History of River Blades

Amanda Truax grew up in Hastings and graduated from Hastings High School. Amanda took her very first lesson at the Hastings Arena in the 70’s. Amanda trained at the St. Paul Figure Skating Club & The Maplewood Figure Skating club for many years growing up. She has won numerous competitions around the United States in Figure Skating & Dance. Amanda holds a degree in Business & Dance from the University Wisconsin-Riverfalls. Along with teaching competitive Figure Skating Amanda taught dance at Jan’s School of Dance for many years. 

Amanda was a member of the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars Dance Team - The Electric Stars. After college Amanda landed a job with Disney on Ice after years of competing as a singles skater. She toured with Disney on Ice for 8 years and developed herself as a well known Figure Skating Choreographer within Disney on Ice. Amanda is excited to be back to her roots and running a skate school in her hometown. She can now pass her love of Ice Skating on to the youth of Hastings. 


Professional Skating Instructors

Amanda Truax-Director

20+ years perfecting the art of edges, jumps, spins & choreography.   Amanda performed & travelled the World with Disney on Ice, was the Disney on Ice Edge Class, Ballet Instructor, and cast Line Captain during her career with Disney on Ice.  She has also worked closely with World & Olympic Coaches, and recently worked on a project for US Figure Skating and Stars on Ice. She is also a choreographer and style instructor for many competitive figure skaters in the Twin Cities teaching Ballet, artistic movement, and developing skaters signature style on the ice.

Amanda is one of the Twin Cities leading power skating & edge class instructors for many of the areas hockey players. She breaks down the skills in order for your skater to learn the correct technique which will increase their speed & quickness. She has a passion for teaching hockey players efficient technique.

Dima Boyenko

US Figure Skating National Coach & JR World Competitor in Pair Skating. Former Disney on Ice, & Moscow on Ice performer. Dima enjoys teaching On Ice/Off-Ice Jumps and Conditioning. Book an on-ice jump fishing pole lesson today.

Bre O’Connor

Double Gold Medalist in US Figure Skating, coach to USFS regional competitors . Bre enjoys teaching Jump & Spin Technique Classes on and off the ice.

Cassie Deilke-Schmuecker

Cassie performed & travelled the World with Disney on Ice for 10 years. She enjoys instructing learn to skate classes and choreographs our team production theater on ice competitive routines.

Kathryn Klundt

Kathryn performed & travelled the World with Disney on Ice. Kathryn is a former competitive figure skater achieving her gold medal in US Figure Skating in Field Moves & Freestyle.

Maggie Panetta

US Figure Skating Gold Medalist-USFS TEAM USA-World Synchronized Skating Team Member. Maggie enjoys teaching edge class and team production.