I am a figure skating coach and former national competitor in Ice Dance and Pair with my older brother, Brad. I teach mostly ice dance, moves, stroking and edgework. I hold a Master Rating from the Professional Skaters Association in Moves in the Field.
I grew up in a tiny farm town in Wisconsin, population 3,000 (we trained in Madison, WI, Janesville, WI, and then at the University of Delaware) and now I live in suburb north of New York City with my husband and young son.
I hold a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
I am the author of First Day on the Ice: Tips from a Professional Skating Coach (and Mom). This clear, often humorous guide will help the parents of beginners figure out what to wear, what to talk about beforehand, how to lace the skates, and even give parents insider techniques to try with their children both on and off the ice. The goal is for the first day in skates to be a positive one and to lead to more fun in the future. Available on Amazon.com.
My freelance articles and essays have appeared in a wide range of skating, parenting, humor, and literary publications, including Slate.com, Skating Magazine, Professional Skater Magazine, on Ice Skating International, icenetwork.com, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, The Post Game, Blunt Moms, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, etc.
Thank you for reading this site (and this bio.) I can be contacted directly at:
joc1400 at yahoo dot com