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LSA Figure Skating Coaches

Louisville Skating Academy aims to have the highest quality professional coaches involved in all club figure skating and learn to skate programs. Though independent contractors and not employed by LSA, Instructor credentials are reviewed and assessed based on the needs of the club at the time.

LSA strongly encourages all coaches to increase their knowledge of the sport through membership in the Professional Skaters Association and to seek accreditation through the PSA's ratings process.

Figure Skating Coaches

The instructors listed below provide private lessons on LSA sessions. Skaters wishing to hire a coach for private lessons are encouraged to ask questions and interview instructors to be sure that goals and methods are compatible.

As independent contractors, coaches charge different rates. Hourly fees for lessons on the ice are listed below. In addition, coaches may charge for other services such as travel to competitions and test sessions or music editing. LSA recommends discussing all fees prior to entering into a professional-student relationship.

Jessica Mills Kincade

Jessica Mills Kincade

Louisville Skating Academy Director of Skating

Jessica is a former World Jr. Champion and National Jr. Ladies Silver medalist. At the Senior level she was a three time Regional Champion, Sectional Medalist and four time National competitor. Internationally, she earned a bronze medal at Skate Canada. She has achieved gold level in U.S. Figure Skating's disciplines of Freestyle, School Figures and Moves in the Field. She has achieved the Professional Skaters Association Certified Rating in Free Skate and Group Instruction, and holds a PSA Level III Ranking. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising from Marymount University and worked for 10 years as a Merchandiser in New York City in the intimate apparel industry. While in New York she performed professionally with the Ice Theatre of New York. Jessica teaches freestyle, moves in the field, choreography and basic skills. Rate: $64/hr.

502-830-8607

Sarah Neal, LSA Show Artistic Director

Sarah Neal

LSA Learn-to-Skate Director, Artistic Director

Sarah is a USFS double gold medalist who holds Master ratings in Moves in the Field and Group Instruction and Certified ratings in Free Skate and Dance. In addition, she holds a Level III ranking, having coached skaters in multiple disciplines at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Championships, U.S. Collegiate Championships, U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, and National Showcase. Additionally, she has coached numerous skaters through USFS gold medal tests. Sarah began her coaching career in Arizona and directed a large skating school in Madrid, Spain, before moving back home to Louisville. Sarah holds an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from Arizona State University and has been a Senior Lecturer at Bellarmine University since 2003. She has been LSA's Learn to Skate Director since 2017 and LSA's Artistic Director since 2004. Sarah coaches free skate, moves in the field, dance, and basic skills. Sarah also teaches yoga. Rate: $66/hr.

(502) 819-7751

Rebecca Hatch-Purnell

Rebecca Hatch-Purnell

Rebecca has achieved USFS Gold in Moves in the Field and has passed the 5th Figure test, Novice Freestyle and Silver Dance level. She has achieved the Professional Skaters Association ratings of Master Group Instructor, Master Moves in the Field Instructor, Certified Freestyle Instructor, Registered Synchronized Instructor and Registered Program Director. She holds a Level III Ranking and has coached singles skaters at the U.S. junior national championships and U.S. sectional championships. Becca graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Chinese Language and Economics and worked for more than 10 years in finance and business management. She teaches freestyle, moves in the field, synchronized skating and basic skills. Rate: $63/hr.

(502) 415-0962

Meghan Halaburda

Meghan Halaburda

Meghan is a USFS Double Gold Medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She grew up in Indiana skating with the Fort Wayne Ice Skating Club where she trained in singles and synchronized skating before leaving for university. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2020 after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Animal Behavior. She competed for the Indiana University Figure Skating Club at Collegiate USFS competitions and also served as an executive board member. Meghan began coaching private lessons in 2017 which is also when she became the head instructor of the learn-to-skate program at her university's rink. Meghan loves to coach freestyle, choreography, and basic skills. She is also a certified instructor of acrobatic yoga. Rate: $36/hr.

(260) 246-9123

Kristen Clark Grassman

Kirsten Clark Grassman

Kirsten has passed USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Gold Freestyle and Gold Dance. She competed at the U.S. Midwest Sectional Championships, representing Louisville Skating Academy. Kirsten teaches basic skills, freestyle, and moves in the field. Rate: $36/hr.

(502) 457-6166

Valory Thompson

Valory Thompson

Valory is a U.S and Canadian double Gold medalist in figures and freestyle. She competed nationally and internationally through the junior level. She won the Vienna Cup in Austria and also represented the U.S. in Milan, Italy. She has been coaching for approximately 25 years and has taught all levels from beginners to National, International and junior world level skaters. She teaches Basic Skills and Freestyle. She enjoys choreography and has been involved in the off ice training of her competitive students as well. Rate: $60/hr.

(513) 827-2851

Part Time Coaches

Susan Caudill

Susan Caudill

Susan Caudill has achieved USFS Gold in Dance and holds the PSA ratings of Master in Moves in the Field, Dance and Group Instruction. In addition, Susan holds the rating of Certified Figures and Freestyle. Susan and her partner were Midwestern Bronze and Silver Dance Champions and placed 4th at Nationals in Silver Dance. Susan has coached teams to compete at the the U.S. Championships in dance. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Butler University. Susan teaches basicskills, freestyle, moves in the field, and dance. Rate: $58/hr.

