MCT Graduates SPRING 2023

Congratulations to our graduates of the Spring 2023 semester of Master Choreography Techniques (MCT)! They include:

Nicole Burt, St. Johns NL, Canada

Alexa DerBoghosian, Reading, MA

Cheri Donnelly, Morristown, NJ

Anna Ruth Johnson, Central Virginia

Miabella Lovell, Frederick, MA

Devin Prasatek, Rochester, MI

Richard Sharpe, Chelmsford, Essex, UK

Vladimir Tchernov, Toronto, Canada

Andreea Tuliga, Bucharest, Romania

Master Choreography Techniques (MCT) is an advanced online certification and training program for both seasoned skating coaches and those looking to specialize in a career as an ice choreographer. Created by AIT Founder Jodi Porter, the class is a mixture of choreographic creation, video lecture, reading and monthly discussion meetings. AIT Co-Executive Directors Garrett Kling & Kate McSwain lead the semester class.

At the end of the semester, each student creates a final capstone project incorporating the choreographic elements of time, space, energy and form.

View the graduates final video projects, get to know their background and hear their thoughts about the course:

Nicole Burt

Nicole is coach and choreographer, predominantly in synchronized skating. She is a World Silver Medalist with team Nexxice in 2013 and is a camp coordinator with One Team Movement.

“If you use all the components (time, space, energy, form) appropriately within your pieces of work, your vision will come through and probably better than you imagined.”

Cheri Donnelly

Watch Cheri’s Final Piece Here.

Cheri is a 3-Time USFS Gold Medalist, 3-Time National Solo Dance Medalist, and current AIT Boston Professional Company Member.

“I’ve learned that effective choreography is educated, intentional, and innovative.”

Alexa DerBoghosian

Alexa is a 2-time USFS Gold Medalist, former AIT Boston Professional Company member and current AIT New Hampshire Professional Company Member.

“When going through the MCT course, something that is always prefaced in American Ice Theatre is “Observing is as equally important as participating”. With that, I have found that being able to watch skaters present their work and knowledge has provided me with ideas, movements and skating skills that left me feeling creative and inspired to move. MCT has given me the creative tools I need to expand my love for creating and skating, and I can wait to put those new tools to good use.”

Anna Ruth Johnson

Watch Anna’s Final Piece Here.

Anna is a 4-time US Figure Skating Gold Medalist, a two-time Inclusive Skating World Champion, and one of seven 2020 US Figure Skating Get Up Ambassadors. Anna has extensive training in ballet, modern dance, yoga, strength and conditioning, and pilates, and will be graduating with her Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition in August. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association and works as a coach and choreographer in various rinks across Virginia.

“I have always felt a deep connection to movement, and have found healing through artistic skating since I was young. However, MCT gave me the necessary tools, terminology, and technique I needed in order to harness my passion and turn it into formative work. Through MCT, I found the confidence and freedom to embrace raw, real vulnerability and share my story through my movement and, in doing so, have been powerfully reminded that it is only in embracing our weakness that we discover our profound strength. “

Miabella Lovell

Miabella is a coach and choreographer, a 2-time USFS gold medalist, Freestyle and solo dance competitor. She is a student at the University of Delaware, majoring in Exercise Science.

“This class helped me dig deeper in myself and unlock the artist that is raw and real and not focused so much on perfection.”

Devin Prasatek

Devin has been a skater for 21 years and a coach for 6 years. They are a gold medalist in Skating Skills & Ice Dance. Figure skating is their passion, never running out of new things to learn about the sport.

“Choreography is so much more than arm movements and footwork as we are sometimes taught growing up.”

Richard Sharpe

Richard was a British international ice dancer for 10 years receiving national medals and competing at European Championships. He now coaches at Iceworks in Aston, PA and is the Theatre on Ice Director.

“All the different processes that are now available to me to be a more creative choreographer and learn to think outside the box.”

Vladimir Tchernov

Vladimir is a coach and choreographer based in Toronto. He is certified through Ballet for Figure Skaters and is a full-time dance instructor at North Point Skating Academy. He has experience in all forms of dance including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom.  He has placed and won numerous national and international competitions in varying disciplines of dance.

“I’ve learned to appreciate all kinds of movement and to embrace the freedom that choreography can have.”

Andreea Tuliga

Andreea is a former competitive figure skater and two time Romanian national champion. She has been a coach and choreographer for over 10 years and runs her own figure skating club called “Skating A2Z” in Bucharest. She also has projects in TV, such as advertisements and live shows.

“MCT is a great source of inspiration. It forces you to explore with the new tools, to practice and to have a new perspective of figure skating and choreography. You have the freedom to express, to find your voice. It also helped to widen my horizon  to produce better choreographies , shows and events for skaters in my club.”