Duluth 770-813-1010 Town Center 770-218-1010


Private Lessons

Private lessons offer a skater the opportunity to work one on one with a member of our professional staff.  Private lessons will help a skater improve difficult skills and aid in advancing through our program faster and with greater proficiency.  Working with a private coach also enables skaters to begin competing and learn more difficult skills that are not taught in a class situation.

Private lessons are taught during Public Sessions for skaters in Snowplow Sam-Basic 6.  Skaters who are in Pre - Free skate and above may take private lessons on Private Ice.  All skaters participating in private lessons between the levels of Snowplow Sam-Pre-Freeskate must be enrolled in our group class program.

You may speak with any of our professional staff coaches or contact the for more info.

Lesson fees vary from coach to coach and are paid through the front counter.  In addition to the coaching fees you are responsible for ice time fees.  Public sessions are $10 with a $4 rental fee.  Private Ice sticker fees are $10.00 per 40 minute session or you may purchase 10 stickers for $100.00

Atlanta Ice Forum (770) 813-1010


Aren Nielsen (Figure Skating Director) grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is a 5 time former US National medalist, International competitor, and US World Team Member.  He competed for 19 years and trained under Olympic Champion Carol Heiss-Jenkins, and Olympic Coach, Don Laws. He has passed his Senior Freeskate and 8th Figure Test under the USFS testing structure. Aren has more than 15 years coaching experience and is a PSA Master Rated coach in Freestyle. He has coached several skaters through their USFS Gold Medal tests. His coaching highlights include students achieving a podium placement at the US National Championships in the Intermediate, and Novice levels.  Aren is available as a primary coach to skaters who wish to pursue competitions and testing.  Additionally, he’s the IceForum Figure Skating Director and figure skate technician.


Laurie Sanii (Skating Academy Director) grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma as member of the Tulsa Figure Skating Club. She passed her Juvenile Freeskate and 2nd Figure test under the USFS testing structure before taking a break from skating to concentrate on school. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech, working afterward for several years as a research scientist. She returned to skating as an adult in 2009, studying Ice Dance under former World and European Championship Ice Dance competitor Johnathon O’Dougherty, and has passed her Pre-Silver Ice Dance test. She currently studies both Moves in the Field and Silver-level Ice Dances with former national and internatioal Ice Dance competitor Graham Payne. She has organized the annual Atlanta Ice Dance weekend since 2011, which attracts between 50-60 skaters from all over the US and Canada. She has over 16 years of skating experience, and holds ratings in Group Instruction and Pattern Ice Dance from the Professional Skaters Association. She is available for private lessons.


Ellen Poulsen skated for the All Year FSC in So. California and has passed her Senior Freeskate, the 7th Figure test, and the Bronze Ice Dance test under the USFS testing structure. She has a BS in Kinesiology from UCLA and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Emory University. “Skating has taught me important lessons and opened many doors. I coach to give others the same opportunity to benefit from having skating in their lives” She has been coaching for 15 years and has had skaters test to the Novice level and compete at Regionals. She has a Certified Freeskate, Registered MIF and Group ratings from the PSA. She is available as a primary coach focused on USFS competitions and testing. She also specializes in Therapeutic Skating.


Sherry Hewitt has been teaching since 1988 in both Alaska and Georgia. She is a former competitive skater and worked with the Ice Capades for 3 years. She holds ratings in Group Instruction and Freeskate with the Professional Skaters Association. She is available as a primary coach for basic skills skaters and is a spin specialist for many of the competitive skaters.


Kaysi Thompson is a former US National Medalist and International competitor. She also has duel citizenship and has passed her Senior Field Moves and Freestyle under the UK and USFS testing structures. She trained under Olympic coach Robin Wagner. She has passed her Silver Ice Dance test. She holds a PSA Certified Freestyle rating. Kaysi has 11 years of coaching experience. She specializes in jump technique and moves in the field and is available as a primary coach geared towards USFS competitions and testing. 


