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David De Fazio


  • B.A. Liberal Studies – Thomas Edison State University

  • Masters in Sustainable Peace Through Sport – International University of Monaco & Un-Mandated University for Peace


Notable Skating Achievements:

  • Ice Dance: 2007 Swiss Ice Dance Champion

  • ISU Championships

  • Senior International Competitor

  • Ranked in top 100 in ISU World Standings (2007-2009)

  • Member Swiss National Team (2006-2009)

  • Freestyle: Regional champion, sectional medalist and US Junior Olympic competitor

  • Performed in ice shows throughout North America, Europe and Australia including Harbourtown Christmas on Ice (2010, Melbourne, Australia), 2011 European Figure Skating Championships Opening Ceremony (Berne, Switzerland) and A Tribute to the Protopopovs (2011, Lake Placid, NY)


Training History:

  • Ice dance: Trained under Olympic coaches Martin Skotnicky (2006-2007 Oberstorf, Germany) and Muriel Boucher-Zazoui & Romain Haguenauer (2008-2009 Lyon, France); Choreography by Pasquale Camerlengo (2005-2009) and Kelly Johnson (2002-2004)

  • Freestyle: Trained under Olympic coaches Doug Leigh and Robert Tebby (2000-2002 Barrie, Canada)


Coaching Experience:

  • 10 years of experience teaching freestyle, moves in the field, ice dance and Learn to Skate to youth and adult skaters from beginners to senior-level competitors; Equivalent experience partnering all levels of pattern dance and free dance

  • Coaching Positions include: Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club (2018-present), Garden State Skating Club (2009-2011), CSG Lyon, France (2008-2009), CPA St. Michel, Canada (2005-2006), Skating Club of Detroit (2004-2005, LTS only), Orillia Figure Skating Club, Canada (2002-2004)


Coaching Philosophy:

To foster critical thinking, attention to detail and self-awareness in athletes as they strive to master progressively harder skills. In my experience, these qualities are found not only in successful athletes, but high achievers in a wide range of fields. When cultivating these qualities is the priority, sport can provide a profound return on investment for its participants.

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