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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Kate Teaches G2C Seminar in MN

Kate joined Sheila Thelen in leading a Grassroots to Champions seminar at Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She provided both on- and off-ice instruction in choreography and movement, with Sheila offering additional on-ice technique and off-ice harness sessions.

 

Contact Kate if you’re interested in bringing a similar G2C seminar to a rink near you!

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Kate (Again) Helps Choreograph Example Video for USFSA

Kate once again joined friend & colleague Garrett Kling in choreographing (and performing) the latest USFSA Theatre on Ice CE example video.

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.

Watch the video demonstrating this year’s concepts of call-and-response and acceleration:

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Kate Runs a Successful G2C Super Camp

Super Camp 2015 in Lansing, Michigan, was the most successful Grassroots to Champions Super Camp to date—with 122 skaters, 17 coaches, and over 1000 private lessons scheduled during the week.

Kate coordinated all aspects of the camp during her first full year serving as Director of Operations for G2C.

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