Coaches

Teams Elite has built a professional, dedicated and inspiring coaching team, both on ice and off. Our coaches work closely with skaters and families to help them progress to their highest level of achievement in the sport of synchronized skating.

On Ice Coaches

Danielle Ostrower

Director of Synchronized Skating

Heach Coach:  Junior, Novice, Intermediate, Juvenile

  • 2020 Team USA World Junior Team Head Coach; Spring Cup Silver Medalists, French Cup 5th place
  • 2019-2020 Junior World Team Members, Juvenile and Novice National Gold Medalists, Junior Silver Medalists and Intermediate Bronze Medalists
  • 2019-2020 PSA Developmental Coach of the Year Nominee
  • 2018-2019: First Junior team to become Team USA in its inaugural season, 2019 Spring Cup Gold Medalists, 2019 National Bronze Medalists
  • 2018-2019: Novice and Intermediate National Silver Medalists, Juvenile National Pewter Medalists
  • 2017-2018: Intermediate National Gold Medalists, Juvenile National Bronze Medalists, Novice National Pewter Medalists
  • 2016-2017: Juvenile National Bronze Medalists
  • 2015-2016: Juvenile National Silver Medalists and Intermediate National Pewter Medalists
  • As a skater, Danielle skated on behalf of Chicago Jazz from 1998-2006 and most notably part of Team USA from 2002-2006 earning a World Junior Challenge Cup Bronze Medal in 2006.

Lauren Roman

Assistant Coach:  Junior, Novice, Intermediate, Juvenile

  • 2020 Team USA World Junior Team Assistant Coach; Spring Cup Silver Medalists, French Cup 5th place
  • 2019-2020 Junior World Team Members, Juvenile and Novice National Gold Medalists, Junior Silver Medalists and Intermediate Bronze Medalists
  • 2019-2020 PSA Developmental Coach of the Year Nominee
  • 2018-2019: First Junior team to become Team USA in its inaugural season, 2019 Spring Cup Gold Medalists, 2019 National Bronze Medalists
  • 2018-2019: Novice and Intermediate National Silver Medalists, Juvenile National Pewter Medalists
  • 2017-2018: Intermediate National Gold Medalists, Juvenile National Bronze Medalists, Novice National Pewter Medalists
  • 2016-2017: Juvenile National Bronze Medalists
  • 2015-2016: Juvenile National Silver Medalists and Intermediate National Pewter Medalists
  • As a skater, Lauren skated the University of Illinois Synchronized Collegiate team.  During the 2012-2013 season, Lauren earned the US Synchronized Skating Championships Bronze medal as a member of the Crystallettes Senior team. As a member of Team USA, she competed with Crystallettes Senior at the 2013 Leon Lurje Trophy.

Jamie Whyte

Assistant Coach:  Junior
Associate Coach: Novice, Intermediate

  • 2020 Team USA World Junior Team Assistant Coach; Spring Cup Silver Medalists, French Cup 5th place
  • 2019-2020 Junior World Team Members, Juvenile and Novice National Gold Medalists, Junior Silver Medalists and Intermediate Bronze Medalists
  • Jamie is a renowned ice dance coach who has worked with many successful teams such as Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Maia and Alex Shibutani, and he continues to work with the Chinese National Dance Teams. Jamie was also the coach of Chloe Ryan, 2017 Junior and 2019 Senior US Solo Ice Dance Champion.
  • As a skater, Jamie competed in Ice Dance and during his career won 13 National Gold Medals across multiple levels. He was fortunate to have been able to represent Great Britain at international competitions and the Junior World Championships.

 

Josh Fischel

Assistant Coach:  Junior, Novice
Associate Coach: Intermediate, Juvenile

  • 2020 Team USA World Junior Team Assistant Coach; Spring Cup Silver Medalists, French Cup 5th place
  • 2019-2020 Junior World Team Members, Juvenile and Novice National Gold Medalists, Junior Silver Medalists and Intermediate Bronze Medalists
  • 2018-2019: First Junior team to become Team USA in its inaugural season, 2019 Spring Cup Gold Medalists, 2019 National Bronze Medalists
  • 2018-2019: Novice and Intermediate National Silver Medalists, Juvenile National Pewter Medalists
  • 2020 President’s Award of Excellence Nominee
  • Josh has 16 years of coaching full time in singles.  He  has coached and choreographed for athletes who competed at the US Figure Skating National Championships, Junior National Championships as well as on the National Development Team.
  • As a skater, Josh competed at two J/I Nationals (formerly Junior Olympic) taking Bronze and placing 7th. Josh also competed at Midwestern Sectionals through the Junior level.

