Private Instructors

Find a private coach

Private and Semi-Private lessons are offered 7 days a week. No more than 3 skaters are allowed during any instructional time with one of our staff instructors. The price of the lesson depends upon the instructor’s rates and ranges from $45.00 – $65.00 for a 30-minute lesson, plus the cost of the ice time.

The length of the lesson can be scheduled for any amount of time. Each instructor sets their own schedule based on the availability of ice time and their personal schedule. You can contact any of the instructors listed below at their personal email or phone number to discuss their availability.

Beginner Lessons

Only House instructors are permitted to teach on Public Sessions.  Public Session fees will be paid upon arrival at the cashier window. This includes the public session ice fee and skate rental (if needed).   All private lesson fees are paid directly to the instructor. Please note, no jumping or spinning and no hockey sticks or pucks are permitted on a Public Session.   Click here for the Public Skating Session Schedule.

Figure Skating Lessons

All Figure Skating Sessions (Mennen Ice, and Freestyle Sessions) are limited to 28 skaters.   Pricing for Freestyle ice time depends upon the length of the session and ranges from $16.00 to $30.00 per session. All ice time is paid prior to the scheduled lesson time either online or at the cashier window upon arrival.  Private lesson fees are paid directly to the instructor. All skaters must check-in at the cashier before entering the freestyle session. Click here for the current Freestyle session times.

Hockey Lessons

Hockey lessons focusing on skating skills, stick handling and shooting are available on Hockey Teaching Session.   Contact one of the House Instructors at Mennen directly to book a lesson on these sessions. Ice-Time will be paid by the instructor, and you will pay the instructor directly for the private lesson. Full equipment is required and only skaters taking a lesson are allowed on these sessions. Click here for the current Hockey Teaching session times. 

Hockey Power Skating Lessons

Power skating lessons focusing on speed and edgework are available during the Public Sessions. Skaters taking a lesson on the Public Session, can only wear skates, helmet, and gloves; no full equipment and no stick is allowed.  Click here for the Public Skating Session Schedule.

Mennen Professional Staff

Brooke Avery

bavery@colonialshockey.org

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Extensive background in the sport providing students with a strong foundation for growth and development.

Memberships

  • USA Hockey – CEP Level 3
  • Learn to Skate USA

Skating / Competitive Background

Playing Experience: Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL), Syracuse University, University of New Hampshire, St. Paul’s School, Assabet Valley (NEGHL)

Professional Accomplishments

NJ Colonials, Girls Tier 1, 19U Major AAA Co-Head Coach, Oyster River, Hockey & Lacrosse, University of New Hampshire, Summer Camp Coach

Nicole Bickenbach

Iceangel615@yahoo.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

My goals are my students’ goals. Whether it’s passing Basic 1 or becoming a Gold Medalist, I get so much joy and pleasure seeing my students accomplish their skating goals and thrive!  I have had the privilege of taking students through Senior Moves in the Field and the Senior Freestyle test as well as competing through the Senior level.  Loves to Teach- All ages and levels.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

27 years coaching experience.

Skating/Competitive Background

Trained with World and Olympic Coaches and Choreographers at Detroit Skating Club, The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, Sun Valley, Idaho, and Ice Castle International in California.  Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships Competitor through Senior Ladies.  2-Time Midwestern Sectional Championships competitor: Intermediate Ladies Figure Champion and freestyle competitor and Novice figure competitor. Gold medalist in freestyle, 5th figure and pre-silver dances.

Student Achievements

Passed Senior Moves in the Field and Senior Freestyle tests

Professional Accomplishments

Toured across the United States with the “1995 Nutcracker on Ice” with Peggy Fleming, Brian Orser, and Todd Eldredge. Performed in many local ice shows and in “The Sun Valley Ice Show” for Prudential.

Education Background

B.A. in psychology from Wayne State University M.A. in child clinical psychology from University of Detroit Mercy

Kathy Bird

Kmbirdsktr@aol.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

It’s often been said, if you love what you do you never work a day in your life. I love ice skating. My greatest joy comes from sharing that love for this amazing sport with my students. Whether your goal is to skate across the ice alone or to stand on an Olympic podium, it all starts with your first push and glide.   My teaching philosophy has always been to inspire confidence by making each day a learning experience. Teaching my students a strong technical foundation allows them to set and achieve their skating goals while developing life skills that help them become well prepared for the challenge ahead.   Happy Skating!

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

Over 44 years of coaching experience.

