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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris

Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

Figure Skating Helped Rosie Finocchi Deal With Horror

Those who ice skate know that the sport has a way of making a person happy and it seems that skating can heal a person’s soul. Rosie Finocchi’s story is an example of that. When I recently read Rosie’s memoir, I did a lot of crying. I also determined that Rosie Finocchi may be one […]

What Goes On At a Disney On Ice Audition

Have you wondered what goes on during a live Disney On Ice audition? On April 4, 2014, Jo Ann Schneider Farris observed and attended a live audition. This article is a summary of what went on. Performers, Show Director, and Talent Director Present: The audition took place at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado […]

My Family’s Skating Life In 2018 – A Fun Skating Year!

Although my book MY SKATING LIFE was published in 2016, the Schneider-Farris family’s skating life and adventures just go on and on and there are always updates.  And…what a year 2018 was for my family’s skating life!  Yes, it seems that skaters just have one adventure after another…. Here’s a summary of all that went […]

How I Spent My Summer Skating Vacation 2018

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written on this site.   The reason I haven’t written is that my summer (and September) was so full that I haven’t had the chance to sit still long enough to write.   Thanks to skating, I had one of the most memorable and active summers of my life! Anyway, […]

How to Deal With a Former Figure Skating Coach Whose Feelings May Be Hurt

It is common for new and/or young figure skating coaches to sometimes go over and above for their students, so when a figure skater and his or her family make the difficult decision to change coaches, sometimes there can be hurt feelings. I did some things in my early days of coaching that caused me to […]

Figure Skater Fran Tait’s Story Needs to Be Told!

I wish that an ice skating movie would be made about a skater that overcame tremendous obstacles and went on to do great things in life.  One such individual is Fran Tait who not only became a US Figure Skating Gold Medalist, but is about to become a lawyer!  She overcame so many obstacles to […]

My Review of Ice The Movie

Ice The Movie’s plot is similar to many figure skating movies.  It’s about a girl with much talent who pursues Olympic dreams.  It’s about her struggles and it is about what she gives up in order to pursue those Olympic dreams. What Maddison Bullock has accomplished is really impressive.  Like many figure skaters, she completed a goal that seemed […]

Some Skating Mothers Are Like the Mother In “I, Tonya”

Actress Allison Janney won an Oscar on March 4, 2018 for her role as best supporting actress for the amazing job she did at portraying Tonya Harding’s mother in the movie “I, Tonya.”  Janney shows a skating mom who would do about anything to make her daughter a champion. Although not all the parents in […]

My Thoughts Now That 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Is Over

Well, figure skating is over for another Olympics.  I admit I enjoyed watching all that skating from the comfort of my living room.  I loved being a member of the press at the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, but seeing the skating from the comfort of home sure is less exhausting.  Today’s modern and huge […]

One Slip or Fall in Ice Dancing Ruins Everything – I Hate It!

Although falling in figure skating is normal and can be minor for single and pair skaters, falling or stumbling for ice dancers is disastrous. A fall in ice dancing has always equaled disaster and disappointment for as long as I can remember, so every time I see an ice dance team stumble or fall, my […]