Shanelle Horobec- Director of Skating
Shanelle is a Primary Starskate NCCP Level 1 Certified Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 9 years of coaching experience. She is a Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive & 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. Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on all the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and A.I.D.T. Gold Higher Tap. Shanelle graduated from the Douglas College Theatre Program, and is in her final semester in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University in the School for the Contemporary Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program) where she is majoring in Dance & French. She is also fluently bilingual in English & French. 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 5 years of coaching experience. She competed in figure skating for many years representing the British Columbia/Yukon Section nationally and 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 16 years of performance and dance training including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, and contemporary. Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and A.I.D.T. Gold Higher Tap. Larissa graduated from the Theatre Program at Capilano University; and is currently attending Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology where she is majoring in Dance 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 instill and inspire skaters of all ages to learn how to skate by sharing her passion for the sport and to provide as much knowledge as possible to encourage skaters through their journey of becoming the best skater that they can possibly be. Larissa hopes to be a positive influence to all skaters she encounters.
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.