Some Useful Information!

The tabs below will help you better understand the different qualifications, accomplishments, and certifications of all of our professional instructors. If you have any questions or wish to set up a private lesson, please feel free to contact us with the contact form at the bottom of the page or give us a call at 9739279122.

U.S. Figure Skating (USFSA) is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating on ice in the United States. U.S. Figure Skating appreciates the cooperation and understanding of all members to help implement minimum requirements to ensure that the environment in all U.S. Figure Skating programs is as safe as possible for all participants. This will help give parents the highest degree of confidence that their children are receiving good care and proper instruction.

Both skaters and instructors are registered through Learn to Skate USA, a new branch of USFSA. When you register for our program at Aspen Ice Arena, we will register you in our LTSUSA Basic Skills Program! After we have registered you or your skater, you will receive:

  • An official U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills membership card
  • A record book with stickers to track your progress through the lessons
  • A membership year patch
  • Sport Accident Insurance
  • General information about ice skating
  • Opportunity to participate in group lessons, approved competitions and performances associated with the registered program
  • Basic Skills Edition of SKATING magazine

You can visit their website at www.usfsa.org or https://www.learntoskateusa.com/

USA Hockey is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. USA Hockey provides certification programs for coaches and officials to ensure education standards are met that coincide with the level of play.

Members receive insurance coverage and access to participate in national championships and player development camps.

More information can be found at www.usahockey.com

U.S. Figure Skating is proud to recognize the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) as the official coaches education, certification and training program of U.S. Figure Skating. The PSA offers a variety of educational programs as well as rating and ranking systems to recognize coaching accomplishments. For more information on the PSA and all it has to offer, please visit www.skatepsa.com.

U.S. Figure Skating requires all coaches who are coaching at nonqualifying, qualifying or test track competitions and/or test sessions to fulfill a Continuing Education Requirement (CER). This is be done in the form of online or in-person courses, followed by an online test through the PSA online learning system.

Based on the level of competition, a coach will need to complete a different level of CER tests; CER-C is optional for basic skills, CER-B is needed for non-qualifying competitions, and CER-A is needed for qualifying competitions.

You can visit their website at www.skatepsa.com

Aspen Ice Arena uses the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Test Program. As skaters progress through our learn to skate program, they will pass various tests of increasing difficulty. Tests are as follows and must be taken in this order:

  1. Snow Plow Sam 1-3 (only if skaters are ages 4 to 6)
  2. Basic 1-8
  3. Freestyle 1-6

Judged Tests: A much more formal test structure is designed for skaters who have advanced past the basics skills test program. These tests are judged by USFSA-appointed judges at formal “test sessions”. The results are forwarded to the USFSA which keeps official records of each skater’s test accomplishments. In each skating discipline (freestyle, moves in the field, ice dance, pairs, synchronized skating, ect), many levels of achievement are defined. See “USFSA Test Requirements” for more information on the specifics for each level. Note that a skater’s age does not figure into his or her skating level — only the demonstration of his/her proficiency through the passing of tests.

A summary of USFSA Test levels and Test disciplines is shown below:

Moves in the Field Singles FS Pairs Dance
Pre-Preliminary Pre-Preliminary Preliminary Preliminary
Preliminary Preliminary Juvenile Pre-Bronze
Pre-Juvenile Pre-Juvenile Intermediate Bronze
Juvenile Juvenile Novice Pre-Silver
Intermediate Intermediate Junior Silver
Novice Novice Senior Pre-Gold
Junior Junior Gold
Senior Senior Junior International
Senior International

Moves-in-the-field is a technical discipline designed to improve skater’s abilities in areas such as stroking, turns, edge work, etc. It is necessary for all skaters to take and pass the Moves-in-the-Field (MIF) test associated with a particular level before taking the Freestyle or Pairs test at that level. It is not possible for a skater to “opt out” of the Moves-in-the-Field tests. It is ok to have a higher MIF test level than you do FS level, if that is your choice.

Singles Free Skate: This is the discipline in Figure Skating that most spectators are familiar with. In Freeskating, or “Singles Freestyle” skating, a competitive skater performs a “program” that lasts anywhere from 1 to 4-1/2 minutes, is composed of elements such as jumps and spins, and is usually skated to music.

Pairs skating is similar in many respects to singles freeskating, except that 2 skaters perform together. This adds all sorts of opportunities for new moves, such as lifts, throws, and pair spins and jumps. Pairs skating has both “long” and “short” programs, just like singles freeskating, and a test structure which includes: Preliminary, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, and Senior.