Megan Berntson has been skating for nearly 25 years, and coaching for 10 years. She comes from Warwick, Rhode Island, where she enjoyed competing up to Silver Solo Ice Dancing as well as Senior level Synchronized Skating. She has passed the Pre-Gold Ice Dance test under the USFS testing structure. She loves to share her enthusiasm for the sport with skaters of all ages. Her PSA credentials include a Registered rating in Group Instruction and a Certified Pattern Dance rating. Megan specializes in Ice Dance instruction, as well as Basic Skills levels 1-6, and loves to coach skaters at competitions.  She is also excited to be one of the directors of the Atlanta Phoenix Ice Theatre


Krystal Ostrowski is a former senior level competitive skater. She has passed her Senior Freeskate and her Senior Moves in the Field test. Krystal has a BA in criminal justice/forensic science. She specializes in moves in the field, freeskate, basic skills, and is available as a primary coach. She trained under Aren Nielsen, Sherry Eddings, and Elizabeth Wright-Johnson.  Krystal also holds a Level 4 Certification in the hockey association and coached a Squirt AA travel championship team. She has a PSA Registered Rating in Group Instruction and Freestyle and a Certified Rating in Moves in the Field.


Lisa Reilly-Polunin is a former world ranked International Latin Ballroom Dance competitor.  She won the Ohio Star Ball Championships and was Silver medalist at the Pro Am World Championships in Miami.  She was the lead dancer in Walt Disney Worlds Splashtacular show and traveled the country as a featured performer with Disney.  Lisa was a company member of several modern and jazz companies in both Atlanta and Florida.  She has a PSA Registered Choreographer rating. She also has a Foundation Diploma in Sports Nutrition from Shaw Academy. Lisa is very enthusiastic about being one of the Directors of our Atlanta Phoenix Ice Theatre team.


Sindy Kim is a former competitive figure skater from South Korea with over 20 years of skating experience. She trained in many Olympic facilities including Toyota Sports Center in California and Korean National training center. She has passed her Senior Freeskate and Senior Moves in the Field under USFS testing structure. Sindy has 5 years of numerous international ice shows experience as principal skater including Disney on ice, Royal Caribbean, and Busch Gardens to name a few. She holds a PSA Registered Rating in Freestyle and is available as a primary coach.


Amy Kilheffer started skating at 11 years old in Charleston, SC. She has passed her Intermediate Moves in the Field test and Preliminary Freeskate test under the USFS testing structure. She continues to work on her own skating skills and is working on her Novice Moves in the Field test and Pre-Gold Ice Dance tests.  She initially started teaching Learn to Skate classes in high school and college and recently returned to skating.  She works full time in insurance and has a Bachelor's Degree in Classics and History. She specializes in Basic Skills and Adults.


Alina Sokolianski grew up in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She received a BS in Sport Sciences from Dnepropetrovsk State University. She relocated to the US in 1994 and has more that 15 years of skating experience. She has passed the Adult Bronze Moves in the Field, Adult Pre-Bronze Freeskate, and Preliminary Dance test under the USFS testing structure. Alina has a profound passion to prepare students for competition and testing and on which to develop more advanced skills and further training with students of all ages and various skill levels. Alina has a PSA Registered Level Rating in Free Skate and has a PSA Level I Ranking.  The majority of her students have successfully passed into Free Skate levels, Pre-Preliminary and above.


Vickie Marlin was a member of the Chattanooga Civic Ballet before she started skating at the age of 20.  She has passed the Adult Silver Freeskate and Intermediate Moves in the Field tests under the USFS testing structure.  She began coaching in 2002 and holds a PSA Certified rating in Group Instruction. Vickie specializes in Basic Skills and adults, and is available as a primary coach. Additionally, she was a public school teacher for 17 years and now tutors students in reading, writing, grammar, and English.


Barb McKee has taught every level of figure skating from Basic Skills to Adult Skating to Power Skating in the past forty-three (43) years.  In addition to teaching private lessons, She has coached 20 skaters to achieve Gold Test Level in multiple Figure Skating, and have also taught power skating and technical skating skills to numerous professional hockey players. She served as Head Coach for the Virginia Ice Delights Synchronized Skating Team for 20 years, coaching them to Silver Medalists level at the Midwestern Sectional Championship in both 2011 and 2012.  She is looking forward to teaching both group and private lessons.

  Benita Williams
  Nicole Zawojski