Nepean Skating Club | Coaches
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Our professional coaches are all certified by the National Coaching Certification Program and are registered with Skate Canada as Professional Coaches. They are totally dedicated to the sport of skating and have a variety of personal achievements, both as skaters and coaches. Find out a little more about their backgrounds and coaching philosophies.

Leonid Birinberg


26 Years of Coaching Experience

  • NCCP Level 3 certified, working on Level 4
  • Singles,
  • stroking,
  • conditioning,
  • skating skills,
  • interpretive,
  • choreography and
  • off-ice training
Coaching Philosophy

I believe that sport, and physical activity in general, stimulates growth and leads to improved physical and emotional health.  Sport specifically aids in the social and psychological development of a person.  Figure Skating requires self-discipline, perseverance, and determination; these skills can be applied to every aspect of a skater’s life.

I thoroughly enjoy working with skaters of all ages and levels, helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Certifications & Education:
  • 2014 – Designation of Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), representing the highest attainable membership with Coaches of Canada
  • 2014 – Highest level of education, experience and ethics coaching certificate
  • 1992 – Diploma of Figure Skating Coach and Sports Teacher, (equivalent of Bachelor of Science in Sport and Physical Education) from Moscow Institute
Areas of Specialization

Singles; Jumps; off-ice training; stroking; conditioning; skating skills;

Most Recent Professional Highlights:


  • Coached bronze medalist at ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom, Russia (Senior Ladies, 2015)
  • Coached  to 5th place at Junior Worlds , Bulgaria (Junior Ladies, 2014)
  • Coached to 7th place at Junior Worlds, Italy (Junior Ladies, 2013)


  • Coached silver medalist at Canadian National Championship (Senior Ladies, 2015)
  • Coached bronze medalist at Canadian National championship (Novice Men, 2014)


  • 1st place at Skate Ontario Championship , Juvenile Women U11
  • 1st place at  2014 Skate Ontario Super Series, Pre-Novice Men
  • 2nd place at 2015  Eastern Ontario Sectionals, Pre- Novice Men

Private Lesson fee:  $15.00 – 15min

Group Lesson fee:    2 skaters – 15min  – $8.75  per skater

                                     3 skaters – 15min – $6.60 per skater

                                     4 skaters – 15min – $4.95 per skater

HST (13%) will be charged on above services

Competition Expenses: Travel, meals & accommodation to be shared by competitors.

Louise Dimmick


14 Years of Coaching Experience


National Coach Trained in Singles

Provincial Coach Certified in Dance

Professional highlights

Currently coach skaters of all levels in competition and test from Canskate to Gold and Junior competitive including those competing at Sectionals and qualifying for Skate Canada Challenge and Canadians.


15min Private: $11.50

15min Semi-Private: $6.50

Group Lessons:

15min – 3 skaters: $4.50

15min – 4 skaters: $3.75

Available to teach:
  • Freeskate,
  • Skating Skills,
  • Stroking/Footwork,
  • Choreography,
  • Dance,
  • Off-ice
Bilingual: English/French

Dan Gordon

Over 30 Years of Coaching Experience


NCCP Level 3 certified

Coaching Philosophy

On a personal level Dan has achieved Gold level in Figures, Freeskate and Dance. He has coached all levels of skaters from Canskate to international figure skating medalists. His skaters have passed levels from Preliminary to Senior Competitive tests.


$15.00 per 15min


  • Singles,
  • Dance and
  • Pairs

Jill Leonard

Sara Davidson

15+ years of coaching experience

Certification: National Coach – Trained, Singles

Coaching Philosophy: The best part of coaching is helping skaters of all ages and skill levels achieve their personal goals, no matter how big or how small. Watching skaters become enthusiastic, self-motivated and develop their own passion for skating increases my love and commitment to our amazing sport. Seeing them succeed at test days, competitions, tryouts and ice shows makes me so proud of their courage and hard work.

Available to teach: freeskate, skating skills, dance tests, interpretive, synchro skills, adults

Areas of Specialization: STARskate, Competitive, Synchro, Adults

Bilingual: English/French

Rate: $12.50 per 15 min 

Lenka Seniglova


5 Years of Coaching Experience


NCCP Level 2 certified in Singles, Level 3 theory


Coaching Philosophy

I strive to help skaters in developing their full potential and achieving their goals while making the learning process educational and enjoyable. Figure skating has been my passion since I was four years old. Having an athletic career in figure skating has taught me more than just spins and jumps. I have acquired skills that help me in my everyday life including discipline, dedication, time- management, fair play, hard work, and persistence to name just a few. I would like to pass on what I have learned through my experiences to my students.

Lenka represented the Czech Republic at the 2001 European Championship and at the 2001 Worlds. She has competed internationally and also did an ice show tour in the UAE.


Private Lesson $12.00 per 15 mins

Group Lesson 14.00 per 15 mins

Lori Walker


19 Years of Coaching Experience


NCCP Level 2 certified

  • Free Skate,
  • Skills,
  • Dance,
  • Synchro
Coaching Philosophy

I have much dedication and appreciation for my sport. I enjoy working with skaters of all ages and abilities. I want to motivate my skaters to develop a positive approach towards figure skating while having fun and working hard. I want them to develop into the best athletes/people they can be.

Lori skated for a Nepean Skating Club synchronized skating team for 5 years (team was National Champs 2008-2009 season). Lori has taught skaters of many ages and levels from Canskate to Starskate and also adult programs.

