Meet Coach Crystal
Skating is for the whole family! I started skating as a toddler with my family in chilly Minnesota and found my passion that I enjoy sharing with my clients today in the Philadelphia area. My clients range from 18 months to 80+ years of age. You can learn with your child/partner or you can learn individually. Younger children will be able to draw on the ice and play fun games to get comfortable. Advanced skaters will get specific training to develop their skills to achieve their goals. Adults will get a great workout while learning at their own pace and staying young at heart. I enjoy developing grass roots skaters into high level skaters through client retention. Each student's process is different and equally supported.
My coaching motto is "Learning through fun and encouragement". I have successfully developed skaters from Learn to Skate through National Competitors since 2001. A USFS National Competitor, ISI Worlds Medalist and toured with Holiday on Ice in Europe. Crystal has a BS in Kinesiology: emphasis on Exercise and Movement Sciences with a concentration on Neuromuscular Science as well as Dance Aerobic and Fitness Certified. I am an Off-Ice Fitness Specialist who incorporates my Balanced Body Pilates training, Pilates Suspension Method, TRX Training and USFS Stars Combine Fitness Testing in my classes. I specialize in Freestyle, Moves in the field, Synchronized Skating, Theater on Ice, Power Skating (figure and hockey) and Off-Ice Cross Training.
"Crystal works great with kids, she knows how to motivate them, and is very effective at getting her students to progress in their skating skills. She also teaches her students to be goal oriented, to think about what they want to do, and what they will need to do to achieve that. Her coaching really does include an additional level of mentoring that goes beyond the technical skating instruction. I feel that my daughter is also learning some important life-skills from Crystal. Crystal is also very punctual, professional, and easy for the parents to work with. She gives me regular updates on my daughters progress, and communicates effectively regarding schedules and events." -Bill Enloe
“Crystal has been a wonderful coach and mentor to my daughter. We meet Crystal on a weekly basis and have done so for the past year. She is always professional, helpful and friendly. Crystal's firm yet kind coaching style is beyond compare, she has tried multiple strategies for working with my daughter and her unique personality. She is the most approachable non-pretentious skate coach I have met to date and I look forward to watching my ice skater develop under her guidance." -Jennifer Botts
"Crystal has been an ice skating coach for my son, 4th grader...My son has become a more confident and focused boy ever since, and his success story is obvious because Crystal is not only a well established skating coach, but also she is very patient and nurturing person, a great teacher. I wholeheartedly recommend Crystal for all aspiring ice skaters." -Masato Mitsuda
“My daughter, Anna, started taking lessons with Coach Crystal when she was 5 years old. By the time she turned 7, she was training with Crystal three times a week because she loved being on the ice so much! Coach Crystal was always very accommodating including Anna’s friends in semi-private lessons and even hosting Anna’s on-ice birthday party! Our family was so sad to see Coach Crystal move out of the Bay Area. If she would have stayed, we would have kept her forever! She is a treasure and works so well with young children. My daughter truly loved and misses her!” - Lori Bluvas