Brooklyn Blades on Ice Directors: GraceAnn Demarest & Elizabeth Misson
GraceAnn and Elizabeth are sisters and have been directors of Brooklyn’s Learn-To-Skate Program since 2000.
GraceAnn has been involved in figure skating for more than 30 years. She has been teaching both private lessons and group lessons since 1996.
GraceAnn was a performer for Disney On Ice for 2 years, along with her husband, Chris, who is also a professional figure skating instructor.
As a competitive skater, GraceAnn has completed both her Gold (Senior) Moves In The
Field test, as well as her Gold (Senior) Freeskate test.
GraceAnn is also a mom of 3.
“As a skating coach it is my job to help a student learn proper technique, build upon self-confidence, develop their creativity, and set goals. Whether it is landing their first axel or learning how to glide on one foot across the ice, I love to see a skater accomplish what they have worked hard for.”
Elizabeth has been involved in figure skating for more than 30 years. She has been teaching both private lessons and group lessons since 1998.
Elizabeth is a U.S. Figure Skating quadruple gold-medalist, having accomplished the Senior (Gold) Moves In The Field, Senior (Gold) Freeskating, Senior (Gold) Ice Dancing and Senior (Gold) Free Dance tests. She has also accomplished her Senior (Gold) Freeskating test in Canada.
She is an American Ice Theatre Certified Choreographer, a member of the Professional Skater’s Association and writes blog articles for Learn-to-Skate USA and usfigureskating.org.
As a competitive singles skater, Elizabeth competed Regionally for 13 years through the Senior level, and twice at the National Collegiate Championships as a Senior competitor.
Elizabeth is a mom of 2 boys and a stepmom. She also works as a Communications Specialist at Cleveland Clinic.
“I love to teach skating for the simple joy of seeing my students learn, progress and have fun! I believe that skating has so much more to offer than gold medals and the lessons that you learn from working hard and striving to achieve your goals are lessons that can be applied to all aspects of life”
Chris has been involved in figure skating for more than 25 years. He has been teaching both private lessons and group lessons for 18 years.
Chris was a performer for Disney On Ice for 2 years, along with is wife, GraceAnn, who is also a professional figure skating instructor.
As a competitive skater, Chris has completed both his Gold (Senior) Moves In The Field test, as well as his Gold (Senior) Freeskate test and Novice Free Dance test. Chris competed in the Regional, Sectional, and National Collegiate levels in the Senior Men’s division, and both Regionally and Sectionally as a competitive ice dancer.
Chris is also a dad of 3, and works at MRI Software in Solon, Ohio.
Heather has been involved in figure skating for more than 30 years. She teaches both private lessons and group lessons and has taught many skaters from their first steps on the ice through high school graduation and beyond.
Heather is part of a ‘skating family’ – her husband, Briant Galgas is a hockey coach. Her daughter is a figure skater, and her two sons also play competitive hockey.
Cheryl has been teaching both group and private lessons for 20 years, and has been with Brooklyn Blades on Ice for more than 15 years. As a skater, Cheryl has accomplished her Intermediate Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile Freeskating and Prelimiary Dance tests. Cheryl still enjoys skating for fun and wishes to take more skating tests in the future.
“I enjoy teaching skating to both children and adults and helping them accomplish their goals. I feel that it is important to have fun and also learn proper technique. Skating is positive activity and is a great way to stay in shape, maintain your overall health and a great way to socialize!”
Rachel has been skating for more than 11 years and has been a volunteer instructor for five years. She is a competitive singles skater and has also competed nationally with the Ice Theatre of Cleveland.
Rachel is a U.S. Figure Skating triple gold-medalist, having accomplished her Senior (Gold) Moves in the Field, Senior (Gold) Freeskating and Senior (Gold) Solo Free Dance.
She loves performing, choreographing, teaching, and connecting with students, and aspires to be a master rated coach in Moves in the Field, Ice Dance and Freestyle. Rachel is currently a College Credit Plus student focusing on Early Childhood Education, Nutrition and Psychology.
“My favorite things about teaching are seeing skaters have fun and helping them reach their goals. I believe it’s crucial to help skaters master their technique to build the confidence and skills in preparation for the next level. Skating is a great sport to be involved in because it provides useful life lessons as well as lifelong friendships. I have always had a very positive experience with skating, and I hope to share that with my skaters.”
Kaelynn has been skating for more than 10 years and is recent graduate of Avon High School.
She has accomplished her Senior (Gold) Moves in the Field, Gold Solo Free Dance, Pre-Silver Dance and Novice Free Skate tests.
Kaelynn is an avid participant in the U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase event, where she earned the Pewter Medal in the 2018 Teen Dramatic event, and the Gold Medal in the 2019 Senior Interpretive Event.
“I love teaching skating to help my students learn new skills, accomplish their goals, and watch them grow as skaters.”
Caitlyn has been skating for more than 5 years, and is a member of the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club and the Padua High School Skating Team. She has competed in the U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase competition, as well as the Ohio High School Figure Skating Championship where her team has won two state titles.
“What I love about teaching Learn-to-Skate is getting to see the kids learn and improve every week while having fun! I love being a Learn-to-Skate instructor and forming bonds with all the children I teach. I always look forward to seeing my students every week and helping them grow and learn.”
In her eighth year of skating, Chloe is a Junior at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. She is a singles skater who competes locally and nationally; including the Ohio High School Team Championships and National Showcase events. Chloe has passed Novice Moves in the Field and Juvenile Free Skating and continues to work towards achieving U.S. Gold Medalist in both.
“My favorite part about teaching is seeing smiling faces when kids learn to do a new skill or pass on to the next level. I love knowing that I am impacting the next generation of skaters.”
Michelle has been skating for 20 years and has been teaching for more than 14 years. Michelle has accomplished her Preliminary Moves in the Field and her Pre-Preliminary Freeskating tests.
Michelle won a gold medal in her division at the Adult Midwestern Sectional Championships in 2004. She has competed with an Adult Synchronized skating team. While she was on the team, they qualified for U.S. Nationals twice in Synchro adult masters and won a pewter medal.
She has coached skaters that have competed in local basic skills competitions and has also coached a Basic Skills Synchronized team.
“I love sports, skating in particular, and I love to see kids involved in positive, healthy endeavors that help them grow and stay out of trouble. I love to see the sense of accomplishment when a new skill is learned, especially when they didn’t think they could do it.”
Eric is a U.S. National Medalist, A 3-time U.S. National Team Member, and a U.S. National Collegiate Champion.
Eric has been coaching Private Instruction to skaters since 1998. He is an active, rated Member of the Professional Skaters Association.
“I enjoy passing on the love I have of skating to others. Skating is a very freeing feeling. There’s nothing like it in the world. It teaches individuals the value of hard work, determination, patience, focus, and dedication. These are all very important life lessons that will be key ingredients to success in life.”