Figure Skating/ISI competition


I want to compete in ISI competition. Do you need a private coach? I know there is a instructor signature on the application form, but can a group lesson coach sign that? I can choreograph by myself, but do I have to have a private coach for the registration?

Well this is tricky...technically I guess you can enter.  You will need to be tested to the level.  I would suggest having a coach for at least one lesson to make sure your elements are correct and all rules followed.  If your rink has a designated "Team Coach" for the competition this would help you.  At the competition if there are any problems again it is tricky with no one to help you.  If you were an experienced competitor no problem, but first time out could be tough.  
Talk to your Skating Director and see which coach is going to that event.  Maybe they would agree to check your routine and help you.  But make it clear that you are not looking for a private coach permanently.

Good luck and I hope you do well!

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Dianne DeLeeuw


I can answer questions about figure skating, choreography, ISI or USFS. Also questions about competing (my Olympic experience or your own competition). I`m a National referre for ISI. Recently I also have been appointed a National Technical Specialist for US Figure Skating. But remember I am not your substitute for a coach! They can see what you are doing! To correct or instruct you on manuevers is really not what I want to do.


Experience: World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, coaching all levels of skaters at in California. I coach all levels and ages of skating from tiny tots to adults, first timers to International competitors. I also do choreography, music editing, teach specialty classes and give seminars.

Organizations: US Figure Skating, ISI, PSA, All Year Figure Skating Club

Publications: Recreational Ice Skater, The Edge

Awards: 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1975 World Champion, 1976 European Champion, 6 time National Champion, US and Canadian Double Gold Medalist, 1999 ISI Great Skate Award, 2002 Woman of the Year

US Figure Skating category A certification

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