Skating / Competitive Background

USFS Gold Medalist in Figures & Freestyle

Student Achievements

Regional Competitors, Sectional & National Competitors, National Adult Champion, National Collegiate Competitors, Developed two-time Olympic Competitors

Education Background

Colby Sawyer College, Child Psychology

Lisa Blue

lmusmanno1@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

I enjoy teaching all levels from the first steps to advanced skating levels. Specializing in Free Skate and Moves in the Field. I want to see every skater reach their maximum potential and have fun while they are doing it!  I believe in teaching the correct technique in basic skills and learning the fundamentals of skill development early to build a strong foundation to become an all-around skater. I also teach program components as well as specialize in leveled steps and spins.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)
  • USA Hockey
  • U.S. Ice Rink Association

Years Experience

Over 20 years coaching experience.

Skating/Competitive Background

US Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Dance, Junior Free Skate, 7th Figure Regional Competitor – Gold Medalist

Student Achievements

Gold Medalists in Free Skate, Moves in the Field (Skating Skills), Competitors in Singles at Regional and Sectional Championships, Collegiate Championships and Excel Final, National Solo Dance Competitors

Professional Accomplishments

Skating School Administrator Mennen Sports Arena, 2020 – Present
U.S. Figure Skating Volunteer/Official, 2009 – Present
Learn to Skate USA Business Development Manager
2019-2020 Learn to Skate USA Business Development Specialist
2016-2019 Figure Skating in Harlem, Director of Skating
2022-Present National Vice Chair of U.S. Figure Skating Program Innovation Sub Committee
2013-2016 Member of U.S. Figure Skating Grievance Committee, 2018-2020
Member of Learn to Skate USA Subcommittee 2016-2021
Presenter at Learn to Skate USA Workshops
Presenter at NARCE Presenter at PSA Conference PSA – Registered Rating in Free Skate and Moves in the Field, Hockey 3, Passed Masters Sports Science

Education Background

Penn State University, BS degree, LIR

Pam Faatz

pamelafaatz@icloud.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

I teach recreational skating and freestyle to aspiring skaters of all ages.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

20+ years

Skating / Competitive Background

Double-gold medalist in Freestyle and Compulsory Figures
Four-time New England Ladies regional champion
Three-time qualifier for the U.S, National Championships

Education Background

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The George Washington University
Master of International Affairs from Columbia University

Kirsten Frisch

kirstenfrisch@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Enjoy working with beginner, recreational, competitive, adult, and skaters with special needs. It is my goal to teach every skater a great skill and foster a love of the sport; but also to nurture the many life lessons that sport can teach.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

Over 15 years experience

Skating/Competitive Background

4-time US National Medalist in Ice Dancing
2003 World Junior Team Member
JGP International Medalist Sectional and Regional Gold Medalist
Member of the US Figure Skating Team
USFS Gold and International Ice Dance Tests
USFS Gold Moves in the Field Test
USFS Intermediate Freestyle Test

Student Achievements

Trained Regional and National competitors.

Professional Accomplishments

In addition to teaching skating, Kirsten is a Licensed Occupational Therapist with experience in the Adult Rehab and Pediatric settings.

Education Background

MS in Occupational Therapy-Kean University
BA in Behavioral Science- Drew University

Holly Harper

hharper1@comcast.net

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Every lesson is important. Every student should be able to achieve their greatest potential with a smile on their face and happiness in their heart.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

Over 20 years coaching experience

Student Achievements

US National Silver, Bronze and Pewter Medalists Juvenile Pairs Eastern Sectional Gold Medalist Juvenile Pairs North West Pacific Champion Juvenile Girls and Intermediate Ladies North Atlantic Open Juvenile Champion North Atlantic Pewter Medalist Juvenile Girls Eastern Sectional Competitor Juvenile Girls Pacific Coast Competitor Intermediate Ladies and Juvenile Girls North Atlantic Regional competitors Juvenile Girls, Intermediate Ladies and Novice Ladies USFS Gold Medalists Freestyle and Moves in the Field ISI Freestyle 9   Lots of very happy students who went on to be successful adults.

