Camps, Clinics and Tournaments

Ice Skating: Summer Figure Skating School


August 6-10, 2018

Take your skating to the next level with Michigan Tech’s Summer Figure Skating School at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. All skaters, beginner through advanced, will learn new skills and techniques through private lessons with our highly qualified coaching staff.

US Figure Skating (USFS) test session - August 10, 2018

In conjunction with the Michigan Tech Summer Figure Skating School, the Copper Country Skating Academy will sponsor its annual test session Friday, August 10. Skaters not registered for our summer program are welcome to participate in the test session as well. Please note that Alexandr will only be testing Partnering through Internationals (Cha-Cha, Rhumba and Samba).

Test registration will be available on EntryEeze beginning TBA. Test registrations must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., TBA. Late applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., TBA, space permitting and with a $25 late fee. Only online applications will be accepted.

For skaters who are not members of CCSA, please email or mail completed permission to test forms to Debra Charlesworth (; 711 W. Edwards Ave, Houghton MI 49931).

Permission to Test Forms

For more information or questions regarding the test session, please contact CCSA's Test Chair, Debra Charlesworth at

Session Guidelines

Sessions are open to skaters of all levels. Private lessons will be provided by coaches contracted by Michigan Tech. Skaters must indicate on their registration form the number of lessons requested and their first, second, and third choice for coaches. Coaching assignments will first be made based on the order of the registrations received, but all requests may not be able to be honored regarding the amount of lessons and coaching desired.

Session Schedule

Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018
8:00-8:45am Open General Session
8:45-9:30am Open General Session
9:30-10:15am Open General Session
10:15am Resurface
10:30-11:15am Open General Session
11:15am-12:00pm Open General Session
12:00-12:45pm Open General Session
12:45pm Resurface
1:00-1:45pm Open General Session
1:45-2:30pm Open General Session
2:30-3:15pm Open General Session
3:15pm Resurface
3:30-4:15pm Open General Session
4:15-5:00pm Open General Session
5:00-5:45pm Open General Session

Professional Coaching Staff

Coaching fees are based on 15-minute private lessons and are paid at the end of the week, directly to your coach. Skaters must indicate on their registration form the number of lessons requested and their first, second, and third choice for coaches in each discipline. Coaching assignments will be made on a first-come first-served basis.

Alexandr Kirsanov, Guest Dance Partner/Coach—$24

Alexandr (Sasha) is currently a member of the Professional Skating Staff at the University of Delaware Training Center. A former International Ice Dance Competitor, Sasha is now a Junior National, National, and Junior World Coach.

Marcie Kierpiec, Guest Coach—$21

Marcie has been a part of Michigan Tech's Summer School coaching staff for more than 25 years, and she brings with her 33 years of coaching experience. She is a Junior National Coach who spent 19 years in Delaware as a staff professional at both the University of Delaware Training Center and the Skating Club of Wilmington and now currently resides in Michigan. She has to her credit US and Canadian Gold Dances, Senior and Junior International Dances, Novice Freestyle, Silver Free Dance, 6th Figure and is a certified Level 4 hockey coach with USA Hockey. Marcie coaches all levels of dance, choreography, moves in the field and P.O.W.E.R. Hockey, and specializes in the latter two disciplines. In addition to her skating and coaching credentials, Marcie holds both a BA (Michigan State University, ’91) and MA (West Chester University, ’11) in French. She recently completed her BS degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in strength and conditioning at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. In addition to coaching figure skating at various camps in Michigan and Wisconsin, she is a full time P.O.W.E.R. Skating instructor and off-ice strength coach for Tier 1 AAA hockey teams in the metro Detroit area.

Elena Rodrigues, Guest Coach—$16

Elena Rodrigues is a USFS Gold Medalist in Freestyle, Moves, Dance and Solo Free Dance and has passed all International Dances. She has 11 years' teaching experience, has been on the coaching staff for the Michigan Tech Summer Figure Skating School since 2013 and currently coaches at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, WI. She specializes in teaching all levels of freestyle, choreography, and moves in the field but has also had much success coaching skaters through high level ice dance tests. She has passed the Registered Free Skate, Registered Moves, Registered Sports Science and Basic Accreditation exams through the Professional Skaters Association. She is also a coach to Regional competitors at the qualifying level. As a skater, Elena was an ISU Junior World, ISU Four Continents, and Winter University Games competitor. Elena earned a BS in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University with a double minor in Coaching and Management and Organizations where she competed for both the Miami University Synchronized Skating program and also the Intercollegiate Freestyle Team. At present in addition to coaching, Elena is pursuing a nursing degree with an expected graduation date of December 2017. 

Jennifer Bukovich—$12.50

Jennifer Bukovich has been involved in figure skating for 31 years. She has tested through her Adult Freestyle, Adult gold, Adult Moves, Junior Moves, Pre Gold Dance, and Novice Freestyle. During her skating career, she competed in several states, which included regional competitions. Jennifer has 17 years of coaching experience and can teach through the Gold levels in all disciplines.

Jessica Comfort—$12

Jessica is a member of the Copper Country Skating Academy professional coaching staff. She has earned her USFS Gold Medal in Dance. Also to her credit are Canadian Gold Dances, Intermediate Freestyle, Novice Moves in the Field, 3rd Figure and Intermediate Free Dance. She has 20 years of active coaching experience including Basic Skills, small group instruction and private lesson instruction working with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Sherry Karnosky—$10

Currently coaching for the Copper Country Skating Academy, Sherry has been skating for 38 years and teaching professionally for the past 24 years. Along with coaching, Sherry was an USFS trial and appointed Judge for eight years. She has a BS and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaching certificates gained in Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan. Areas of expertise include the compulsory dances from Preliminary to Gold and the development of posture and carriage for dance, along with the Moves in the Field (Pre Pre to Juvenile) and Freeskating (Pre Pre through Pre Juvenile).

Sara Rutz—$10

Sara is a member of the Copper Country Skating Academy coaching staff with 16 years' coaching experience. She is the former director of the Michigan Tech Learn to Skate Program and the Summer Skating School and has worked with skaters of all ages and levels. Sara earned a degree in Elementary Education from Alma College and currently teaches at Houghton Elementary School.


Registration Fee

A $30 registration fee is required of all Figure Skating School participants.

On-ice, 45-minute Practice Session Fee

  • 10 sessions or less per week: $16 per session
  • 11–20 sessions per week: $15 per session
  • 21 or more sessions per week:  $14 per session
  • Drop in on any session: $18 per session (Purchase session in the SDC Recreation Office.)

Deadline to register: July 23, 2018

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Refunds, minus a $50 cancellation fee, are refundable until July 23. After July 23, refunds will be issued for medical reasons only.

Special Requirements

A packet of required forms will be sent to participants via email once their application is processed. The required forms must be submitted prior to the start of camp.

Based on the nature of the Michigan Tech Figure Skating School and variable programming for each individual, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that their child is picked up by an authorized release person each day.

Meet the Coordinator

Jada Gullstrand

Jada Gullstrand is the Director of Recreation, Programming and Membership at the Student Development Complex. She joined the Athletics and Recreation Department at Michigan Tech in 2010.

Prior to returning to her roots, Gullstrand spent 6 years as the Marketing and Programs Manager at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy. Following her time in Florida, she was hired as the Marketing Manager for FMC Ice Sports in Pembroke, Massachusetts where she worked in the Corporate Office and oversaw 22 ice rinks throughout the state for programming, membership and special events promotion.

She is a 2002 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Gullstrand and her husband, Ben, have two sons, Gage and Gunner. They reside in Houghton, Mich.

Phone: 906-487-2975