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The Vail Recreation District has welcomed nationally and internationally-known figure skating coaches to its staff to elevate Dobson Ice Arena's learn to skate programs. George Selimos, Robyn Sudkamp, Carolyn Skoczen-Kooiman and Anneliese Rooney will bring with them a broad history of coaching, show skating and competitive figure skating to the ice arena.


Tara Lane  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |  970-331-4819
All ages & levels. Beginning skating, all figure skating levels, power skating for hockey 

Tara Lane started coaching in 1988 and has been coaching figure skating and hockey power skating at Dobson Ice Arena since 2006. Lane's coaching style fosters education for skaters and their parents, progressive techniques for skills development and helping skaters reach their true potential both on and off the ice. Lane says she's excited to work with the new coaches and watch Dobson's skaters foster new skills and techniques, while they have fun in a safe and friendly environment. Lane's competitive history includes competing at the Sectional level for several years in individual figure skating. Additionally, Tara has earned her USFSA Gold Medals (passing through senior level) in figures, freestyle, moves in the field and dance, in addition to two international dances and is a Professional Skaters Association (PSA) Master Rated Coach. Lane is very successful with her figure skating students in basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, choreography and power skating. In addition, she coaches power skating for hockey players and teams of all ages and abilities. She is the head coach and owner of "Power On Ice" power skating clinics and camps in the Vail Valley, has helped with nationally-recognized power skating programs (Laura Stamm and Robbie Glantz) and was the power skating coach for National Hockey League Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier's summer TNT hockey camps. Tara also enjoys water skiing and snow skiing with her husband Matt, is a Motivational Speaker on a national level for multiple sclerosis patient advocacy and enjoys helping the Multiple Sclerosis Community.

Carolyn Skoczen-Kooiman  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | 303-669-7769
All ages & levels.  Beginning skating and all figure skating levels

Carolyn Skoczen-Kooiman had a successful amateur skating career including being the 1977 Junior World Champion, represented Canada at international competitions and is a Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) triple gold medalist in freestyle, dance and figures. Following retirement from competitive skating, she toured with International Ice Capades professional ice show. Following her ice show experience, Skoczen-Kooiman began her coaching career in Michigan and later moved to the Chicago area where she co-coached U.S. National Champion, Nicole Bobek. Carolyn has also coached in Denver prior to moving to the Vail Valley. She recently moved with her family to the Vail Valley and has been teaching at the Beaver Creek outdoor rink for the past year. She says she is excited to be back in the skating world and to share her passion for skating with other coaches and skaters of all ages and abilities. "I skate for the love and passion of the sport," said Skoczen-Kooiman. "It's my goal to teach with that same passion and love supporting whatever student goals."

Robyn Sudkamp & George Selimos | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | 720-207-4053 
All ages & levels.  Beginning skating and all figure skating levels

As a motivated and energetic professional skater, Robyn Sudkamp teaches all areas of figure skating to assist in developing and working on individual goals and aspirations. Sudkamp's figure skating pairs history includes National Novice Pair Bronze Medalist, Sectional Novice Pair Champion and Regional Novice Pair Champion in 1991. She also competed as a Sectional Junior Pair and Ladies Competitor in 1992. Professionally, Sudkamp has traveled across the nation and the world performing for Disney on Ice, Royal Caribbean, New York Ice Theater and a live performance on the Today Show in 2002. Sudkamp teaches pairs both on and off the ice and works with pairs on lifts, tricks and choreography. According to Sudkamp, she's excited to bring her highly competitive performing arts knowledge to Dobson Ice Arena and teach area skaters on all elements of figure skating and pairs skating.

Professional figure skater George Selimos brings a commitment to growing the sport and art of figure skating to Dobson Ice Arena. Selimos' figure skating pairs competitive history includes skating at the Canadian National Championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004, as well as a 2001 Bronze Alberta Provincial medalist, 2003 Silver Alberta Provincial medalist and 2004 Gold Alberta Provincial medalist. He has also earned his Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) Gold Medals (passing through senior level) in figures, free skate and moves in field and dance. Selimos' professional background includes skating internationally and nationally with performances at Busch Gardens/Sea World Parks and Entertainment, Live with Regis and Kelly, Royal Caribbean, Royal Glenora Club, Disney on Ice and many charitable events to name a few. A Professional Skating Association (PSA) coach based in Denver, Selimos says his desire is to enrich skaters of all backgrounds and ages and to have students thrive as skaters and performers.