The Mt. Pleasant Figure Skating Club is very lucky to have many qualified and caring coaches on staff who will guide your skaters as they make the transition from group lessons within the Learn to Skate USA program to semi private and private lessons as part of our Bridge and Club Programs.

Please read through the bios below to learn more about our instructional staff.


Ginni Phillips 
Ice Director/Coach, Middle of the Mitt High School Figure Skating Team
Email: gpsk8r@gmail.com
Phone: 989-560-3871
Skating Experience: 62 Years Skating / 42 Years Coaching
Qualifications: 7th Figure in US and Canada; Gold Dance and Gold Free Dance in US and Canada; Intermediate Pair; National Junior Dance Competitor 1969 [placed 7th]; National Senior Dance Competitor 1970 [placed 9th]
Disciplines Taught: Dance, Moves in the Field, Freestyle
Accepting new students: Contact for availability
Days available for lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate – $36 per hour


Dani Rhode
Learn to Skate USA Director
Email: phill2ds@gmail.com
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Accepting New Students Contact for availability
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
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Kim Bishop
Emailnelsonkim@hotmail.com
Phone: 989-506-1698
Skating Experience: 24+ years coaching experience
Qualifications: Gold Dance, Junior Moves in the Field, Intermediate FS, Learn to Skate Instructor/Director for multiple clubs, & Show Director for multiple clubs. Past Regional Competitor. Highest test level passed by students: Senior MIF, Int. Freestyle, Pre-Gold Dance.
Disciplines Taught: Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Dance, Pairs, Hockey, Power Skating,  Adult, and Synchronized Skating and Instructor for College Team levels.
Accepting new students? Contact for availability
Days available for lessons. Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate – $36 per hour


 

Melanie Black
Coach, Journey Into Imagination Theater Team
Email: megosk8@gmail.com
Phone: (989)423-5877
Skating Experience: Melanie is an active adult competitive freestyle skater and has coached since 2001. She is a twelve time National Champion at Adult Nationals and National Showcase as well as a three-time gold test medalist. Melanie coaches all levels, ages and abilities. She has coached Theater on Ice teams as well as finalists and champions at Adult nationals and Showcase Nationals.
Qualifications:  Melanie holds a Professional Skaters Association Registered Free Skate rating, Registered Group rating and a Senior Moves in the Field rating. She also has PSA certification in power skating for hockey, Hockey 1 and 2. Melanie has received a silver lifetime competitor award from USFS for attending 16 Adult National competitions and a PSA/USFS Get up Award. She holds a degree in broadcasting/marketing/music history and is an ACE certified personal trainer.
Disciplines Taught: private and group lessons in basic skills, theater, stroking, freestyle, moves in the field, choreography, hockey, and power skating.
Accepting New Students? Yes
Days Available for Lessons: Please contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: $12.50 for 15 minutes; $16.75 for 20 minutes

 


Jawaher Dabas
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Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
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Jenna Harnick
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Qualifications: Juvenile Freeskate/Novice Moves in the Field
Disciplines Taught: Learn to Skate USA & Bridge
Accepting New Students? Yes
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: $6/20 minutes (Bridge Rate)

 

 

 


Madison Morey
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Qualifications: Senior Moves in the Field/Intermediate Free Skate/Pre Gold Dances/
Disciplines Taught: Learn to Skate USA & Bridge
Accepting New Students? Yes
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: $6/20 minutes (Bridge Rate)



Kayla Morgan
Team Manager, Middle of the Mitt High School Figure Skating Team
Email: morga4ke@cmich.edu
Phone: (989) 824-0587
Skating Experience: Kayla has been skating since 2008, competing since 2011, and coaching since 2017. She remains an active competitor and has competed at Michigan Showcase, National Showcase, the Michigan High School State Figure Skating Championships and the USFSA High School National Finals. Kayla is a current member of the Journey into Imagination Theater Team and has served as an assistant coach for two seasons.  She is also an alumni of the Middle of the Mitt High School Figure Skating Team and has served as the team manager for the past two seasons.
Qualifications: Kayla has passed her USFS Pre Juvenile Freeskate and Junior Moves in the Field Tests
Disciplines Taught: Learn to Skate USA & Bridge
Accepting New Students? Yes
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: $6/20 minute lesson (Bridge rate)

 


Miranda Steffke
Email: steff1mc@cmich.edu
Phone:989-506-7214
Skating Experience:  20+ years of skating experience; 2 years of Theater, 6 years of coaching, 4 years as Learn to Skate Director and 1 year of experience on the Ferris State University’s Intercollegiate Team.
Qualifications: Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field/Preliminary Freestyle
Disciplines Taught Learn to Skate USA, Bridge, Moves in the Field, Freestyle through single jumps.
Accepting New Students? Yes
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: – $21 per hour (club)/ $6 per 20 minutes (bridge)


Autumn Willsey
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Disciplines Taught: Learn to Skate USA & Bridge
Accepting New Students? 
Days Available for Lessons: Contact for availability
Lesson fee rate: $6/20 minute lesson (Bridge rate)


Learn To Skate USA Instructors:

Dani Rhode — Learn to Skate Director

Coaches:   Aurora Abraham, Jawaher Dabas, Alexis Edmundson, Jenna Harnick, Priscilla Joslin,  Maddie Keating, Hayley Marlow, Madison Morey, Kayla Morgan, D’Yon Padgett,  Ella Rose, Miranda Steffke, Autumn Willsey

Volunteers: Sean Cotter, Elliana Gursky, Jayde Harnick, Maycen Morey, Sara Nitschke,  Francesca Roma, Elson Willsey

 


Are you a figure skater attending CMU or live in the local area? Are you interested in helping young skaters learn and develop their skills? Consider joining MPFSC as a Learn to Skate Coach!  Learn more about our employment opportunities here.