Loni Bertone

Head Coach: Synchro Skills, Preliminary
Assistant Coach: Pre-Juvenile, Novice

  • 2020 Juvenile and Novice National Gold Medalists
  • 2020 Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile & Novice Midwestern Sectional Gold Medalists
  • 2018 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Pewter Medalists, Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Silver Medalists and National Pewter Medalists
  • 2017 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Bronze Medalists and Juvenile Midwestern Pewter Medalists
  • 2016 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Gold Medalists
  • 2015 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Bronze Medalists, Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Gold Medalists and National Bronze Medalists
  • 2014 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Bronze Medalists
  • 2009 Preliminary Midwestern Sectional Bronze Medalists
  • As a skater Loni earned USFS gold medals in Moves in the Field and Freestyle and competed Regionally through Senior Ladies. As a synchro skater Loni skated with Starlets Senior Synchronized Skating Team, National Bronze Medalists in 1999, National Pewter Medalists in 2000, Team USA memeber 1998-2000 and competed with the Starlets at the Spring Cup in Milan, Italy 2000

Christina Albreski

Head Coach: Open Juvenile
Assistant Coach: Pre-Juvenile
Associate Coach: Intermediate

  • 2020 Pre-Juvenile Midwestern Sectional Gold Medalists
  • Assistant Director of Figure Skating in Darien
  • 17 years of coaching experience in ISI and USFS synchronized skating
  • As a skater, Christina competed with the Chicago Jazz Team USA team.

Tammy Cervone

Head Coach: Pre-Juvenile
Assistant Coach: Juvenile, Open Juvenile

  • 20 Years of coaching experience with Chicago Jazz
    • National Gold Medalists for 7 years
    • National Silver Medalists for 4 years
    • National Bronze Medalists for 3 years
    • National Pewter Medalists for 2 years.

Tracy Sandler

Head Coach: Snowplow Sam

Assistant Coach: Aspire Pre-Preliminary

  • Over 35 years of coaching and skating experience in Freestyle, MIF, Compulsory Figures and Synchronized Skating.
  • Has coached Snowplow Sam, Synchro Skills 1, Synchro Skills 2, Pre-Juvenile and Open Juvenile levels, earning Gold, Silver or Bronze medals at all levels.
  • Founding coach of the Extreme Icettes Synchronized Skating program out of the Extreme Ice Center in Charlotte, NC.
  • Professional member of US Figure Skating, Professional Skaters Association and ISI.
    PSA Rated in USFS Learn to Skate USA, Foundations of Coaching, and Basic Skills.

Laila Schlesinger 

Assistant Coach: Preliminary

  • Joined Teams Elite in 1999 and was instrumental in transitioning Teams Elite to US Figure Skating from ISI 
  • Has coached Synchro Skills, Preliminary and Pre-Juvenile, bringing home numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals since 2014
  • 30 years of coaching experience

Ellie Lim

Assistant Coach: Snowplow Sam

  • 4 years of coaching experience for Snowplow Sam and Synchro Skills 1
  • As a skater of Teams Elite, Ellie has earned national medals at the Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice and Junior levels.  She was also part of the 2020 Team USA World Team.

Off Ice Coaches

Fury Gold

Fury Gold has forty plus years of experience as a featured dance soloist, principal dancer, and teacher in both New York and Chicago. Her students have gone on to dance in companies in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Stuttgart. Broadway shows including Jerome Robbins Broadway and the revival of West Side Story, Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show and at The Juilliard School, New York University, Harrid Conservatory and North Carolina School of Performing Arts.

She has been on the faculty of Columbia College, many private studios and has taught master classes all over the United States. She is currently on the faculty of the Gus Giordano Dance School. For the past twenty years she has also worked with elite figure skaters who include National Champions and members of the US National and Olympic Teams. Listed in Aug. 2001 Dance Magazine listed as "one of the best in their (sic) field”, Fury is a member of USFS, PSA and certified/licensed in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).

April Sirokie

April is a classically trained ballet dancer and competitive dancer competing in jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Exercise Science from Ball State University. April has been able to dance and choreograph for many performing arts festivals and received multiple scholarships in Chicago and New York to continue her dance training. She performed professionally for 3 years and decided to focus on teaching dance and personal training. She is grateful for a healthy career so she can continue to create, choreograph, and coach.

April is also a personal trainer in the Chicagoland area specializing in strength and conditioning for athletes ranging from ice skaters, hockey players, to competitive dance teams.  April enjoys working with athletes of all ages and levels and continues to expand her education by attending fitness seminars, workshops, and master classes.

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