Professional Accomplishments

PSA Certified Group
Passed PSA Senior Sport Science Exam

Education Background

Fordham University
BA Montclair State University
Post Baccalaureate Secondary Education

Nikki Helmer

ToyeHelmer@optonline.net

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

My coaching is based on a belief that skaters should lead a well-balanced life. While training, it is important to recognize the importance of an education and involvement in other activities. It is necessary to keep skating fun, challenging and interesting—I approach each athlete’s career with the goal of maintaining a love and passion for the sport that they may carry with them for life. I am best suited for developing competitive freestyle skaters as well as all levels of Test skaters in Moves in the Field and Freestyle.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)
  • Ice Skating Industry (ISI)

Years Experience

Over 25 years coaching experience.

Skating/Competitive Background

USFS Gold Medalist
Figures and Free Skate Canadian Gold Test Medalist 12 years for competitive skating Exhibitions at Rockefeller Center Dinner Ice Theatre – 2 years

Student Achievements

Gold Medalists in Moves in the Field and Free Skate
Co-developed Juvenile National Competitors
Co-developed Principal of Disney’s Frozen on Ice
Co-developed Collegiate National Medalist Numerous Collegiate
Championship Competitors – schools represent include Princeton, Cornell, Colgate and Middlebury

Professional Accomplishments

Recipient of the Susan Kartiganer Sportsmanship Award
Recipient of Robert D. Henry Sterling Character Award
First Skating Club of Morris member to pass USFS Gold Figure and Free Skate Tests

Drew Koze

drewkoze@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Power Skating, Stick-handling, Shooting, Hockey IQ/on-ice situational awareness

Memberships

Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

19 years

Skating / Competitive Background

Staff Pro at Mennen Arena
Instructor at Jennifer Perry’s Power Skating Workshop
Skills and defense coach for U18aa Black NJ Freeze

 Education Background

Boston University College of Communication, May 2009

Taylor Koze

TaylorKoze@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

I am one of two sons of an adept figure skater turned hockey power skating phenom (Jennifer Perry), and have been skating since the young age of two. I grew up demonstrating, instructing, and through osmosis, have learned how to teach and coach the youth and possess a deep understanding of ice skating, and how the ice, blades, body & mind integrate. I wish to give athletes the gifts and skills I have learned through a lifetime of being on the ice and at the rink.

Memberships

  • USA Hockey
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)
  • Ice Sports Industry (ISI)

Years Experience

10 years coaching experience.
Over 30 years skating experience

Skating/Competitive Background

NJ Colonials
Bantam B, State Champions 2002-2003
Mendham HS Varsity (Mennen Div.)
CCM Titans

Professional Accomplishments

USA Hockey Level 4
NJ Colonials 2023 – Present
NJ Freeze, 2021 – 2022
12U AA NJYHL State Champions (NJ Freeze, 2007 birth year)
Jersey Colts, 2016 – 2020
NJ Rockets 12U Development, 2012-2013
Head Instructor, Jennifer Perry Power Skating Workshop

Beverly Kubick

kubick.bev@gmail.com

Memberships

  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)
  • Ice Skating Industry (ISI)

Years Experience

Over 33 years coaching experience

Skating/Competitive Background

USFS Silver Medalist in Figures, Free Skate and Ice Dance

Student Achievements

PSA Basic Accreditation Certified Special Olympics Coach for 18 years

Emily Larkin

larkinann2014@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Passionate and dedicated figure skating coach. Encourages a positive and fun environment. Available to coach Basic Skills, Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Hockey/Power Skating, Off-ice training

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

17+ years of personal experience in competitive skating

Skating/Competitive Background

North Atlantic regional competitor
Discipline: Women’s Singles
2010 North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Champion
2010 Jersey Council Figure Skating Champion
2010 Middle Atlantics Champion

Education Background

Kean University, Bachelors of Arts, Marketing

Ann Marie Manahan

amanahan@optonline.net

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

I am a local, former competitive figure skater who has returned to the ice after a corporate career and raising my family. I am thrilled to return to my love for the ice. I love to work with all ages and abilities, especially those taking their first steps on the ice from preschoolers to adults. I enjoy teaching all aspects of skating including power skating, hockey techniques and figure skating as well as “first competition readiness”. For advanced students, I weave my corporate skills into my lesson plans with student notebooks to help students set short and long term goals, follow tangible homework and practice plans as well as tracking skills and development.

 Memberships

Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Skating / Competitive Background

Competed in both ISIA and USFSA up to the novice level.

 Professional accomplishments

I spent the first part of my career with AT&T. After my children were born, I pivoted to the nonprofit sector where I focused on development, strategic planning and executive director leadership in the areas of food insecurity and educational equality.

Education Background

BS, University of Southern California,
MBA, Stevens Institute of Technology

American Red Cross certified in first aid, CPR with AED, lifesaving and aquatics instruction.