(502) 649-6051

Katherine Thacker

Katherine Thacker

Katherine Thacker is a USFS Double Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Dance. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude from Liberty University with degrees in Integrated Communication and Women's Leadership. Skating at LSA for 10 years, Katherine took part in the USFS Solo Dance Series and Synchronized Skating teams, developing a love for both Dance and Synchro. She continued her skating career by competing on Liberty's Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team, serving 3 of her 4 years as a team captain and competing at the US National Synchro Champs. She enjoyed competing in the international and gold dance events for the Intercollegiate Figure Skating team as well. Katherine coaches dance, moves in the field, synchronized skating, freestyle, and basic skills. Rate: $36/hr.

(502) 930-9844

Heidi Whitlow

Heidi Whitlow

Heidi Whitlow has passed USFS Novice Moves in the Field, Adult Gold Moves in the Field, Juvenile Freestyle and Pre-Gold Dance as well as ISI 8 Free Skate, ISI 4 Pairs and ISI 8 Couples. Heidi has achieved the ratings of Master Group Instructor, Certified Freestyle Instructor and Certified Senior Moves in the Field Instructor. She holds a B.S. in Journalism/Advertising and in Agriculture/Horticulture. Heidi teaches basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, and synchronized skating. Rate: $58/hr.

(502) 633-9241

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Ravnn Thornton

Ravnn has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Gold Dance, and Novice Freestyle. She was a 7-time Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championship Qualifying and Non-Qualifying competitor. She is currently a student at the University of Louisville. Ravnn teaches basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, and dance. Rate: $36/hr.

(502) 269-2628

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Donny Adair

Donny has been coaching for approximately 25 years and has been a member of the PSA for almost 20 years. He holds a PSA Master Rating in Dance and Free Dance. Donny earned a Level V Ranking for his coaching accomplishments. Donny and his wife, Kelley Morris-Adair, created a dance program in Indianapolis, Indiana that developed over 30 dance teams qualifying for Sectional, National and International Championships. They coached United States National Dance Champions at the Junior, Novice and Juvenile levels. Donny was the 1986 United States Dance Champion and placed 6th in the World Championships with Reneé Roca. Donny teaches dance, moves in the field and fundamental skating skills for all disciplines of the sport. Rate: $72/hr. plus expenses.

(317) 753-1883

Kelley Morris-Adair

Kelley Morris-Adair

Kelley, Past President of the Professional Skaters Association, has been coaching for approximately 35 years and holds a Master rating in Moves in the Field, Dance, Free Dance, and a Registered Free Skate rating. She has earned a Level V Ranking for her coaching accomplishments. Kelley currently serves on the Board of Directors of U.S. Figure Skating. Kelley and her husband, Donald Adair, created a dance program in Indianapolis, Indiana that developed over 30 dance teams qualifying for Sectional, National and International Championships. They coached United States National Dance Champions at the Junior, Novice and Juvenile levels. Kelley has enjoyed coaching single skaters at the Novice, Junior and Senior levels for Team USA. Kelley has been a pioneer with the moves in the field structure. She was a member of both the original MIF task force and the recent team that revised the MIF tests. Kelley travels to rinks around the country to work with coaches and athletes on skating skills, turn execution, stroking, footwork, choreography and basic fundamentals of ice skating. Rate: $72/hr. plus expenses.

(317) 753-1884

LSA Junior Instructors

LSA Junior Instructors are under age 18 and charge $24/hr for private lessons.

Sarah Dutton
Has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Gold Dance, and Juvenile Freestyle
502-544-9810
Josephine Hagan
Has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Dance, and Freestyle
502-938-3987
Alexandra Keating
Has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Silver Dance, and Intermediate Freestyle
908-319-1987
Meredith Moser
Has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Pre-Silver Dance, and Intermediate Freestyle
502-797-5171
Molly Shapira
Has achieved USFS Gold Moves in the Field, Pre-Gold Dance, and Juvenile Freestyle
502-445-9188

Learn to Skate Coaches

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Mary Vaughn

Mary developed her initial figure skating career over a decade as a USFSA competitive skater in figures and through intermediate freestyle as a member of Figure Skating Club of Memphis, including summer training with Colorado Skating Club. She rediscovered her passion for skating as a member of Louisville Skating Academy and teammate in the Adult Louisville River Stars synchronized figure skating team, 2-time pewter medalists at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Since 2016 she?s served as a Group Fitness Instructor with YMCA of Greater Louisville. Mary holds an B.A., English major, Latin American Studies minor, from Vanderbilt University, and earned a M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Louisville. Mary joins the staff with 19+ years of combined skating and teaching experience in her new role as an instructor with LSA?s Learn To Skate USA program. Rate: $30/hr.

Off-Ice Instructors

More Information Coming Soon…

Visiting Coaches

Local coaches who teach at other facilities in the area or visiting coaches from out of town who wish to teach on LSA ice time must have permission from the LSA Skating Director, must show proof of insurance, must have completed the coach registration process with USFS, and must pay an upfront fee in order to teach on LSA sessions.

Certain coaches may be exempt from the upfront fee if approved by the Skating Director. Such exempt coaches would include professionals brought in from time to time to work with many skaters on a specific area such as dance partners or as part of a club-wide special event such as a clinic. Visits from such coaches will be communicated to the entire coaching group by the coaching director or her designee.

Guest Professional Application

Questions When Hiring a Coach

  • What are your personal skating accomplishments?
  • What are the accomplishments of your students?
  • How long have you been a coach and what other jobs have you held?
  • What disciplines do you teach regularly?
  • Do you teach beginner or competitive level skaters or both?
  • Are you a member of any professional organizations such as United States Figure Skating Association, the Professional Skaters Association or the Ice Skating Institute?
  • Do you hold any ratings from the Professional Skaters Association?
  • What is your hourly rate? Do you charge any other fees?
  • What is your policy for student No Shows?
  • What are your goals when you teach?
  • Do you carry insurance?

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