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Grassroots to Champions 2019 Summer Training Camp

G2C 2019 Training Camp June 14-18, 2019

Prince William Ice Center, Woodbridge, VA

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Meet the 2019 Champions in Life recipient-Sarah Moss

Sarah is a longtime G2C camper.  She is now in college at Miami of Ohio as a rising junior and skates on their award winning international synchro team. This year, Sarah took on the leadership role as a counselor and assistant to director Joy Wells.  Congratulations Sarah.

MEET THE G2C TRAINING CAMP STAFF-

Joy Wells G2C Training Camp Director – Born in Michigan, former competitive figure skater. Certified public school teacher and college professor in Texas for 31 years.  Director of skating program in McAllen, TX for 10 years. Trained in Vaganova method of ballet, Joy will conduct a class on posture and performance.

 

Audrey K. Weisiger -Founder and President of G2C, World and Olympic Coach

Audrey WeisigerA two-time U.S. Olympic Team coach, Audrey was given the highest award in the industry when she was named PSA and USFSA Coach of the Year in 1999. She has her PSA World Coach Ranking and is Master Rated in Figures and Freestyle.

Audrey specializes in elite training for singles competitors and choreography.  She is currently mentor to a number of developing elite coaches.

Audrey was the keynote speaker for the 2000 & 2003 PSA Conferences and the 2005 & 2006 Canadian Coaches Conferences. She has served on the Board of Directors for the PSA and for various USFSA committees, as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As a member of USOC’s “Developing Young Champions” subcommittee, she has organized and directed numerous G2C seminars.

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Nick Perna-World and Olympic Coach

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Nick Perna is a PSA Master Rated freestyle coach and jumping pole expert. A former pairs skater, Nick has carved out a niche in the sport with his unique training device, earning him the moniker, “The Fishing Pole Guy.”

Two-time National Champion Michael Weiss and Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes are among the many users of his harness.

Nick coached Christine Lee at the World Championships in 2001.

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Jeremy Allen-World and Olympic Coach

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Jeremy Allen was an American Pairs Figure Skater, and competed as a member of the US International Figure Skating Team at both the Junior and Senior level. He won the US Junior National Pairs Championship in 2001 and placed top 5 at the Junior World Championships. Since retiring from competitive skating in 2005, he has focused his attention on bringing up the next generation of competitive skaters as a fulltime Coach. He has a total of 16-years of coaching experience and has coached numerous skaters to US National medals and International appointments. On the world stage, he has coached skaters to the ISU Championship level (Four Continents). While a resident of the greater Chicagoland area, he has helped skaters such as Jason Brown, Alexa Scimeca and Bradie Tennell on their rise to prominence in the sport. As a major career highlight, Jeremy accompanied 2018 U.S. National Champion Bradie Tennell at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Kalle Strid-World Coach

kalle-head-shot.jpgKalle Strid has head coached skaters at 4 World Championships and 5 European Championships as well as Junior Worlds and the Junior Grand Prix. He has been skating director for Denmark’s largest skating club, Skating Club of Copenhagen.  Strid is also a world level choreographer and has choreographed for several skaters at World Championships, Junior World championships and junior grand prix.  He is currently coaching at Fairfax Ice Arena in Virginia.

 

Kalle has Swedish Figure Skating Associations highest level coaching education (level 4) as well as having studied Sport management at the University of Gothenburg.


Mirai Nagasu-US Olympic Team Bronze medalist Medal, First US Woman to land a triple axel in the Olympic Games, former US Ladies Champion

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Michael Weiss-Two Time World Bronze Medalist, Three Time US Men’s Champion, Two Time Team USA Olympian, USFS Hall of Fame

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Chris Conte-International Coach

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Chris Conte is a PSA-rated coach and choreographer based in Newark, DE.  He has been a jump consultant to multiple World and Olympic coaches and skaters from the US, Japan, Korea, Russia, Canada and Mexico.  He has also created programs for skaters from around the world.  An expert in Dartfish, he uses this cutting-edge technology to help skaters speed the learning process and troubleshoot jumps. Chris has given technology presentations at the PSA World Conference.

Chris choreographs for national and international level skaters in both singles and pairs, and has worked with elite skaters including Timothy Goebel, Sasha Cohen, Emily Hughes, Tommy Steenberg, Parker Penington, Kimmie Meissner, Ting Cui, Ryan Dunk and Emily Zhang.

He was a principal skater with Ice Capades and Disney on Ice, and also has performed with professional ensemble companies including The Next Ice Age and Ice Theatre of New York. He is also a Certified Instructor of Therapeutic Pilates


 

Charyl Brusch-International  and National Coach

See the source image          Charyl Brusch has been coaching for over 30 years in Northern California. In addition to her duties as head coach to many skaters, Charyl is one of the most respected spin specialists on the West Coast of the United States. She has been specializing in spins since the late 1990’s.   2018 National Junior ladies champion Alysa Liu and 2018 National Junior mens silver medalist, Dinh Tran are both students of Charyl’s in spins.