Ice Dancing is the discipline within skating that most emphasizes the “beauty” of the sport. Dance emphasizes the techniques of edgework, flow, and motion of 2 skaters together in rhythmic interpretation of music. Ice Dancing has 2 main focus areas, the “Compulsory Dances”, and the “Free Dances”. In compulsory dances, skaters are given a very specific pattern to follow. In free dances, skaters get to make up their own “programs”, within specified guidelines. No jumps or spins are allowed, and dancers are required to stay close together throughout the course of the dance program.

Synchronized Team Skating is a “team” event, with teams of 8 to as many as 24 skaters skating complicated routines similar to those performed by marching bands or drum corps. Large teams may execute patterns of incredible complexity and beauty. The teamwork and timing required makes this a challenging sport.

Basic Skills Competitions are frequently held at clubs throughout the country. These competitions enjoy a relaxed rules structure. These competitions hold events at various levels, equivalent to those specified in the Basic Skills training curriculum.

Non-Qualifying Competitions: The local competition is the mainstay of amateur figure skating competitions. These events do not lead directly to any National or World competition, but do provide skaters the opportunity for experience in the competitive environment, the chance to earn medals and ribbons, and the opportunity to preview the work of skaters in other clubs. Local competitions are judged by USFSA appointed judges, using the same standards as they would for Qualifying competitions. Local competitions, however, have the opportunity to “make their own rules” when they see fit, and create unique new events, or variations of standard events.

Qualifying Competition is the broad label which refers to all those competitions which lead to US National and World competitions. These competitions start at the Regional level. Successful competitors from Regional competition advance to Sectional level competition, and then to US Nationals or Junior Olympic competition.

Aspen Ice Directors

Katie Hannemann - Figure Skating & Learn to Skate Director

Years Skating: 14 years
Years Coaching: 7 years
Primarily Teach: Figure Skating, Basic Skills, Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Intro to Hockey and Power Skating
Tests Passed: Senior Moves in the Field, Intermediate Freestyle, Pre-Silver Ice Dance
Accomplishments/Certifications: PSA and USFSA registered, PSA insured, CER Level A and USA Hockey registered.
Competitions: USFS Regional Competitor
About Me: Katie started skating with her dad when she was 9 years old. Katie loves teaching children and adults to love the sport as much as she does. In addition to teaching at the rink, she have worked for Aspen Ice for 7 years. Outside of the rink she enjoys drawing, spending time outdoors and being with friends and family!

Angelo Rosena - Hockey Director

Skating: 18 Years 
Coaching: 6 Years
Skating Career: Played youth hockey with the Lawrence Flames and Junior hockey with the New Jersey Titans. 2008 – 2010 NJCAA Hudson Valley Community College 2 National Tournament Appearances
Certifications: USA Hockey Level 3, USFSA
Coaching Career: 2013 – 2017 Head Coach & GM – University of Mississippi ACHA. 2 National Tournament Appearances. 2013-2014 ACHA South Region Coach of the Year 

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Ashley Bain

Years Skating: 19
Years Coaching: 7 years
Primarily Teach: Figure Skating, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Basic Skills, Freestyle, Free Dance
Certifications: PSA and USFSA certified; CER Category B
Tests Passed: Senior/Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Internationals Dances
Competitions: 2018 National competitior at the U.S Figure skating Championships in Senior ice dance. Three time National competitor in Ice dance.
About Me: I sarted skating when I was 3 years old. Outside of the rink I like to spend time with friends and family. I am currently competing senior ice dance with my partner on the National level. 

Kaitlyn Castelli

Years Skating: 17 Years
Years Coaching: 6 Years
Primarily Teach: Figure Skating, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Basic Skills, Freestyle
Certifications: PSA and USFSA certified; CER Category A
Tests Passed: Senior Moves in the Field, Pre-Gold Ice Dance, Senior Freestyle
Competitions: 10 Time regionals competitor, Jr. National competiton, Competed in Pairs skating, Winner of Broadmore championships held in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Other Accomplishments: Invited to attend Camp Mishin in Spain, Competed through out the country.
About: I️ first stepped on the ice at 5 years old and ever since then I️ fell in love with the ice. I️ was taken out of public school and started homeschooling so I️ can train all day, every day. I️ dedicated my whole life to skating, and sacrificed so many things in order to achieve my goals. Outside of the rink, I️ share a love for dancing from ballet, to jazz, to ballroom. I also love working out in the gym when I’m not on the ice, and I️ love spending time with my family, and friends.

