Shanelle Horobec, BFA - Director of Skating
Shanelle is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 11 years of coaching experience. 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 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 now working on her Bachelor of Education Degree. 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 is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada 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 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 graduated from the Theatre Program at Capilano University; and is currently in her final semester of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program, in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (School for the Contemporary Arts) at Simon Fraser University, where she is majoring in Dance and English. She is also fluently bilingual in English and French. 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.
CANSkate & Junior Coach
Natalie is an NCCP Level 1 in training Skate Canada coach with 2 years of coaching experience. She is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Freeskate and Interpretive. Natalie is currently a student at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Arts where she is majoring in Criminology. Natalie's coaching philosophy is to create a safe, and enjoyable environment, where all skaters can develop their love for skating while achieving their personal goals in the sport, by applying her knowledge and positivity to motivate skaters to do their best.
Karen is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada coach with Bronze CEP Status, and over 20 years of coaching experience. She was a National level Competitor in Senior Singles, and worked with coaches such as Petra Burka and Cathy Casey.