My name is Robin Denise White and I am a professional ice skating instructor. I am originally from San Jose, California. I started ice skating at the age of 6yrs old for group ice skating school classes in Eastridge Mall in San Jose. By the age of 7yrs old, I was put into private lessons with my first coach Susie Wise who gave me the love for the sport of figure skating. I originally started ice skating as a way to keep me active. Since I am an only child and didn't have a lot of kids in my neighborhood to play with, my parents thought it be a great idea to get me active in a sport. I tried gymnastics, swimming, ballet, tennis, and when I tried ice skating it came very natural for me. My parents and I soon realized that this was my sport to do. I decided to pursue it competitively. Figure skating became my passion.
I was trained in school figures and freestyle skating, where I received my Silver Figure & Freestyle credentials which led to a very successful competitive skating career. I trained with the best skaters such as Olympian & World Champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Debi Thomas, Rudy Galindo and many more. I took from one of the top Olympic coaches, Christy Ness, who at that time taught Kristi Yamaguchi where she won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992.
Growing up and training with the best of the best, gave me the drive, dedication, and discipline to achieve all my goals and dreams to become the best that I could become in whatever I wanted to be in life. I attended many training camps and worked with many well known coaches such as John Nicks, Carlo Fassi, Frank Carroll, Charlie Tickner, Kathy Casey, and many others. I did very well in this sport as a competitor and always received many top medals and competed in many qualifying Regionals, Sectionals, and Invitational competitions all over the country. In 1993, after suffering a severe knee injury, I decided to hang up my skates, and continue furthering my education with attending San Francisco State University to receive my BA degree in Business. My amateur skating career may have ended, but my love and passion for skating didn't stop there.
In 1994 I began my coaching career teaching talented skaters, where I was able to instruct them to achieve many of the goals they had for the sport. I became extremely successful with teaching; training many competitive students early morning & afternoon hours and keeping them on a strict training regimen. With this hectic schedule, it was a gratifying feeling that the training kept them eager to learn correctly & quickly with their skills, becoming excellent skaters in their levels of competitions. Coaching for me wasn't just about how they conducted themselves on the ice. It was important to me for them to be successful with their academics as well when not on the ice. I knew it was important to establish a good relationship with my clients, and be a positive role model for them. I wanted to expose my students to as much diversity with the sport as possible, so they could be as knowledgeable to become not just great skaters, but great people as well. Coaching for me never felt like just a job, I look at it as my art & passion. The connection one has to have to instruct an individual who's never skated before, on a tiny little blade on slippery ice, and teach them to become as graceful & athletic as possible, is definitely a challenge. It can be extremely rewarding in the end as you watch the skater blossom & learn to become one with the ice. I strive to make all my lessons enjoyable and a positive experience. I've always felt that using constructive criticism, being goal oriented, and learning in a positive healthy environment is the key to happiness in life with whatever you may want to achieve.
Since coaching now for 17 years in the Bay Area, California I've had students qualify to Jr. Nationals, U.S. Nationals, ISU International, & U.S. Adult Nationals competitions. Currently a few of my students are the 2009 & 2010 Hong Kong & Singapore Novice & Junior National Champions. In 2009, my student became the Philippine National Champion and I coached him at the ISU World Championships at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The experience was amazing and it was a huge success for me. Currently, I am a member of the Professional Skater's Association (PSA), United States Figure Skating Association, and ISI Member. I have received my CER credentials for coaching lower and high level competitive skaters. Coaching is my passion, and I look forward to working with many future skaters to come, be it recreational or competitive. My goal would be to help them reach success and be the best that they can be. I have an excellent connection with kids, and have taught many teens and adult skaters through the years in achieving their personal goals on and off the ice.