Linda McKweon

LLM7@cornell.edu

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Loves teaching skaters of all ages and abilities.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

Over 30 years coaching experience.

Skating/Competitive Background

USFS Sixth Figure Test
USFS Pre-Gold Medalist in Ice Dance

Student Achievements

USFS Gold Medalists in Moves in the Field and Ice Dance
USFS Junior Free Skate Tests

Professional Accomplishments

Played hockey at Cornell University
Skating instructor at Cornell University
28 years Lesson Director at Cass Park, Ithaca, NY for 30+ years Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club

Education Background

Cornell University

Colleen O’Connor

Colbrz1@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Free Skate, Moves in the Field, Dance, Free Dance and Choreography for all ages and levels. Striving to ignite the “champion” within every skater under my tutelage. With a nurturing approach, I adapt my coaching style to each child’s personality and energy to maximize their skating experience.

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Skating/Competitive Background

Olympic Medalist Multiple World Medalist
Three-Time National Champion Co-Star of “The Ice Show” on Broadway and the International Tour Toured in ice shows throughout Europe and Russia

Student Achievements

National and Junior National Medalists Gold Medalists in Free Skate, Moves in the Field, Dance and Free Dance

Professional Accomplishments

Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductee
Served on the Presidents Commission for Olympic Sport
Coach & Choreographer at National Championship level
World Professional Judge

Kaitlin O’Rourke

Kaitlin.Orourke94@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

Skaters of all ages should have the opportunity to feel confident about their skills on the ice through setting attainable competitive or recreational goals. My focus as a coach is on Moves in the Field, but I am also very comfortable working with skaters of all ages, Preschool through adults!

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

Over 10 years coaching experience.

Skating/Competitive Background

USFS Gold Medalist, Moves in Field
USFS Pre-Silver Dance Test 2
Time Synchro Eastern Synchro Champion
3 Time National Synchro Competitor
Current Team Image Adult Skater

Student Achievements

Skaters passed Novice Moves

Professional Accomplishments

Certified High School Teacher Fluent in Spanish

Education Background

Syracuse University, BS in Math/Math Education and Spanish Bilingual
Math Teacher at Morristown High School

Jennifer Perry

Jppwrsk8er@aol.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

I approach each skater trying to find out that person’s individual skating goals and help them to achieve them whether it is to just be able to navigate a skating rink successfully or launch a serious campaign in all levels of ice hockey or figure skating. Teaching professionally for over 40 years, I have enjoyed watching the many life altering success stories of my students who have gone on to collegiate and professional careers. There is a place in skating for anyone who aspires to try it. I enjoy helping people realize their skating aspirations.

Memberships

  • USA Hockey
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)
  • Ice Skating Industry (ISI)

Years Experience

38

Skating/Competitive Background

USFS Gold Medalist Free Skate
USFS Seventh Figure Test
USFS Bronze Dance

Student Achievements

Instructor of current NHL draft picks and 20 – 21 IHF US Junior team player.
Coached Division 1 colleges, US National Team players, high schools teams, travel teams, town teams and women’s teams.

Professional Accomplishments

USA Hockey Level 4
PSA Senior Rating Groups
Power Skating Workshop owner head instructor since 1985 Individual and semi-private lessons available. Clinics and seminars.
NJ Rockets
NJ Colonials
NJ Colts

Mackenzie Robertson

mackenzievrobertson@gmail.com

Coaching Specialty/Philosophy

My goal for my students is for them to learn and grow as skaters and fall in love with the sport. It is important for skaters to be challenged in a positive way to build their confidence and reach their individualized goals. I specialize in basic skills and Synchronized ice skating skills for skaters of all ages!

Memberships

  • U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)
  • Learn to Skate USA (LTS USA)

Years Experience

8 years coaching experience
18 years skating experience

Skating/Competitive Background

U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist, Moves in the Field
U.S. Figure Skating Pre-Gold Dances
Skyliners Synchronized Ice Skating Team Member
2016 U.S. Synchronized Ice Skating National Champions
2 Time National Synchro Competitor
2 Time Eastern Sectional Synchro Champion, 3 time medalist

Student Achievements

Skaters have successfully moved on to further develop their skating skills in free skate, synchronized ice skating, and hockey.

Professional Accomplishments

Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Education Background

Montclair State University, B.A. Television & Digital Media, Documentary Production and Minor in Justice & Families – May 2020