Shanelle Horobec- Director of Skating
Shanelle Horobec, BFA – Director of Skating
Shanelle is a Primary STARSkate NCCP Level 1 Certified Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 11 years of coaching experience. She is a Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, and Novice Competitive Singles. While competing in figure skating, Shanelle also competed extensively for 16 years in off-ice dance. She has performed professionally as an actor and dancer both on stage and on screen. She was a student at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and was accepted into their Professional Division. She has 20 years of performance and dance training including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, and Laban). Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on all the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers Gold Higher Tap. Shanelle is a graduate from Simon Fraser University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree majoring in Dance and French. She is also a graduate from the Douglas College Theatre Program. Currently she is a student in the PDP Program within the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University where she is working on her Bachelor of Education Degree. Shanelle’s coaching philosophy is to ensure that skaters experience a fun, safe, and positive environment where they can develop and master their skating skills and performance goals.
Larissa is a Primary STARSkate NCCP Level 1 Certified Coach, with Gold CEP Status, and 7 years of coaching experience. She competed in figure skating for many years representing British Columbia/Yukon nationally and Canada internationally up to the Senior level. She was a member of the British Columbia/Yukon Provincial team for 5 years. She was the 2011 British Columbia/Yukon Pre-Novice Sectional/Provincial Women’s Freeskate Champion, and the 2013 Senior Women’s Freeskate Silver Medalist. She is a Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, and Senior Competitive Singles. Larissa also competed extensively for 16 years in off-ice dance. She was the 2010 British Columbia Provincial Stage Dance Champion. She has 19 years of performance and dance training including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, Laban, and Fighting Monkey). Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers Gold Higher Tap. Larissa graduated from the Theatre Program at Capilano University; and is currently in her final year at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology where she is majoring in Dance and English at the School for the Contemporary Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program). She is also fluently bilingual in English and French. Larissa’s coaching philosophy is to provide a positive environment that inspires and encourages skaters of all ages to reach their full athletic and performance potential, by sharing her passion and knowledge of the sport of skating.
Karen Des Lauriers
Karen has been coaching and creating choreography for over 20 years. She has been working side by side with Carol Konkin as her in-house choreographer and assistant for 15 years. She was a National Competior as a Senior Lady and worked with coaches such as Petra Burka and Cathy Casey. Karen is NCCP Level 1 Certified and holds a Valid First Aid Certificate. Karen has Bronze CEP Status
Carol has been coaching professionally for over 30 years. She is NCCP Level 3 trained in Singles, Dance and has completed Sports Science Theory 2. Her skaters have competed at BC Sections and at the National level. Most of her skaters obtain 2 or more Gold Tests during their careers. Carol teaches all levels and disciplines to Gold. Silver CEP status. Carol maintains a freelance presence at the club.