Kate’s Work in Europe

14068116_10100320386380651_4604530440340262358_nKate 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.Agnes Dís Brynjarsdóttir skating in junior grand prix

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.

contemporary skating festival participants 2016

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Kate Directs G2C Super Camp 2016

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.

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AIT Boston Update: Spring Performance & PSA Conference Demo

AIT BostonAs 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.

AIT Boston performing

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 boston@americanicetheatre.org to learn more!

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Kate & Garrett Choreograph in Iceland

iceland garrettKate and friend/colleague Garrett Kling traveled to Reykjavik in April to work with the Bjornnin Skating Club.

iceland group

Over 2 weeks, they choreographed 27 programs for skaters of all levels.

In addition to doing choreography, they led on- and off-ice movement and dance classes.

They are thrilled to be returning to work with the Club again in August.

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Kate Serves as the Assistant Director of Worlds 2016 in Boston

Kate McSwain at Worlds 2016Melanie Lambert, Director and Producer of the 2016 World Championships’ opening ceremonies in Boston, has selected Kate to serve as Assistant Director for the event.

Kate is managing on-site event coordination and logistics and working closely with choreographer Adam Blake.

The opening ceremonies will be a 30-minute performance using about 20 professional show skaters who are flying in from around the world. The choreography will be tribute to Boston’s history, from the Revolutionary War all the way to today.

The production will feature a fife and drum band, bagpiper, a fire act, and many more surprises. Watch a preview video now:

Worlds 2016 will be held at TD Garden from March 10 – April 3. Opening ceremonies is at 5pm Wednesday, March 30.

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Kate Co-Launches AIT Boston

ait seminar flyerKate and PSA Master-Rated Choreographer John Mucko have founded a Boston chapter of American Ice Theatre (AIT). They plan to hold auditions later this year to roll out a full Boston-based professional skating performance company.

Kate and John have led 4 movement seminars to date in the Boston metro area, with several more planned for 2016. Some photos from a recent seminar at the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston, MA:

Photography courtesy of Kat Ann Vitaro

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Kate Skates in Greensboro Symphony Holiday Show

Kate joined the skaters of the Summit Figure Skating Club at Greensboro Ice House as a guest artist in their joint holiday show with the GSO Symphony at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina.

Admission to the event was free with a canned good donation for the Salvation Army Food Drive.

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