She is an IJS technical specialist and can help skaters maximize their spin points.

Prior to becoming a full-time coach, Charyl had toured with Ice Capades and appeared in Charles Schulz productions.

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Tommy Steenberg-National Coach

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Tommy trained under the tutelage of Audrey Weisiger for over 10 years and coaches in the Northern Virginia area.  He specializes in jump technique and choreography, and recently received his PSA Master rating in free style and choreography. Some of the choreographers he has worked with include Pasquale Camerlengo, Chris Conte, 2008 World Champion Jeffrey Buttle, Kirov Ballet Master Vladimir Djouloukhadze, and Dance Company Instructor Debbie Street.

Tommy is available to do pole harness and off-ice jump technique and off-ice harness.  He head coached US National competitor Hannah Byers.

Tommy has medalled at Nationals in the Intermediate, Novice, and Junior levels, and placed in the top 10 in Senior at Nationals in 2008 and 2009. He was a member of the Junior World Team in 2008 and is a three-time Junior Grand Prix Gold Medalist.

He was also the 2006 recipient of the “Champion in Life Award” alongside Emily Hughes, and a member of the 2006 State Farm/USFSA Scholastic Honors Team for balancing success in school and skating.

Tommy was our 2010 Champion in the Young Artists Showcase Masters Division

He is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in business and dance.

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Andrey Keforenko-International and National coach

Coaching Background:

  • Professional since 2006 – PSA FS Master Rating
  • Bachelor’s Degree in “Olympic & Professional Sport”
  • Two-Time Junior National Champion
  • Junior Grand Prix International Competitor
  • Awarded honored title of “Master of Sport”
  • Member Ukrainian National Figure Skating Team (1998-2001)
  • Principal in Professional ice shows, Holiday on Ice, Stageworks Worldwide Production, Royal Caribbean International
  • Specializing in Freestyle (jumps, spins and competitive athlete development), Choreography, Patch Class (Figure 8) & MIF

Chris Martin-International  and National Coach

Professional Experience

Chris is a PSA Rated Professional in his 30th year of experience. He is a US National and International competitive free skating coach while producing Gold Testers in Free Skating, Ice Dancing, and Moves-in-the Field. Chris has been a prestenter and host of several seminars for coaches and skaters and has held program director postions since 1995. He works as a primary and secondary coach and is happy to work with skaters of all ages and levels from basic skills and up. In addition to pole harness work, he is also certified in hockey power skating.

 


Adam Blake-Globally Acclaimed Choreographer

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Adam Blake’s style of skating and choreography has been described as passionate, hard-hitting, and impactful. His proficient knowledge of trick skating maneuvers like cantilevers, boot slides, and backflips gives him a unique spin on traditional figure skating.

Adam first started choreographing group productions at age 16. He then began to expand his knowledge of movement, learning all types of dance: hip hop, tap, street jazz, popping, locking, tutting, modern, contemporary, and swing.

He toured as a semi-principal skater with High School Musical: The Ice Tour, working under Emmy award-winning producer Kenny Ortega, and Emmy award-winning choreographer Charles “Chucky” Klapow.

As a touring principal skater and assistant line captain with Disney on Ice, Adam has traveled the world and has had the opportunity to dance in New York City, Manchester, Vancouver, Panama City, and Los Angeles.

In 2011, Adam was the winner of our second Young Artists Showcase choreography competition. Adam is currently serving on the board of directors for Proskaters and the Proskaters Historical Foundation.  Adam recently choreographed the closing number for the Smuckers spectacular at the US National Championships and the Opening ceremonies at the 2016 World Championships held in Boston.

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Jill Lasus Smith-US Coach

Jill Smith coaches at Fairfax Ice Arena and is a PSA Master Rated moves in the field coach and PSA Certified in free style. She specializes in off-ice harness, off-ice rotation spinner and moves in the field. She is a USFSA Double gold medalist in moves in the field and freestyle and competed at South Atlantic Regionals as a Senior. She also competed at Synchronized Skating Nationals in 1996 at the Novice level.

PSA National conference attendee 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.  Guest coach at G2C Super camps 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University in Athletic Training.


Specialty Coaches

Dr. Caroline Silby*

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Caroline Silby, Ph.D., M.Ed, received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Sports Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her specialty is performance enhancement with adolescent athletes and she’s worked with Olympic champions in gymnastics and figure skating.