Coaching Experience

Taught skaters of many ages and levels from CanSkate to StarSkate (Preliminary to Senior Silver levels) and adult programs

Coached skaters at club competitions and test days

Skated for 20 years back home near Sudbury (Valley East Skating Club) and started my professional coaching there in 2002

2007 to present- CanSkate and StarSkate coach for the Nepean Skating Club

2008-2013 CanSkate and StarSkate coach for the Metcalfe Figure Skating Club


$11.00 per 15min

Mary Yarush

613 762 2495

37 Years of Coaching Experience


Level 3 certified singles and pairs

Completed 7/12 level 4 courses

Attend seminars regularly in order to stay current with updates/rule changes/guidelines

  • Free Skate
  • Pair Skating
Coaching Philosophy

I am dedicated to helping skaters achieve personal goals by installing a well-rounded on and off ice routine.  At the same time, I would like to ensure that skaters use and value life skills learned from experiences with skating.

My goal is not just to develop skaters, but to develop people.

Areas of Specialization
  • Choreography
  • Free Skate and Pair skating
  • Competitive and STARskate
  • Working with young children
  • Working with hockey/ringette skaters
Most recent Professional Highlights
  • Sectionals 2014 juvenile men u14.        2nd
  • EOSIC 2014. Juvenile men u14.            1st
  • Ontario Winter Games 2014 Juv men    1st
  • Sectionals 2015 Pre-Novice Men.          1st
  • Qualified pre-nov man 2015 Skate Canada Challenge


  • EOSIC 2014 pre ladies.                           2nd
  • EOSIC 2015 pre-juv ladies.           4 th & 2nd
  • Two qualified for skate ontario 2015


  • EOSIC 2014 pre men.                              1st
  • EOSIC 2015 pre-juv men.                        1st
  • Provincials pre-juv men.                 5 th

$12 per 15min (private lesson)

Competition expenses (travel,meals,accommodation). Cost shared with competitors

Nathan Last

I am a Skate Canada Regional level coach and I began teaching skating in 2008. I have passed my Senior Competitive Singles, Junior Competitive Pairs, and Gold levels in Freeskate, Skills, Dance, and Interpretive. In addition to my experience as a competitive skater, I traveled the world performing in professional ice shows including Disney on Ice. I have also completed my Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree through Carleton University.

Coaching Philosophy

I am dedicated to assisting skaters achieve their individual goals by being passionate, committed, and entertaining. I believe accountability is paramount to the success of any athlete and I work with skaters to help them find a balance between training and life.


I am available to teach skaters in the following disciplines:

  • Pairs
  • Freeskate
  • Skating Skills
  • Stroking/Power
  • Choreography
  • Interpretive
  • Dance
  • Off-Ice

Contact information


Coaching Fees

Rate is per skater for 15 minutes

Private (1): $10

Semi Private (2-3): $6.00

Group (4+): $3.15

Micheline Metcalfe

My coaching philosophy

First and foremost, is to infuse in all of my skaters, both young and the young at heart, an enthusiasm for skating. I believe that in order for my students to achieve their personal best, I need to have a consistent, positive, fun and encouraging approach.  I focus on quality basics and techniques to provide my skaters with a solid background to achieve their future dreams and goals. I strive to provide my services to the best of my ability at all times, and I further believe that the “skating experience” offers life skills that transcend a person’s time on the ice.  Skate For Life!

For the past 40 years, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching test skaters from Pre-Can Skate through to Gold level and competitive skaters from Pre-Juvenile to International levels. I’ve coached medalists in all disciplines and in all levels, including synchronized skating.

Fully certified NCCP Level IV – High Performance Coach

  • 1988 World Professional Ice Dance Champion
  • Professional Choreographer
  • Synchronized Skating coach
  • CanSkate certified
  • Skate Canada Mentor coach
  • Fully Certified Level 2 Pairs
  • 1986 North American Open Silver Medalist
  • 1995 Inducted into Goulbourn Sports Hall of Fame
  • National Competitor – Single ladies and Dance
  • International competitor – Dance
  • Started coaching in 1978

Personal Test Levels Achieved:

  • Gold FreeSkate
  • Gold Dance
  • Gold Free Dance
  • Gold Figures
  • Gold Skills
  • Senior Competitive Dance
  • Junior Competitive Singles
  • Junior Competitive Pairs

Areas of Specialization:

  • Fundamentals of skating/figures
  • Free Skate
  • Dance including Diamond dances
  • Competitive and Starskate
  • Edge Work/Stroking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Professional Choreographer
  • Synchro
  • Adults


Rate: Available upon request.

Off Ice

Leonid Birinberg


Technical Training Instructor

Leonid Birinberg graduated with a Bachelor of Sports, specializing in Physical Education and Sport; he also holds the Canadian designation of ChPC (Chartered Professional Coach). For over twenty years, Leonid has focused on training figure skaters from StarSkate to the International level. Leonid combines the two components, on and off ice, to optimize each skater’s skills, allowing the athlete to reach their full potential.

Dylan Harries

Fitness Instructor

Dylan Harries {B. Rec., B.Sc. (HK), C.A.T} is a renowned fitness presenter who travels the world inspiring his participants with his passion and knowledge of all forms of physical activity. With over 22 years of fitness experience, Dylan is a Regional Director for the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa Canada. In his spare time, he is an award winning athletic trainer and performance coach. Dylan is CALA (Trainer), CFP (PTS/FIS), SPI (2), YMCA (Master Trainer), Gym-Stick (Aqua Master Trainer), HydroRider (Trainer), Spinning (star 2), Bender Ball (Master Trainer), Pilates (Diane Miller Method), Bosu, TRX and NCCP (2) certified.

Irina Shivrina

Dance Instructor

Irina Shivrina is certified as a Fitness Instructor (Russia) and Master of Choreography (Russia) and holds a Level 1 NCCP Certification (Canada) in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Irina has been teaching a variety of classical and contemporary dance modalities for the past 23 years and thrives on seeing her students stretch their boundaries and achieve their personal goals.