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Salt Lake City, UT. (October 9, 2013) —-  A wave of artistic figure skating is flowing into Utah as American Ice Theatre (AIT) opens a new chapter of its company to Salt Lake City. Founder and Director Jodi Porter, B.F.A. in Modern Dance at University of Utah and former resident of Bountiful, has enlisted figure skating coaches Giselle Gorder and Rachel Peterson to be co-directors and continue spreading artistic figure skating throughout the area.

“I believe AIT Utah will be able to offer professional opportunities with the highest artistic integrity,” Porter said. “It is wonderful to see opportunities for skaters continue after a competitive career and I am confident Rachel and Giselle will be able to reach out to the community and generate enthusiasm about the art of dance on ice.”

Gorder and Peterson coach over 40 skaters in the Salt Lake City area and have extensive ties with Porter working together in various Utah productions including the 2002 Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

“Since leaving Utah in 2003 it has been wonderful to reconnect with these skaters. They are like family,” Porter said.

Gorder and Peterson both come from illustrious skating backgrounds. Gorder is a two-time gold medalist and performing professional in countries such as France, Switzerland, China and Japan. Peterson is a three-time gold medalist and two-time Junior Olympic competitor.

“Rachel and I hope to transform and develop this company into a successful ice dance company,” Gorder said. “We are very excited to be working with Jodi and be part of this amazing company.”

Porter moved to San Jose, Calif. in 2003 to establish her own non-profit organization American Ice Theatre modeled after a professional dance company. Its mission is to meld the technical and compositional elements of dance and ensemble figure skating and bring training performance and education to the country.

Gorder and Peterson were original members of “Crimson Ice” founded in 2010, a performing company that performed at University of Utah hockey games. The group will continue to perform at the games under AIT and also perform during Utah Grizzlies’ home games at the Maverik Center in West Valley City and various other local winter and spring productions. They will also provide ongoing choreography and performance workshops with the first of the season happening Oct. 18 at Park City Ice Arena.

“(We) hope to help show the road to professional skating for those that are interested while staying close to home,” Peterson said.

Peterson added that there is growing interest for a junior team to develop next season with auditions in the works for spring 2014. This would be an opportunity for advanced skaters, ages 15-18, to receive the training to go onto a professional skating career and be awarded the chance to perform professionally in a local setting.

“As a coach, I have young skaters that aspire to skate in professional shows some day, and I hope that American Ice Theatre will offer an additional pathway for skaters to develop their skills and further contribution to the sport by creating valuable careers through their experience,” Gorder said.

For more information visit American Ice Theatre at


Giselle Gorder – 801-635-9074

Rachel Peterson – 801-231-5911


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