ICE at Santa Monica is back for its eighth season and nothing should hold you back from gliding on the ice. Even if you don’t know how to skate, you can learn from some of the best in the businesses, including Olympian Randy Gardner.
Gardner’s School of Skating offers lessons Saturdays and Sundays beginning November 15th. To sign up, go here.
Here are the expert instructors:
Lisa is thrilled to be back at ICE at Santa Monica for her second season. She learned how to skate on a frozen pond in her backyard at the age of 3. She has 15 years of competitive experience and 16 years of teaching experience in figure skating. She has B.A. in Education and enjoys instructing others to give back to the sport which she loves and continues to participate in to this day. “I find it extremely rewarding to share my passion of skating and give back to others by teaching figure skating,” she says. Her career highlights include ISI World Gold Medalist, Four-Time Southwest Regional USFS Competitor and Master Level National Showcase Competitor.
Robyn Morris started ice skating when she was just 2. At the age of 5 she began training at the Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. and was a member of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club. She was trained under the tutelage of Peter Oppegard, Christa Fassi, and Irina Rodnina. Robyn studied ballet and dance and was choreographed by Phillip Mills and Elena Tcherkasskaia. She performed her first solo performance at the age of 7 during the famous Fourth of July Show at Ice Castle hosted by Robin Cousins. Robyn continued solo show performances for U.S. presidents, entertainment legends such as Bob Hope and international audiences. Robyn has since gone on to obtain a law degree and continues to love ice skating!
Jennifer Don is a National, International, and World Junior Medalist in singles and pairs. Highlights of her competitive career include World Junior Bronze medalist in pairs, US National Collegiate Champion in singles, and National Champion of Taiwan in singles. She holds a place in skating trivia for being the first woman to ever win a competition under the new IJS judging system in Oberstdorf, Germany. At one point, she was the only skater in the world who qualified to compete internationally in singles and pairs on the Junior Grand Prix series. Jennifer still actively performs all over the world, often on plastic/synthetic ice. Jennifer has over 10 years of teaching experience. She is a PSA member and CER A certified and has taught all levels of skating from first time beginners up through competitive athletes at the junior national level. She has also run coaching seminars in Pennsylvania and Taiwan. In 2011, she was the head choreographer for the Four Continents Championships’ closing ceremony, working with Olympians such as Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Mirai Nagasu, and Daisuke Takahashi. Jennifer hopes to pass on her love of the sport to her students. Jennifer has a BA from UCLA and holds an elected position as a member of the Athlete Advisory Committee for US Figure Skating.