At Central Park Ice, our coaches aim to develop young athletes capable of competing at high levels in synchronized skating as well as in life. We emphasize developing strong teamwork skills alongside the technical and performance demands of the sport. We aim to challenge our skaters both on and off the ice and also offer many opportunities for our skaters to develop as leaders.
Ashley grew up dancing and figure skating in Connecticut. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance. While at Columbia, she founded the NYC Intercollegiate synchro team and brought the team to the National Championships. She started her coaching career at Wollman Rink and is currently on the coaching staff at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink. Ashley is a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field, holds a Basic Accreditation and CER level A from the Professional Skaters Association, and is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Off the ice, she teaches barre and conditioning classes. She has coached teams to Sectional and State Championships and excited to continue the Central Park Ice tradition of excellence at Chelsea Piers!
Shannon is a graduate of the the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and minor degrees in Spanish and Figure Skating Coaching. She represented UD on the collegiate synchronized skating team for 4 years, and won a silver medal at Nationals in 2012. Shannon went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at NYU, finishing in May 2015. She is now a licensed DPT, practicing at Esprit Wellness in Midtown. Shannon is thrilled to be back in New York City and is looking forward to working with all of the Central Park Ice skaters!
Deanna grew up a proud member of the New York synchronized skating community. She competed at the Juvenile level as a member of Team Image from 1999 to 2001 and then at the Novice and Junior levels as a member of the Skyliners from 2002 to 2008. Deanna was a member of the first Skyliners team to earn an international assignment, competing as a member of Team USA during the 2007-2008 season. After earning her BA in Economics and International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2012, Deanna remained in DC and coached with the Capitol Steps from 2012-2014 and DC EDGE from 2014-2016. Deanna is currently a Senior Associate Director of Data Analytics at Uncommon Schools, a charter management organization. She is very excited to be joining the Central Park Ice coaching staff!
Amanda Johnson currently serves as Deputy Director of The Oliver Scholars Program, an educational nonprofit that prepares high-achieving, under-resourced students for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges. Amanda received her BA from Drew University and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She then spent six years at Figure Skating in Harlem, first as Assistant Skating Director and Academic Coordinator, and then as Director of Programming. Amanda was one of the founding coaches of Figure Skating in Harlem’s synchronized skating program. Amanda’s work with underrepresented students earned her Drew University’s 2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award. In her spare time, Amanda serves as a mentor with Of Home, Family, and Future, an organization that helps students from the foster care system succeed in college. She also sits on Brooklyn Ice’s Junior Board.
Jenny grew up skating in Lexington, MA. For four years she skated with Hayden’s synchronized skating teams, including one year with the Haydenettes. She competed in the 2006 French Cup and the 2006 World Synchronized Skating Championships in Prague, Czech Republic as a member of Team USA. Jenny graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a major in Journalism and Anthropology and a minor in Ethics. She now works as a Production Assistant at the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Jenny can’t wait to get back on the ice to help coach the Central Park teams this season!
Hideko grew up skating at Wollman Rink and Chelsea Piers. For over a decade, she balanced school and skating throughout her years at Dalton. As a member of the Skyliners Junior synchronized skating team, she was on Team USA and competed in multiple international competitions, was a two-time Junior World Challenge Cup competitor in 2010 and 2011, a Junior National Champion in 2011. She is also a double gold medalist in Moves-In-The-Field and Ice Dance. Hideko is a recent graduate of Hamilton College, where she double majored in Art History and Visual Arts and is now working at Sears-Peyton Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea. She is so excited to be joining the Central Park Ice family!