Talbot County, Maryland

Ice Instructors Bios

Sharon Corkran was one of the original coaches at the Talbot County Community Center and her love for teaching ice skating has not diminished over the years. Sharon taught and organized the first group of students who would travel to freestyle competitions representing The Talbot County Community Center. She also formed the first synchronized skating team, which also successfully competed under the banner of the Talbot County Community Center. She also helped create the Jamie Webb ice hockey program and was an original instructor in that program as well. Through the years Sharon has received instructor training from national, world, and Olympic coaches from Colorado Springs, Ohio, Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland. Sharon enjoys working with skaters of all ages in both in the Learn to Skate program and privately. Sharon believes that a good foundation is the key to becoming a good skater, whether in freestyle, ice dance, synchro, or hockey. But most of all she feels that skating should be a fun and enjoyable sport that can be enjoyed throughout one’s life.

 

Rebecca Crotti is a Learn to Skate instructor as well as a coach for the Talbot Figure Skating Team’s synchronized skating teams and their ensemble group.  Rebecca is a former freestyle competitor and was also a member of the University of Delaware Adult Synchronized Team who captured the silver medal at the US National Championships in 2010.  She is an accredited coach through Professional Skaters Association, a gold test judge with Ice Skating Institute, and has completed Gold Medal tests through US Figure Skating.  Rebecca has been trained in and offers private instruction in freestyle, field moves, choreography, and ice dancing.  She has 15 years of coaching experience instructing beginner, recreational, and competitive skaters.  

Larisa Frankoski   has 18 years of synchronized skating experience, she is a 12 time U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships competitor and 6 time U.S. Figure Skating National Medalist. She served as co-captain for the University of Delaware Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team where she competed in both the collegiate and senior divisions. Larisa continued to compete on the Team Delaware Adult Synchronized Skating Team, 2010 National Silver Medalists, and 2011 National Pewter Medalists. In addition to Synchro, Larisa has trained in the disciplines of Freestyle, Ice Dance, Moves in the Field and Choreography. Larisa is a certified figure skating coach through USFS, PSA and ISI.

Claire Gregory started figure skating at Talbot County Community Center at age 7 with the Learn to Skate program.  She graduated in 2011 from St. Joseph's University with a degree in Biology.  She is excited to return to Talbot County to be a part of the amazing coaching team. While at TCCC Claire participated in the Production and Synchronized Skating Teams as well as Freestyle Skating.

 

Yana Tsvetkova-Hanes was born in Moscow, Russia but grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Yana began skating at a young age taking figure skating lessons from Russian Coach, Svetlana Popova.  At age 8, Yana took 5th place in a national figure skating competition in Bulgaria.  Over the next five years, Yana competed at the national level and was ranked between 7th to 3rd place in the country.  Yana was approached at age 14 by Ivan Pandov, a famous speed skating coach, to pursue speed skating.  Over the next 9 years Yana participated in thirteen European World Cups and Championships.  In 2005, due to a back trauma, Yana stopped speed skating professionally and began coaching children in figure skating programs in Sofia, Bulgaria.  By 2008, Yana had made her way to the United States where she began coaching Speed Skating for the Maryland Special Olympics.  Recently, Yana began coaching Learn to Skate programs at Talbot County Parks and Recreation.  She is a true believer that sports are a great way for children to stay in shape, not only with physical strength, but also with good ethics and self-confidence.  

Megan Sienicki spent her youth skating everyday in Anchorage, Alaska and began taking ISI basic classes at the age of 5 years old. She skated and competed in the USFSA system, traveling often to competitions in the Pacific Northwest and competing at the Regional and Sectional Level. She has passed and competed up to the Junior Freestyle and Senior Moves-in-the-field. Starting at age 14 she began teaching learn to skate as a volunteer and after a year became a junior instructor teaching her own basic skills classes. After a year of that she became a senior instructor leading classes, testing students and spending most of her time with the higher level students and Freestyle classes. She also led power and edge classes with a few other coaches and enjoyed choreographing both group and individual numbers for club shows. A few months after leaving high school she got a call from Disney on Ice where she held a soloist position. Out of a cast of 50, there were only 3 female soloists and she was a Blue Fairy from Pinocchio. She got to fly in from the ceiling on a twinkling star and even got to carry a wand with pyro. She performed this role for 3 years and loved every minute.

Rebecca Smith started figure skating at the age of 10 in the Learn to Skate Program at Talbot County Community Center. Through the wonderful instruction from the coaches she began to realize that she wanted to skate more often and started taking private lessons from Larisa Frankoski. Within one year of skating she was already competing in I.S.I. In the past 8 years she has been a district championship competitor about 6 times along with competing in other district competitions throughout the year. To supplement her skating she traveled to the University of Delaware to take lessons in Ice Dance, Moves in the Field, and Freestyle. She also takes Ballet at an intermediate level to help optimize her skating abilities. She is currently at a Freestyle 6 level in I.S.I and at a Pre-Juvenile level in U.S.F.S.A. She loves to teach the kids how to skate and introduce people to the sport she loves so much.

 

 

 

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