Left to Right: Cedar Bridgewood, Larissa Horobec, Shanelle Horobec, Sequoia Korner, Fanny Barakaeva
Shanelle Horobec, BFA, BEd - Director of Skating
Shanelle is an NCCP Level 2 Trained Skate Canada Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 14 years of coaching experience. With her many years of dance and performance training, Shanelle is also known for her skills in both dance and figure skating choreography. She is a quadruple Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, as well as Novice Competitive Singles. While competing in figure skating, Shanelle also received many awards while competing 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 New York City's Broadway Dance Center, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where she was accepted into their Professional Division, and attended master classes led by Evelyn Hart, and Rex Harrington. She has 20 years of performance and dance training including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, hip hop, and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Gaga, Horton, and Laban Movement Analysis). 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's School of the Contemporary Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (while being on the Dean's Honour Roll), majoring in Dance and French. She is also a graduate from the Douglas College Performing Arts Program in Theatre. She completed the Professional Development Program (PDP) for secondary school educators, and received her Bachelor of Education Degree from Simon Fraser University. When Shanelle is not coaching figure skating, she spends much of her time teaching high school Dance, Drama, and French, as well as choreographing and directing high school musical productions, and high school competitive dance teams. Shanelle’s coaching philosophy is to ensure that skaters of all ages, experience a fun, safe, positive, and inclusive environment where they can develop and master their skating skills and performance goals.
Larissa Horobec, BFA
Larissa is an NCCP Level 2 Trained Skate Canada Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 10 years of coaching experience. With her many years of dance and performance training, Larissa is also known for her skills in choreography. 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 6 years. She was the 2011 British Columbia/Yukon Sectional/Provincial Pre-Novice Women’s Freeskate Champion, and the 2014 Super Series Senior Women's Freeskate Champion. She was the Silver Medalist in Freeskate at both the 2010 BC Winter Games, and the 2013 BC/Yukon Sectional/Provincial Championships in the Senior Women's event. She also placed 4th in the figure skating event at the 2011 International Children's Winter Games. She is a quadruple Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, as well as Senior Competitive Singles. Larissa also competed extensively for 16 years in off-ice dance, receiving many awards, including the title of 2010 British Columbia Provincial Stage Dance Champion. Her 20 years of performance and dance training, including a summer session at New York City's Broadway Dance Center, encompassed many styles of dance: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, hip hop, and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Fighting Monkey, Gaga, Horton, and Laban Movement Analysis). 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 is a graduate from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in Dance and English. She is also a graduate from the Theatre Program at Capilano University, and is fluently bilingual in English and French. Recently she received her Associate Certification (with Distinction) in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Larissa’s coaching philosophy is to provide an enjoyable, inclusive, and positive environment where skaters of all ages feel safe, inspired, and encouraged to reach their full athletic and performance potential, by sharing her passion and knowledge of the sport of skating.
Sequoia is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada coach with Silver CEP Status, and 5 years of coaching experience. She is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Skills and Dance. Sequoia attended the University of Victoria's School for Exercise Science in Recreation and Health Education. Sequoia's coaching philosophy is to motivate all skaters to develop into the best athletes and people they can be, while having fun and working hard.
Cedar Bridgewood, RMT
Cedar is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada Coach with Bronze CEP Status, and 5 years of coaching experience. He is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Skills and Dance, including Diamond Dances. He competed in dance with his partner representing the British Columbia/Yukon nationally, and Canada internationally up to the Senior level. In the Senior Dance event, he and his partner were bronze medalists at the 2018 British Columbia/Yukon Sectional Championships, and silver medalists at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International Competition. Cedar recently graduated from the Vancouver College of Message Therapy. He received his skate sharpening apprenticeship from Gary Beacom, and was responsible for the skate maintenance of many national and provincial level athletes. Cedar's coaching philosophy is to motivate skaters using patience and empathy to bring out their best.
Stefania (Fanny) Barakaeva
Fanny is a CANSkate Trained Skate Canada coach with 3 years of coaching experience. She has passed her Star 10 Freeskate test, and competed up to the Pre-Novice Singles freeskate level. Currently she is studying at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Science, majoring in Applied Mathematics. Fanny's coaching philosophy is to create a fun environment that motivates skaters to reach their skating goals.