Guest skaters from across the nation traveled to Nashville, TN to represent AIT – Boston (the Boston chapter of American Ice Theatre) at the U.S. Open this May. Skaters included: Garrett Kling, Liz Schmidt, Meg Renaldi-Young, Su Wagner, Robert Mauti, Victoria Craw, Sean Marshinski, Stephanie Bass, and Ashley Wyatt.
They learned Kate’s ensemble choreography via videos and long-distance communication, and then rehearsed in person in Nashville just 24 hours in advance.
The piece, “Promise” by Ben Howard, centered around the theme of how many emotions and moments often feel as though they are “slipping through our fingers.”
AIT-Boston is planning to do another ensemble piece next year at the U.S. Open 2018 in Orlando, FL.
Kate traveled just outside Washington, D.C. to give a presentation titled “Tools of Choreography” at the Theatre on Ice (TOI) Seminar sponsored by U.S. Figure Skating. This one-day event offered a seminar covering 3 topics and an open competition for TOI teams, managers, coaches, and choreographers.
Kate returned to Charleston, West Viginia, to help the Charleston Figure Skating Club‘s new Theatre on Ice (TOI) team again. She advised the team and coaches on choreography and choreographic elements, building on the material covered in her workshop there last June when they launched the new TOI program. She was thrilled to collaborate with this young but enthusiastic group of skaters.
Kate, Sean Marshinski, Pippa Teague-Diaz, Garrett Kling, and Tetsuya Kaji (videographer)
USFSA has asked Kate and Garrett to co-choreograph the CE demonstration video for a third time. Each year, the U.S. Figure Skating Association provides info regarding the Choreographic Elements (“CEs”) required for the coming season’s Theatre on Ice (TOI) competitions.
This year’s CE elements are: fantasy (theme), allegro, and retrograde. The video features a more basic combination of elements in the first half and a more advanced sequence in the second half of the video. Watch now:
Kate returned with friend and colleague Garrett to lead on- and off-ice movement/edge and dance classes and to polish the choreography developed during their previous visit to Iceland to work with skaters in the Bjornnin Skating Club in Reykjavik.
Among the Icelandic skaters Kate worked with was Agnes Dís Brynjarsdóttir, who later competed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Czech Skate 2016 in Ostrava. Both her short program and free skate were choreographed by Kate.
After their time in Iceland, Kate and Garrett then traveled to Berlin to attend and contribute to the Contemporary Skating Festival. There, they collaborated on improvisation and modern movement with fellow choreographers and professional skaters from all over the world.
Kate coordinated all logistical aspects for Grassroots to Champions Super Camp 2016, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. She orchestrated the camp schedule, activities, food, lodging, and transportation for over 20 coaches and 110 figure skaters aged 7 and up from around the world. This was her second year directing Super Camp.
Kate also taught daily yoga classes for the skaters, offered off-ice private lessons for stretch, movement, and dance, and on-ice choreography.
As previously announced, Kate and John Mucko have co-founded a chapter of American Ice Theatre (AIT) in the Boston metro area.
Earlier this spring, 7 AIT-Boston company members performed to “Heartfelt,” a piece co-choreographed by John and Kate, in an exhibition performance.
A few weeks later, at the Professional Skaters’ Association & International Skating Institute (PSA-ISI) Conference in Las Vegas, Kate joined fellow AIT national directors and AIT-certified choreographers to present a choreography seminar for the conference.
They demonstrated core body movement and choreo concepts under the direction of founder Jodi Porter:
AIT Presentation-PSA Conference Las Vegas from Jodi Porter on Vimeo.
In the Boston metro area and interested in learning more about AIT-Boston? We’re offering a Boston Summer Intensive on August 3, followed by company auditions on August 10. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!