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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

My Day With Lace’Em Up Skating at Big Bear Ice Arena!

During Covid-19 and this time of self-isolation, most ice skaters have wished more than anything to get back on the ice. Some ice skating rinks are opening, but with some restrictions. I have found it rather complicated to just skate for fun, but on Thursday, June 25, I decided to pay online and in advance […]

Colorado Springs figure skating siblings off ice due to pandemic

Danny Summers  danny.summers@pikespeaknewspapers.com Jo Ann Schneider-Farris and her husband Dan received word on March 12 that their three children — all professional figure skaters — would be coming home to live with them due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “Things are a little crazy right now,” said Jo Ann, a figure skating coach and author, […]

Skate Without An Ice Skating Rink

I am guessing that every ice skating rink on this planet may be closed during this Coronavirus shutdown. That means that every ice skater on this planet can’t skate. For people that don’t skate, not being able to ice skate may not seem all that important, but I know from experience not being able to […]

The World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships & Festival Is Like No Other

In all my 50 plus years of skating, I have never experienced so much joy of skating as what goes on at the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships & Festival. During the week of September 26 through September 29, 2019, I attended the event for the fourth time. It is really like no other […]

Memories of the Figure Skating Writer Sandra (Alexandra) Stevenson

I was recently informed that there will be a simple memorial for the late Sandra Stevenson at the 2019 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Lake Placid on August 31, 2019.  Those who can’t attend have been invited to write out their memories of her to be shared.  Here’s my submission: I became acquainted […]

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 […]