Staff

Chicago Radiance is under the direction of Nicole Paunicka and a dedicated team of coaches. The mission of Chicago Radiance is to provide the opportunity for participation and achievement in the sport of synchronized skating. Chicago Radiance will assist skaters in building character as athletes and individuals; while teaching skaters goal setting, responsibility, team work, time management, confidence and commitment in all aspects of life.

Synchronized skating can be very rewarding, as skaters will meet new people and travel to cities throughout the midwest. Skaters will have an opportunity to share their love for the sport with their teammates, and that can be an amazing experience. Chicago Radiance provides skaters in the Chicago area the opportunity to participate in synchronized skating both competitively and in house.

Chicago Radiance Staff

Director: Nicole Paunicka

Nicole Paunicka has been involved in synchronized skating as an athlete and coach for over 20 years. She competed as a Homewood-Flossmoor Icette for 11 years before attending Western Michigan University, where she fulfilled her life long dream to skate as a Team USA athlete on a US Figure Skating Senior Level Team. She competed in three international competitions, earning a Bronze Medal in the Nottingham Cup in England. After graduating with her Bachelors, she came back to HFIA in 2006 and began coaching with hopes to teach and inspire skaters to reach for their dreams. She has coached teams at multiple USFS levels including teams skating under the International Judging System (IJS) and ISI Synchro Teams. She has led teams to medal in the US Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships and ISI National Championships. Besides her passion for skating, she also has a passion for medicine and is a Bachelors prepared Registered Nurse. She truly enjoys all aspects of figure skating and is excited to share her energy and experience with Chicago Radiance Synchronized Skating Teams.

Coach: Kathy Dancu

  • Over 30 years coaching US Figure Skating and over 5 years coaching synchro teams
  • Has led students through their senior Freestyle, Moves in the Field and Dance tests earning their gold medals
  • Has a strong dance background

Coach: Jordan Kurry

  • Skated with Fire on ice and Icettes
  • Attended and skated for Western Michigan University at the Collegiate and Senior levels
  • 2012 National Pewter Collegiate Medalist
  • WMU Rookie of the Year Award 2012
  • Team Captain for two years
  • 2013-2015 Club President
  • U.S Figure Skating Collegiate Committee Member 2013-2015
  • 2015 Graduate from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors of Business Administration
  • Moves in the Field: Senior
  • Dance: passed Silver on Pre- Gold
  • Freestyle: Novice