Meet Our Instructors

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Anna Bihari

Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Choreography, Dance and Learn to Skate Coach

Hi! My name is Anna, and I’ve been involved with the United States Figure Skating Association for more than 16 years. I started with singles skating and was a competitive skater for 10 years. I earned a Silver medal in Moves in the Field and hope to continue my testing to achieve a Gold medal. I had the opportunity to pursue skating in Pairs and quickly knew that I was meant to be a pair skater. I had a partnership for 8 years and earned a Bronze medal in pairs. I then decided to take on solo ice dancing as well, and I have tested into the Pre-Silver tier. I plan to continue to further my testing in the pattern dance and freedance disciplines.

I fell in love with skating when I first started and instantly knew I wanted to share my love of the sport with the newer generations. I started coaching group lessons in 2012 and started coaching private lessons in 2015. Over this timeframe, I’ve learned that being a coach is the most rewarding part of my skating career. I love getting to share in my skaters' success and helping them learn the lessons I did in skating and in life by overcoming obstacles.

I am available for trial lessons and available to work with new skaters of any age and level.

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Chris Demarest

(216) 235-1798 cdemarest42@gmail.com

Ice Dance, Freestyle, and Moves in the Field Coach

Chris has been involved in figure skating for more than 30 years. He has been teaching both private and group lessons for 23 years. Chris was a performer for Disney On Ice for 2 years, along with his wife, GraceAnn, who is also a professional figure skating instructor.  Chris has completed the Gold (Senior) Moves In The Field test, the Gold (Senior) Free Skate test, the Gold Dance test, and the Novice Free Dance test. Chris competed in the Regional and Sectional levels in the Senior Men’s division as well as Collegiate Nationals. He also competed at both Regionals and Sectionals as a competitive ice dancer. Chris is an active member of the Professional Skater’s Association, and a full-time dad to sons Colin and Noah and daughter Natalie. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University and a minor in Athletic Coaching. He also earned his secondary education license from Notre Dame College.  Chris also serves on the board of directors for the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs.

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Graceann Demarest

(216) 410-3853

gsteck24@gmail.com

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach

GraceAnn has been involved in figure skating for more than 33 years. She has been teaching both private lessons and group lessons since 1996. GraceAnn was a performer for Disney On Ice for 2 years, along with her husband, Chris, who is also a professional figure skating instructor. As a competitive skater, GraceAnn has completed her Gold (Senior) Moves In The Field test, Gold (Senior) Free Skate test, and Pre-Bronze Solo Dance test. She is an active member of the Professional Skater’s Association. She is also a full-time mom to 3 active kids!

“As a skating coach it is my job to help a student learn proper technique, build upon self-confidence, develop their creativity, and set goals. Whether it is landing their first axel or learning how to glide on one foot across the ice, I love to see a skater accomplish what they have worked hard for.”

GraceAnn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University in Psychology.

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Heather Galgas

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Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach 

Heather has been involved in figure skating for more than 30 years. She teaches both private lessons and group lessons and has taught many skaters from their first steps on the ice through high school graduation and beyond.
Heather is part of a ‘skating family’ – her husband, Briant Galgas is a hockey coach. Her daughter is a figure skater, and her two sons also play competitive hockey.

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Rachel Gray

(440) 876-8144

rtgray05@gmail.com

Freestyle, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, Choreography and Learn to Skate Coach

Hi! My name is Rachel. I have been skating for over 15 years and was a volunteer instructor for 5 years prior to coaching in 2019. I have competed as a singles skater for over 10 years, and nationally with the Ice Theatre of Cleveland for 3 years. I earned my Senior (Gold) Moves in the Field, Solo Pattern Dance, Solo Free Dance, and Freeskate. I have currently passed 3 Solo International Dances (the Rhumba, Cha Cha Congelado and Yankee Polka) and plan to continue to test more. I enjoy helping my students reach their goals, teaching correct technique, choreographing, and helping skaters develop confidence in their abilities. I aspire to be a master-rated coach in Moves in the Field, Ice Dance and Freestyle.

 

Currently, I am a college student concentrating on Psychology with a focus on Nutrition and Graphic Design. Some of my passions include various types of art, music cutting and film editing. 

 

I believe that skating always has life lessons to offer regardless of age, level or ability. I have always had a very positive experience with skating, and I hope to share that with my skaters! I am available to schedule trial lessons or assist with any music cutting needs.

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Tara Gray

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Assistant Learn to Skate Coach

I have been skating for more than 14 years and have been a volunteer instructor for over 4 years prior to coaching in 2021. I have been a competitive singles skater for more than 14 years and have also competed nationally with the Ice Theatre of Cleveland for 3 seasons. Currently, I perform state-wide with the Padua Franciscan high school team, where we recently earned our 10th State Championship title. I have accomplished my Senior Moves in the Field, Senior Solo Free Dance, Senior Solo Pattern Dance, and Junior Free Skate. I am currently working towards completing my Gold Freeskate test. I enjoy performing, choreographing, teaching, and connecting with students.

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Alexis Martin

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Assistant Learn to Skate Coach

Hi! My name is Alexis and I have been skating for more than 13 years. Prior to becoming an instructor in 2022, I have been a volunteer instructor for more than 4 years. I have been a competitive singles skater for more than 8 years. I have competed locally and nationally in a wide range of event styles. Currently, I perform with the Brooklyn Blades on Ice Performance Ensemble Team which I have been a part of for more than 7 years. I have also been performing with the Padua Franciscan High School Skating Team for more than 3 years, where we recently earned our 10th state title this past season! I have accomplished my Intermediate Moves in the Field and Preliminary Free Skate. Currently, I am working towards completing my Novice Moves in the Field and Pre-Juvenile Free Skate. I enjoy competing, performing, and learning and teaching choreography. Teaching Learn to Skate is something that I truly enjoy! 

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Cassidy Milner

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Assistant Learn to Skate Coach

Hi I’m Cassidy! I have been ice skating for about 12 years. Currently, I am a junior at Padua High School where I am a part of their figure skating team. I am a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field and Solo Free Dance. I love having the opportunity to teach this amazing sport and all the great lessons that come along with it, all while making it a fun experience! 

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Meredith Schaefer

(216) 235-7005

Mdaney0428@yahoo.com

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach

Hi! My name is Meredith, and figure skating has been a part of my life since the age of 3. I’ve been coaching Learn to Skate and private lessons for the past 17 years. I have earned my Senior (Gold) Freeskate and Moves in the field tests. Skating is something that I am passionate about and has taught me many valuable life lessons over the years as a student and now from a coaches perspective. I have also made lifelong friendships through the sport of skating. 

 

I enjoy helping skaters develop their on-ice skills and confidence and helping them work towards achieving their personal goals! I am available for trial-lessons and to work with new students for private lessons.

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Allison Vega

Freestyle and Moves in the Field Coach

Allison has been involved with figure skating for 27 years. She has been coaching private lessons for the past 12 years. She is also one of the Padua Franciscan High School skating team's coaches. Allison was a competitive figure skater all the way through college. She has completed her Gold Senior Moves in the Field and Gold Senior Freestyle skating tests.