AIT Winter Update

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.

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This outdoor winter market is a popular Twin Cities tradition and AIT MSP thanks the Downtown Minneapolis Council for the opportunity to perform.

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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 Performances Galore
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AIT Chicago pictured with The Starlight Synchronized Skating Team at McCormick Tribune Plaza

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.

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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.

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Winter Wonderland in NYC

AIT NYC performed their series of Holiday Performances at the brand new Great Neck Park District Lights and Ice Outdoor Rink on Saturday, December 28 and at the outdoor rink of Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, December 29.
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The ensemble number was choreographed by AIT NYC Director Chiquita Limer and the performers include Jordan Bailey, Ryah Mesch, Chia-hui Cheng, Keira Vollandt, Dayana Danilova, and Limer.
Getting Funky with AIT Boston 
AIT Boston held their “Funky Fall Fusion” Seminar Sunday, October 13 in Somerville, MA with AIT Co-Executive Director and AIT Boston Director Kate McSwain and special guest Garrett Kling. Skaters enjoyed learning a “funky” combo and created choreography in groups based on generated sounds of their voices.
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The next AIT Boston seminar “Dancing In the Snow!” will be Sunday, January 12 with special guest artist Kiara Perrault, a Boston Community Dance Project instructor.
AIT Boston presented the 2020 Theatre on Ice Choreographic Exercise Demonstration Video. This is the ninth consecutive year AIT has created the demo video for Theatre On Ice Education.
The piece, choreographed by McSwain, showcased highlighted the season’s required choreographic elements of contrast and amplitude variation.
Skaters in the piece are Eylse Wiese, Brittany Ballard, Victoria Sechrist, Garrett Kling, and McSwain. Video work done by Jason Sechrist and video editing by Kling.

 

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AIT Expanding

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.

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Another AIT Detroit seminar will be planned for Spring 2020.

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