Aimée Ricca

Years Skating: 7 years as a child + 5 years as an adult
Years Coaching: 2 Years
Primarily Teach: Basic Skills, Figure Skating, Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Hockey Power Skating, Adults, Off-Ice Training and Nutrition 
Certifications: USFSA Professional Coach/Choreographer and Group Instructor CER’s (Category A). PSA Rated (BA), Ranked (Level I), and Insured. Learn to Skate USA Certified and SafeSport Trained. IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist Level 1 Certification and American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified. Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Coach participant in Olympic Coach Kori Ade’s Specialized High Aptitude Resource Program (SHARP 4 Sports). Bachelor of Arts in Communication from William Paterson University.
Competitions: Competes Locally and Nationally. A three-time competitor at Adult Sectionals: Bronze Medalist (2018) in Pre-Bronze Freeskate and 2019 Eastern Adult Competition Series Pre-Bronze Pewter Medalist. Performed at the 2017 Skate America Smucker’s Skating Spectacular in Lake Placid, NY.
About: Aimée began skating at the age of three, on a lake in Chatham, NJ, with pair skates handed down from a babysitter. She asked her parents for skating lessons, and they enrolled her in group lessons. Aimée’s skated recreationally until the age of 11 when her family moved away from the area. She skated every once in a while, through college. At the age of 40, Aimée decided to try skating again and quickly became heavily involved with the sport and competing, something she had wanted to do as a child.  Aimée is always looking to advance her skating as well as her coaching techniques attending on-ice clinics whenever she can. She is a member of The Skating Club of New York and volunteers as an ice monitor at local, national, and Grand Prix competitions. In addition to skating, she is a marketing and communications consultant and spends time with her partner Colin and three rescue cats: Ashlynne, Brexie, and C.C.

Samantha Sanchez

Years Skating: 5 Years
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Moves in the field, Basic Skills
Tests Passed: Juvenile Moves in the Field, Pre-Preliminary Freeskate, Pre-Bronze Ice Dance
Other Accomplishments: Freedom Figure Skating Club Junior Board – Test Chair Helper
About: I started skating when  was 10 and shortly after I started participating in the Aspen Ice homeschool program. I switched my hockey skates to figure skates, and ever since then I’ve been in love with the ice. I now work at the rink as a skate guard and a birthday party hotess!

Lindsay Tilley

Years Skating : 15+ years
Coaching : 15+ years
Primarily teach: Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Dance, Choreography, Basic Skills, Adults, Hockey Power Skating, Off Ice Plyometrics and Stretching
Certifications: CER B, PSA Rated in Freestyle and MIF, ISI Gold Level Judge, Hockey 2 Certification (PSA)
Tests Passed: Senior Freestyle, Senior Moves in the Field, Gold Dance + International Dance, Junior Freedance, 4th Figure Test
Competitions: USFS Regional Competitor
About Me: I started skating at age 4 and have been involved with the sport ever since, either as a Skating Director or private/group instructor.  I’ve trained students at the Regional, Sectional, and National level of competition. I have a penchant for encouraging young skaters to excel and helping adults find joy and pleasure in their skating at both the recreational and competitive level.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys!

Brooke Tufts

Years Skating: 12 Years
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Moves in the field, Basic Skills
Tests Passed: Senior Moves in the Field, Pre-Gold Ice Dance, junior Freestyle
Competitions: 5 Time regionals finalist
Other Accomplishments: Trained under Olympic Gold medalist, and choreographers Competed through out the country.
About: I️ first stepped on the ice at 3 years old and ever since then I️ fell in love with the ice. I️ was taken out of public school and started homeschooling so I️ can train all day, every day. I️ dedicated my whole life to skating, and sacrificed so many things in order to achieve my goals. Outside of the rink, I️ share a love for music, dance. I also love working out in the gym when I’m not on the ice, and I️ love spending time with my family, and friends.

Christopher Wan

Years Skating: 16 years
Years Coaching: 6 years
Tests Passed: Senior Freestyle, Senior Moves in the Field, and CER A
Competitions: Currently an International Competitor, Gold & Bronze Medalist at North Atlantic Regionals, three-time Eastern Sectional Competitor, Southwest Pacific Regional Competitor, and Junior National Competitor.
Certifications: PSA and USFSA Certified
About Me: My goal is to build skaters to become mentally and physically strong. I started skating shortly after my sister started figure skating lessons. My mother gave us the choice between swimming and skating; my sister chose swimming and I chose skating, for I simply could not swim. Outside of the rink I enjoy fishing, spending time outdoors, and playing table tennis.

Hockey Lessons

Mike Valvano

Certifications: Level 5 USA Hockey Coaching Certification and an extensive background when it comes to training youth hockey goalies.

