Off-Ice Instructors – Vancouver Skating Club
Ariyanna Pascuzzi – Pilates instructor
Ariyanna has been involved in drama, musical theatre, and dance since childhood. She spent her earlier years dancing with the Goh ballet after which she trained with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. In 1998 Ariyanna studies Pilates through the New York Physical Mind Institute achieving her teaching diploma in the true Joseph Pilates method including the use of the movement for rehabilitative purposes. Her resume also includes choreographing musicals for Collingwood School as well as many other High/Elementary school productions. She currently owns "The Movement Connection" Company, teaching at various locations and schools on the North Shore.
Lisa Northrop – B. Sc. (Kinesiology)
CSCS, TSCC – L3: SPINCYCLE
Lisa is a Senior Sport Conditioning Coach at Twist Conditioning Inc, and has over 5 years of private and group coaching experience. She coaches a variety of athletes including dancers, figure skaters and gymnasts (trampoline jumpers). As an athlete herself, Lisa grew up competing in figure skating and has instructed skaters on and off the ice for more than 10 years. Passionate about sport performance and optimal heath, Lisa is also study to be a registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Lori Fung – Flexibility coach
Lori Fung has been working on flexibility with skaters at the VSC for many years. She was the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics. She has many accomplishments including Canadian National Team Coach since 1991, the original founder of Club Elite Rhythmics in Vancouver, as well as Member of the BC and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Lori’s class will focus on improvements in the skaters range of motion of all joints. The benefits of such training include: injury prevention with greater range of movement, skaters having the capacity to perform more difficult skills, improvements in the versatility of choreography for the skater, improvement in overall extension of body line, as well as improved shape and amplitude of the positions needed for spirals, spins, and basic landing glide form. Lori would like to remind all skaters that while flexibility work once /week will be suitable to make improvements, it is imperative that flexibility be worked on daily, not just during class time!
Marni Robson – Dance/Flexibility instructor
Marni Robson is the founder of I Can Dance!, a program that has grown to include Creative Ballet, Tap’n Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz/Hip Hop and the energized STOMPnBOYZ. Marni performed with Prowess Dancearts in New York City and Lynx Performance in Los Angeles. She choreographed the 60’s musical HAIR at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego. Marni credits master teacher Earling Sunde, of the Royal Ballet, for her teaching skills. She has served as an artist-in-residence with California Center for Arts and California State University at San Marcos. She has been teaching for 19 years. She will oversee the dance components of the VSC off-ice program, as she has for the past 2 years. She will focus on performance, form, flexibility as well as creative movement to music.