An elite athlete herself, Dr. Silby was once a member of the National Figure Skating Team. She later served on the U.S. Figure Skating Association Board of Directors and Athlete Advisory Council. Dr. Silby was appointed to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council, Collegiate Sports Council, and Finance Committee.

Currently, she serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Sports Foundation and as a faculty member of both the USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Figure Skating Association training camps.

Dr. Silby’s first book, Games Girls Play, is published by St. Martin’s Press. She resides in Washington, D.C. and has an active national practice.


Ram Sharif-Fitness, strength and wellness lifestyle

   

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Personal Trainer
Sport&Health – Present 7 years 2 months

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Kevin Curtis-Coach, choreographer and IJS Technical specialist,
Kevin grew up in Fairfax, VA and is highly sought after as a choreographer.  He is a representative for the PSA and is a National technical specialist.
Michelle Daichman and her coach Kevin Curtis
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Camp registration is now closed.  Thanks everyone! See you in Virginia.

Coach Registration is still open-click link to sign up

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This summer, G2C Training Camp will be held in Woodbridge, VA at the Prince William Ice Center.   The rink is located close to a variety of places of interest, near  Washington, DC,  Alexandria, VA, Fairfax, VA  and Dale City, VA; there are plenty of family amusements, hotels and shopping malls for a fun and convenient visit.

G2C Training Camp is an intensive week of on- and off-ice training for competitive figure skaters who aspire to develop into elite level competitors and professional performers.

Nationals, family and military discounts available!  Contact Shauna Proke for promotional code to use during registration.

This year, G2C Training Camp provides a comprehensive, full-body-and-mind training experience for young skaters who are working on their axel, double jumps and higher jumps, with on-ice and off-ice instruction designed to:

  • strengthen performance through working on refining jump techniques, skating skills, edges, off-ice harness and spinner and strength conditioning;
  • refine artistry through dance classes, performance skills and body awareness training both on and off the ice; and
  • build mental strength & sportsmanship through instruction in sports psychology, leadership, nutrition, competition preparation and more.

We offer two tracks of participation, both include the parent education classes.

  • Parent track-
    • Topics will include
      • perspectives on raising an elite athlete
      • sports psychology for parents
      • understanding the process of developing skaters and artists
      • off-ice training for developing/elite athletes.
    • Sessions with technical specialist, a national level judge, Olympic and World level coaches.
  • Camp is non-boarding. Skaters and families will find ample accommodations very close to the rink.
  • Required minimum jump is an axel and working on double jumps-no minimum age.
  • Initial minimum number of private and semi-private lessons are included in registration fee.
  • Number of skaters is limited to 70.
  • Physical assessments/training recommendations available
  • Group and individual consultations with technical specialist Kevin Curtis
  • Nationals, family and military discounts available!  Contact Shauna Proke for promotional code to use during registration.

Camp registration is now closed.  Thanks everyone!

 

Coach Registration-click link to sign up

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2019 Training Camp is an Endorsed Educational Event and coaches can receive 16 PSA educational credits for attending.  $75 to register and if a coach has 3 or more skaters, then G2C will pick up the tab.

G2C Training Camp Daily Schedule

A typical day at G2C Training Camp starts at 8 AM and skaters are at the rink until 4 PM with many activities, including both on- and off-ice classes, discussions, group numbers, and private lessons, as well as a lunch break and several snack breaks in between.

Skaters are divided into different groups based on age and ability and they move from activity to activity with a counselor.

Private and semi-private on-ice and off-ice lessons are provided during the week and are a key part of G2C training camp. You can request lessons with certain G2C coaches to hone key skills. Requests for lessons are filled by registrations. Requests are not a guarantee of all lessons being with a particular G2C coach.  Skaters will have the advantage of working with multiple coaches for a well-rounded camp experience.   A minimum number of lessons will be included with the paid tuition for camp.

Get the customized assistance you need as you work with a wide range of industry experts in technical skills, the pole harness, Dartfish and cutting-edge technology, artistry and choreography, and more during the week.

2019 Training Camp Staff-Olympic and World coaches-Audrey Weisiger, Nick Perna, Kalle Strid, Jeremy Allen; International and National coaches-Tommy Steenberg, Chris Conte; spin specialist, Charyl Brusch; Chris Martin; USOC sports psychologist Caroline Silby; Olympic Medalist Mirai Nagasu; Olympian Michael Weiss; strength trainer Ram Sharif, technical specialist Kevin Curtis; choreographer Adam Blake; plus World level skaters as demonstrators and mentors.

 

Rink, Hotel, and Flight Information

Rink:     Prince William Ice Center-5180 Dale Blvd Woodbridge, VA 22193  pwice.com

Airport: Dulles International Airport or Reagan International Airport

The rink is 30 miles from downtown Washington, DC.  There are numerous hotel options available within a close proximity of the rink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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