete achieve their future goals.

Contact: 817 - 851 - 4625

jennifer schmitz swenning



Jennifer was born in Switzerland and grew up in Germany. She has won national and international titles for Germany and is also a former German Junior Champion. She is an International double gold medalist in figures and freestyle and is a USFS Member and Registered Instructor and PSA Member. Jennifer has also taken her students to Swiss National Championships while working in Europe. 

She has worked alongside the most influential producers, performers, and choreographers in the ice show industry. Jennifer spent 7 years with Holiday on Ice as a lead soloist and was the lead skater "Pearl" in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express.” Jennifer also played the role of “Sandy” in Feld Entertainment’s Production of “Grease” and has performed live with singer/songwriter Leo Sayer in Brighton, England. In her career of 20 years she has performed and choreographed for verious major ice show companies. 

Jennifer owns her own Production Company, ‘Ice Maxx Productions’ which produces professional ice shows in association with the Government of Singapore, Disneyland Paris, Europa Park, The cities of Chiasso and Locarno Switzerland, The Palace Theater Myrtle Beach, Marquez Productions, and Spirit Productions USA Inc. 

Jennifer has been featured in many television specials for Holiday on Ice, ZDF Germany” Katarina Witt” Special, RTL Germany, TF1 France, Fox Kids The Netherlands. Her extensive background in skating, dance, and choreography gives a unique style to her work. Jennifer opened "Christmas On Ice" November 2010 and 2011 to rave reviews for choreography. 

Phone: 954-740-4447


Artem Torgashev is a former pair skater who competed internationally for the Soviet Union National Team.  He is a two-time World Junior medalist, Skate Canada, Nebelborrn Trophy medalist, Cup of Soviet Union, Russian National Championship and Russian Winter Games Champion.  After his competitive career, Artem performed with the Russian All Stars Show as a principal skater. Artem has a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the Moscow State Institute of Physical Culture.

Professional Experience
Artem has over 17 of Years Professional Teaching Experience in the United States. He is Master Rated in Freestyle, Nationally Ranked Coach by the Professional Skaters Association and a USFS Member.  Artem has years of experience coaching International Competitors, United States Regionals, Sectionals, National Champions and Medalists. He is well versed on the International Judging System. 

Artem specializes in developing on and off-ice jump training plans for his students.  The goal of the plans are to perfect basics and to advanced jump technique from beginner  to senior level on and off the ice.  Each students individual plan is created to include the use of sophisticated on-ice training tools such as, Dartfish Video Technology, on-ice jump harness and off-ice training.

Coaching Philosophy
Artem believes each skater must start with a strong foundation.  He works with each skater to build a strong jump technique.  This technical foundation starts with waltz jumps and carries through to triple axel. It’s not only about jumps and technique,  Artem also works with each student on confidence.  Artem tells his athletes: "if you believe in yourself, have confidence, dedication, pride and never quit, you will be a winner!”. He believes his skaters must first believe they can do it  and feel confident they have the proper technique and training.Even though jumps may not always be perfect,  with the right training, the right technique and confidence, the hard work will pay off.

Contact: 954- 478-2326


Amber has been coaching professionally since 2000. She is a member of US Figure Skating, USA Hockey, and the Professional Skaters Association with active ratings and certifications in Moves in the Field, Group, Program Director, and Hockey IV/Power Skating. 
Amber has worked in the ice sports industry for over 20 years in almost every capacity, from Rink Manager to Skating Director, however coaching is what she finds most inspiring and rewarding. She enjoys teaching choreography for shows and competitions, as well as working with all levels of Basic Skills, Hockey, and Freeskate Programs, Moves in the Field, and Theatre on Ice. Amber has experience teaching special needs, and continues to work with the Special Olympics. Her primary focus is to help each student achieve their skating goals by giving them the solid basic skating fundamentals that will assist them in whatever skating discipline(s) they select, recreationally or competitively. 
Amber holds a degree from the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as faculty in the Kinesiology Department for 10 years. 


Skating Experience
Andrei Zharkov was born in St. Petersburg/Russia. He competed at National and International
level competitions in singles, coached by World and Olympic coach Alexei Mishin. His competitive career included: Medalist of Junior National Championships, winner of many International competitions, 5th place at Junior World Championship at Colorado Springs, Silver
medalist at Junior World Championship at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and member of National Team of Russia.

Professional Experience
After his competitive career, Andrei was a Principle skater in the St. Petersburg Ice Ballet and a Principle Skater in the world tour of Holiday On Ice. He holds the Associate’s Degree in Physical Education at the Moscow State University of Physical Culture, with an emphasis in figure skating coaching. He is the coach of multiple Regionals, Sectionals and USA Nationals medalists. He has over 20 years of coaching experience, and 25 years of professional skating experience and Andrei is a member of PSA, USFSA and specializes in Freestyle, Jumps, Spins, Off-ice and strength conditioning.

Coaching Philosophy
Andrei’s philosophy starts from finding and building a strong connection with the skater. Once this connection is made, it becomes much more simple to reach the goals every skater wants to achieve. Andrei can find and show the right opportunities and guide each skater in the direction of their individual goals. It is always great when the coach and skater get along, communicate, and work together as a team. This type of positive atmosphere will lead to fast progress and great results.
Contact: 817 - 851 - 4457