Coaches

All Boise Figure Skating Club Coaches (listed in alphabetical order below) are independent contractors. If you are interested in taking private lessons, please contact the coach using the contact information provided in his or her bio. Please contact the coach directly for questions about his or her rate. Please note that ice time and skate rental are not included in a coach's rate.
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Natalie Catalano

(208) 908-9617 / ngcat2002@gmail.com

Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Certified through the Professional Skaters Association. USFS triple Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, Solo Free Dance, and Solo Dance. 8 years of competitive experience. Performer in McCall’s “Starz on Ice” show for the past 6 years. Guest Starred in McCall’s “2019 Holiday Festival on Ice”. Coaches Jumps, Spins, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, and Choreography. Currently accepting new students. Text or Email for more information or with any questions. :)

(208) 283-9542 / elizabethfinnlpc@gmail.com / elizabethfinnlpc.com

Elizabeth Finn

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Certified Rated and fully accredited coach with the Professional Skaters Association and member of US Figure Skating Association since 1981. I have over 30 years of figure skating experience and began coaching at Idaho Iceworld in 1998. I coach the various disciplines from beginners to competitive skaters, moves in the field, freestyle, dance, choreography, and hockey. I also hold a Master Sports Science Rating and a Level 2 Hockey Accreditation. Additionally, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and practicing therapist.

My coaching philosophy consists of a triad of fun, technique, and emotional support. I coach my students to understand technique. I am a firm believer that our children are far more capable of understanding than most are given credit for, and a skater who understands body position, edges, and the mechanics of skating is a skater who excels. As a therapist I am uniquely positioned to provide my skaters with emotional support. Over the last 20 years I have worked to instill in my students a sense of determination and grit that carries over into other aspects of their lives throughout their lifetimes. 

(208) 965-9247 / amy.garatti@hotmail.com

Amy Garatti

Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association.  A Certified and Accredited coach with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). Coaching Freestyle, Moves in the Field, “Learn to Skate” and Hockey for all ages and abilities. I have over 15 years combined experience in competitive, professional & instructional skating. Resident of the Boise area for the past 10 years and a coach at Idaho Ice World since 2011. Dedication is to develop strong foundations in all aspects of skating (jumps, spins, moves in the field & artistry) to create and shape successful, well rounded, polished skaters.

Margaux Hall

Registered and Accredited Coach with US Figure Skating (USFS), The Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and USA Hockey. Currently holds a CER C with USFS, a level I Coaching Certificate with USA Hockey, and Hockey I Accreditation through PSA.  Has been teaching ice skating for 18 years and have a total of 4 decades of experience on the ice. Enjoys teaching all ages, in both figure skating and hockey skating; although, finds the most joy in working with young children, ages approximately 3-8. Offering instruction in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Ice Dance, Compulsory Figures, and Power Skating for Hockey. Currently accepting students of all ages and abilities. Please feel free to contact.

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Chaney Kirkmire

(208) 761-3540  / chaneykirkmire@gmail.com

Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA). Certified and Accredited Coach with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). U.S. Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Solo Free Dance. 16 years of competitive skating. Currently available for instruction in freestyle, moves in the field, and basic skating. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 

(208) 340-9560 / Tlafee@aol.com

Tara LaFerriere

Member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association and Registered rated coach with the Professional Skaters Association. Background includes 12 years as a competitive skater, 20 years as a professional show skater, and 25 years of coaching experience for all levels. Choreography credits include "Scott Hamilton's Come Back," "Stars On Ice," "Holiday On Ice," "2002 Winter Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies," Charles M. Schulz Productions, Karen Kresge Productions and various other ice shows. Currently available for instruction in freestyle, moves in the field and basic skills. As well as choreography for competitive and artistic programs.

(253) 592- 5536 / mcphee2004@yahoo.com

Sarah McPhee

U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle. Three time U.S. National Competitor. U.S. National Silver Medalist in Figures. U.S. Collegiate Champion in Figures. 13 years of competitive experience. 28 years of coaching experience which includes U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalists. Trainer of Northwest, Adult National and Junior National competitors. PSA, and USFS member. ISI Gold Judge Certification. PSA Written Exam Accredited. Currently accepting students of all ages and abilities.

Maria Murphy

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(425) 765-6776 / mariaskates@msn.com

Member of US Figure Skating Association. My background includes 17 years coaching experience, working with all ages and abilities; specifically Learn to Skate, Standard Track Moves in the Field, Freeskate testing and competition programs, Preliminary and Pre-Bronze Dance, Adult Track Moves in the Field testing and competition programs and therapeutic skating instruction. 2010 passed Adult Silver Moves in the Field test. I have 16 years of experience competing, including ISI Worlds and USFS Adult Track at National events. My coaching philosophy is to meet skaters where they are at and create an experience for each individual that encourages growth and love for the sport. Currently I am accepting new students. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

(515) 231-0134 / mandy@safley.net

Mandy Safley

Mandy Safley is a member of US Figure Skating and a Master-rated Professional Skating Association (PSA) coach. She has coached beginning thru Senior-level skaters for 25 years and enjoys working with all ages and levels in Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Basic Skills. Mandy has had multiple students skate with Disney on Ice, the Miami Synchro Team as well as local and regional competitors. Currently accepting students, please feel free to contact!

Megan Sienicki

(808) 228-0033 / icecoachmegan@gmail.com

A member of USFS, PSA, and ISI. Competed in USFS qualifying competitions for 12 years. Performed world-wide as a Principle skater with Disney On Ice. Gold Moves-in-the-Field test, Junior Free Skate test. Trained with world class coaches Vladimir Kaprov and Igor Pashkevic as well as renowned choreographer Evgeni Nemerovski. Over 11 years coaching experience.  B.S. in Kinesiology, MSTOM, Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Strong interest in jump technique, spins, foundational skills, artistry, choreography and developing well-rounded, happy and highly competitive skaters. Coaching available for all levels of skaters, with either recreational or competitive aspirations. 

Bianca Chal

(845) 926-6920  /  bplantamura@gmail.com

A member of the U.S. Figure Skating Association Certified member of the Professional Skaters Association. USFS triple gold medalist in freestyle, moves in the field and partnered pattern dance. 

 

I have 15 years of competitive skating experience and 15 years of competitive coaching experience. This has lead me to be able to coach skaters though Regionals and Sectionals in freestyle, Nationals in the solo dance series and the senior champion of Excel series final. I have had multiple skaters test through their gold medals in freestyle and Moves in the field. I coach all levels of skating starting off with the basics all the way through senior ladies and specialize in Jumps, Spins, Choreography, Moves in the field and Ice Dance. 

 

From the second I started, coaching skating has always been my passion! Being able to work with skaters from the time they step on the ice and watching them bloom into amazing well rounded competitors brings me so much joy. I am lucky enough to have been able to work with some of my students from the start of their careers all the way through their college experience. I am available for lessons for all abilities and aspirations, please feel free to reach out!