2020 YAS Finalists Bios
Our Star-Studded Judging Panel
#YAS2020 Regular Judges:
#YAS2020 Rotating Judges:
- Sarah Kawahara
- Simone Grigorescu
- Sinead Kerr
- Jeremy Abbott
- Adam Blake
- Cindy Stuart
- Mark Hanretty
- Doug Webster
- Jodi Porter
- Katherine Hill & Ben Agosto
Founder of YAS Choosing a “Weekly Favorite:”
yas 2020 Finalists Interview with Audrey Weisiger
YAS 2020 SCOREs
You can follow judges videos at our 2020 Young Artists Showcase YouTube Playlist.
YAS 2020 CHALLENGES
Challenge 1 – Call of the Wild: Friday, September 18
Animals move through four types of environments: aquatic (water), terrestrial (on ground), fossorial (underground), aerial (air). Skaters will pick one or a combination of these types of locomotion to create a piece based on the movement of an animal.
Sponsored by: Jackson Ultima
Challenge 2 – Eye Witness: Friday, September 25
Create a piece based on a powerful memory, from the point of view of being the witness or storyteller. The story is open ended – may be fictional or historical, personal or created, literal or abstract.
Sponsored by: Edges that Echo with Amber Leigh Anderson
Challenge 3 – Clean Sweep: Friday. October 2
Create a piece with a prop used to clean, dust, vacuum (no electric devices), mop, sweep, rake, brush, etc. There may be multiple props used in the piece. We encourage the skaters to use the prop/s in an unconventional way!
Sponsored by: Champion Skating Harness
Challenge 4 – Not By Sight: Friday, October 9
Create a solo piece with the skater’s sight impaired by a fabric, cloth, bandana, etc. The blindfold should impair sight completely (no see-through material). As the focus becomes less on skating skill and finesse, think about how the sight impairment can guide and inform your choreography as the other senses take over.
Sponsored by: Ballet for Figure Skaters
Challenge 5 – The Eight Efforts: Friday, October 16
Create a piece based on Laban’s Eight Efforts: Choose at least three of the eight efforts to create a phrase of movement for each effort chosen: Punch / Slash / Dab / Flick / Press / Wring / Glide / Float
Sponsored by: The Princess and Her Frog Etsy Shop
yas 2020 Sponsors
Thank you to our #YAS2020 sponsors! We are so appreciative of your support of artistic skating, and look forward to continuing to partner with you in the future.