Private Instruction & Seminars
Learn quickly and effectively to obtain your goals!
Dan has worked with all levels of skaters ranging from a 4 year old's first steps on the ice, to hockey teams for power, to Olympians. His strong technical background in spins and jumps, coupled with his comedic communication skills help skaters achieve their goals efficiently and effectively. Besides jumps, spins, moves, and power, Dan's expertise also includes choreography. In fact, he was honored to be hired by the man who inspired his comedic career, Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton, to create a comedic program in 2009 to "Everything Old is New Again."
If you want a competition program or an entertaining show-stopping routine, let Dan choreograph for you! Dan is available for private lessons and is accepting new students.
Contact Dan for availability.
Customized to Suit Your Needs!
Welcome to Dan Hollander Production Seminars. I have learned in my skating career that most successful skaters have been exposed to positive influences and are able to learn from many different people. I have also found that people always respond to comedy and laughter, which is why I not only perform that way, I also teach that way.
I have gathered together positive, knowledgeable, and exceptional people to teach at my seminars. We can help you with all aspects of skating: jumps, spins, edging, power, choreography, off ice, the international judging system, to name a few. You will not only walk away with a ton of information and new goals, but you will have had a good time doing it.
Contact us to inquire about hosting a seminar near you!
Choosing an Instructor
How do you choose a good instructor? This is a very expensive sport, and you are turning over your child (or yourself) to someone for twenty minutes up to three hours a week. It is worth the time to do your homework. First, sit down and observe the coaches you are interested in hiring. How do they interact with their skaters? Do they seem to motivate their skaters? Are they positive or seem to motivate with an iron fist? Or do they seem capable of both depending on the personality of the skater??? (Believe it or not some people need an iron fist and a very controlled atmosphere to thrive and obtain their goals). Do they only give verbal corrections or are they more hands on and demonstrate with gestures that even a parent in the audience can understand? Or both? Does your skater learn better verbally or visually?
Talk to some of the parents in the stands and see who they take from and their thoughts. Now for the next step. Make a list of the potential coaches. Approach them all individually and explain you are looking for a coach, and would like to take a trial lesson with a few coaches. Ask them if they have room for a lesson, if they are taking on new clients, and how much they charge per hour? This way you can see how your skater relates to the coach without committing to them yet. If a coach says they have no room to take on any more clients, see if they will still give you a trail lesson, because if you like them the best, at least see if they will put you on a “waiting list.”
You can have a head coach, a moves coach, a dance coach, etc., or any combination, including just one that does it all. Pick your head coach first, and from there see what coaches they are willing to work with. Coaches that teach in the same style tend to work together, which keeps your skater from being confused by learning two different techniques. If you like two coaches who do not work together, and one charges $100 per hour while the other is $40 per hour try to figure out why. Is the $100 per hour over charging, while the $40 per hour is a great coach but just doesn’t have the “name” or “experience” to warrant the $100 per hour? OR, does the $100 per hour coach deserve that rate because they are that good, and the $40 per hour coach is just learning how to coach? Don’t make the mistake of “saving money” for 5 years of questionable technique, and then have to change to the $100 per hour coach which you now have to pay even more in the long run because your child now has to unlearn a lot of bad habits. But you don’t want to over pay for a coach who is not a good fit for your skater either. It's a difficult decision to say the least!
What You Should Expect
You should request a price sheet outlining all the costs from each prospective coach. How much does the coach charge for testing, competitions, and their hourly rate. What is their cancellation policy? Most have a 24 hour advance cancellation notice, and will charge if you miss a lesson. However, what if the coach misses your scheduled lesson? What is the coach willing to do to make it up to you? If I ever miss a lesson without advance notice the skater’s next lesson is free.
You should have an initial meeting to sit down and discuss your goals. Are you planning on passing "x" amount of tests, or being able to skate well enough to place in the top 4 at this year's “X” competition?
These meetings and discussions can be a bit tricky. Some questions to ask might be:
- How many meetings per year are expected?
- Is there a charge for them (the coach’s hourly rate) or are two free a year with an hourly charge for more (pre-season and post- season)?
- What is the coach's policy regarding phone calls and emails? If they become over abundant, they can end up being on your statement. Don’t forget the coach has other clients besides your skater, and a home life, so boundaries need to be set. These need to be done on a case by case basis, but know this is something that can be a problem.
- When is an appropriate time to ask questions of the coach? Grabbing your coach for a discussion during an ice resurface might not be the best time. They may have to be at another rink to teach etc. Open communication is a must to keep “communication issues” at bay.
When to Change Coaches
How do you know when it is time to change? Has the communication seemed to have stopped? Are there goals that are just not being achieved? This is the hardest thing to figure out. Is your skater just not working hard enough? Are they just not capable of achieving a certain goal? (Because of my genetics, no matter how many times you want to break my hip bones, I cannot turn out enough for a spread eagle.) Look at this like a business. What is the goal, why aren’t they achieving it, and what can be changed (if anything) to achieve it? If there is an issue achieving a goal, the coach may bring this up with the parent in one of the meetings. Something that bothers me to no end is a skater who takes a test 4 to 5 times and fails each time. Were they not ready in the first place? If not, why was the money wasted? Or does the skater have a hard time performing to the “passing level” of practice they normally do, and needs to be over prepared? Everybody fails a test, but when it becomes more often than not, something needs to change. On the same line of discussion, try and see what the passing rate seems to be of all the coaches in the area. Does one coach seem to be a power house and is known for moving skaters successfully through their tests with a 90% pass rate? Another might be good with lower levels but seems to never get skaters past a certain level. Only by observing and asking can you figure this information out.
For whatever reason if you have decided to change coaches, there are a few things you need to know. All bills must be paid to the current coach before you move on to the next. Ethically, the new coach should ask if there are any outstanding bills, call the previous coach to confirm, and only teach your skater once all payments have been received.