Coach / Instructor : Nekoe Buckner

Nekoe started skating at age 1, and started coaching in San Jose, CA, while training under a world team coach and has been coaching for almost 17 years. She has trained in all types of different events in figure skating such as:

Loops,  Figures,  American and International Dance, Freestyle,  Free Dance

National Achievements

4 gold medals

1 silver medal

1 bronze medal


Nekoe’s objective as a coach is to promote positive self-esteem, encourage kids and adults of all ages to do something active that they enjoy and create a sense of accomplishment. Skating is the best way to do that.


“You are never too old or young to learn how to skate!”

Beginner and Intermediate group lessons are on Saturday mornings from 10am-11am at the Lowell Location only. We also offer a Beginner Level class at our Hudson Location at 10:30am!! Skaters are asked to arrive around 15 mins. prior to their class time and make their way to the skate room. Once given your skates, wait for class to begin off of skating surface. Beginners skate from 10:30am to 11:00am and Intermediates skate from 10:00am to 10:30am.

ALL first time attendees must skate the Beginner class. Once you join up you must purchase a Club Card for $30 from the rink and then Nekoe charges a $10/month fee for Saturday morning classes. Your first class is free so come at the first of the month or the end of the month for your best value on the Club Card.

If you are interested private instruction and/or you want to become a member of Kate’s artistic team, please contact Nekoe. Individual instruction is an additional charge set by the instructor depending on floor time available. Skaters are still required to purchase a Club Card from the rink to participate.  Nekoe’s Fall show has become an annual favorite that showcases all her skater’s artistic skating talents. Please ask for details at the Lowell rink.



Kate’s artistic team practices several days per week, performs twice yearly in special shows at the rink, and competes across the Southeast in all aspects of figures, dance, singles, and precision team.  Each year, Team Kate’s sends numerous skaters to the National Championships.

Fund Raising

The team holds several fund raisers throughout the year to defray competition expenses for the team.  The biggest and most fun are the shows that are organized by our coach, Nekoe Buckner.  We are blessed with a creative and FUN coach who really knows how to put together an entertaining program!  The program is held in the fall.


Skaters wishing to compete must register with the national office by purchasing an amateur card. A copy of the birth certificate is required to register the first time but does not have to be sent in each year when the card is renewed. The competitive season runs in conjunction with the calendar year.

Invitationals are held throughout the skating season, culminating in the summer with the Regional and National competitions. Our region, the Southeastern region, is “open”, meaning you do not have to qualify to skate Regionals by placing at the State level. A skater must qualify to skate Nationals by placing in the Regional competition.  Come join the FUN!

Regional breakdown

The United States is divided into Regions. Each region qualifies a maximum of 3 skaters per event for the USAC (standard) events and a maximum of 4 skaters per event for the Junior Olympic (JO) events.

  • Southeastern: North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland
  • Southern: South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi
  • Northeastern: Maine, Vermont, New York, Connecticut Rhode Island, Massachusetts
  • Eastern: Pennsylvania, Washington DC, New Jersey
  • Great Lakes: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri
  • North Central: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming
  • South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico
  • South Western: Arizona, Nevada, California
  • North Western: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii