Happy New Year from AIT! We’ve had an amazing year and the past few months have been particularly busy for our satellites. Take a look below at what AIT has been up to during this hectic holiday season.
AIT MSP Begins Inaugural Season
AIT Minneapolis-St. Paul kicked off their inaugural season of performances at the Holidazzle in Loring Park, Minneapolis on Friday, November 29 and again on Saturday, December 7 performing their company piece “Faith.” The performance was featured in the Star Tribune and KSTP News.
This outdoor winter market is a popular Twin Cities tradition and AIT MSP thanks the Downtown Minneapolis Council for the opportunity to perform.
The group also performed on Friday, December 6 at the Grand Opening of the Destination Winter St. Paul Winter Skate in single digit temperatures!
The AIT MSP company consists of former competitive skaters competing on the national and international stage. Some are currently still competing, while others are now professional performers and coaches, while others have full-time jobs which include an engineer and a lawyer. The group includes Sabrina Logren Mann, Haley Jostes, Aili Arnovich, Christine Brennan, Claire Godfrey, Kate Charbonneau Shurts, Joey Millet, Susanna Butler, CB Baga, Lauren Anderson, and Tara Lorenz. The group is choreographed and directed by AIT Co-Executive Director Garrett Kling.
The AIT MSP Winter Seminar will be held Saturday, February 22 at the Vadnais Sports Center with registration info to come in the new yar. The group will announce its spring performance dates and other winter projects soon!
AIT Chicago performed at the opening of the McCormick Tribune Plaza Ice Rink at Millennium Park on Friday, November 15. The piece, choreographed by Molly Olson Poniatowski, was performed by Kayla Grayson and Shaheen Bronkowski.
Grayson, Bronkowski and Angela Como performed outdoors on Saturday, Dec 28 at The Arboretum of South Barrington.
If you’re in the Chicago area, you still have an opportunity to check out the ensemble at 1pm Sunday, January 22 at the Wrigley Field Gallagher Way.
On the education front, the fall dance series completed its final class on November 2nd. The series offered skaters an introduction into movements styles of hip hop, mindful improv and contemporary. The classes were led by Grayson, Bronkowski and Poniatowski.
Winter Wonderland in NYC
The first ever AIT Detroit seminar was held Saturday, December 21 at the Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester Hills, MI. AIT Certified Choreographer Hazel Dodson and Kate McSwain led the seminar called “What is Contemporary Skating” guiding skaters on Six Ways of the Spine, improvisation techniques, and contemporary choreography movement.
Another AIT Detroit seminar will be planned for Spring 2020.