Evolution On Ice     

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Monica MacDonald and John Dunn      About us.....

Evolution on Ice is committed to promoting Ice Dance and Figure Skating in the Asia / Pacific and Oceania Regions through coach and skater development programs.

Between them they have a wealth of knowledge and experience as both competitive skaters and International coaches.  Working with young skaters in the region inspired them to look further into what they could do to help make a difference.  Together they formed Evolution On Ice.  A project inspired by their desire to encourage and grow the sport in the Asia/Pacific and Oceania Region.  Monica and John strongly believe that regardless of the discipline a skater chooses to pursue, that at the core of any good skater is good basic skating skills and as such they are currently working on a variety of projects to further enhance skater and coach development in this area.

Evolution On Ice is currently developing a National Ice Dance program and have started an elite training program for young athletes with an emphasis on good basic skating skills and the goal of having competitors at all the major Championships within the next 10 years.  Our aim is to make these programs available to any federation or individual who wishes to develop or further enhance the sport in their country.

Monica MacDonald Winter Olympian


Coach and Choreographer of Ice Dance, Ladies and Mens singles.  Monica has been involved in figure skating for over 35 years as a competitive skater and coach.  She was a World and International competitor from 1984 to 1992 becoming the first Australian Ice Dancer to medal at an International event.  Her greatest competitive achievement was representing her country at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.  Since then she has pursued her coaching career and has become an International Skating Union (ISU) Technical Specialist for Ice Dance. In 2013 she was invited to be on the Ice Dance Technical Panel for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games but had to step down after her son qualified to represent Australia in the Mens singles event. She is extremely passionate about her sport, a passion she shares with her 3 children, Chantelle, who competed in the 2012 Inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games and now represents Australia at the World Level in Ice Dance, son Brendan who is a 2 time Winter Olympian, and her youngest Lilly who is a part of the Elite Development Program. She has produced international skaters at the Novice, Junior and Senior Level in Ice Dance and Singles and has taken skaters from their first steps onto the ice through to the World Championships.  In 2011 she was instrumental in developing the proposal and later moderating the ISUs first Asia / Pacific Ice Dance Camp in Korea/  She is also a National Technical Specialist for Singles. She has moderated at the ISU Frankfurt seminar for technical specialists and was invited to make a presentation at the ISUs first Youth Seminar in Frankfurt.

Her coaching achievements include: National Champions in:

Pre - Novice Ladies and Men

Novice Ladies and Men

Junior Ladies and Men

Senior Ladies and Men

Pre - Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior Ice Dance

Novice and Senior Synchronised Medallists

Senior International Synchronised representatives

Students have competed in numerous international events and ISU Championships, these include:

Gold Medallists Skate Down Under International

Novice, Junior and Senior International events

Junior Grand Prix

World Junior Championships

Four Continents

World Figure Skating Championships

2012 Inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games

Asian Winter Games

She has also worked with US National Champions focussing on skating skills and step sequences and Canadian National Ice Dance Champions assisting with the technical requirements.

John Dunn World and International Coach


John was the youngest coach to be appointed to the ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee.  He has over 28 years experience as a skater and coach and has been invited to moderate at numerous seminars across Europe and the Asia Pacific Region.  As a competitive skater he represented Great Britain Internationally from 1991 to 1996 achieving 6th place in the 1993 World Junior Championships. John is very focused on skater and coach development and is currently working on numerous projects in these areas.  He is as passionate about teaching elite competitive skaters as he is teaching the basics of figure skating.  John has had great success as an Ice Dance Coach.  After being appointed as the Spanish National Coach, he was instrumental in the development of the Spanish Ice Dance team which he trained from the time they joined forces through to 9th at the World Junior Championships in just 3 years.  They went on to place 15th at the European championships.  During his time in Spain he also worked with Javier Fernandez and Javier Raya on skating skills and choreography.  In 2013 Nikolai Morozov invited him to work with Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov in the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympic games where they won Olympic Gold in the team event and the Bronze medal in the individual Ice Dance event.  

His other accomplishments include:

ISU Seminar moderator

National Coach for Spain 2008 - 2011

Coached National Ice Dance Champions from:

Great Britain





New Zealand


Students have competed in numerous international events and ISU Championships, these include:

9th Place World Junior Figure Skating Championships

International Gold Medallists

Junior and Senior Grand Prix events

European Championships

World Figure Skating Championships

University Games

Asian Winter Games

John has his sights set firmly on helping to further develop the sport in the Asia / Pacific and Oceania Region.