Meet Our Instructors

Anna Bihari

Freestyle, Pairs, Moves in the Field, Choreography and Ice Dance 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 Bronze 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.

(216) 235-1798 cdemarest42@gmail.com

Chris Demarest

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 lessons and group lessons for 24 years. Chris was a performer for Disney On Ice for 2 years, along with is wife, GraceAnn, who is also a professional figure skating instructor. As a competitive skater, Chris has completed both his Gold (Senior) Moves In The Field test, as well as his Gold (Senior) Freeskate test and 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.

(216) 410-3853

gsteck24@gmail.com

Graceann Demarest

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach

GraceAnn has been involved in figure skating for more than 39 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 both her Gold (Senior) Moves In The Field test, as well as her Gold (Senior) Freeskate 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

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach & Director

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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Cheryl Genda

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach

Cheryl has been teaching both group and private lessons for 20 years, and has been with Brooklyn Blades on Ice for more than 15 years. As a skater, Cheryl has accomplished her Intermediate Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile Freeskating and Prelimiary Dance tests. Cheryl still enjoys skating for fun and wishes to take more skating tests in the future.
 

Rachel Gray

Choreography and Learn to Skate Coach

Hi! My name is Rachel. I have been skating for over 12 years and was a volunteer instructor for 5 years prior to coaching. 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 Dance tests, Solo Free Dance tests, and am presently working towards completing my Gold test in Freeskate. I enjoy helping my students reach their goals, teaching correct technique, choreographing, and helping skaters have 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 Credit Plus student concentrating on Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Psychology. 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!

(440) 822-6758

happykaelynn@gmail.com

Kaelynn Higgins

Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Learn to Skate Coach

I have been skating for more than 10 years and am a recent graduate of Avon High School. I am currently enrolled at Lorain County Community College where I am pursuing an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. I have competed as a singles skater for more than 10 years. In addition, I am an avid participant in the U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase event where I earned the Pewter Medal in the 2018 Teen Dramatic event and the Gold Medal in the 2019 Senior Interpretive Event. I have accomplished my Senior (Gold) Moves in the Field, Senior (Gold) Solo Free Dance, Pre-Silver Dance and Novice Freeskate tests. I continue to work toward achieving my Senior (Gold) tests in Freeskate and Partnered Pattern Dance. I have been coaching Learn to Skate for the past year and just started offering private lessons in July. I love teaching skating to help my students learn new skills, accomplish their goals, and watch them grow as skaters. I have availability for trial lessons and to work with new students in a private lesson setting..

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Ava Moreal

Learn to Skate Coach

Ava has been skating for more than 11 years and has been a volunteer instructor for 2 years. She was a competitive singles skater and has also competed nationally with the Ice Theatre of Cleveland. Ava has accomplished her Senior (Gold) Moves in the Field and is working towards completing her Gold tests in Solo Dance and Solo Free Dance. She enjoys performing, choreographing, teaching, and connecting with students.

(216) 235-7005

Mdaney0428@yahoo.com

Meredith Schaefer

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 when I first began ice skating. 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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