Kelli comes to Steamboat Springs from Alabama. She grew up dancing and swimming in Phoenix, AZ. She also did competitive cheerleading and was in many musical theatre shows ranging from small community theatre productions to larger company productions. In high school, she was involved in show choir and musical theatre while continuing to dance 7 days a week. She also became involved in film acting and was featured in some commercials and independent films. At the age of 17, Kelli started skating in addition to dance and found a passion she never knew she had. After skating for 3 years, Kelli was asked to start coaching Learn to Skate. She coached competitive skaters from Basic 1 to Preliminary and cultivated her coaching technique by learning from a Masters level coach. She also helped start a Synchronized Skating Program and was the head synchro coach for the OKC Twisters. In college, Kelli studied musical theatre and piano before changing to nursing. Post-college, Kelli worked as a nurse and went back to school for her Master’s Degree, becoming a certified Nurse Practitioner.
Since coming to Steamboat Springs, Kelli has worked with the Steamboat Skating Club to streamline the figure skating program. She was thrilled when she was asked to be the Skating Director for the Steamboat Skating Club. Kelli teaches both private and group lessons in Skating Skills and Figure Skating Singles in addition to all Learn to Skate levels.
MARKETING AND COMPETITION MANAGER
Rachel grew up in the Boulder area and started skating at the age of 8. She discovered synchronized skating and fell in love with the team aspect of it.
After graduating high school, Rachel decided to balance academics and her love of skating by attending Boston University. At BU, Rachel competed in singles, dance and synchro while earning an Engineering degree. Post college, Rachel works remotely in Steamboat as an engineer for a medical device company. She attempts to continue her competitive skating career on a Denver adult synchro team.
Philosophy: I love coaching skaters, of all ages and abilities, to have fun while achieving their goals. It’s rewarding developing athletes in a positive, fun, and productive way. There is such joy in teaching beautiful movement across the ice which I strive for all my students to feel. I believe in helping everyone find their self-confidence and to shine so they may become the best versions of themselves, on and off the ice.
Experience: 20 years coaching experience teaching figure skaters from the beginner level thru Senior test level. Currently coaching in Steamboat Springs, Vail, and Eagle while guest coaching in Grand Junction. Former member of the nationally acclaimed Haydenettes of Lexington, MA, winning 4 US Synchronized Skating Championships, medaling in numerous International Competitions and performing in elite ice shows. Former Skating director for City of Steamboat Springs, head coach and co-director of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club and current contracted head of Howelsen Ice Arena’s skating programs. Former Coach of Team Volant Synchronized Skating Team, Junior Level National Competitors, and Pacific Coast Open division Champions. Currently coaching Tots thru Adults, beginner level to elite, specializing in Figure Skating Singles, Moves in the Field and Synchro; all Learn To Skate levels and Power Skating for hockey players. 10+ years’ experience playing hockey. On Staff with Power on Ice International Skating School, 2021-22 Power Skating coach for SSYHA, 2022-23 Assistant Coach to Girls U12 SSYHA team. Previously selected by US Figure Skating to the Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Coaches Elite Training Program, Recipient of the City of Steamboat Springs Customer Service Award, and current member of the Ice Rink Advisory Committee for Howelsen Ice Arena. Available for private or group lessons.
Cheryl grew up in Minnesota and honed her skating skills on the outdoor rinks and ponds near Lake Minnetonka. She competed in figure skating through high school and continued to skate recreationally during university. Cheryl is a master educator with 25+ years experience as a Physical Education teacher and counselor. She currently works as a School Counselor at Steamboat Springs High School. She spent 20 years working internationally and has recently returned to Colorado.
Cheryl has always loved skating and has taught many students, friends, and her own children over the years. She is excited to be a part of the SSC and looks forward to helping people of all ages learn and grow as skaters.
She is available for private and group lessons for all ages.
Across a frozen canvas the figure skater etches dreams into ice through artistry, athleticism, and their love for a sport that is beautiful, inspirational, and intense.
A Gold Medalist in Singles and Skating Skills, Dana competed through Junior Singles at the regional level, performed as a soloist in ice shows across Colorado, and at the opening of the US Olympic Festival in Denver. She trained with Cindy Larson Sullivan, Eddie Shipstad, and Christina Noel Adcock while competing, performing, and testing.
Dana’s coaching philosophy seeks to optimize each skater’s style and technique as they explore their love of sport and performance by setting and attaining goals that build confidence through artistic expression and athletic achievement. She has taught Learn to Skate and private lessons in Boulder, CO, Berkeley, CA, and at Manhattan’s Wollman Rink and Chelsea Piers, and is honored to join the Steamboat Skating Club community!
Outside the rink, she graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California - Berkeley, and has built a fashion sales and marketing career in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. Dana works as a Marketing Director while enjoying life in beautiful Steamboat Springs with her wonderful husband, two incredible children, and way too many pets.
She is available for group and private lessons.