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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

If Ashley Wagner’s ankle was infected, why did US Figure Skating allow her to compete at Skate America 2017?

I don’t get it. Well, for my readers who don’t know what I “don’t get,” I don’t understand why Olympic figure skater and three-time US Ladies Figure Skating Champion Ashley Wagner competed at Skate America 2017 in Lake Placid at all. If you missed watching Skate America on television over the Thanksgiving weekend 2017, you […]

Should Quadruple Figure Skating Jumps Perhaps Be Banned?

As I watched Skate America 2017 on television, I came to the conclusion that watching ice dancing seems to be much more enjoyable than watching  the men’s freeskate event.  Why?  Well all the men’s freeskate event seemed to be was a quadruple jump competition and …quad falling equals “not fun to watch.” It was just so sad to see the […]

Remembering the Famous Ice Dancer Jim Sladky

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, I heard the sad news that one of the greatest ice dancers of all time, James Sladky, had passed away. When I was a young ice dancer, I looked up to the ice dance team of Jim Sladky and Judy Schwomeyer “Jim and Judy.”   They were amazing and I wanted […]

Some People Think Teaching Skating Is Not Real Work – How Dare They Think Such a Thing!

Today I was told by a distant family member that I’ve never worked a day in my life!  She said teaching skating is not work. I’ve been told this before.  My father-in-law worked hard all his life and just didn’t understand that giving group and private ice skating lessons could possibly be work.  He never […]

Opinion: Why Did Olympic Figure Skater Gracie Gold Have to Tell the World About Her Problems?

On September 1, 2017, Olympic figure skating medalist and US ladies figure skating champion Gracie Gold announced to the world that she was taking time off from skating to “seek some professional help.”  In October it was confirmed that she is being treated for an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression, and it was announced that she would skip […]

How to Do a Basic Spin On Ice Skates

I am continuing to address the inaccurate edits that may have been done to the hundreds of articles I wrote as the Figure Skating Guide-Expert for the former About.com (which is now DotDash.com and ThoughtCo).  It is getting to seem more and more obvious to me that DotDash.com must have hired a figure skating fan who knows just a bit […]

How Much Money Will a Skater Spend On Private Lessons?

Recently I discovered that the former About.com, now called DotDash.com and ThoughtCo, has been editing articles that I wrote during my ten years as About.com’s Figure Skating Guide-Expert.  When I look at the articles that are now online that have been edited by whoever DotDash has hired, I’ve discovered that what I originally wrote has been […]

What Exactly Is the Definition of Figure Skating?

I was About.com’s Figure Skating Expert-Guide for 10 years and that was my “almost full time job. ” I put my heart and soul into that job, in fact.  I wanted to help every person who read my articles to love figure skating and learn about our wonderful sport. The former About.com, which laid off almost all […]

The 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championship Was an Amazing Experience!

#WorldFigureChampionship WorldFigureSport.org #WorldFigureSport #VailLive I just returned from Vail, Colorado, the site of the 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival.  I expected to have a great time, but to sum things up, being at this particular event was truly an amazing experience! There is something magical that happens when people who love figure skating […]

How to Choose a Figure Skating Coach

Unlike ballet, dance, or gymnastics where learning occurs in a group lesson format, most of the time, figure skating is mastered through private lessons. So….if you are really interested in mastering figure skating, your first step is to select a private lesson coach.  Selecting a private figure skating coach should not be decided in haste; your private lesson […]