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.
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/
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 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
- Snow Plow Sam 1-3 (only if skaters are ages 4 to 6)
- Basic 1-8
- 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|
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.
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
Angelo Rosena - General Manager & League Coordinator
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.
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!
Cliff Graziano - Hockey Director
Skating: 25 Years
Skating Career: Played youth hockey with the NJ Rockets and Junior hockey with the New Jersey Devils. 1991-1995 Penn State University Hockey Team.
Certifications: USA Hockey Level 4
Coaching Career: Tier I & II Youth Hockey, High School, Jr Hockey, Turcotte Stickhandling
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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