Experience: Mike has been an instructor for many camps/clinics including the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Clinic, Garden State Training Camp, Montclair Blues Goalie Clinic, and “Give’em Nothing” Goaltending School. Has has also served as goalie director for Todd Drevitch’s Hockey Techniques.

Teams: Between 1999 and 2008 Mike had the position of Goalie Coach for the NJ Colonials, NJ Lightening, and NJ Blizzards. He is currently coaching for the NJ Freeze, Randolph High School, and Montville High School.
Teaches: Beginner Hockey through Advanced Hockey

Taylor Koze

Member: USA Hockey Level 3  – ISI – USFSA

Skating Career: NJ Colonials
Bantam B State Champs 02-03
Mendham HS Varsity (Mennen Div.)
Over 20 years skating experience

Coaching: 2011- Present
NJ Rockets 12U Developmental 2012-2013
Jennifer Perry Power Skating Workshop Head Instructor
Jersey Colts 2016-Present 

Anthony Zaragoza

Memberships: USFSA and Learn to skate USA member.

Skating Career: Started skating at the age of 4 and played for Roxbury youth ice hockey and the NJ freeze growing up. Played 4 years varsity at Roxbury high school. Started instructing first with learn to skate classes and quickly moved onto instructing beginner level hockey classes/clinics and private lessons.

About Me: Hockey as been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember and I am passionate about the game.

Dennis Crothers

Certifications: USA Hockey Level 4

Coaching Career: Hockey director extreme ice center 2010-2011 
CAHA board of directors 2009-2011
Morris knolls 2012-2014 star championship 2014
Played at Unc Charlotte captain  2009-2011
Morris knolls 2001-2005 Assistant captain 2004-2005 state championship.

Specializes in: learn to skate for hockey and power skating and stride work

Learn to Skate Jr Instructors

Aevia Reale

Years Skating: 5 Years
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Moves in the field, Basic Skills
Tests Passed: Novice Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile Freeskate, Pre-Gold Ice Dance
Competitions: U.S. Solo Dance Nationals 
Other Accomplishments: Freedom Figure Skating Club JR Board President
About: I️ first started skating with my siblings in the homeschool program and admired the figure skaters on the ice and knew I wanted to be like them, so I eventually started private lessons. 3 years later I skate 7 days a week and love every minute of it. Now i work at the rink and teach the LTS Program

Sara Tennyson

Years Skating: 4 Years
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Moves in the field, Basic Skills
Tests Passed: Junior Moves in the Field, Preliminary Freeskate, Pre-Silver Ice Dance
Competitions: Solo Dance Nationals Champion – Shadow Dance, Lake Placid Ice dance Championships 1st Place – Bronze Solo Dance.
Other Accomplishments: Freedom Figure Skating Club Junior Board – Vice President
About: In 2014, my mom asked me to pick three summer camps, to decide which sport that I wanted to do.  I chose swimming, horesback riding, and ice skating. After having such an awesome time with the coaches, my friends, and a newfound interest, I chose ice skating. Ever since then, I have become so close with my fellow skater and coaches,  and I now consider Aspen Ice my second home. 

Nick Li

Years Skating: 3 Years
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Moves in the field, Basic Skills
Tests Passed: Preliminary Moves in the Field, Pre-Bronze Ice Dance
Other Accomplishments: Freedom Figure Skating Club Junior Board – Secretary
About: In 2015, When I was still back in China, the first rink in my county opened. It was a small rink in a mall, and I went to skate that summer for the first time with my friend. All my other friends have done in-line skating before, so they can do some basic strokings in the skates; I, on the other hand, marched along the wall for the entire afternoon. 
I thought the hockey stop that the skate guard did was pretty cool, so I went to the rink the other day to start taking skating lessons.
After a year of weekly skating, I came to the United States for High School. I lived with a host family far from any rink for the first year. But I missed skating so much that I moved to another host family. I came to Aspen Ice in the summer of 2017, attended the Skating Summer Camp and met coach Katie and Ashley. Since then I have become a more avid skater and learned a lot about different skating moves and Ice Dances. I hope to continue my skating throughout my college life and beyond.

Michelle Dester

Years Skating: 1+ year
Can Help With: Figure Skating, Basic Skills any age
Other Accomplishments: USFS, PSA, CER certified
About Me: I used to skate when I was younger and I recently got back into skating and I love every minute of it. I am a hardworking person who strives to motivate others to do the very best. I have studied to be a high school English teacher and currently am a subsitute teacher for all ages. I incorporate my teaching experience working with all age groups in schools when I’m on the ice as well. The goal of skating is to have fun and enjoy the experience while also learning necessary and beneficial skills.