Jane Elizabeth Taylor began skating at the age of 10 at the Martha’s Vineyard Arena. As an amateur, she competed throughout New England and trained extensively in Lake Placid, NY. Jane attended the University of Delaware and graduated in 2003. She is a four-time Collegiate National Medalist, including a gold medal in 2000. She is also a four-time Collegiate Eastern Conference champion.
Jane is a U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist and a rated & ranked member of the Professional Skaters Association. She holds Registered ratings in Group Instruction and Free Skating, a Master rating in Moves in the Field, a Hockey II rating and a Level I Ranking. Jane is the only coach at the Martha's Vineyard Figure Skating Club & Martha's Vineyard Arena that has ever achieved a Master Rating.
She has guest coached in Pheonix, AZ, Boston, MA, Lake Placid, NY and at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, MA. She also worked with many athletes in US Figure Skating’s off-ice program, S.T.A.R.S. Jane has coached skaters through their Gold (Senior) and Silver (Junior) tests. Jane directs the Skating School of Martha’s Vineyard’s summer program, which encompasses all levels of figure skating and hockey power & skating skills. She also directs MVFSC’s Bridge & Freestyle Programs and works with the MVRHS Boys & Girls Ice Hockey teams as well as many hockey players in Junior Leagues, PG years and D1 & 3 schools.
Off the ice, Jane is a teacher at the Tisbury School.
Beth Blankenship-O'Connor is a native to the Vineyard and began skating at the age of nine. Throughout her skating career, Beth won numerous medals at competitions and was invited to participate in many ice skating shows with skaters such as Paul Wylie, Nancy Kerrigan and Todd Elderedge. In 1997, Beth received a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Sports Medicine and Secondary Education from Merrimack College. After college, Beth pursued her dream of becoming a show skater and worked for Ice Capades, Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL., Advanced Entertainment Group and Rosstyn Ice Shows and Rink Designs. These jobs allowed her to travel all over North America and the Caribbean. Beth is still skates in Ice Show if the time allows it.
Beth is a full-time coach with the skating club and is also is the director of the Pre-School Skating Program. She also is the Assistant Varsity coach for MVRHS Field Hockey team.
Beth is a certified group instructor and program director with the Professional Skaters Association(PSA).