Kate McSwain is the Co-CEO/Executive Director of American Ice Theatre (AIT) and Director of its AIT Boston satellite location. An international figure skating choreographer, Kate earned her Master Rating in Choreography from the Professional Skaters Association in 2017 and her AIT Certification in Master Choreography Techniques in 2012.
She is also certified in Pilates, has extensive training in multiple styles of dance, and over a decade of experience teaching yoga. Kate was the Assistant Director of the 2016 ISU World Championship Opening Ceremonies in Boston and co-choreographer for the 2014 US Figure Skating National Championship Opening Ceremonies. She previously worked as the Director of Operations for Grassroots to Champions — a figure skating education-based company founded by Audrey Weisiger — from 2014 through 2016; and since 2017, she has held the position of Director of the Somerville Skating Lessons program in Somerville, MA.
Kate resides in Boston but travels frequently both nationally and internationally to teach AIT movement seminars, to choreograph for competitive skaters, and to choreograph and consult with Theatre on Ice (TOI) programs and synchronized skating teams.
Additionally, as the founder of the American Contemporary Skating Festival and a founding member of the international Contemporary Skating Alliance, Kate is passionate about creating a network of contemporary skaters and awareness of the importance of authenticity, improvisation, and body movement in skating. She continues to work to advance a greater global understanding of—and appreciation for—contemporary and artistic skating.
Kate holds a B.A. in theater from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and currently resides in Boston but frequently travels around the world, offering coaching and choreography to help TOI ensembles, synchronized skating teams, ice dancers, and single skaters to perform at their highest artistic potential.
Kate has choreographed show programs for several nationally-renowned competitors, including:
- 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 U.S. Men’s National Champion Jeremy Abbott
- 2012 Italian National Champion Paul Parkinson
- 2012 U.S. Men’s Silver Medalist Adam Rippon
- 2010 U.S. Ladies National Champion Rachael Flatt
2012 U.S. National Junior Pairs Bronze Medalists Colin Grafton and Kylie Duarte
- 2011 National Pairs Champion Caitlin Yankowskas
- 2012 Canadian Ice Dance Bronze Medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirer
- 2008 World Junior Ice Dance Champion Emily Samuelson
- 2008 National Junior Ladies Champion Alexe Gilles
- 2008 National Novice Ladies Champion Marissa Secundy
- 2006 World Pairs Junior Champion Drew Meekins
- National Senior Men’s competitor Wesley Campbell
- National Senior Men’s competitor Alex Johnson
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Experience & Training
Figure Skating Experience & Training
Kate McSwain trained as an elite figure skater for nearly 15 years, including at the Detroit Skating Club and the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a double gold medalist with her Senior Freestyle and Senior Moves in the Field.
Over the course of her 15 years of training as a competitive figure skater, she had the opportunity to work with elite coaches and choreographers such as:
- Damon Allen
- Tom Dickson
- Christa Fassi
- Simone Grigorescu
- Johnny Johns
- Mitch Moyer
- Jodi Porter
- Yuka Sato
- Allen & Angela Schramm
- Tom Zakrajsek
Dance & Choreography Training
Kate is experienced in modern, contemporary jazz, lyrical, swing, ballroom, and blues dancing. She has studied with Annette Thomas with Ballet for Figure Skaters and was trained in dance choreographic techniques by American Ice Theatre (AIT) founder Jodi Porter. With her training under AIT Founder, Jodi Porter, Kate created the movement teaching philosophy, vocabulary, and beginning exercises for “Six Ways of the Spine,” now taught as American Ice Theatre’s primary core body movement curriculum.
- Master Rated in Choreography by the Professional Skaters Association (2017)
- AIT-Certified in Master Choreography Techniques (2012)
- Mat Pilates teaching certification (2004)
Awards & Honors
- Finalist, Young Artists Showcase international choreography competition (2013 & 2010)
- 1st place, Senior Level, National Showcase Artistic Competition (2012, 2011, and 2009)
- Bronze Winner, ProSkaters’ “Virtual Skate Off” original performance competition (2011)
- 7th place, Ladies Junior Level, Midwestern Sectionals (2004)
- 2nd place, Ladies Junior Level, Southwestern Regionals (2004)