Private Lessons

The Ice House is proud to have an exceptionally experienced and talented coaching staff.  Private lessons may be scheduled through the Skating Director at anytime.  Any age or skill level can take private lessons. We pride ourselves on finding the best coach for each individual skater's needs.

For more information regarding private lessons, please feel free to contact our Skating Director  Karen Butler at the Ice House  or 910- 686 - 1987.

Professional Staff
Accepting New Students

Skating Director / Ice Scheduling
Karen Butler  
                                                                    Cell: (864) 320 – 8111                                                 Rink: (910) 686 – 1987
RATE:    $20.00 / 30 minute lesson                 

Member:             USFS,  PSA
                           (Written ratings exam, Registered & Certified Sports Science exams)

USFS:                 Intermediate Moves in the Field, Pre-Juvenile Freestyle, Bronze Dance, Second Figure
                           Specializing recreational & beginner level skaters to Freeskate 6, special needs skaters &

Student Goals:
To learn & improve skills while developing individual confidence & goals for personal enjoyment & FUN !

Master Business Administration – M.B.A.
Graphic Design – B.A.

Christian Verzaal                                                                          910-231-7074
RATE: $20.00 / 30 minute lesson

  • Professional since 2004; USFSA and PSA member.

  • Eastern Regional ISI Competitor, 8 years

  • Member USFS, PSA

  • Education: 1996 Graduate of Universtiy of North Carolina at Wilmington

  • BA English/Teacher Certification.

  • Specializing in Basic Skills, Freestyle & Special Needs skaters - ages 3 years & above..

  • Goal for Students:
    Skate with consistency and confidence, and most importantly.... have fun! 

Kathie Kader                                                                                 919-625-9685
RATE: $40.00 / 30 minute lesson

  • 25 years of coaching experience

  • Member: USFSA, PSA (written rating exam)

  • USFSA Triple Gold Medalist: Figures, Freestyle, & Pairs

  • National and International Competitor

  • Junior National, National, & Team USA International Coach

  • Coach of Regional and Sectional Champion

  • Professional Shows: Ice Capades, Cypress Gardens - Principal Pair Performer

  • Specializing in Freeskating and Moves in the Field

Morgan Parkinson                                                                        910-508-1201
Please contact for rates

Experience:        Professional since 1982 teaching all ages (Canada & USA)
                           Amateur Ice Dance Partnering since 1976 (Canada & USA)
                           Competed in Singles, Pairs, & Synchronized Skating up to Sectional Level (Canada)

Memberships:     PSA:   Registered MIF Instructor & Written Senior Sports Science Exam
                           CFSA:  Passed ISU/Gold & Variation Dance, Senior Silver Freeskate, 5th Figure
                           USFS, ISI, CSMLT

Skilled In:           Ice Dance & Choreography, Freeskate, Moves In the Field & Basic Skills

Philosophy:        Goal Setting & Balance are important life skills that are easily forgotten. Skating is a       magical setting to develop personal goals, build character & a fun way to challenge personal adversity while maintaining a healthy balance in life & .... on blades!

My Goal is to help find each skater's individual "Mojo" while preserving the balance in other aspects of life.

Education:          1987 Graduate of British Columbia Institute for Technology - MLT Diploma
                           2006 CTU - Business Fundamentals, Undergraduate

Rebecca Gricus                                                                                 910-264-6253
RATE: $15.00 / 30 minute lesson
Please inquire for special group lesson rates!

Basic Skills Instructor
Member USFS
USFS test levels:
Adult Silver Moves in the Field, Adult Pre-Bronze Freeskate, Preliminary Dance
Wilmington IceHouse skate school instructor since 2012

I began ice skating lessons as an adult, and I am still skating with local coaches to grow my skills. I can teach beginners of all types, from skaters stepping on the ice for the first time to skaters returning after time away, and all ages, toddlers to seniors.

Education and other past experience: B.A., Duke University; middle school language arts teacher; elementary school assistant teacher

Summer Young                                                                                 919-333-3833
RATE: $15.00 / 30 minute lesson

Member USFSA
USFSA test levels:
Senior Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field; passed Junior Freeskate test
Wilmington IceHouse skate school instructor since 2015

I began figures skating as a child and have continued to skate since. I still train with local coaches, and I was trained by Elena Betchke for six years. I work with all ranges of skill set within the basic skating levels, as well as beginners.

Education: Currently earning a BA in Creative Writing at UNCW